The CFR’s programs equip Duke Divinity School students with the tools and resources to practice Christian reconciliation in their future ministries. 

Sojourners Program

The Center for Reconciliation is launching an new initiative specifically for master's-level students at Duke Divinity School beginning in fall 2019. The Sojourners program aims to form students into transformative Christian leaders who are deeply prepared for the mission of reconciliation in the church, academy, and world by connecting to and building on Duke Divinity School’s programs of teaching and learning. Students who participate in the Sojourners program can expect to gain the following: 1) an opportunity to learn from CFR Faculty Director Edgardo Colón-Emeric; 2) a deepened understanding of the interconnectedness of reconciliation work, vocational ministry, and Christian faith and practice; and 3) an awareness of the Word Made Flesh methodology as a framework to underestand and participate in God's mission of reconciliation. Through participation in a series of activities (regular seminar meetings, winter retreat, spring break pilgrimage, and Summer Institute for Reconciliation) Sojourners will deepen their vision of reconciliation and form a community of support with a sense of shared journey and mission. Sojourners will aslo be encouraged to attend events and community-wide activities sponsored by the CFR. The Sojourners cohort will remain small (up to 8 students) to ensure an intimate and meaningful journey for each participant in the program.

Sojourners dates for 2019-2020

  • Meeting dates - Wednesday 12:30-2 p.m.:
    • Sep 25, Oct 23, Nov 6, Nov 20, Dec 4, Jan 15, Feb 12, Feb 26, Mar 25, Apr 8
  • Retreat:
    • Jan 31- Feb 2
  • Pilgrimage:
    • Mar 7-14
  • Summer Institute for Reconciliation:
    • May 18-22

Interested students should complete and submit an application by September 9, 2019. All applicants will be interviewed September 11-14. Final decisions will be communicated the week of September 16.

Conflict Conversation Series

Conflict is a natural part of life and bound to occur, whether in the home, school, community, church, or workplace. However, the way we manage conflict has the potential to support personal, community, and institutional transformation. In partnership with the Conflict Transformation Ministries of the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Center for Reconciliation is pleased to host a yearlong series of conversations about key conflict resolution skills. The goal of this series is to help the Duke Divinity School community understand the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. In addition to giving a short presentation and engaging participants’ questions, speakers will provide practical resources and lists of materials to help equip us in our journey to be more self-aware and more confident as we work in and on conflict. Past topics have included:

  • Your Brain on Conflict: How do our brains respond to conflict?
  • Understanding Implicit Bias: What are our biases, and how do we unlearn our unhelpful implicit associations?
  • White Supremacy Culture: How does white supremacy culture run counter to the gospel call to reconciliation, and how we can work towards dismantling racism? 
  • Boundaries and Relational Covenants: How can relational covenants define personal and communal boundaries and transform conflict?

Reconciliation Conversations Lecture Series

This lecture series explores the idea of reconciliation and what it means in the life of a Christian from a variety of perspectives. These lectures open up important conversations not only among the faculty, staff, and students at Duke Divinity School, but also in the broader Durham community.  Past lectures and workshops have included:

  • Faith-Rooted Community Organizing in a Time of Travail, Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel
  • Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism, Rev. Dr. Allan Aubrey Boesak
  • Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love, Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim
  • Exploring Reconciliation Narratives, Dr. David Anderson Hooker
  • Trustbuilding and Community Change, Rev. Sylvester “Tee” Turner and Robert Corcoran, Hope in the Cities

Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope

Pilgrimages of Pain and Hope are contextual learning trips to locales where deep societal brokenness has been met with a vibrant and holistic Christian witness to the possibility of justice, healing, and wholeness.

CFR partners with non-profit DurhamCares to hold the Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope for Duke Divinity School students and community and other residents of Durham. Through the spiritual practice of pilgrimage, students learn about Durham’s history of oppression by visiting Durham’s historical sites and speaking with community leaders. The pilgrimage invites individuals to gain a sense of “reconciliation from what?” in order to understand “reconciliation toward what?”

Academic Courses

Duke Divinity School is one of the country’s best centers for theological learning, with a historical commitment to reconciliation. In addition to the courses taught by the Center for Reconciliation faculty, many professors focus their core classes and advanced seminars in topics of reconciliation.

Past courses have included:

  • Christian Identity and the Formation of the Racial World
  • Prophetic Ministry: Shaping Communities of Justice
  • Agrarian Theology for an Urban World
  • God’s Ministry of Reconciliation
  • Restorative Justice, Prison Ministry, and the Church
  • Journeys of Reconciliation
  • Feminist Theology: Globalization
  • Disunity in Christ: Difference, Conflict, and Resolution in the Church 
  • Power, Inequality, and Reconciliation 

The Divinity School also offers two certificates related to the fields of justice and reconciliation. These certificates can be earned alongside a degree: