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.
Duke Youth Academy
The Duke Youth Academy is a year-long program for high school students to experience an intensive encounter with Christian life for one week of residency at Duke University and one year of ongoing engagement and practice. The program reflects the Divinity School’s aim to support the next generation of Christian leaders.