Jeremy Begbie spoke in April on “The Sound of Hope: How Music Can Help Us Face the Future” and “Re-Timed by God: What Musical Rhythm Can Tell Us about Worship” at Christ Church in Greenwich, Conn. The lectures were delivered as part of Christ Church’s series “Conversations on Courage and Faith.” In the summer, he preached at the chapels of St. John’s College and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (U.K.), and addressed the Oxford University Graduate Christian Union on the topic “The Music of God and the God of Music.” During Holy Week Begbie led an artistic and academic collaboration between scholars and performers from Duke University and Cambridge as part of the Easter at King’s Festival of Music and Services. He gave a Maundy Thursday performance in King’s Chapel of Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen for two pianos with concert pianist Cordelia Williams. Begbie also composed a musical setting of a poem by Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail commissioned for the occasion.
Charles Campbell published Preaching Fools: The Gospel as a Rhetoric of Folly (Baylor University Press), co-authored with Johan Cilliers of Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa; lectured and preached in Berlin, Germany, at an event sponsored by the Zentrum fuer evangelische Predigtkultur; attended the biennial meeting of Societas Homiletica, in Wittenberg, Germany; and lectured at the annual clergy retreat for the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, Episcopal Church (USA).
Kenneth Carder delivered the keynote address for the 20th anniversary celebration of Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Fountain City, Tenn. He also moderated a panel discussion, “Multi-faith Organizing for Children: How to Build Inclusive and Powerful Coalitions,” at the Children’s Defense Fund National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 23; and he delivered the Fall Convocation Lecture at Garrett Evangelical Seminary on Sept. 12. His preaching engagements included Salem UMC on May 20 (where he participated in the confirmation of his granddaughter); Long’s Chapel UMC in Waynesville, N.C., on June 6; and Roan Mountain UMC in Roan Mountain, Tenn., on Aug. 12.
Stephen Chapman published “Food, Famine, and the Nations: A Canonical Approach to Genesis” in Genesis and Christian Theology, edited by Nathan MacDonald, Mark W. Elliott, and Grant Macaskill (Eerdmans), and “Second Temple Jewish Hermeneutics: How Canon Is Not an Anachronism” in Invention, Rewriting, Usurpation: Discursive Fights over Religious Traditions in Antiquity, edited by Joerg. Ulrich, Anders-Christian Jacobsen, and David Brakke (Peter Lang). He presented “Perpetual War: The Case of Amalek” at a May 29–31 conference on “The Bible and Spirituality” jointly sponsored by the University of Gloucestershire and the British Bible Society. In June he taught a session on “Covenant” for the Duke Youth Academy. This fall he serves as director of Duke’s Graduate Program in Religion.
Mark Chaves gave an invited lecture, “Continuity and Change in American Religion,” at Glencoe (Ill.) Union Church on April 12. He also gave the keynote address, “Continuity and Change in American Religion,” at the Eighth Annual Student-Run Ministry Conference, University of Chicago Divinity School, on April 13.
Ellen Davis was in South Sudan June 2–14 teaching on “Isaiah and the Prophetic Ministry of Peacekeeping” and “The Wisdom of the Village: Reading the Book of Proverbs in the Sudanese Church” for United Methodist clergy and for seminary students and other lay and ordained leaders of the Episcopal Church of Sudan. In May she presented a paper at a University of Gloucester (U.K.) conference on “The Bible and Spirituality.” In consultation with a small international group of Anglican scholars and church leaders, she also completed a report on how Anglicans throughout the world read Scripture and use it for moral discernment.
Maria Doerfler received the North American Patristics Society’s Best First Article Prize for her article “The Infant, the Monk and the Martyr: The Death of Children in Eastern Patristic Thought” in the December 2011 issue of Le Museon. Her paper “A Gaul in the Desert: Egyptian Texts and Readers in the Late Ancient Ascetic Imagination” received the Best Graduate Student Paper award at the annual North American Patristic Society meeting in May. In July she gave an invited public lecture at Holy Cross Greek Theological Seminary’s Pappas Patristics Summer Institute in Brookline, Mass., on early developments in Syriac Christianity. She also presented “Judging the World: Monastic Communities and the Formation of Late Ancient Judicial Discourse” at the “Heaven and Earth: Law, Ideology, and the Social Order in Late Antiquity” international roundtable at the University of Manchester (U.K.) in September.
Susan Eastman presented a plenary paper, “Double Participation and the Responsible Self in Romans 5–8,” at “Creation, Conflict, and Cosmos: Romans 5–8,” a conference celebrating the bicentennial of Princeton Theological Seminary held May 2–5.
Curtis W. Freeman published “Pentecostal Power” in the Religious Herald (May 11, 2012) and presented three papers: “A Cure For the Cankering Error: Heterodoxy and Liberty in Tension Among Early English Baptists,” at the Baptist History and Heritage Conference, Raleigh, N.C., on June 9; “The Church of the Triune God: A Response to The Nature and Mission of the Church,” at The Baptist World Alliance Commission on Doctrine and Christian Unity, July 4–5, Santiago, Chile; and “Last Heretic and/or First Baptist? Reflections on the Burning of Edward Wightman in 1612,” at the International Conference on Baptist Studies VI in Wake Forest, N.C., on July 11–14. He also attended the meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion at Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.) May 21–23.
Mary McClintock Fulkerson published “Interpreting a Situation: When Is ‘Empirical’ also ‘Theological’?” in Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography, vol. 1, edited by Pete Ward (Eerdmans). She gave a plenary talk, “Difficult Dialogue and Wisdoms about Difference: Doing as a Way of Knowing,” at “Assisi 2012: Where We Dwell in Common -- Pathways for Dialogue in the 21st Century,” an ecumenical gathering April 17–20 organized by the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network, Domus Pacis, Assisi, Italy. She also presented “Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography: Good News for Theology” at the Conference on Ethnography and Ecclesiology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., May 21–22.
Paul Griffiths published several book reviews: A Case for Irony by Jonathan Lear in Commonweal (March 9, 2012); The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes in First Things (March 2012); Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind by Mark Noll in The Living Church (Feb. 26, 2012); Living Forms of the Imagination by Douglas Hedley in Faith & Philosophy (28.4, 2011); and Introducing Apologetics by James Taylor in Faith & Philosophy (28.3, 2011). He was awarded a Luce Fellowship for 2013 and also appointed Stanton Lecturer at Cambridge University (U.K.) for Lent Term 2013.
Stanley Hauerwas published “Remembering How and What I Think: A Response to the JRE Articles on Hauerwas” in Journal of Religious Ethics (40.2, 2012) and “Sacrifier les sacrifices de la guerre” in Revue d’Ethique et de theologie morale (no. 268, 2012). He wrote the foreword to two collections from Cascade Books: A Faith Not Worth Fighting For, edited by Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer, and The Transgression of the Integrity of God: Essays and Addresses by Craig Keen, edited by Thomas A. Bridges and Nathan R. Kerr. An interview, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers, For They Shall See God: An Interview with Stanley Hauerwas,” appeared in Postliberal Theology and the Church Catholic: Conversations with George Lindbeck, David Burrell, and Stanley Hauerwas, edited by John Wright (Baker Academic). In May he gave the commencement address at Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas, and Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Nashotah, Wis. He presented “Faith and Culture: The Politics of Belief” as a keynote address at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, Australia, on June 15, and spoke on “Slow Church: Abiding Together in the Patient Work of God” for the July 6 plenary session of the Ekklesia Project Annual Gathering at DePaul University in Chicago.
Richard Hays published “ ‘New Covenantalism’: Eine Wiederentdeckung” in Zeitschrift fuer Neues Testament 29; and “Faithful Witness, Alpha and Omega: The Identity of Jesus in the Apocalypse of John” in Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation, which he co-edited with Stefan Alkier (Baylor University Press). Two of his books were recently translated into Russian: Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul and The Conversion of the Imagination: Paul as Interpreter of Israel’s Scripture (Colloquium Publishing). He spoke at the Theological Academy of the Russian Orthodox Church (Kiev, Ukraine) and Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary on May 17–19, and May 24 he presented “Education for Ministry in the Contemporary University at the conference “Christianity and the Flourishing of Universities” at the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life at Oxford University.
Gann Herman traveled to South Korea, Japan, and China to meet with Christian leaders on the issue of reconciliation. She preached at Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill, N.C., on “Holy Ground in Northeast Asia.”
Craig Hill participated on May 11 in the Briefing for Religion Scholars sponsored by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He produced and edited the DVD set “Methodist Identity, Part 2: Our Beliefs,” which will be published fall 2012.
Warren Kinghorn presented at a Veritas Forum event at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., April 12–13, and delivered two presentations, “Is Medicine a Spiritual Vocation?” and “‘God’s Was the Body’: Early Christian Debates and Modern Psychiatric Dualism,” at the National Conference on Medicine and Religion held May 23–25 in Chicago, Ill. He was also named by the Duke psychiatry residents as the 2011–2012 “Teacher of the Year” in the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Richard Lischer was named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2012–2013. He will devote his sabbatical year to research on Christian autobiography and memoir. He preached during Lent at Main Street UMC in Kernersville, N.C., as a part of the congregation’s centennial year of celebration. In connection with the publication of The Preacher King in Japanese, he wrote “A Look Back at the Preacher, Martin Luther King Jr.” for the Japanese journal Alethia. He published a Lenten essay, “Stripped Bare,” in The Christian Century (March 16, 2012). In late spring he served as an evaluative consultant at the Boston University School of Theology, and during the summer he participated in the biennial conference of Societas Homiletica, in Wittenberg, Germany.
Randy Maddox published an article on the “Wesleyan Quadrilateral” titled “Honoring Conference: Wesleyan Reflection on the Dynamics of Theological Reflection” in The Renewal of United Methodism: Mission, Ministry, and Connectionalism, edited by Rex D. Matthews (United Methodist General Board of Higher Education). He also published, with Richard Heitzenrater, a short piece on a newly discovered letter of John Wesley to his brother Charles, “New John Wesley Letter to Charles Wesley,” in Methodist History (50.3, 2012). This spring also marked the completion of the online publication of a full set of Charles Wesley’s poetry and the posting of a register listing every known instance of Charles Wesley’s preaching, both at the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition website. Maddox led teaching sessions and preached at First United Methodist Church in Boone, N.C., and in May concluded his term on The Committee on Faith and Order of The United Methodist Church.
Benjamin McNutt co-wrote, with Greg Jones, “Seeking leaders who persevere,” posted at Faith & Leadership on April 12.
Joy Moore was the keynote speaker at the United Methodist Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders in Tampa, Fla., April 21–23. She served as Bible study leader for the United Methodist Greater New Jersey Annual Conference June 1–2 ; for Camp Findley Bible Camp in Findley Lake, N.Y., July 22–28; and for the 122nd Wilmore Holiness Camp Meeting in Wilmore, Ky., July 15–20. She spoke on “The Hunger Games: An Unauthorized Guide to the Gospel” at the 10th Annual Preaching Retreat at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 14–16, and she gave two lectures: “A Psalm, a Story, and a Sermon: What the Usual Suspects Taught Me About Exegesis” at Fuller Theological Seminary April 4 and “It’s Academic” at Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church in Silver Springs, Md., March 15–18. Her preaching engagements include the preaching lectures for the Cape Atlantic District (UMC) on March 8, the chapel of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., on March 13, the United Methodist Central Texas Annual Conference June 3–5, First UMC in Jackson, Mich., on June 10, and the Summer Worship Series at Lake Junalaska, N.C., July 15.
G. Sujin Pak presented a plenary session on vocation for the Duke Youth Academy on June 28. On July 8 and 15, she led the adult Sunday school session at Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C., for their Summer Scholars Series, in which she spoke about her current research on the interpretation and uses of prophecy in the Reformation era. She also preached at Millbrook Baptist Church on July 15.
Anathea Portier-Young published “Drinking the Cup of Horror and Gnawing on Its Shards: Biblical Theology Through Biblical Violence, Not Around It” in Beyond Biblical Theologies, ed. Stefan Beyerle, Heinrich Assel, and Christfried Boettrich (WUNT, Mohr Siebeck). She presented two papers: “Politics and Poetics of Space, Place, and Mobility in Daniel: Monotheism, Apocalypticism, and Spatial Imagination” at the conference “Monotheism in Late Prophecy and Early Apocalyptic Literature” at the University of Goettingen (Germany) on June 20; and “Apocalyptic Worldviews—What They Are and How They Spread: Insights from the Social Sciences” at the First Nangeroni Enoch Seminar on “The Seleucid and Hasmonean Periods and Apocalyptic Worldview” in Gazzada, Italy, on June 27. She published four lectionary commentary essays on WorkingPreacher.org (Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, and 16) and joined the editorial board of Golem: Journal of Religion and Monsters. She attended the Catholic Biblical Association annual meeting July 27–31 and participated in meetings of the executive board, editorial board, and strategic planning committee. She participated in a colloquium on “Text, Community, and Practice in Second Temple Judaism” held at the Center for Religious Studies at Barton College.
Chris Rice met with Christian leaders in South Korea, Japan, and China in April and May to discuss issues of reconciliation. In June he taught on reconciliation at the Duke Youth Academy and gave the plenary lecture “A Spirituality for the Long Haul” at the fourth annual Summer Institute hosted by the Center for Reconciliation. He and Emmanuel Katongole spoke in September on “The Theology of Reconciliation” at a plenary session of the Christian Community Development Association conference in Minneapolis, Minn.
Carol Greene Rush was one of 13 winners of a Meritorious Service Award presented by President Richard Brodhead during the Duke University Presidential Awards ceremony on April 18. Winners were presented with a plaque and a check for $100. On May 4 she graduated with a master of science degree in human resources from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.
Lester Ruth presented the John P. Woods Distinguished Lectureship in Religion and Culture, “Perhaps Contemporary Music Is Not That Contemporary: Reflections on Popular Worship Music in the Last 200 Years,” at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, April 10–11. He taught two sessions at the National Worship Leaders Conference sponsored by Worship Leader magazine and held in Kansas City, Mo., July 17–19: “Worship in the Spirit through the Truth: Remembering the Trinity in Worship Sets” and “Is Your God Too Domesticated: What Worship in Ancient Constantinople Might Teach about God’s Transcendence.”
Moody Smith presented the first in a series of lectures on the Gospels titled “Who Do You Say That I AM?” at Christ Church, Episcopal, on Sept. 16.
Geoffrey Wainwright delivered the address “The Trinity and the Eucharist” at a one-day event on “Theology, Eucharist, and Ministry” held in May by United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, to mark the retirement of Professor Kendall McCabe. In June he presented “Towards Full Communion in Faith, Mission, and Sacramental Life” at a symposium connected with the Catholic International Eucharistic Congress, Dublin, Ireland.
Brittany Wilson defended her dissertation, “Unmanly Men: Refigurations of Masculinity in Luke-Acts,” at Princeton Theological Seminary on April 26. She also preached at Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C., and participated in their Summer Scholars Series. She lectured at Coker United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas, on June 24.
Norman Wirzba spoke on three occasions in Nashville, Tenn., in late April: “Sabbath Keeping: A Matter of Life and Death,” at Christ Church Cathedral; “Faithful Eating,” at Siloam Family Health Center; and “Cultivating Healthy Communities of Faith: Beginning in the Garden,” at the Cultivating Healthy Communities of Faith Summit sponsored by the Tennessee Obesity Task Force. He convened and led a discussion on “Food, Farming, and Faith: Involving the Church” and presented “Eating as a Spiritual Act” at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, in June, and also participated as a retreat leader in a weeklong seminar on food and faith at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M. He presented the Reavis Ministry Lectures at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, N.C., on Sept. 20. His essay “Eating in Ignorance” appeared in the May 30 issue of The Christian Century, and his book Food and Faith received “Honorable Mention” at the 2011 Prose Awards.