Our initiatives exemplify our commitment to embodied wisdom, keeping us in touch with real human needs of society and helping us to see how God is at work in the world. In collaboration with other disciplines and schools at Duke, we grapple with how our interpretation of the gospel must be shaped in order to respond faithfully to our time.
Ormond Center for Thriving Congregations and Communities
The Ormond Center seeks to equip congregations and their communities to work together for the thriving of all. The Ormond Center does this by working across the Divinity School and Duke University more broadly to catalyze innovative leadership that revitalizes the church and fosters thriving communities.
Center for Reconciliation
The Center for Reconciliation inspires, forms, and supports leaders, communities, congregations, and students to live as ambassadors of reconciliation by engaging with communities in real-world situations of pain and conflict.
Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts
DITA promotes a dynamic interplay between Christian theology and the arts within the Divinity School by exploring the contours of creative theological expression and enriching theological education within the church, academy, and society.
Thriving Rural Communities
The Thriving Rural Communities Initiative works to foster thriving rural North Carolina communities by cultivating faithful rural Christian leadership and fruitful rural United Methodist congregations. With support from The Duke Endowment, the initiative also prepares a select group of students for effective ministry in rural North Carolina.
Traditioned Innovation Project
The Traditioned Innovation Project was conceived with the conviction that Christian institutions need a hopeful vision and embodiment of the future. We believe that such a future is possible when our vision is animated and informed by the best of our past. Through storytelling, cultivating holy friendships, and exploring ideas together, we continue to nourish a moral imagination that leads to transformational action.
Wesleyan Formation Initiatives
Wesleyan Formation Initiatives are built to foster pastoral pathways for various constituencies and include the Duke Accelerated Pastoral Formation Program and the Rediscovering the Heart of Methodism series.
The Gratitude Project
The Duke Youth Academy served high school students for nearly 20 years. These programs and resources aim to preserve the practices of DYA and equip other youth theology programs.