Summer Institute Accepting Applications

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Friday, February 8, 2013

The Center for Reconciliation is accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Institute at Duke Divinity School.

From May 27 to June 1 clergy, practitioners, and seminarians from across the world will gather at Duke for the fifth annual Summer Institute to explore the ministry of reconciliation, justice, and peace-building while fostering community with one another through powerful seminars, shared meal times, prayer and worship, and relaxed moments on Duke’s beautiful campus for reflection and conversation with like-minded partners in ministry.

The week-long experience is designed to lead participants on a spiritual, thoughtful journey exploring reconciliation.

Civil rights activist and author John Perkins talks to Paula Fuller, vice president and director of multiethnic ministries at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, during the opening dinner at the 2012 Summer Institute.“The institute offered me the most important continuing education experience I have had in my 15 years of ministry,” said Rev. Chip Edens of Christ Church in Charlotte, N.C. “The combination of outstanding lectures from experienced leaders, the conversations I had with a very diverse group of individuals, and the extraordinary worship all challenged me and renewed my determination and hope in the work of reconciliation and justice in my own community.  I thank God for the experience.”

This year institute participants will hear from top theologians and practitioners engaged in ministries of reconciliation including Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School; Edgardo Colón-Emeric, assistant professor of Christian theology at Duke Divinity School; Abdullah Antepli, Duke University Muslim chaplain; Dr. Mary Nelson, the founding president and CEO of the urban ministry Bethel New Life, Inc.; Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders, the senior pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C.; and John Perkins, a civil rights activist and author.

Clergy and practitioners gathered at the 2012 Summer Institute to learn from theologians such as Duke Divinity School Dean Richard Hays.In addition, the Summer Institute will offer a special track for strategic leaders of academic, parachurch, and denominational institutions. Guided by Center for Reconciliation Director Chris Rice and Manager for Operations and Programs Abi Riak, these leaders will have the opportunity to explore reconciliation from an institutional perspective, to address current obstacles preventing organizational shalom, and to end the week with more unity and understanding.

Past participants of the Summer Institute have noted its effectiveness in encouraging and connecting fellow reconcilers, in building community that has lasting effects long after the institute has closed, and in providing clergy and practitioners with the theological study and reflection that will help them continue serving faithfully in their ministries in the future.

“As a senior leader in a Christian organization that is committed to ethnic reconciliation and justice, I was energized by the biblical teaching and theological reflection, enriched by the diversity of the participants and experienced faculty, and inspired to continue the journey as we celebrated the wonders of reconciliation and lamented the deep places of pain and division in our world,” said Paula Fuller, Vice President and Director of Multiethnic Ministries, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. “I highly recommend the Summer Institute for leaders who are in search of biblical instruction, relationship-building with experienced practitioners, and personal renewal.”