Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 8:00am to Friday, May 13, 2022 - 8:00pm
Duke Divinity School
Valerie Helbert
(919) 660-3594

Come expand your theological imagination, grapple with practical problems, and continue a journey of reconciliation within a wider community at Duke Divinity School's Summer Institute for Reconciliation. At this annual event, the focus on reconciliation is grounded in a distinctively Christian vision and a framework that is richly practical, contextual, and theological.

Rooted in Duke Divinity School’s conviction that reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel, the institute draws on the strengths of a faculty of world-class scholars and practitioners. Since God’s ministry of reconciliation is entrusted to all Christians, the institute is designed to cultivate leaders who “carry the marks of Jesus” on their body (Galatians 6:17). These cross-shaped or cruciform reconcilers will have a robust vision and practice of Christian reconciliation that is faithful to the scriptural witness, discerning of the times, and sensitive to the life of the church.

The institute centers on content with a biblical vision of reconciliation that inspires a movement of transformed communities and relationships. This formation of communities is nurtured by each other’s witness that Christ is strengthening us to the end and affirming us so that we do not “lack any spiritual gift” in our life together (1 Corinthians 1:4-9). As an integral part of the Divinity School and rooted in a Christian vision of God’s ministry of reconciliation, the institute aims to serve the academy, the church, and the world.

Institute Overview

The Summer Institute for Reconciliation in 2022 will take place in person. Duke University and local governmental COVID protocols will be observed.

This year's institute will consist of three full days of engagement. Each day will include worship, daily plenary sessions (Common Journey), interactive discussion, Q&A portions, and workshops on reconciliation, transformation, and justice.

The formation that takes place at the Summer Institute for Reconciliation builds on critical questions that frame our content and design. These questions address the heart of the journey of reconciliation. Our methodology, “Word Made Flesh,” explores the theological, contextual, and practical dimensions of this movement of hope and liberation.

The questions being explored in our Common Journey:

  • New Creation — “Reconciliation toward what end?” — This is a question about the goal, so this first day anchors us in our destination. Where does this journey end? This question invites the participant to form a scriptural imagination of the gift of new creation.
  • Lament  —  “Where are we and how did we get here?” — This is a question of context, which seeks to get to a clearer understanding of the specific challenges through seeing, naming, and standing in the brokenness. How has the past shaped the present? This question invites the participant to develop the gift and discipline of lament.
  • Hope & Liberation“What does liberation look like?” — This is a question of process, which highlights models, stories, and experiments that sustain a new future. We understand liberation and reconciliation to be concurrent processes. Where can we see signs pointing toward liberation? The question invites the participant into a vision, imagination, and capacity for hope leading toward liberation and reconciliation.

The Summer Institute for Reconciliation is intended for:

  • 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
  • Christians who are committed to the ongoing training and equipping of others, who inspire and support people to become ambassadors of God’s movement of hope
  • Grass-roots ministers and Christians living and working among the suffering and marginalized 
  • 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 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


Daily Schedule

8:30-9:00 a.m.     Worship

9:15-11:45 a.m.   Common Journey Plenary Session

  • Wednesday: New Creation with speakers Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst and Avery Davis Lamb
  • Thursday: Lament with speakers Dr. Sangwoo Kim and Lenore Three Stars
  • Friday: Hope & Liberation with speakers Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley and guests from the Office of Black Church Studies

12:00-1:30 p.m.   Lunch Break

1:30-3:00 p.m.     Break Out Session I

  • Each afternoon there will be several options to choose from to enhance their reconciliation and conflict transformation knowledge and skills

3:15-4:45 p.m.     Break Out Session II

5:00-5:20 p.m.     Worship

5: 45- 7:00 p.m.    Closing Celebration (Friday only)

  • This evening meal is not included in the institute registration fee. Attendance can be confirmed when registering.

Institute Speakers

Each morning, the Summer Institute for Reconciliation includes a plenary talk  given by preeminent scholars and practitioners in the fields of Christian theology, reconciliation and transformation.  Plenary speakers use scriptural interpretation, theology, and story-telling to weave a rich tapestry of reflection that is theological, contextual, and practical. These speakers reflect on a theme from our "Word Made Flesh" methodology, sharing perspectives from their own unique contexts and life-experiences and broadening our collective understandings of what it means to engage in the ministry of reconciliation. Plenary sessions include time for Q&A with these scholars and practitioners.

Each afternoon there are two time slots where scholars and practitioners offer seminars/workshops on specific research, practices, or skills related to reconciliation and transformation.

2022 Institute Speakers

Jonathan C. "Jay" AugustineDr. JJonathan C. Augustine

Dr. Jonathan “Jay” C. Augustine is a reconciliation scholar, ordained minister, and professor. In addition to serving as senior pastor of St. Joseph AME Church in Durham, North Carolina, and as national chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., he is also a missional strategist with the Duke Center for Reconciliation and a professor at North Carolina Central University Law School. Augustine often speaks on topics related to race, reconciliation, diversity, and inclusion and has received numerous national awards and recognitions for his work in civil rights and social justice. His most recent book is Called to Reconciliation: How the Church Can Model Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion (Baker Academic, 2022). He is also under contract to complete When Prophets Preach: Leadership and the Politics of the Pulpit (Fortress Press, 2023).

Augustine will lead a session on Creating a Culture of Belonging.

Vilma "Nina" BalmacedaDr. Nina Balmaceda

Dr. Vilma "Nina" Balmaceda is a scholar-practitioner whose work focuses on civic leadership development and education for peace and reconciliation. In addition to serving as associate director for the Center for Reconciliation, Nina is president of Peace and Hope International, a nonprofit that works through local organizations in Latin America to prevent and confront violence and other forms of injustice against the most vulnerable.  Nina served previously as graduate dean at the Center for Interdisciplinary Theological Studies, CETI Continental.

Balmaceda will be a host throughout the institute and will lead a two-part session on Restorative Circles.

Sarah Jean Barton

Dr. Sarah Jean BartonDr. Sarah Jean Barton is assistant professor of occupational therapy and theological ethics at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Barton focuses her scholarly work in theological ethics, with special attention to theological anthropology, disability, liturgy, and pastoral care. Her research engages qualitative and participatory methodologies to partner with under-represented populations in theological scholarship, particularly people with intellectual disabilities. Barton has a joint faculty appointment with Duke University School of Medicine in the department of orthopaedic surgery, where she works in the occupational therapy doctorate division. She is a practicing occupational therapist with a current board-certification in pediatrics. Barton presents, lectures, and publishes across multiple disciplinary contexts, including Christian ethics and theology, disability studies, inclusive education, and occupational therapy. Her first book, Becoming the Baptized Body: Disability and the Practice of Christian Community, is forthcoming with Baylor University Press in August 2022.

Barton will lead a session on Disability Justice.

Chris L. BradyChris L. Brady

Rev. Chris L. Brady, Ph.D. (c), M.S.S.W., M.Div. ‘06, Th.M. ‘08 serves as district superintendent for the Capital District of the North Carolina conference of the United Methodist Church (NCCUMC). Chris is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served local churches in Philadelphia and Chester, PA, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. He previously served at Duke Divinity School as special assistant to Dean Gregory Jones and director of student life & formation. He lectures on pastoral care, depression & race, the Black church, and mental health concerns. His research and practice include psychodynamic and dialectical behavior theory, the intersectionality of race, racism, and gender, faith, trauma, and Black family therapy. Chris is a consultant on diversity issues and a trained, licensed intercultural development inventory consultant with NCCUMC.  He is on the board of trustees at Louisburg College and on the board of directors at Alliance Medical Ministry.

Brady will lead a session on Implicit Bias.

Edgardo Colón-Emeric  Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric

Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric is the Dean of Duke Divinity School, the Irene and William McCutchen Associate Professor of Reconciliation and Theology, and the director of the Center for Reconciliation. Colón-Emeric’s work explores the intersection of Methodist and Catholic theologies, and Wesleyan and Latin American experiences. His teaching covers a broad range of theological areas: systematics, Wesleyan theology, ecumenism, and Latin American theology. His research brings theologians like Thomas Aquinas and Hans Urs von Balthasar into conversation with voices from the theological periphery like Bartolomé de las Casas and Saint Óscar Romero, guided by the conviction that Christian theology sounds best when it is symphonic. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Colón-Emeric was the first Latino to be ordained as an elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and was the founding pastor of Cristo Vive UMC in Durham, N.C.

Colón-Emeric will be a host during the institute.

Darla K. DeardorffDr. Darla K Deardorff

Dr. Darla K. Deardorff is currently executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators, an international non-profit organization based in Durham, North Carolina. She is also a research scholar with the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University, where she has been an adjunct faculty member and a faculty affiliate with International/Comparative Studies. In addition, she holds faculty positions at universities across the globe. She is the founder of ICC Global, a worldwide network of researchers and practitioners on intercultural competence, which is part of the global non-profit World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence of which she is the founding president. She is an author/editor of 11 books and 60+ book chapters related to intercultural competence and global leadership. Dr. Deardorff holds a master's and doctorate from North Carolina State University where she focused on international education.

Deardorff will co-lead a session on Story Circles.

Kevin DouglasKevin Douglas

Kevin Douglas is currently Vice President of Partnerships at The Colossian Forum (TCF) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to joining TCF, he started a digital marketing company in 2011, then transitioned into a director of pastoral care role in 2012. In 2017, he became the director of marketing for Trauma-Based Christian Parenting and, most recently was a co-pastor for a growing church plant in the heart of New York City. Kevin’s knowledge and experience of being a pastor in the midst of one of the most diverse places on earth have given him extensive experience with conflict. He is passionate about utilizing the knowledge gained from his marketing and pastoring experience to bring the transformative power of WayFinder to as many organizations as he can.

Douglas will lead a session on the WayFinder model for leadership training and development.

David Emmanuel Goatley Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley

Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley is associate dean for academic and vocational formation, the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Research Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry, and director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School. He is a constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice are at the intersection of missiology, Black theology, and leadership strategy. A globally recognized missiologist, he emphasizes cross-cultural experiential learning with indigenous communities to deepen understanding, broaden horizons, and strengthen Christian discipleship and leadership formation. A graduate of the University of Louisville (A.A.S., B.S.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.), he is ordained in the National Baptist Convention, USA and serves in leadership capacities with the NAACP, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society, the Baptist World Alliance, and the World Council of Churches. His current research projects include leadership development informed by liberation theology, contemporary missiology and strength-based organizational theory, Black Baptist missiology, and African-American pneumatology.

Goatley will be a plenary speaker on Hope and Liberation.

Michael GrigoniDr. Michael Grigoni

Dr. Michael Grigoni teaches and writes in the areas of Christian theology, ethics, and ethnography. He holds a PhD in religion from Duke University where he serves as Assistant Director of Faculty Initiatives at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. His current project seeks to develop a Christian ethics of handgun ownership that emerges from ethnographic fieldwork he carried out with Christian handgun owners and Christian anti-gun violence activists in North Carolina. His work appears or is forthcoming in the Journal of Moral Theology, Ecclesial Practices, Practical Theology, and Comment.

Grigoni will lead a session on Guns and Christianity in American Life.

Valerie HelbertValerie Helbert

Valerie Helbert is the program coordinator for the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. She earned an M.A. in conflict transformation in 2008 from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va. Before moving to Durham, Valerie worked on the staff of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at CJP for eight years. She currently serves as a DurhamCares board member and believes in living into the scriptural call to “love our neighbors.”

Helbert will be a host throughout the institute.

Ryan Juskus

Dr. Ryan JustkusDr. Ryan Juskus teaches environmental ethics and leadership at Wake Forest University. He received a Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University, where his research focused on Christian responses to environmental injustice, and he serves as the vice chair of the board of director of Peace and Hope International, an organization that works in Latin America alongside individuals, families and communities in poverty, so that they can live with dignity, free from violence and injustice.

Juskus will lead a session on Environmental Justice.

Sangwoo KimDr. Sangwoo Kim

Dr. Sangwoo Kim serves as Senior Director of the Methodist House of Studies and the Wesleyan Formation Initiatives and Co-Director of Asian House of Studies at Duke Divinity School. As consulting faculty, he has taught theology, worship, evangelism, and Methodism at Duke, where he did his doctoral study on the embodiment of worship and prayer in Christian theology and life. Dr. Kim also has an M.Div. from Harvard and a Th.M. from Emory. He is an elder of the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church with the rich experience of serving local churches in multi-cultural and cross-cultural settings.

Kim will be a plenary speaker on Lament.

Alberto La Rosa RojasDr. Alberto La Rosa Rojas

Dr. Alberto La Rosa Rojas is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke Divinity School where he serves as the Advisor to the Presbyterian/Reformed House of Studies and as Fellow of the Hispanic House of Studies.  Dr. La Rosa Rojas emigrated from Peru to the United States with his family in 2001. His experience as an immigrant informs and fuels his research which explores the meaning and importance of migration and home for the Christian life in the context of modernity and the colonial history of the Americas. His aim is to push the study of theology and ethics of migration to address the challenges migrants face beyond the border as they seek to cultivate a flourishing common life with their non-immigrant neighbors. 

La Rosa Rojas will lead a session on Migration and Home.

Avery Davis LambAvery Davis Lamb

Avery Davis Lamb has served as Co-Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries since 2021. Avery has a background in both ecological research and faith-based environmental organizing, studying ecology in various ecosystems and organizing faith communities across the country in support of action on environmental justice. Previously he has worked for Sojourners and Interfaith Power & Light. He serves on the board for The Center for Spirituality in Nature and is a Fellow with the Re:Generate Program at Wake Forest Divinity School and the Foundations of Christian Leadership Program at Duke Divinity School. Avery has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Sustainability from Pepperdine University. Currently, he is at Duke University pursuing a Master of Environmental Management in Ecosystem Science & Conservation and a Master of Theological Studies, with certificates in Faith, Food & Environmental Justice and Community-Based Environmental Management. His research focuses on the role of religious communities in building climate resilience and adaptation, with emphasis on the virtue of “climate hospitality.”

Davis Lamb will be a plenary speaker on New Creation.

Ruth Padilla DeBorst Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst

Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst was born in Colombia as the eldest daughter of an American mother, Catharine Feser Padilla, and an Ecuadorian father, the theologian René Padilla. She attended high school and university in Argentina, receiving her B.Ed. at the Instituto Nacional Superior en Lenguas Vivas in 1984, an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Wheaton College in 1987, and a PhD in theology from Boston University in 2016. She is known for being an advocate of integral mission, an evangelical form of liberation theology.She is a former president of the Latin American Theological Fellowship (known in Spanish as Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana or FTL) and continues to serve on their board. She currently lives in San José, Costa Rica, and leads the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios with her husband, James Padilla DeBorst. In Fall 2022, Padilla DeBorst will be joining the faculty of Western Theological Seminary as the Richard C. Oudersluys Associate Professor of World Christianity.

Padilla DeBorst will be a plenary speaker on New Creation.

Adam PerezDr. Adam Perez

Dr. Adam Perez, a native of Miami, FL, holds a B.A. in music education from Trinity Christian College (Chicago, IL) and an M.A. in religion and music from Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale (New Haven, CT). He completed his doctoral work at Duke Divinity School where he studied the recent history of music in Christian worship. He is currently serving as a Postdoctoral Associate in Worship at Duke Divinity School. In Fall 2022 he will be joining the faculty of Belmont University as an assistant professor of worship studies.

Perez will coordinate worship throughout the institute.

Kevin C. PetersenRev. Kevin C. Petersen

Rev. Kevin C. Peterson is founder and executive director of The New Democracy Coalition, a non-partisan and non-profit organization that focuses on civic engagement in Massachusetts and across the United States. Rev. Peterson studied philosophy and politics at Boston University and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Leadership at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. An ordained minister, Rev. Peterson earned a Master’s Degree of Arts and Urban Ministry at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, where he twice served as a Pierce Fellow. He also has received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary, an institution founded before the end of slavery. He is an associate minister at The Metropolitan Baptist Church in the Dorchester section of Boston. He has published academic journal articles, book reviews, and opinion editorials on the subject of civic engagement and politics. In the 1990s Mr. Peterson was executive director of Part of the Solution, which registered tens of thousands of voters in the black and Latino communities across the state. Rev. Peterson has lectured at many universities nationally and in West Africa in the counties of Mali and Senegal. He has served on the board of directors of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama and currently sits on the board of directors of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries and the Foot Soldiers Park in Selma, Alabama. He humbly fashions himself “as a political theologian, focusing on applied social ethics and racial justice in the public square.” He values the importance of public policy as an ameliorative tool in the interest of civic equity.

Petersen will lead a session on Public Theology and Anti-Racism Strategy.

Sharon SchulzeRev. Dr. Sharon Schultz

The Rev. Dr. Sharon Schulze has a big title and spent a lot of time earning academic degrees related to science and math education, specifically how people learn physics. Then after 50 years earning degrees and working in academia, God called her to seminary and outreach ministry. As a mission developer in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Pastor Sharon has moved as far away from academia as she can imagine, now giving food to anyone who asks. Her congregation, South Durham Connections, is a non-traditional church. The Parktown Food Hub grew out of that church and between the two, Pastor Sharon spends her days gathering and distributing food so that nothing is wasted, feeding the compost pile in the Food Hub garden, and building community partnerships with people across Durham. There is no person beyond God’s love, and so there is no person or organization that Pastor Sharon and her church are not willing to collaborate with to build community and address food insecurity. This includes other Lutherans, Church of the Brethren, Methodists, people from all manner of Christian backgrounds who are no longer interested in formal church, a local Islamic school, pagans, atheists, and anyone else who thinks that loving and caring for each other like Jesus did is a good idea.

Schulze will co-lead a session on Story Circles.

Lenore Three StarsLenore Three Stars

Lenore is Oglala Lakota and was born on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where her father was born. Her mother is Minnecoujou Lakota from the Cheyenne River Reservation, S.D. Lenore earned her B.A. from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, then completed a civil rights career in Seattle, Washington. When she retired, she moved to Spokane to be an active unci (grandmother) to her two takojas (grandkids), and began her graduate studies. Lenore earned an M.A. from Portland Seminary/George Fox University in Oregon. Lenore speaks and writes from a Native perspective on decolonizing theology and racial reconciliation. She serves on boards related to her interests in justice, the local community, Indigenous issues, and a discipleship of creation care.

Three Stars will be a plenary speaker on Lament.

William Turner, Jr.Rev. Dr. William Turner, Jr.

Dr. William Turner, Jr. is the James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Preaching at Duke Divinity School. Professor Turner's ongoing work focuses on pneumatology and the tradition of spirituality and preaching within the black church. Articles on "Black Evangelicalism," "The Musicality of Black Preaching," and "The Black Church and the Ecumenical Tradition" reflect his teaching and writing interests. He taught in the areas of theology and Black Church Studies and directed the Office of Black Church Affairs prior to his appointment in homiletics. Professor Turner travels widely as a preacher and lecturer. He retains active involvement in church and community activities. Dr. Turner held positions within Duke University in student affairs and Afro-American Studies before joining the Divinity School faculty. He is the pastor of Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham.

Turner will be a plenary speaker on Hope and Liberation.

Break Out Sessions

2022 Break Out Sessions

Each afternoon there will be two opportunities to learn more about an area of theological research or an area of practice. Led by scholars and practitioners, these sessions will offer time for engagement and interaction as we grow and learn together. Break-out sessions will take place from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Break Out I) and from 3:15-4:45 p.m. (Break Out II). Descriptions are listed below.

Wednesday – Break Out I

New Creation

Continued conversation with plenary speakers
Presenters: Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Avery Davis Lamb

Introduction to Conflict Transformation and Restorative Circles

A restorative circle is a collective tool for building community and addressing conflict.  It offers an opportunity for facilitated dialogue and mutual understanding where everyone has a voice, even though the participants may not agree on everything said within the circle. This session on restorative circles will allow participants to learn the basics of the restorative approach to conflict transformation, and to discover the potential of this community-based tool. The instructor will prioritize sharing about the elements and preparation needed to participate in an actual restorative circle (Session 2).  While this introductory session is by no means enough preparation for anyone to run a restorative circle, it will allow participants to become familiar with the restorative approach to conflict transformation and to understand the dynamics of restorative circles.
Presenter: Dr. Nina Balmaceda

Wednesday – Break Out II

Disability Justice: Cultivating Anti-Ableist Practices in Church and Community

In this workshop, we will examine our assumptions related to disability and ableism. Considering diverse perspectives on defining disability, disability language, disability justice, and promoting access, we will begin to identify anti-ableist practices for our work in church and community contexts. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore how disabled voices and perspectives might be amplified in their particular contexts. By cultivating an increased consciousness of disability justice, workshop participants will gain skills in facilitating more accessible and robust participation in restorative practices among both disabled and non-disabled groups.
Presenter: Dr. Sarah Jean Barton

Reconciling Migration and the Longing for Home

Christian moral responses to global mass migration have tended to focus on mitigating the woundedness of contemporary migration: the perilous journeys many immigrants undertake to seek refuge and the social, legal, and physical walls that nations build founded on the belief that migrants are threats to the safety and stability of ‘home.’ Yet our moral responses to these wounds depends upon understanding the kind of meta-narrative about the purpose, meaning, and ends of migration and home in which we find ourselves. This session will explore how migration and home are envisioned within the biblical narrative of a good creation, under the bondage of human sin, yet being judged and redeemed in Christ. Inside this narrative, migration and home are presented as gifts to delight in- not merely as realities caught up in cycles of violence and death. Together we will discuss how our legal policies and social practices might change if we viewed migration and the work of cultivating a sense of home in the world as means of participating in God’s reconciling work in creation.
Presenter: Dr. Alberto La Rosa Rojas

Thursday – Break Out I


Continued conversation with plenary speakers
Presenters: Dr. Sangwoo Kim, Lenore Three Stars

Guns and Christianity in American Life: A Theological Assessment and Response
From serving on armed church security teams to practicing concealed carry in everyday life, many American Christians see guns and Christian discipleship as compatible with each other. This session draws upon fieldwork carried out with Christian handgun owners and Christian anti-gun violence activists in North Carolina to explore why this is the case and how we might respond to this phenomenon in our churches and communities. Attendees will hear real-life stories about how and why American Christians have integrated guns into their lives and explore theological proposals by which ecclesial communities can faithfully witness against the place given to guns in American life.
Presenter: Dr. Michael Grigoni

Understanding Implicit Bias

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  These biases, which include both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control.  Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from explicit biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness.  The implicit associations we harbor in our subconscious cause us to have feelings and attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, and appearance.  We all have these biases and more often than not, these biases do not necessarily align with our declared beliefs or even reflect stances we would explicitly endorse. This session will include a conversation about implicit bias, how to begin to explore what yours are and how to gradually unlearn our unhelpful implicit associations.
Presenter: Rev. Chris Brady

Thursday – Break Out II

Environmental Justice and Citizen Science as Christian Ministry

This session is dedicated to equipping participants to understand what environmental justice is, how it bears witness to God's reconciling work, and what it looks like in practice. After an overview of these topics, participants will share experiences, knowledge, and strategies for identifying environmental injustices and carrying out the work of environmental justice. One particular strategy that will be foregrounded in this session is known as "citizen science," which involves everyday people and non-specialists in the work of producing knowledge about environmental injustices and community health inequalities in order to build power and possibility for change.
Presenter: Dr. Ryan Juskus

Reflections on Reckoning and Repair: Public Theology and Anti-Racism Strategy

American race relations today can be described as tense as anytime in the nation’s history, post slavery. Racial reckoning has surfaced in some form across the whole of American society. The lynching of George Floyd and the murder of Breonna Taylor and other Black victims of police and vigilante terrorism has prompted renewed reflection and action about pathways toward provisional or lasting racial reconciliation. All across the land cities and municipalities are removing statues and landmarks that reflect America’s white supremacist past. New Orleans, Charlottesville, and Baltimore are sites of such corrective and creative resistance. Community-based organizations across our country have also been raising the issue of reparations in a fashion not witnessed since the end of the 1960s. Evanston, IL, Memphis, TN., and Boston, MA are places where reparations talks have arisen with various degrees of seriousness.

During this workshop, participants will hear observations about Boston’s fledgling racial repair movement from the Rev. Kevin Peterson, founder of the New Democracy Coalition. Rev. Peterson has been a leader in the city’s reparations movement, which he views as a vehicle toward racial reconciliation. Participants will engage in dialogue about whether we truly find ourselves at a moment of racial reckoning across the country, and will reflect on strategies that further deepen discussions about race and reconciliation work against theological perspectives, as they exist in the Black Prophetic engagement framework.
Presenter: Rev. Kevin Petersen

Friday – Break Out I

Hope & Liberation

Continued conversation with plenary speakers
Presenters: Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, Tyesha Harden, Dr. William Turner

WayFinder: Equipping Your Church To Serve Confidently In A Divided Culture

In our churches today, our default approach to conflict is often to choose sides, go to battle, or draw away. What if the conflicts in our midst are the opportunity we need to mature in our Christian faith and witness to a watching world how Christ holds His people together? At the Colossian Forum, we have invested years developing and refining The WayFinder Leadership Training and Development Program, leader training and development program to equip Christian leaders to serve confidently in a divided culture. In this workshop, we will provide the frame for WayFinder, begin practicing together, and show you how you can bring WayFinder to your church.
Presenter: Kevin Douglas

Story Circles: A Practical Tool for Fostering Intercultural Competence and Building Community

Connecting people, bridging divides and building community is more important now than ever.  The United Nations has developed a tool to do just that and has been using this tool, called UNESCO Story Circles, around the world - both in- person and virtually.  Come hear more about this impactful methodology for bridging divides from the author of the open access Manual on Developing Intercultural Competencies: Story Circles (available in 6+ languages) and from a Community Pastor who is using this in south Durham to build community. 
Presenters: Dr. Darla K. Deardorff and Rev. Sharon Schulze

Friday – Break Out II

Cultivating a Culture of Belonging

The United States has become a deeply polarized place, with people firmly encamped as either “red” or “blue.” Can the church be a place of “purple,” where polarized perspectives meet on common ground? This session will focus discussion around creating a culture of belonging, as faith seeks understanding, both internally and externally. The foundational internal work is driven by a month-long Bible Study, where Scripture is discussed in context with some of America’s most controversial and polarizing policies (ex: immigrants as neighbors, affirmative action, reparations, and gender equality). The external work is driven by a church calendar that moves beyond liturgical seasons to seek cultural understanding by merging the sacred and secular in observing things like Black History Month (Feb), Women’s History Month (March), Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 15-Oct. 15), and Earth Day (April 22).      
Presenter: Dr. Jay Augustine

Participate in a Restorative Circle*

This session will offer participants the opportunity to experience first-hand the dynamics of taking part in a restorative circle.  Participants and their circle keeper will engage with one another, sharing personal experiences and reflections on questions about meaningful concerns, within a context that requires courage, humility, vulnerability, and complete confidentiality. 

*Participation is limited to 15 people.  Attendance at Session 1: Introduction to Restorative Circles is a prerequisite to participate.
Presenter: Dr. Nina Balmaceda



Registration for the 2022 Summer Institute for Reconciliation has closed.

Accommodations, Meals & Travel


All participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Durham

A block of rooms has been set up at the Home2 Suites Durham with a special rate of $99. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and wi-fi. To reserve a room online, click here. To reserve a room by phone, call the hotel at 919.680.9000 and provide the name 'Duke Divinity Summer Institute'. To receive the discounted rate reservations must be made no later than May 1, 2022.


Participants and faculty will share some meals together throughout the week. This space and time is a crucial part of the Summer Institute for Reconciliation, allowing for small group conversations, new friendships, and the practice of shared table fellowship among a diverse group of believers. Therefore, the registration fee includes the following:

  • Coffee/ snacks   Wednesday-Friday
  • Lunch Wednesday-Friday

Additional options for local dining will be included in the participant information upon arrival.

NOTE: For currently enrolled Duke Divinity School students attending the Summer Institute for Reconciliation as part of a course for credit, catering costs have not been included in your tuition payments for the year. When you register for the institute, you will have the opportunity to pay a fee to be included in the catering or bring your own food and join us during meals.


Air Transportation

The nearest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), a 20-minute drive to Duke University. 

Rail Transportation

The Durham Train Station offers Amtrak service to and from Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, N.C., Washington, D.C, New York City, and points in between. Make reservations in advance online or by phone.

Ground Transportation

Directions to Duke University


If you are driving to the Summer Institute any day of the event, it is recommended that you register and pay in advance for vouchers to park on-campus. Purchased vouchers are for the Bryan Center (PGIV) Parking Garage (see map): a three-minute walk to the Divinity School (see map), and cost $36 ($12/day). You will receive three single-use vouchers to exit the parking garage.

Parking vouchers must be purchased by noon on Friday, May 6th and may be picked up at the registration table on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. No extra vouchers will be available for sale during the institute.