Jeremy Begbie published “The Sense of an Ending,” in A Place for Truth, edited by Dallas Willard (InterVarsity). His book Resonant Witness: Conversations between Music and Theology, arising out of the Theology and Music Colloquium established by Begbie in 2001 and co-edited with Steven Guthrie, was released in January. His review of Christopher Page’s The Christian West and Its Singers appeared in Books and Culture (September/October 2010). During the fall semester, Begbie delivered the New College Lecture Series in Sydney, Australia, addressing the theme “Music, Modernity, and God.” Each of the three lectures attended to a major theme pertinent to the modern age—creativity, freedom, and language. Further speaking engagements included the Craigie Lecture in Calgary, Alberta; the Hoon/Bullock Lecture Series in San Antonio, Texas; and the Legge Lectures at Union Church, Hong Kong. In November, he presented “Music and Emotion in Worship: Have We Anything to Fear?” at the third annual colloquium of the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission, Berkeley, Calif.
Catherine Bowler wrote “The Spaces in Between” for Christianity Today’s Kyria Digizine (October 2010). She gave a talk entitled “Urban Renewal: The Prosperity Gospel in the City” at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 30.
Jason Byassee contributed the entries “Allegory” and “Typology” to the Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, edited by Ian McFarland, David Fergusson, Karen Kilby, and Iain Torrance, forthcoming in early 2011. He posted “Surprises in Sudan: Reading the Bible with Southern Sudanese Christians” on the website of Christianity Today. Byassee spoke to the board of the Elon Homes in Charlotte, N.C., in November; and to the gathering of A Foundation for Theological Education at Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Ga., in January. He preached at Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School, Oct. 18; and taught Sunday school as a part of “Semester @ Centenary” at Centenary United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., Nov. 7.
Kenneth L. Carder co-authored, with Laceye Warner, Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition (United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry). In October, he delivered a keynote address and preached for the closing conference of Memphis Theological Seminary’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program. This six-year program of peer-group learning and formation for Memphis-area pastors was one of 60 SPE projects across the country funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. Also in October, he presented the concluding lecture, “Conflict as Threat and Opportunity,” at the Transforming Conflict as Ministry Conference at Candler School of Theology. Carder has been selected to co-chair the planning committee for the 2011 interfaith and ecumenical Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska, N.C., which will focus on the theme “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace: Seeking Economic Justice for All God’s Children.”
Mark Chaves gave the Alan Keith-Lucas Lecture, “Religious Trends in America,” at the annual meeting of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work, Durham, N.C., Nov. 12. His research project on congregational decision making about clergy compensation has received a $600,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
Susan Eastman published “Philippians 2:6–11: Incarnation as Mimetic Participation,” in the inaugural issue of the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters (Fall 2010). At the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Ga., she participated in a panel review of The Eucharist and Ecumenism, by George Hunsinger, for the Karl Barth Society of North America; and presented “‘The Evil I Do Not Want Is What I Do’: Sin and Evil in Romans” for a session on evil and biblical hermeneutics.
Mary McClintock Fulkerson published “Womyn and the Theological Perspective,” in Womyn: The Queer Experience (Fall 2010). She spoke about the Durham Pauli Murray Project at the Durham Congregations in Action meeting at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Durham, N.C., Oct. 9. At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Ga., she presented “Response to Practices of Reconciliation and Forgiveness” at the Practical Theology & Liberal Theology Joint Session, and “Liberal Theology and Spirituality” at the Unitarian Universalist Scholars & Friends Discussion
Paul J. Griffiths published “Gaudium et Spes, Luctus et Angor: The Dramatic Character of the Human Condition,” in Nova et Vetera (English edition; 8/2, 2010). In August, he was a guest on WUNC-FM’s The State of Things to discuss ideas about the afterlife; led an intensive five-day doctoral seminar on Augustine for the Lumen Christi Institute at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago; and spoke to the young adults of the Archdiocese of Chicago under the title “Arguing with Atheists: Can We Win and Should We Try?” In September, he traveled to England on pilgrimage to the beatification of John Henry Newman. In October, he spoke about John Henry Newman’s beatification at St. Thomas More Parish, Chapel Hill, N.C.; presented “Identifying the Beloved in the Song of Songs” at Loyola University of Maryland; lectured and led discussion on religious diversity and on marriage and the theology of the body at Saints Mary & Edward Catholic Parish, Roxboro, N.C.; and delivered the keynote address “Defending Life by Embracing Death: The ars moriendi and Caring for Health” at a conference on human dignity and the future of health care at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
W. Stephen Gunter has received a summer 2011 research grant from the Netherlands Society for Scientific Research to continue research for a forthcoming book, The ‘Sentiments’ of Jacobus Arminius: A Reformation Theologian. In conjunction with the school’s exchange program with the Free University of Amsterdam, Prof. Dr. Martien Brinkman will be a scholar-in-residence at Duke while Gunter is in the Netherlands.
Stanley Hauerwas participated in a public conversation with Luke Bretherton and John Milbank at the Faith and Public Policy Forum, King’s College, London, Oct. 18; and a public debate on death at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Oct. 19. He delivered the Carl Lecture at First United Methodist Church, Schenectady, N.Y., Nov. 7; “Sacrificing the Sacrifices of War” at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., Nov. 8; and “On Being a Theologian in the Public Square” at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind., Nov. 15. He preached at Dayspring Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, Dec. 5; and presented “A Conversation with Stanley Hauerwas” at Baylor University Dec. 6.
Richard P. Heitzenrater published “Evangelical Awakenings in the Atlantic Community,” in The Cambridge History of Religions in America, edited by Stephen J. Stein, 3 vols. (Cambridge University Press); “John and Charles Wesley: Life, Ministry, and Legacy,” in T&T Clark Companion to Methodism, edited by Charles Yrigoyen (T&T Clark); “Finding Wesley,” in Methodism and History, edited by Peter Forsaith in honor of John Vickers (Wesley Historical Society); and “Charles Wesley and James Oglethorpe in Georgia,” in Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society, edited by ST Kimbrough Jr. (2010). In October, he led the Autumn Adventures week “Living with the Wesleys,” with ST Kimbrough Jr., at Epworth By the Sea, St. Simons Island, Ga.; and a three-day pastors’ retreat for the Orders of Elder and Deacon in the North Alabama Annual Conference at Camp Sumatanga, Ala. He presented the presidential address, “Inventing Church History,” and chaired the session “Methodist Media: Comparing Means of Communicating the Message” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Church History, Boston, Mass., in January. During the winter term, he is teaching the course “Codebreakers and Secret Writing” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke.
Emmanuel Katongole’s newest book, The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa (Eerdmans), was published as part of the Ekklesia series. Katongole presented “Pursuing Reconciliation in Africa: Stories from Bethany,” the lecture accompanying his reception of Duke’s 2010 Thomas A. Langford Award, Nov. 9. As director of the Great Lakes Initiative of the Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation, he convened the inaugural GLI Leadership Institute in Kampala, Uganda, Jan. 16–22, co-sponsored by the Center for Reconciliation, African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM), the Mennonite Central Committee, and World Vision International.
Richard A. Lischer appeared in the PBS American Experience documentary God in America. His interview dealt with the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. for American religious life. Earlier in the fall, he spoke to representatives of the two First Baptist churches of Raleigh, N.C., in their series “From Separation to Reconciliation.” This academic year he is participating in a universitywide interdisciplinary seminar called “Narrative in Action,” dealing with the role of narrative in shaping social movements. His book The Preacher King has been published in Japanese, becoming the fourth of his volumes to be translated into the Japanese language.
David M. Moffitt published “Unveiling Jesus’ Body: A Fresh Assessment of the Relationship between the Veil and Jesus’ Flesh in Hebrews 10:20,” in Perspectives in Religious Studies (37, 2010). In July, he presented a paper entitled “P.Duk.inv. 727R: A 3rd-Century B.C.E. Legal Dispute with Some Προσήλυτοι in the Fayyum and Its Significance for the Usage of Προσήλυτος in the LXX” at the meeting of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies in Helsinki, Finland. In November, he attended the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta and read the paper “Blood, Life, and Purification: Reassessing Hebrews’ Christological Appropriation of Yom Kippur,” for which he won one of two 2010 SBL Regional Scholars awards.
Joy J. Moore was a delegate to the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism, Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 17–24. This summer, she preached for the 2010 General Conference of the Brethren in Christ at Messiah College, Grantham, Pa.; and lectured to the D.Min. students at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. In September, she preached a revival service for Union Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. Moore has joined the advisory board for the Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation.
G. Sujin Pak taught a joint adult study this fall for Reconciliation UMC and Asbury Temple UMC entitled “Thinking about Marriage Theologically.”
Richard Payne presented “Relieving Suffering—By Whose Authority?” at the Symposium at the 13th World Congress on Pain, Montreal, Canada, Sept. 1–3; and “Spirituality and Aging” at the 2010 Kaiser Permanente National Geriatrics and Palliative Care Conference, San Diego, Calif., Sept. 24–26. He attended the Health Sector Assembly in Sundance, Utah, Oct. 14–16; and participated in the “Easeful Death: 21st Century Perspectives on Assisted Suicide” conference at the Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, N.Y., Nov. 3–5. Payne has been invited to serve as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education.
Anathea Portier-Young published Apocalypse Against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism (Eerdmans). Her article “Daniel: ‘Apocalypse Then and Now’” appeared in the January issue of Sojourners. She posted four lectionary commentaries for Advent at WorkingPreacher.org, on the following texts: First Sunday, Isaiah 2:1–5; Second Sunday, Isaiah 11:1–10; Third Sunday, Isaiah 35:1–10; Fourth Sunday, Isaiah 7:10–16. This fall, she taught a five-part lecture series, “Creative Womb and Word,” at Holy Family Catholic Church, Hillsborough, N.C. In November, she attended the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, where she also met with the Catholic Biblical Association Strategic Planning Committee, of which she is a part. She preached the sermon “My Spirit Stands,” on Haggai 1:15b–2:9, in Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School, Nov. 10.
Charles Michael Smith T’62, D’65, pastor-in-residence since retiring from the N.C. Conference in 2008, is now working part time with Duke Divinity School development following stints as instructor in worship and mentor to several students. Dean Richard Hays has requested that he also participate in the school’s new emphasis on theology and the arts. Smith became a Duke University trustee emeritus July 1 following 12 years of service on that board, for which he was honored with a farewell dinner led by President Richard Brodhead, Vice President and Vice Provost L. Gregory Jones, and Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Smith was guest soloist at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh Nov. 27, and for the annual Weekend Meeting of Associates of Lake Junaluska in August. He and his wife, Barbara, live in their hometown, Washington, N.C., where this summer they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Moody Smith, George Washington Ivey Professor Emeritus of New Testament, was the Peter Rhea and Ellen Jones Lecturer at McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 17–19. Dean Alan Culpepper G’74 organized a symposium on the Epistles of John around the lectures, which were entitled “Jesus Is God” (the Gospel of John) and “Jesus Was Man” (the Epistles of John). Other participants included both Culpepper, who has published widely on the Johannine literature, and Peter Rhea Jones himself.
Geoffrey Wainwright traveled to Fulda, Germany, this fall to chair the final session in the current round of the international dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church. The report “Encountering Christ the Savior: Church and Sacraments” will be presented to the WMC next year in Durban, South Africa, and to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Laceye Warner published, with co-author Kenneth Carder, Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition (United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry).
Audrey Ward has joined the Divinity School as executive director of communications. She worked previously at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was assistant vice chancellor of communications for Information Technology Services and director of communications for the UNC School of Law.
Jo Bailey Wells preached and led the Rector’s Forum, “Aspects of Enduring Influence: Developing Greats in the Church of the 21st century,” at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 31. She was keynote speaker for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas Clergy Conference, addressing the topic “Preaching the Old Testament,” Nov. 2–3.
Samuel Wells traveled in October to the Netherlands to deliver the keynote address at the University of Utrecht conference “Faith in a Secular Age,” and then preached at the annual Judges’ Service in Liverpool Cathedral. In November, he preached at Princeton University Chapel. He was the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Society of Lutheran Ethicists in January. He also spoke at Main Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., and delivered the Staley Lecture at Davidson College.
Lauren F. Winner is on leave from Duke this academic year as a fellow at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Her study A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia (Yale University Press) was released this fall. Winner reviewed Mark Valeri’s Heavenly Merchandize in the November/December issue of Books and Culture, and Jeffrey Stout’s Blessed Are the Organized in the January issue of Sojourners. In October, she gave the Zabriskie Lecture at the Cathedral of All Souls, Asheville, N.C.
Norman Wirzba presented “Eating as a Theological Concern” at the Critical Issues Symposium at Hope College, Holland, Mich., Oct. 6; “Preaching the Theme of Creation” at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Council of Churches, Oct. 14; “A World of Priests: Receiving and Giving the World” at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 1; and “Why Theologians Should Be Agrarians” at a meeting of the Raleigh Area Theological Society, Nov. 11.