David Arcus, chapel organist and associate university organist, was director of the 2010 National Competition in Organ Improvisation during the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Washington, D.C., in July. He was also moderator of a panel discussion on improvisation competitions during the convention. In June, he performed an organ recital for the 275th anniversary celebration of St. John’s (Hain’s) United Church of Christ in Wernersville, Pa., where he and his wife, the Rev. Robin Townsley Arcus D’91, were married. David oversaw the commissioning of a new hymn text by Brian Wren for the 75th anniversary of Duke Chapel. He was organist for the Duke Chapel Choir’s performance of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem and other anthems in Duke Chapel in April, and in February he performed a solo organ recital at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kate Bowler published the entry “Positive Thinking” in The Encyclopedia of Religion in America, edited by Charles Lippy and Peter Williams (CQ). She presented “World Christianity in America” at the Texas Annual Conference Youth Academy, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, July 15; and preached the sermon “Covenant” at the 2010 Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation June 23.
Jason Byassee published a review of Brian Robinette’s Grammars of Resurrection: A Christian Theology of Presence and Absence in the June 15 edition of The Christian Century. At Faith & Leadership , he posted “What the Church Can Learn from Teach For America”; “My God and Your God,” a version of his commencement address at Western Theological Seminary; “Goods and God,” a profile of Tim Keller’s theology of entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship Initiative Forum at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York; and “Entrepreneurship in Action,” a look at 100cameras and Blessed Nest, two winners of the Entrepreneurship Initiative’s business plan competition. He was plenary speaker and faculty member for the 2010 St. Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology & the Arts, “The News and the Good News,” July 19–23.
Charles Campbell attended and gave a panel presentation at the Christian Scholars’ Conference in Nashville, Tenn., where he also lectured at the Otter Creek Church of Christ. He gave three lectures and preached at the Zentrum für evangelische Predigtkultur in Wittenberg, Germany; taught a D.Min. class in Chicago for the Association of Chicago Theological Schools; preached at Duke Chapel and at First Presbyterian Church, Kenly, N.C.; and attended the biennial meeting of Societas Homiletica at Yale.
Kenneth L. Carder presented a lecture entitled “The World’s Children: Victims and Victors” at the opening session of the 2010 Peace Conference held at Lake Junaluska, N.C., Sept. 19–21. The theme of the conference was “Peace for the World’s Children,” and the keynote address was delivered by Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund. He appeared on N.C. Public Television’s “North Carolina People” with William Friday Aug. 27 to discuss the origin, purpose, and content of the conference.
He delivered the keynote address for the “Abolishing Poverty in Appalachia” conference at First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Kingsport, Tenn., Sept. 10–11. He preached the sermon for the Service of Commissioning and Ordination at the Holston Annual Conference June 13, and led a session with Cal Turner on leadership at the conference session June 14.
Jackson Carroll taught a four-week course, “Christians Face Religious Diversity,” at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Durham, N.C., in March. On May 27, he gave a lecture at Croasdaile Village in Durham on the history of religious diversity in America.
Mark Chaves published several articles: “Thanks, but No Thanks: Congregations Say No to the Faith-Based Initiative” in The Christian Century (June 1, 2010); “Did the Faith-Based Initiative Change Congregations?” (with co-author Bob Wineburg) in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (39.2, 2010); “Rain Dances in the Dry Season: Overcoming the Religious Congruence Fallacy,” his presidential address to the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, delivered in October 2009, in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (49.1, 2010); and “The Prevalence of Clergy Sexual Advances toward Adults in Their Congregations” (with co-author Diana Garland) in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (48.4, 2009). He delivered the lectures “Did the Faith-Based Initiative Change Congregations?” at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., in February; and “Continuity and Change in American Religion,” at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Observatoire des Religions en Suisse, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, in December 2009.
Ellen Davis joined Wendell Berry on the public radio program Speaking of Faith in a discussion entitled “Land, Life, and the Poetry of Creatures,” which aired on stations nationwide in mid-June. Also in June she gave the opening address in Louisville, Ky., for a two-week Agrarian Road Trip sponsored by the Presbyterian Hunger Program and the PCUSA. In July, she attended the annual meeting of the Theological Education Commission of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and inaugurated a leadership seminar for some 25 theological educators, bishops, and others from various parts of Sudan on the subject “The Bible and the Environment.” In August, she gave the Stern Lectures at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on the topic “Between Jerusalem and Jerusalem.”
Susan Eastman published “Israel and the Mercy of God: A Re-reading of Galatians 6.16 and Romans 9–11” in New Testament Studies (56.3, 2010); and “Galatians” in The New Interpreter’s Bible One-Volume Commentary, edited by Beverly Gaventa and David Petersen (Abingdon). Eastman and her husband, Ed, presented a workshop on theological education in the Episcopal Church of Sudan at the annual conference of the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Va., June 4–6. They reported on their work last January at Renk Theological College in Southern Sudan through the Renk Visiting Teacher program, supported by Duke Divinity School and Virginia Theological Seminary.
Mary McClintock Fulkerson presented “Social Memory as Redemptive Ritual” on the panel “Quiet Violence: The Pauli Murray Project” at the John Hope Franklin Center National Symposium, “Reconciliation in America: Moving beyond Racial Violence,” in Tulsa, Okla., June 2–4. She was a plenary speaker at the international ecclesiology conference “Being Surprised by God: Embodied Ecclesiology in Local Contexts” in Utrecht, Netherlands, June 21–24. Her paper was entitled “Redemptive Disruptions and the Social Implications of Eucharistic Memory.” She was a participant preacher in the Second Service Commemorating the Life of Pauli Murray at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church, Durham, N.C., July 1; and a panel participant in the Black Theodicy Forum, sponsored by the UNC Institute of African American Research, in Chapel Hill, N.C., Aug. 6–7.
Paul Griffiths published “The Cross as the Fulcrum of Politics: Expropriating Agamben on Paul” in Paul, Philosophy, and the Theopolitical Vision, edited by Douglas Harink (Cascade). In March, he participated with Stanley Fish in a public discussion of the virtue-vice of curiosity at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In May, he lectured for the Lumen Christi Institute under the title “From Curiosity to Studiousness: Catechizing the Appetite for Knowledge” in Chicago, Ill.; spoke to the Raleigh (N.C.) chapter of the Catholic Physicians Guild under the title “The Human Person and the Meaning of Health”; spoke on the topic of the priesthood at the Assembly for Priests of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh; and was the concluding, keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Academy for Catholic Theology in Washington, D.C., under the title “‘The Word of the Lord’: Notes toward a Theology of the Versions.” In June, he spoke on the topic of J.H. Newman’s Grammar of Assent at the summer institute at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, R.I.
Amy Laura Hall published “Charles Kingsley’s Christian Darwinism” in the volume Theology after Darwin, edited by Michael Northcott and R.J. Berry (Paternoster). She served as a bioethics consultant to the World Council of Churches meeting on embryonic stem cell research in Volos, Greece, in November 2009; and presented a paper on race and social Darwinism for a senior scholar panel at the American Academy for the Advancement of Science in San Diego, Calif., in February. She gave the Wiley Lectures at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, in April; and the Phillip Wogaman Lecture at Foundry UMC in Washington, D.C., in May. Hall was part of a winning three-year project proposal on science, poverty, and virtue for the University of Chicago Arete Initiative.
Stanley Hauerwas published “Pragmatism and Democracy: Assessing Jeffrey Stout’s Democracy and Tradition” in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (78.2, 2010); “Speaking Christian: A Commencement Address for Eastern Mennonite Seminary” in Mennonite Quarterly Review (84.3, 2010); a review of The Ten Commandments, by Patrick Miller, in Theology Today (67.2, 2010); and “‘Long Live the Weeds and the Wilderness Yet’: Reflections on A Secular Age” (with Romand Coles) in Modern Theology (26.3, 2010). He spoke June 2 at the Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., and presented “Why Is War a Moral Necessity for America?” at Peace Among the Peoples, Elkhart, Ind., July 29. He presented “America’s God” Aug. 2 at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Marietta, Ga. The volume Unsettling Arguments: A Festschrift on the Occasion of Stanley Hauerwas’s 70th Birthday, edited by Charles R. Pinches, Kelly S. Johnson, and Charles M. Collier, was published by Cascade Books.
Richard B. Hays published “Intertextuelle Pneumatologie: Die paulinische Rede vom Heiligen Geist” in Zeitschrift für Neues Testament (25, 2010). He delivered the sermons “The Word of Reconciliation,” at the Duke Center for Reconciliation’s Summer Institute, June 1; “Carrying the Death of Jesus,” at the opening session of the North Carolina Annual Conference in Greenville, N.C., June 10; “Reasoning on the Basis of Incarnation,” at the Duke Youth Academy, June 24; and “Consider How to Irritate One Another,” at the Divinity School’s Summer Course of Study, July 14. At the annual meeting of the SNTS in Berlin, Germany, he gave a response to Matthias Konradt, “Ethik im Neuen Testament.”
Andrew Keck was elected to the board of directors of the American Theological Library Association. At the ATLA Annual Conference, he served on a panel presentation on writing and publishing and provided a report of his work in Cote d’Ivoire to the International Collaboration Committee Roundtable. He also worked with the libraries at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University to receive a planning grant from the State Library of North Carolina for a project entitled “The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection.”
Warren Kinghorn presented a paper, “Ordering ‘Mental Disorder’: Theology and the Disputed Boundaries of Psychiatric Diagnosis,” at the annual meeting of the Society for Spirituality, Theology, and Health in Durham, N.C., in June; and served as a respondent at the academic conference of the Society for Christian Psychology in Louisville, Ky., in September.
Richard Lischer was the speaker at the triennial Clergy Conference of the Diocese of Chester in England. He delivered three lectures under the conference theme, “Preaching into Poverty,” and led a seminar titled “Prophecy and Poetry in Martin Luther King Jr.” Later in the summer, he taught for a week at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Collegeville, Minn., on the theme “Writing and the Pastoral Life.” His anthology The Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching, Augustine to the Present has recently been translated into Japanese.
Randy L. Maddox published “Theology of John and Charles Wesley” in the T&T Clark Companion to Methodism, edited by Charles Yrigoyen Jr. (T&T Clark).
Anathea Portier-Young taught the D.Min. course “Old Testament Prophets” June 21–July 9 at Sewanee: The University of the South. She taught sessions on the prophets Amos and Hosea at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Durham, N.C., July 11 and 18. Throughout August, she was scholar in residence at Millbrook Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., where she preached the sermon “I Do Not Delight in the Blood of Bulls” (Isaiah 1) Aug. 8 and taught the series “War and Peace in the Historical Books.” She attended the European Association of Biblical Studies/International Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Tartu, Estonia, July 26–29, where she delivered two papers, “Seleucid State Terror and the Reconquest of Jerusalem” and “The Edict of Antiochus: Persecution and the Unmaking of the Judean World,” and chaired two sessions on apocalyptic literature. She presented the paper “Greek Giants, Silent Stars, and Knowledges That Kill: Critical Inversion as Symbolic Resistance in the Book of the Watchers” Aug. 2 at the Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting at Loyola Marymount University, where she also met with the CBA Strategic Planning Committee, of which she is a part.
Chris Rice, co-director of the Duke Center for Reconciliation, gave a presentation at “Building an East Asian Peace Community and the Role of International Society” in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 24–26, sponsored by the International Peace Corps of Religions. He also participated in a consultation at the Boston University School of Theology, “Teaching Religion, Conflict Transformation, and Peacebuilding: A Consultation of Educators in Theology and Religion,” Aug. 9–11.
Laceye Warner published “Mega-Churches: A New Ecclesiology or An Ecclesial Evangelism?” in Review and Expositor (Winter 2010). In June, she co-presented, with John VerBerkmoes, “Outcomes Assessment” at the ATS Biennial Meeting in Montreal, Canada; and taught the Adult Vacation Bible School class “Resurrecting the Word: Practicing Evangelism” at Asbury UMC, Durham, N.C. She gave the plenary address “Heeding the Spirit’s Call: Methodism” at the Texas Annual Conference Youth Academy, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, July 14; and presented “Resurrecting the Word: Evangelism for Today” at the annual retreat of Chinese UMC, New York, N.Y., Aug. 12–15. In September, she preached and presented “Wesleyan Evangelism” at First United Methodist Church in Salisbury, N.C.
Jo Wells served as the Old Testament contributor for the adult education DVD teaching series “Anglicanism: A Gift in Christ” (Anglican Communion Institute), which came out in July. She led the all-church retreat for Messiah Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minn., June 11–13, presenting “Themes from Exodus: God leads the people out, for what?” She was a keynote speaker for the Warren Burns Learning Series at a weekend organized jointly by Galloway United Methodist Church and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Miss., Aug. 21–22.
Sam Wells published Christian Ethics: An Introductory Reader (Wiley-Blackwell); Living Out Loud, with co-author Stanley Hauerwas, edited by Luke Bretherton et al. (Paternoster); Liturgy Comes to Life, a photo book about worship and its role in Christian formation; “The Nature and Destiny of Serious Theology” in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics: God and Power, edited by Richard Harries and Stephen Platten (Oxford University Press); and “Bell and the Voice of the Church in Time of War” in Crucible (April–June 2010). He delivered the baccalaureate address at Elon University in May and the commencement address at Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, N.C., in June. He led a retreat for the clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida in September.
Luba Zakharov was elected by the Duke University Perkins Library staff to serve as secretary to the Duke University Librarians Assembly. She was a contributor to the “Theological Libraries Month: Success Stories” poster session at the American Theological Library Association conference in Louisville, Ky. She also participated in the planning for the conference session “Great Underappreciated and Much Needed Works of Theological Reference.” In July, she accepted the appointment of secretary to the ATLA Public Services Interest Group Steering Committee.