The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World
The Center for Reconciliation
Duke Divinity School
June 2, 2014 to June 7, 2014
Refresh your spirit. Renew your mind and ministry. Expand your Christian community.
“As a senior leader in a Christian organization that is committed to ethnic reconciliation and justice, I was energized by the biblical teaching and theological reflection, enriched by the diversity of the participants and experienced faculty, and inspired to continue the journey as we celebrated the wonders of reconciliation and lamented the deep places of pain and division in our world. I highly recommend the Summer Institute for leaders who are in search of biblical instruction, relationship-building with experienced practitioners, and personal renewal." — Paula Fuller, Vice President and Director of Multiethnic Ministries, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Rooted in a Christian vision and directed by the Center for Reconciliation, this one-of-a-kind intensive institute nourishes, renews, and deepens the capacities of U.S. and international Christian leaders in the ministry of reconciliation, justice, and peace-building.
The Summer Institute creates a community of worship, learning, friendship, and reflection, drawing on the vibrant spiritual and intellectual resources of Duke Divinity School, including a world-class faculty of theologians and ministry practitioners. Participants will experience in-depth teaching, prayer and worship, shared meals, wrestling with real-world contexts and challenges, and an opportunity to reflect on their vocation and ministry context.
Come expand your theological imagination, grapple together with practical problems, and be equipped to continue a journey of faithfulness within a wider community.
“What a gift Duke’s Summer Institute has been for me and my students! God’s Spirit used this timely gathering to refresh our souls, engage our minds, sharpen the skills of our hands and deepen our hearts’ commitment to God’s call to reconciliation.” — Peter T. Cha, Associate Professor, Pastoral Theology Department, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
This program is intended for:
- Christians with a hunger to deepen their ministry in peacemaking, justice, and reconciliation
- Grass-roots ministers and Christians living and working among people who suffer or are marginalized
- Pastors with a desire for their congregations to become communities that live out alternatives to the destructive conflicts and social divisions that fragment our world
- College, university, and seminary faculty and administrators training young Christians to live in the way of the Kingdom
- Denominational and organizational leaders seeking to guide their organizations into new practices and structures that enable the flourishing of communities living out God’s vision of peace and justice
- Every follower of Jesus Christ seeking to become an ambassador of God’s healing and wholeness
- Morning & Evening Prayer
Participants begin and end each day with vibrant Christian worship, held in Duke Divinity School’s beautiful Goodson Chapel.
- Morning Common Journey
All participants gather to learn from and dialogue with plenary speakers about a theological vision and practice of reconciliation.
- Afternoon In-Depth Seminars
Participants select one afternoon seminar for the entire week, going in-depth with one or two faculty members and a small group of peers in a format of rich teaching and interaction.
Shared meals, one-on-one conversations with faculty, some free evenings, some evenings with community-building events, and access to the many gifts of Duke University’s campus.
Faculty and Focus
Our focus on reconciliation is grounded in a distinctively Christian vision and a framework that is richly practical, contextual and theological. Rooted in the Duke Center for Reconciliation's mission to form and strengthen Christian leaders in the ministry of reconciliation, the Summer Institute draws on the strengths of a faculty of world-class scholars and practitioners.
“The components of Christ-based reconciliation go beyond strategies of peacemaking or conflict resolution…A Christian vision of reconciliation is not just another program to help us get along with our neighbor. It is an invitation to enter a new reality that God has created, another vision of life where we are called to be God’s new creation.” (Chris Rice and Emmanuel Katongole, Spring 2012 Divinity Magazine)
“[Summer] Institute was a week of learning and inspiration. The leadership was outstanding. The participants represented a world-wide network deeply committed to a myriad of reconciliation initiatives. I left the Institute awakened to the hope and the pain of the reconciliation journey and armed with stories, contacts, and resources to enrich my church’s commitment to the Beloved Community.”— Gene Graham, congregational lay-leader, Houston, Texas
Each day of the Summer Institute includes a plenary talk given by preeminent scholars and practitioners in the field of reconciliation. Plenary talks use scriptural interpretation, theology, and story-telling to weave a rich tapestry of reflection that is theological, contextual and practical.
The teaching team of the Summer Institute also includes afternoon seminar leaders, who unite in-depth teaching with small group reflection around a particular theme issue, or context in reconciliation
2014 Faculty Members
We will add additional faculty biographies as faculty members are confirmed.
Luke Bretherton is an associate professor of theological ethics a Duke Divinity School and a senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. His current areas of research focus on the intersections between Christianity, grassroots democracy, globalization, responses to poverty, and patterns of interfaith relations. His recent work has focused on faith-based organizations, the church’s involvement in social welfare provision, the treatment of refugees, and fair trade. That work is drawn together in Christianity & Contemporary Politics:The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Before joining the Duke faculty, Luke was a reader in theology and politics and convener of the Faith & Public Policy Forum at King's College London. He has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs, mission agencies, and churches around the world, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. When living in the United Kingdom, he was actively involved in politics as part of London Citizens, a broad-based community organization, and had a role advising the Conservative-Liberal government on strengthening civil society. His forthcoming book, with the working title of Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship and the Politics of the Common Good (Cambridge University Press), draws on a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project for which he was principal investigator (2008-2011).
Richard B. Hays, dean and the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics. His scholarly work has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel’s Scripture. His book The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the twentieth century. His most recent books are The Art of Reading Scripture (2003, co-edited with Ellen Davis), The Conversion of the Imagination (2005), and Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage (2008, co-edited with Beverly Roberts Gaventa). Professor Hays has lectured widely in North America, Europe, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. An ordained United Methodist minister, he has preached in settings ranging from rural Oklahoma churches to London’s Westminster Abbey.
Ruth Padilla DeBorst has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for many years. As a missionary with Christian Reformed World Missions, she has served in student ministry with the Comunidad Internacional de Estudiantes Evangélicos (IFES); with Seeds of New Creation, a ministry that trains for and promotes holistic mission in El Salvador; and with the Institute Pro Integral Education. Ruth currently serves as director of Christian formation and leadership development with World Vision International. As a board member of the Latin American Theological Fellowship she is tasked to serve on the networking team of The International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT). She was a keynote speaker at Lausanne 2010, a world evangelization congress held in Cape Town, South Africa. She lives in Costa Rica where she shares parenting of their blended, multi-cultural family with her husband, James Padilla DeBorst, and community life with the members of Casa Adobe.
Edgardo Colón-Emeric is an assistant professor of theology at Duke University and senior strategist of the Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School, which was established to assist the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church and Duke Divinity School in supporting and strengthening ministries to and with Hispanics and Latinos in North Carolina. He is an ordained elder in the North Carolina Annual Conference. His ecumenical study of Wesley, Aquinas and Christian Perfection received the 2008 Aquinas Dissertation Prize from Ave Maria University and is published by Baylor University Press. His research interests focus on the intersections of dogmatic theology and Hispanic questions.
Chris Rice serves as director of the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation. Chris grew up in South Korea, the child of Presbyterian missionaries. A turning point in his life was living and working for 17 years in an inner-city neighborhood of Jackson, Miss., with Voice of Calvary, an interracial church and community development ministry. Chris came to Duke Divinity School in 2000 to pursue ways for the academy to serve the world of Christian activism and helped launch the Center in 2005 as a founding co-director. His books Reconciling All Things and More Than Equals each won book awards from Christianity Today magazine, and his book Grace Matters was named a Best Adult Religion Book by Publishers Weekly. Chris has received the Distinguished Service to Mankind Award from Belhaven College. He serves as Lausanne senior associate for reconciliation. Chris and his wife Donna have three children, and Chris is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He blogs at http://reconcilers.wordpress.com/.
"The Center is one of the most exciting and fruitful things I see happening in North America universities [and] a constant reminder that reconciliation is at the heart of our faith. One of the early Christians spoke of the cross as a symbol of reconciliation, pointing out that the cross has a vertical dimension reconciling people to God, a horizontal dimension reconciling people to each other, and is deeply rooted in the earth reconciling all things to creation and shalom. I see the Center for Reconciliation at Duke doing all of these -- and being holistically, wonderfully, and radically true to the cross." – Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and lover of Jesus
2014 seminar topics and descriptions will be posted when they are confirmed. We expect topics to include, among others, holistic mission, faith-based non-profit leadership, and Christian-Muslim peacemaking.
“The Institute offered me the most important continuing education experience I have had in my 15 years of ministry. The combination of outstanding lectures from experienced leaders, the conversations I had with a very diverse group of individuals, and the extraordinary worship all challenged me and renewed my determination and hope in the work of reconciliation and justice in my own community. I thank God for the experience.” — Rev. Chip Edens, Pastor, Christ Church, Charlotte, NC
Registration fees for the 2014 Summer Institute will be $950, which includes the cost of most meals.
Lunch and dinner will be served buffet style each day, Tuesday–Friday, with the exception of Thursday dinner, which is on your own. Monday’s dinner and Saturday’s lunch are also included in the meal plan. A light continental breakfast will be provided each morning, Tuesday–Saturday. Additional options for purchasing a casual breakfast will be included in your participant packet.
All Summer Institute participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. We have arranged for a special rate at the Millennium Hotel, a full-service hotel located 1.25 miles from the Duke Divinity School. Participants in the Duke Summer Institute will be eligible for the rate of $66 (plus 13% sales and occupancy tax) per night for a single room (1 king bed) or a shared room (2 queen beds). To make a reservation, call 1-800-633-5379 or book online by May 13, 2014. If you make a reservation by phone, be sure to mention that you are a participant in the Duke Summer Institute. The Millennium Hotel offers:
- Complimentary in-room high speed internet access
- A hot breakfast buffet for a special rate of $7.95 per day
- Several complimentary meeting spaces for informal or prearranged evening conversations and meetings among Summer Institute participants
- Exercise room
- Indoor pool
- Complimentary shuttle service to and from Duke Divinity School
- Free parking at the hotel
- Airport shuttle (for an additional charge of $35 per person each way)
- Luggage storage for those departing after noon on June 1
If you would like to share a room with two queen beds (reducing your housing costs to $31.50 per night per person plus tax) but do not have a roommate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will gladly put you in touch with other participants who are seeking a roommate.
The nearest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), a 20-minute drive to Duke University. Many area hotels offer shuttle service to and from the hotel. There is now Super Shuttle Service from RDU airport to Duke University and the surrounding area. You can make a reservation online prior to your arrival to Duke (provided you have a credit card). There will also be taxi cabs waiting outside each terminal of the airport.
The Durham Train Station offers Amtrak service to and from Charlotte, Raleigh, Washington DC, and New York City and points in between. Make reservations in advance online or by phone.
We will accept admissions and scholarship applications on a rolling basis, while space and scholarship funds are available, until May 5, 2014.
Scholarship priority will be given to leaders who are actively involved in reconciliation ministry and who have both financial need and significant influence, or to emerging leaders with financial need.
Successful scholarship applicants will have a concrete plan to share what they learn at the Summer Institute within their circles of influence. We are also particularly interested in applicants who have secured some funding from an outside source other than their personal funds. You will be given the option of applying for scholarship funding when you apply to the Institute.
Scholarship recipients will be eligible for reduced registration fees of $300 to $600. Please note that we do not offer any full-fee scholarships or financial support for travel or lodging.
We will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Institute (June 2 – 7, 2014) by mid-December 2013.