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David Arcus, who was on leave last summer, taught and performed at Pipe Organ Encounters, a music camp for prospective organists sponsored by the American Guild of Organists in Knoxville, Tenn. During July he served as course organist at the Royal School of Church Music’s Carolina Course for Girls and Adults in South Carolina. During fall semester, he performed a 9/11-commemoration recital of hymn improvisations at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Goldsboro, N.C. He also performed at Clifton Forge Baptist Church, Clifton Forge, Va.; Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C.; and at First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, N.C.

Michael Battle lectured on “Spirituality and the New Testament,” at Birmingham-Southern College, Sept. 12-13; on “Reconciliation” at the Lay Conference Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, Oct. 3-4; “Ubuntu” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Raleigh, Oct. 18; and the “Inculturation of Spirituality” at the Avila Retreat Center, Nov. 10.

He presided at “Spiritualities of Resistance and Reconciliation” for the Christian Spirituality Group, the American Academy of Religion, Nov. 23, in Atlanta. Battle delivered the paper “A Spirituality of Repentance in the Black Church,” for the Penitence in Christian Theology Study Group, the American Academy of Religion, Nov. 22, and “African American Christian Spirituality: Finding Mutuality with Mother Africa” at the College of the Transfiguration, Grahamstown, South Africa, Dec. 5.

Teresa Berger taught an undergraduate class during fall semester titled “Women’s Vocations: Leadership, Power, and Constraint in the Christian Tradition,” for which she received a Pathways Course Development Grant earlier in the year. She is also leading a yearlong Sustained Learning Seminar focused on the same subject. During the divinity school’s Convocation and Pastors’ School, Berger taught a seminar, “Latino/a Theologies and Popular Piety.” In September, she participated in a panel discussion on “The Role of Women in Ministry,” with Professor Kathy Rudy, co-sponsored by Duke Chapel Pathways and the Duke Women’s Center. In late October, Berger taught two sessions on “The Life and Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” in the Duke German Department’s core course.

Jackson Carroll gave the keynote address for a symposium on the future of congregational studies at Hartford Seminary in September and was a featured speaker for a clergy conference at Notre Dame in November. He and Becky McMillan, associate director of Pulpit & Pew, presented papers on their research at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Religious Research Association in October. Carroll’s article “Pastor’s Picks: What Preachers are Reading” appeared in the Aug. 23 issue of The Christian Century. He was co-editor, with Carol Lytch, and a contributor to What is Good Ministry? Resources to Launch a Discussion, a Pulpit & Pew report. Carroll also wrote the foreword for Stephen Compton’s book, Rekindling the Mainline, published by Alban Institute.

Stephen Chapman gave a paper entitled “Imaginative Readings of Scripture and Theological Interpretation” at this year’s Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Aug. 28-30. He also participated in North Park Theological Seminary’s annual conference on the Bible and theology, Sept. 25-27, where he presented the paper “The Authority of the Old Testament for the Christian Church.” On Oct. 6, he lectured on “Old Testament Ethics” at Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, N.C. Chapman is serving as faculty advisor to the divinity school’s M.T.S. program.

James L. Crenshaw published “Theodicy and Prophetic Literature” in Theodicy in the World of the Bible, edited by Antti Laato and Johannes C. de Moor, and “Joel” in the New Interpreter’s Study Bible, edited by Walter Harrelson. He gave the lecture “Can Proverbs Speak to Christians Today?” at Boulevard Baptist Church, in Anderson, S.C., Oct. 24 & 31, and attended the Colloquium for Biblical Research in Amherst, Mass., Aug. 14-17.

Ellen Davis gave the Beecher Lectures, “The Art of Astonishing: Preaching Old Testament,” at Yale Divinity School’s alumni convocation.

Susan Eastman addressed the clergy conference of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on “Principles of Biblical Interpretation” on Oct 8. She led a four-part series, “Who Are We? Sinners and Saints,” at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Carrboro, N.C.

Fred Edie gave the lecture “Baptism, Vocation and Youth Ministry” for the North Texas Conference United Methodist Church clergy retreat, Oct. 13-15, and was consultant to “Best Teaching Practices for Youth Ministry,” a conference sponsored by the Wabash Institute in Litchfield, Conn., Oct. 17-19. Edie and Duke doctoral candidate Charles Collier taught three sessions on “Inviting Teens into Graced Living” at Christ Church in Raleigh in October. Edie led a session called “Jump In! The Water’s Fine: The Deeper Meanings of Christian Baptism” at the divinity school’s Laity Weekend on Nov. 15.

Amy Laura Hall presented her research on biotechnological reproduction to the bioethics group of the World Council of Churches in Washington, D.C., on May 16. During the summer, she attended the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, participated in a conference on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, and lectured at the Duke Youth Academy. She published an essay on prenatal testing in The Christian Century, an article on prophetic vulnerability in the Sewanee Theological Review, a piece on justice and service workers for the University of Chicago’s Religion and Culture website, and an essay on grace and eugenics for the online Journal of Lutheran Ethics.

She was invited as the homecoming preacher for the New Hope UMC, which serves the Blanch/Hamer, N.C., area. She also served as the area coordinator for the field education interns in the Durham region.

A grant from Lilly Foundation funded Hall’s travel to present her work on bioethics in Switzerland, Denmark, and Germany during this academic year. In September, she gave a talk at the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics at Wycliffe College, Oxford, entitled “Pursuing Normalcy: Drugging for Compliance in Public Schools;” presented her research on reproductive technologies, race and class at a consultation with the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland; and met with representatives from the World Health Organization and the Conference of European Churches. At the University of Aarhus, Denmark, she presented papers on the new eugenics in the U.S. and on Kierkegaard.

In October, she gave a series of three talks on Julian of Norwich for Christ Church Episcopal in Raleigh; taught a series on bioethics for the Duke Pastor’s School; spoke as part of a Duke panel discussion “Abortion and Faith: Cases for Life;” and preached a chapel sermon on Proverbs 31, “Incarnate Wisdom and Truly Good Housekeeping.”

Hall spoke in November on class, labor, and reproduction for a Duke University conference on abortion and traveled to Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to give lectures on the eugenics movement and on the link between the “Atoms for Peace” campaign and the Human Genome Project. At the American Academy of Religion, she discussed her book Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love and convened a panel called “Better People? Eugenics and the Church in U.S. History.” She was named as the year’s “Remarkable Pro-Life Woman in the Academy” by Feminists for Life. Past recipients include Mary Ann Glendon, Sydney Callahan and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese.

Stanley Hauerwas published “Captured in Time: Friendship and Aging” with Laura Yordy in Growing Old in Christ, a new book he edited with David Cloutier, Keith Meador and Carole Stoneking; “Abolishing War? An Appeal to Christian Leaders and Theologians” with Enda McDonagh in Quaker Theology; “Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Ekklesiologie als Politik” in Kirche, Ethik, Offentlichkeit: Christliche Ethik in der Herausforderung; and “Hauerwas, a Protestant: ‘I Would Like to Have Said Those Things Myself’ ” in Traces.

He presented the 2003 Weber Memorial lecture, “Speaking Truth to Power: Bonhoeffer and Lying,” at the Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Penn., March 13, and lectured for the Humanities Association at the University of North Carolina at Asheville on March 23. He addressed the Duke Alumni Reunion about “War: A Moral Analysis,” April 11; spoke of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the Conference on Lived Theology & Civil Courage at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, June 14; and lectured on June 29 to the New Garden Friends Meeting in Greensboro about “The Sacrifices War Demands.”

In July, Hauerwas spoke to the Duke Chapel summer interns and the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation, and participated in a panel on “The Eucharist and the Fractured Body” at the Ekklesia Project Meeting in Chicago.

He wrote “Postscript: A Sermon a Year Later” for the second edition of Dissent from the Homeland: Essays after September 11, 2001, which he edited with Frank Lentricchia. He wrote “The Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics,” a review of John E. Colwell’s Living the Christian Story: The Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics, with J. Alexander Sider for the July issue of the International Journal of Systematic Theology, and “Let There Be Bright?” for the Aug. 8 edition of The Chronicle Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“How Risky is the Risk of Higher Education? Random Reflections from the American Context,” appeared in the spring issue of Communio and “Explaining Christian Nonviolence: Notes for a Conversation with John Milbank” and “Christian Peace: A Conversation Between Stanley Hauerwas and John Milbank” were published in Must Christianity be Violent? Reflections on History, Practice, and Theology from Brazos Press. The October issue of First Things ran “War, Peace, and Jean Bethke Elshtain,” co-written with Paul Griffiths.

Hauerwas wrote the “Foreword” to John Howard Yoder’s Discipleship as a Political Responsibility; “Dietrich Bonhoeffer” in the Blackwell Companion to Political Theology; and “On Being a Theologian: Remarks on Receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Marymount Manhattan College” for The Cresset.

He gave the first Ann Kinzer Clark Memorial Lecture at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., on Sept. 22 and the sermon “On Milk and Jesus” for the inauguration of Dr. Gerald Gerbrandt as president of Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on Sept. 28. Hauerwas was featured with Francis Cardinal George in a conference on “Contested Allegiances? Christianity in a Time of Permanent War” at DePaul University, Oct. 13.

He gave the keynote address, “Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana, Schooling the Heart in the Heart of Texas,” for the Pruitt Memorial Symposium at Baylor University, Oct. 30-31, and participated in the 2003 Image Conference, “A Narratable World; The Theological Implications of Story,” at Seattle Pacific University, Nov. 7-8. He participated in “The Ethics of Biotechnology” conference at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg Va., Nov. 14-15, and gave presentations Dec. 4-5 to the political science department at the University of Virginia.

Richard B. Hays edited The Art of Reading Scripture with Ellen F. Davis for Eerdmans. He delivered the lecture “1 Corinthians 15 as a Lens for Interpreting the Identity of Jesus” at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J., Sept. 20, and gave two lectures at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, titled “Reading the Gospels in Light of the Old Testament” and “Preaching Scripture with the Evangelists” on Sept. 26.

He spoke Oct. 3 on “Christian Attitudes toward Judaism” at the University of North Carolina InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Hays gave two lectures at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct. 20-21, titled “Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels” and “The Theory of Intertextual Echoes,” and the lecture “Reading Scripture in Light of the Resurrection” for the Hermeneutics Working Group, the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta, Ga., Nov 19. He read “Christ Died for the Ungodly: Narrative Soteriology in Paul?” for the Pauline Soteriology Group, Society of Biblical Literature, also in Atlanta, on Nov. 24.

Richard P. Heitzenrater preached the sermon “Remember Who You Can Be” in Duke Chapel May 25 and presented the plenary lecture on “Major Methodist Myths and the Legends We Love” at the Wesley Tercentenary Conference at Manchester University, England, June 16; “Wesley, the Oxford Don,” for the Wesley Memorial Lecture at Lincoln College, Oxford, June 22; and “The Elusive Mr. Wesley” for the Wesley at 300 conference at Duke Divinity School, June 27.

He presented the annual lecture for the Wesley Historical Society at Llandudno, Wales, June 31, and “Wesley and America” July 14-18. Heitzenrater delivered five lectures on Wesley’s theology at the Epworth Institute, Lake Junaluska, N.C., and gave the keynote address, “The Illusive Mr. Wesley,” at the Wesley Tercentenary Celebration, Drew University, Madison, N.J., on Aug. 12.

During September and October, Heitzenrater presented lectures for Wesley tercentenary conferences at Tennessee Wesley College; St. Luke’s UMC, Hickory, N.C.; Virginia Wesley Historical Society; Emmanuel College; and the University of Toronto. He gave the Sutphin Lectures at Indianapolis University on Sept. 12, and the Fall Convocation address at Virginia Wesleyan University on Oct. 21. He preached at Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, on Oct. 26, and read the paper, “Fidelity to Tradition: The Role of Memory and History,” at the conference of Henry W. Luce III Fellows in Pittsburgh, Nov. 7-9. He gave a paper and PowerPoint presentation on Wesleyan iconography at the Wesleyan Studies Working Group of the AAR in Atlanta on Nov. 24.

Heitzenrater published the essay “Wesley and America” in the fall issue of Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society and “Santidade e ignorância esplêndida: Wesley e a educação,” in Revista de Educação do Cogeime; 300 anos do nascimento de John Wesley with parallel English, “Holiness and Splendid Ignorance: Wesley on Education.”

Reinhard Hütter published “Empfang und Gestalt: Überlegungen zum Verhältnis von Freiheit und Gesetz” in Kerygma und Dogma. During Convocation and Pastors’ School at Duke, he offered a two-part lecture on “Just War Thinking and Pacifism in the Christian Tradition.” He participated in the final meeting of an international Anglican-Lutheran working group on “Worship and Ethics” Dec. 17-20 at the University of Erlangen, Germany, where he presented a paper, “The Confession of Sin: Learning to Hear the Decalogue’s Three Voices in Worship.”

L. Gregory Jones preached and spoke at the Sprinkle Preaching Mission in Mocksville, N.C., Sept.14-16. In October, he gave the lecture “Sustaining Vocations: Friendships, Institutions and Lives Well-Lived” at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. He preached and gave the lectures “Can the Gospel Be Lived?” and “The Power of Holy Friendships” at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, La. Jones was the guest speaker for Theological Education Day and an event sponsored by the Center for Theological Exploration of Vocations at Furman University in Greenville, S.C, Nov. 3-4. He spoke at the District Ministers’ Fellowship in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 6, and spoke at the Art of Faithful Living Seminar at the divinity school, Dec. 5-7.

Jones preached at Christ United Methodist Church in New York, N.Y., on Sept. 21, and at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in Texas on Dec. 14. He gave the message “The Magnificent Future of God’s Forgiveness” at the prayer breakfast of the Independent Petroleum Association of America in New Orleans, La., Oct. 28.

He led two Sustained Learning Events in Nashville, Tenn. He and Susan Pendleton Jones led an event for the Albemarle and Northeast Districts at Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the two-day seminar “Leadership and Discipleship: Cruciform Excellence in Ministry” at the divinity school’s Convocation & Pastors’ School.

Jones published “Embodying Scripture in the Community of Faith” in The Art of Reading Scripture, edited by Ellen Davis and Richard Hays. He also published “Saint Jeanette” and “Travelling Companions” in The Christian Century.

Emmanuel Katongole taught two courses—theology and development within an African perspective and introduction to critical thought—from August to December at the Institute of Ethics, Uganda Martyrs University. He also gave a public lecture and led a discussion there on Oct. 1 entitled “Remembering Idi Amin: The Challenge of Social Memory in Uganda.”

Keith Meador delivered the lecture “The Practice of Theological Reflection: Formation for Service within the Christian Story” at the Westberg Symposium in St. Louis, Mo., on Sept. 25 and “Caring Communities: Vision and Practice” for the Sharing Our Gifts, Building Communities of Caring Conference in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 17.

Meador spoke to the National Chaplain Leadership Convocation in Hampton,Va., on Dec. 4 about “Spirituality and Health: Caring Communities and Formation in Practices of Caring,” and the Forsyth County Psychiatric Society in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Dec. 17.

Anathea Portier-Young helped organize and moderate the panel discussion, “Abortion and Faith: Cases for Life” at Duke Divinity School, Oct. 29, sponsored by the Newman Catholic Student Center at Duke and Catholics at Duke Divinity School. Susan G. Eastman and Amy Laura Hall also participated in the panel discussion, as did graduate students Holly Taylor Coolman and Dana Dillon.

Richard Lischer gave the James Gray Lectures at the divinity school’s fall convocation: “The Art of Preaching: A Vocation in Words” and “The Soul of Preaching: Preaching Toward Reconciliation.” In October he participated with Chris Rice and Charles Marsh of the University of Virginia in a symposium on theological memoir sponsored by the Center for Theological Writing at the divinity school. He wrote “Our Best Speech” for The Christian Century in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. His article “Particular People” also appeared in The Christian Century.

D. Moody Smith made a presentation and led a discussion on “Jesus of Nazareth: From Bornkamm to Sanders” at the fall meeting of a pastor- theologian seminar at the Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton, N.J., Oct. 5-8. The general theme of the meeting was the identity of Jesus in a pluralistic world. Smith delivered the closing address, followed by discussion, on “Future Directions in Johannine Study” at an international conference on the Gospel of John, “Life in Abundance,” held in honor and memory of Father Raymond E. Brown (1928 -1998) at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Md., Oct. 16-18.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, he preached and taught at Bethel UMC in Spartanburg, S.C., his home church. At the Annual Meeting of Society of Biblical Literature, Nov. 22-25, Smith presented and discussed his paper “John a Source for Jesus?” in the John, Jesus and History Consultation.

Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, who received his Ph.D. from Duke in Religion (N.T.) in 1974, was installed as president of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., on Nov. 5. Smith was Hoyt’s graduate and dissertation advisor. Hoyt wrote on “The Poor in Luke-Acts.”

Peter Storey preached at the induction service in Cape Town, South Africa, for the Rev. Ivan Abrahams, the new presiding bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA). In connection with the Wesley Tercentenary he presented three lectures—“Revisioning our Wesleyan Heritage”—to the Cape of Good Hope Methodist Synod and gave the keynote address, “Why be a Methodist if you’re not Wesleyan,” at the MCSA’s national Wesley Seminar. He led a service of remembering and thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness at Cape Town’s District Six Museum for people who lost their homes under apartheid, and a seminar on “Prophetic Preaching in the Wesleyan Tradition” in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Karen Westerfield Tucker spoke on “Worship and the Wesleys: Truth or Fiction” at the annual dinner of the Friends of the World Methodist Council Museum at Lake Junaluska on July 11. From Aug. 4-8, she led a continuing education event on “Kreativ Gudstjeneste” (“Creative Worship”) at a retreat center outside Oslo for United Methodist pastors who serve in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. She preached twice and led a worship workshop for youth and adult Sunday school classes at Providence UMC, Charlotte, on Sept. 14.

Westerfield Tucker spoke on “Baptism and Eucharist” at the theological probationers’ seminar sponsored by the divinity school, Sept. 25. She led a worship workshop Oct. 4 at Asbury Temple UMC in Durham. She has accepted a position as professor of worship on the faculty of Boston University School of Theology effective Sept. 1, 2004.

Laceye Warner published “Reconsidering Evangelism: Lessons from Black Liberation and Womanist Theologies” in Living Stones in the Household of God: The Legacy and Future of Black Theology, edited by Linda E. Thomas, and “Saving Women: Re-visioning Contemporary Concepts of Evangelism” in the October issue of Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education.

She presented “The Nature and Mission of the Church,” for the Probationers’ Seminar at the divinity school, Sept. 26; “Saving Women: Evangelistic Ministry in Southern Methodism” for the Wesleyan Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 22; and served as a panelist for “Surviving Seminary as Assistant Professors” during the roundtable seminar for newly appointed faculty, sponsored by the Association of Theological Schools in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Oct. 25.

Warner was instructor for “Our Mission from God: Evangelism” during the Weekend Course of Study at the divinity school and “Christian Discipleship” at Epworth UMC, Durham in September. She delivered the keynote address at the Bishop’s Convocation on Evangelism for South Indiana Annual Conference, UMC, Nov. 8; taught “Saving Women” for Laity Weekend at the divinity school on Nov. 15; and preached at The Woodlands UMC in The Woodlands, Texas, on Nov. 30.

William H. Willimon conducted clergy seminars in Moorfield, Minn.; Montreal, Canada; and San Antonio, Texas, in September. He gave a series of lectures at the University of Georgia, Sept. 24-25, followed by a mission weekend at First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Ga.

In October, Willimon gave lectures at Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y., and Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C. He conducted a weekend seminar on worship at The Swag in Waynesville, N.C., and preached at a community series for churches in Front Royal, Va. He preached at the service for Christ the King on Nov. 23 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and on the first Sunday of Advent at the First UMC in Laurens, S.C.

Willimon led a clergy seminar in Littleton, Colo., and chaired the review committee on religious life at Yale University in December. This fall he published “Why I Am Still a United Methodist” in Good News Magazine and a Bible Study series in the Christianity Today.

Willimon is the episcopal candidate nominee from the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church for consideration at the Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference in July 2004.


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