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.
Leadership Education at Duke Divinity
Leadership Education at Duke Divinity aims to create lasting change in U.S. congregations by supporting Christian leaders and the institutions they serve. Leadership Education offers online resources, designs programs and training, and facilitates networks of institutions. It also publishes Faith & Leadership, a learning resource for Christian leaders and their institutions.
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.
Theology, Medicine, and Culture
The Theology, Medicine, and Culture initiative works with individuals, congregations, and communities to reimagine health and healthcare in light of Christian tradition and practices.
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.
Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition
CSWT is an internationally acclaimed center that oversees our Methodist and Wesleyan offerings, supports educational outreach, develops research resources for students and scholars, and produces critical editions of John and Charles Wesley texts.
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.
Clergy Health Initiative
The Duke Clergy Health Initiative is an $18 million, multi-year program intended to improve the health and well-being of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina.
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.
Black Pastoral Leadership Collaboration
The Black Pastoral Leadership Collaboration is a five-year multidisciplinary collaboration that will bring scholars and pastoral leaders together to identify and develop models for strengthening leadership in the black church and beyond
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.