In addition to its teaching and research, DITA promotes direct engagement with the arts to bring communities into reflection on the Christian story. These performances, art installations, and other events are aimed at fostering and encouraging the arts at the Divinity School, as well as in the wider community at Duke, in Durham, and further afield in the U.S. and Europe.

DITA has hosted a number of other events throughout the years, including a performance of Mendelssohn’s rarely performed St. Paul, a choral work that sets texts mainly from the Acts of the Apostles to music; lectures with award-winning artist Makoto Fujimura; a performance of Benjamin Britten’s The Holy Sonnets of John Donne; a performance of the St John Passion by the distinguished composer  James MacMillan in King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England; and a number of Distinguished Lectures in Theology and the Arts, with guest speakers including Professor Nicholas Wolterstorff, Professor Roger Lundin, and Professor Robin Jensen.