Last week, Duke Divinity School’s Theology and Music class wrapped up another semester with its final session, featuring musical collaborations and solo performances by the students. The performances included new work written for the class, as well as musical reflections on the Easter lectionary, social justice, and racial reconciliation.
Congregations, students and individuals representing a diverse array of Christian organizations are invited to participate in a collaborative art project, “Renewing the Church,” to be featured at the 2013 Convocation & Pastors’ School, October 14-15 at Duke Divinity School.
Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) has announced the appointment of Professor Roger Lundin as the initiative's first Visiting Scholar in Residence. Professor Lundin will be at Duke Divinity School for the 2014 spring semester. A prolific author and speaker, he is currently the Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.
On March 20, Duke Divinity School Dean Richard B. Hays launched the Dean's Songwriters Series with a day of events featuring American folk singers and songwriters Pierce Pettis and Grace Pettis. The events included an exclusive "unplugged" lunch concert and dicussion with Divinity School students and staff, and a full-length evening concert open to the community. Dean Hays also performed with the artists.
The Dean's Office at Duke Divinity School will host a brown-bag lunch concert with legendary songwriter Pierce Pettis and his daughter, acclaimed musician Grace Pettis.
Pierce Pettis is a folk artist who has released nine albums. Both he and his daughter have won the New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival. The pair will will play a short collection of songs interspersed with conversation and interview questions from Dean Richard B. Hays.
The free concert is open to the Divinity School community. Registration is not required.
Alumni Memorial Common Room
The first concert in the Dean's Songwriter Series at Duke Divinity School will feature legendary singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis and his daughter, acclaimed musician Grace Pettis. The free concert is open to the community.
The aim of the series sponsored by Divinity School Dean Richard Hays is to invite songwriters whose work expresses Christian faith to perform at the school, engage in conversation about their craft of songwriting, and reflect on the themes articulated in the poetry of their lyrics.
Pierce Pettis, who has released nine albums, and his daughter Grace typify the American folk tradition. Both he and his daughter have won the New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
The elder Pettis is known for his thoughtful, poetic lyrics, as well as his earnest, warm voice. He was a member of the “Fast Folk” movement in New York in the mid-1980’s, and has been writing and releasing solo albums ever since. His latest is titled “That Kind of Love” (2009). His daughter has released two albums and has received numerous accolades in her career, including being awarded Best Song honors on NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Contest for “Nine to Five Girl.” Her second album, “Two Birds,” was released last September (2012).
On Jan. 28, Duke Initiatives in Theology and Arts (DITA) premiered QU4RTETS, a visual and musical celebration of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, in Duke Chapel.
A multifaceted engagement of art and faith, the opening night featured a display of 16 original works by painters Bruce Herman and Makoto Fujimura; a performance of “At the Still Point,” a quintet by Christopher Theofanidis commissioned for the event; and lectures by the artists.
"Beyond 'Creativity': Expanding the Intersection of Theology and the Imagination" Lecture with James K.A. Smith
0016 Westbrook Building
The Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts will present a public lecture by James K.A. Smith offering a philosophical account of the imagination and drawing on the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty.
Smith is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. He also serves as editor of Comment magazine and is a senior fellow for The Colossian Forum on Faith, Science and Culture.
Smith will explore how a less romantic understanding of imagination can yield new frontiers for engagement between theology and the arts by drawing from his own work, including his two-volume Cultural Liturgies series project, Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom.
There will be an audience question and answer session after the lecture.
No registration required.