AEHS Clergy Study Day with Dr. Ellen Davis

The Voice in the Wilderness

Prophets and Prophetic Ministry: Biblical and Contemporary Perspectives

Duke Divinity School

March 11, 2010

During the penitential period of Lent, clergy urge parishioners to take time to pause, examine and reflect in preparation for Holy Week and Easter.

But who cares for the care-givers? When do clergy pause for rest and renewal, for challenge and reflection? During this wilderness season, set aside a day of nourishment for your soul.

This second annual Clergy Study Day being hosted by the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School promises participants the opportunity to:

  • Rest under the broom tree, listening to prophets of the past
  • Examine biblical texts with a seasoned scholar, seeking to re-discover their wondrous depths
  • Reflect with fellow leaders on their relevance for parish life, and the shape of prophetic ministry today

Roots Down — into our rich tradition
Walls Down — in God’s church today

The Anglican Episcopal House of Studies is partnering with the School of Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in hosting the study day.


    Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at the Divinity School, will be the featured speaker at this day-long intensive study. She will explore understandings and practices of prophecy in the Old and New Testaments, with specific focus on prophecy in the modern church.  Leading plenary sessions, facilitating discussions and encouraging continued conversation, Davis will guide participants through a study of prophets and prophetic ministry, exploring both biblical and contemporary perspectives.

    Davis is an Old Testament specialist and Episcopal lay preacher. Her research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their responses to urgent public issues, particularly the environmental crisis and interfaith relations.  Currently, Davis is cooperating with the Episcopal Church of Sudan to develop theological education, community health and sustainable agriculture.

    Her most recent books are Wondrous Depth: Preaching the Old Testament and Scripture and Culture and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible. She has previously held posts at Virginia Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School. By request of the Archbishop of Canterbury, she currently serves as theological consultant for a project sponsored by the Anglican Communion Office, “The Bible in the Life of the Church.”

    Registration fee: $65.00 — It includes lunch, parking and all study materials.

    Register Online

    The registration deadline is March 7, 2010.

    Clergy of the diocese of North Carolina may apply to the School of Ministry for scholarship. To register you will still need to pay the full amount, a portion of which may be reimbursed in cases of need. Contact Shelley Kappauf at the School of Ministry at (336) 273-5770.

    A Duke Divinity School discounted rate is available at the Hilton Hotel near Duke University for $89.00 plus tax per night. .

    To make a hotel reservation, call (800) 445-8667 and ask for the Duke Divinity rate.


    Please e-mail or call (919) 613-5323.