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Esther Acolatse received Duke’s Global Health Initiative Grant for a presentation on Theological Institutions and HIV/AIDS for the Pan African Conference and to start conversations on collaboration between The Divinity School, the Global Health Initiative, and the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, of which she is a Diaspora member.

She lectured on “Cross Cultural Issues in End of Life Care” for the March 12-14 conference In Life and in Death We Belong to God co-sponsored by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life. She preached the sermon “The Parable of the Two Sons” during Lent at St. Johns Presbyterian Church, Durham, N.C., as well as a sermon in Goodson Chapel on “The Largesse of God” based on John 3:17.


Daniel Arichea has been appointed honorary translation consultant with the Philippine Bible Society. In addition to serving as bishop-in-residence at Duke, he teaches indigenous missions and the interpretation of ancient texts courses in the doctoral program of Philippine Christian University.

Tonya D. Armstrong presented “Grieving in Our Midst: How Stephen Ministry Can Support Bereaved Children, Youth, and Families” March 6 for the Stephen Ministry in the Triad area at Wesley Memorial UMC in High Point, N.C. She presented “Children, Adolescents, and Grief: Providing Support for the ‘Least of These’” March 12-14 at In Life and in Death We Belong to God: The Congregational Continuum of Care in the Presbyterian Church in Durham.

Armstrong participated in a May 15 strategic planning meeting on faith-based community support for African-American families who experience a fetal, infant or child death sponsored by the National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center and Georgetown University’s National Cultural Competence Center in Baltimore, Md.

Alyson Breisch led the Spring 2007 Health Ministries and Congregational Nursing Continuing Education retreat course at Aqueduct Conference Center March 22-27. She presented two workshops—“Re-Membering: Renewed Sense of God’s Presence” and “How to Live as Those Going Forth to Die”—at the March 12-14 conference In Life and in Death We Belong to God in Durham.

Kenneth L. Carder gave the keynote Feb. 25 for the New Bern, N.C., District Laity Rally and the Albright-Deering Lectures entitled “Friendship with the Poor: A Wesleyan Means of Grace” April 26 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He wrote a chapter in the book Connected in Spirit:  Friends and Spiritual Journeys edited by Andrew J. Weaver and Donald E. Messer for Pilgrim Press. The chapter describes his friendship with a man in a Tennessee prison for 30 years, including 20 on death row, and the influence of the friendship on Carder’s own spiritual formation and ministry.

Stephen Chapman presented “First Samuel as Christian Scripture” at the March 5 Faculty Forum. He led a discussion March 16 at Belmont University on “The Art of Faithful Biblical Interpretation” for the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. He preached “You Are Not Alone” for the April 7 Easter Vigil at Duke Chapel. He attended the Consultation for the Future of Theological Inquiry at the Center of Theological Inquiry April 19-21 in Princeton, N. J., and participated in a panel discussion on “Interreligious Theology: An Approach Through Scripture.”

Janet K. Chilcote presented a workshop entitled “Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death: Caring for Parents and Siblings” at In Life and In Death We Belong to God: The Congregational Continuum of Care in the Presbyterian Church, March 12-14, a national conference at Duke University sponsored by the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Paul Chilcote taught a four-part course in February on “A Faith that Sings: Celebrating Charles Wesley at 300” for Duke’s Lay Academy at Epworth UMC, Durham.

He gave the keynote address, “Easter Vision/Missional Church: Recapturing the Vision/Mission with the Wesleys’ Help,” for the North Coast District Leadership Academy, West Ohio Conference, UMC, and on Feb. 3 presented the workshops “A Holistic Spirituality for Mission” and “Charles Wesley’s ‘Songs for the Poor’: Inspiration for Mission.”

He delivered “Channels of Grace: Exploring Methodist Spirituality for Mission” Feb. 9-11 for the Asheville, Gastonia, Waynesville District Retreat at Myrtle Beach, S.C., and spoke March 9-11 at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn., on “Transatlantic Treasures: The Testimony of Early Methodist Foremothers” for the Women’s History Conference.

Chilcote spoke on “Praying through the Arts” for the Florida Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation, March 25-31, in Leesburg, Fla.

He lectured April 18 on “The Legacy of Charles Wesley in Methodism” at the Annual Wesley Forum, White Plains UMC, Cary, N.C.

He presented “From Water to Table: Sacramental Theology for Today,” to the Spiritual Leadership Institute, Volunteers of America, Duke Divinity School, April 23-27, and “Charles Wesley as Spiritual Mentor,” April 28 to the West Ohio Conference Lay Academy, Columbus, Ohio.

At Hine Street Methodist Church in London, England, Chilcote spoke May 8 on “‘The Gift Unspeakable’ in Song: Charles Wesley and the Language of Faith,” for the Hugh Price Hughes Lecture and May 9 at St. John College & The Methodist Studies Centre, Durham University, Durham, England.

His article “Grace Upon Grace: Charles Wesley as Spiritual Mentor” appeared in the September/October issue of Circuit Rider and he gave the opening sermon, “Mit Freude und Lauterem Herzen,” and the opening lecture, “Spiritualität in Wesleyanischer Tradition,” Oct. 1-2 at Reutlingen Methodist Seminary, Reutlingen, Germany.


James L. Crenshaw published “From the Mundane to the Sublime (Reflections on Qoheleth 11:1-8)” in From Babel to Babylon: Essays on Biblical History and Literature in Honour of Brian Peckham with T. & T. Clark. At the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome he delivered the eighteenth annual public lecture by McCarthy Visiting Professors: “Qoheleth in Historical Context.” He also gave 12 lectures on Qoheleth to the students at the Pontifical Biblical Institute during the spring semester.

Fred Edie taught “Doing Theology through Book, Bath, Table and Time” at the Perkins School of Youth Ministry in Dallas, Jan. 8-11, and two sessions on baptismal theology: “Water Born Imaginings” and “Swimming in Baptismal Waters” at United Church of Chapel Hill, Jan. 7, 14. He also preached Jan. 7 “On Bathing in Public” to the congregation at the celebration of the Baptism of Our Lord.

February 9-11, he attended the Duke Youth Academy reunion, and March 2-3 he preached and taught for “Day of Formation,” a DYA-sponsored event for youth and adult workers with youth hosted by St. Peters Anglican Church in Tallahassee, Fla. Edie preached “Covenant and Conflict” to the congregation at St. Peters on the second Sunday in Lent.

Curtis Freeman’s presidential address, “Roger Williams, American Democracy, and The Baptists,” presented Nov. 18 for the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, will be published in Perspectives in Religious Studies. He took part in the North American phase of theological conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and the Vatican Council for the Propagation of Christian Unity, Dec. 10-14 in Birmingham, Ala. He presented a review of The Trial of the Witnesses by Paul DeHart on a March 17 panel at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion.

Freeman’s “Can the Secular Be Sanctified?” was published in The Future of Baptist Higher Education, Baylor Press. He also published “A Theology for Brethren, Radical Believers, and Other Baptists,” in the Winter/Spring issue of Brethren Life and Thought, and reviewed Early English Baptists, 1603-1649, by Stephen Wright for the March issue of The Expository Times. He published “God in Three Persons: Baptist Unitarianism and the Trinity” in the fall issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies.

Mary McClintock Fulkerson delivered “Being Nice in Church: Rituals of Propriety and the Sin of Oblivion”  at the International Ecclesiology Conference at St. Deniol’s  in Northern Wales, Jan. 11-14, and published “Theology and the Lure of the Practical: An Overview,” in the  February issue of Religion Compass Journal. At the University of Dayton, she led discussions Feb. 23-24 on her forthcoming book Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church.

McClintock Fulkerson gave the Beacon of Life lectures March 19-20 at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, and led a Bible study on sexuality/homosexuality at Asbury Temple UMC, Durham.

Amy Laura Hall gave the plenary address “Who’s it For? The Publics of Theological Research” at the 2007 Lilly Conference on Theological Research in Pittsburgh. In March she read the paper “A Case Against Eugenics” at “Re-Engineering Human Biology” for a conference sponsored by the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., and was the guest speaker at the men’s breakfast of Providence UMC in Charlotte, N.C., on “The Gift of Christ and Procreation.”

Hall spoke on “Human Mistakes and Mishaps: National Identity, Progress and Children with Disability” for “Disabilities and Bioethics,” sponsored April 9 by the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale. During the 2006-2007 academic year, Hall taught a Sustained Learning Seminar on “Radical Hospitality.”

Richard B. Hays published “The Canonical Matrix of the Gospels” in The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels, edited by Stephen C. Barton. His essay “Mapping the Field: Approaches to New Testament Ethics” appeared in Identity, Ethics, and Ethos in the New Testament, edited by J. G. van der Watt, and he published “Made New by One Man’s Obedience: Romans 5:12-19,” in Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross: Contemporary Images of Atonement, edited by Mark D. Baker. With C. Kavin Rowe, Hays published “What Is a Theological Commentary?” in Pro Ecclesia 16.

He presented “Jesus Decoded” Jan. 12 at the Forest at Duke, Durham, and “Paul as Interpreter of Israel’s Scripture,” for a doctoral colloquium Feb. 9 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

Stanley Hauerwas published Christianity and American Politics: A Critique of Christian America and Le Royaume de Paix, a French translation of The Peaceable Kingdom. At Nazarene Theological Seminary he participated in “Is the Reformation Over? A Conversation with George Lindbeck, David Burrell, and Stanley Hauerwas” in Kansas City, Mo., Jan 18-19. Hauerwas spoke on “Sacrificing the Sacrifices of War” for the Religion in America Symposium at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., Feb. 12-14, and “Why No One Wants to Die in America” at Eckerd College, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 21-22. March 16 he was at the Institut Catholique de Paris for “The Politics of Gentleness,” a celebration of the French translation of The Peaceable Kingdom as Le Royaume de Paix, and March 17 -19 he delivered a lecture for a Templeton Foundation Symposium, “Learning from the Disabled,” in La Ferme, France.


Richard P. Heitzenrater toured Spain Dec. 28-Jan. 8 with the Duke University Chapel Choir. He also photographed, edited and produced an hour-long DVD of the tour.

In February, he gave two Ministers Week presentations at Southern Methodist University: “Wesley and Money” and a presentation/performance of “Wesley’s Flute Repertoire at Oxford.”

He participated in a Feb. 8-10 consultation in Savannah, Ga., on “American Exceptionalism” sponsored by the Liberty Foundation, and he led a May 14-16 retreat at Olmsted Manor in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference on “Charles Wesley at 300.” His book Wesley and the People Called Methodists has been published in German and Korean translations.

John James was elected to the office of deacon at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.

L. Gregory Jones spoke on “How Then Shall We Live? Remembering Jesus in Anxious Times” at the Jan.7-10 Forum on Faith in Sea Island, Ga. He and Bishop Scott Jones, of the Kansas Episcopal Area, led a conference Jan. 20-22 on “Great Minds of Methodism” at First UMC in Houston, Texas. Jones preached Feb. 4 at the United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla., and delivered a March 4 lecture at Barton College as part of the Purcell Lectures. At an April 27 retreat, Jones spoke about “Resurrecting Excellence” to the New Bern and Elizabeth City Districts in Atlantic Beach, N.C. He also participated in the Center for Theological Inquiry’s board meetings May 6-7 at Princeton, N.J.

Jones’ “Faith Matters” columns for The Christian Century included “Softened hearts,” Feb. 20, and “Punch Lines,” April 17.

Emmanuel Katongole published “An Age of Miraculous Medicines” in AIDS in Africa, edited by Benezet Bujo and Michael Czerny for Paulines Publications and “Catholicism in Africa” in The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism, edited by James J. Buckley, Frederick C. Bauerschmidt and Trent Pomplum.

Katongole spoke Feb. 2 at the Graduate Student Inter-Varsity Fellowship at Duke University Chapel, and at the Veritas Forum at Columbia University in New York City on Feb. 6 on “Exploring True Life: Examining the Implications of Our Beliefs.”

Katongole spoke Feb. 10 at the Duke Youth Academy Reunion in Durham and moderated a panel Feb. 28 on “Making It Matter: Contextualizing the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission” for Duke’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. He delivered the lecture “Post Colonial Violence and Christianity in Africa: On Dealing Lightly with the Wounds of My People” April 18 at Garrett Theological Seminary, and, in Chicago, spoke April 19 on “Martyrdom and Reconciliation in the World Church” for DePaul University’s Catholic Studies Program.

Andrew J. Keck helped lead a workshop on “Ministerial Recruitment” for Celebrating Diakonia: Leading, Equipping, Serving in Orlando, Fla., April 19-22 and was named to the editorial board for Theological Librarianship, an online journal of the American Theological Library Association.

Richard Lischer was interviewed about Gardner Taylor on the PBS Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly television program. He delivered the lecture “ ‘Lord Teach Us to Pray’: the Seminary as a School for Prayer” at the installation of the new president of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C. During the Martin Luther King holiday, he was interviewed for the syndicated radio program, Michael Eric Dyson Show, and CBC Radio in Toronto. He appeared with Duke President Richard Brodhead in Atlanta for “A Duke Conversation: Making a Difference,” and spoke to 450 Duke alumni on “Can Reconciliation Be Taught?” He served as a planning consultant to the Cathedral College of the Washington National Cathedral and spoke to local clergy on his book The End of Words.

Randy L. Maddox lectured on “Charles Wesley as Theologian” April 12 at the Evangelical School of Theology in Myerstown, Pa., and on “Wesley’s Theology of Holistic Salvation” Feb. 19-20 for the John Wesley Institute, Chicago, Ill.

Richard Payne participated in the Balanced Pain Policy Consortium Meeting, the Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 17, and presented “Ideas for Improving End-of-Life Care in African American Churches” at the Feb. 2-9 annual meeting of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. He spoke Feb. 26-28 at “Through the Valley of the Shadow: Pastoral Ministry and End-of Life Care,” a divinity continuing education event at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Payne presented “The Importance of Palliative Care at Life’s End; Medical Terminology” and “Concepts at the End-of-Life” for In Life and Death We Belong to God: The Congregational Continuum of Care in the Presbyterian Church, March 12-14 in Durham, and was a guest March 15 for WUNC radio’s “The State of Things.” He delivered the keynote address “Living and Dying in Black and White” at the University of Pennsylvania, March 20-21, and “Giving Voice and Improving End of Life Care for the Underserved” at “Improving End-of-Life Care for the Underserved: Choices, Power, Action,” a conference April 25 in Winston Salem, N.C.

Thea Portier-Young taught two deacon formation classes for the Permanent Diaconate program of the diocese of Raleigh at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Raleigh. She taught a course on the Pentateuch in February and on “Historical Books of the Old Testament” in April. She preached “Getting God’s Attention” on Joel 2:1-2; 12-17 in Goodson Chapel on Ash Wednesday.

Portier-Young received a Jump Start Grant from Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology to develop and implement a virtual reality experience for 130 students in the Introduction to Old Testament Literature course.


Allen Verhey published “Scripture as Script and as Scripted: the Beatitudes,” in Character Ethics and the New Testament: Moral Dimensions of Scripture from Westminster/ John Knox Press, and “Science at the End of Life: Contributions and Limitations: 2006 Witherspoon Lecture,” in Reflections, produced by the Center of Theological Inquiry Journal. He delivered the J.B. Maston Lectures April 2-3 at Logsdon Seminary in Abilene, Texas, on “Reading the Bible and Caring at the End of Life” and “Praying and Caring at the End of Life.”

Geoffrey Wainwright delivered a Catholic Studies lecture at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and led a seminar at the National Workshop on Christian Unity in Arlington, Va. He spoke on “Ecumenism: the Shifting Scene” at the Boston University School of Theology, and published articles in The Jurist, Ecclesia Orans, and Nova et Vetera.

Laceye Warner published “Situating the Word: the Significance of Christian Space for Evangelism,” in the April Asbury Theological Journal. She gave the Gladys Crane Lecture, “Saving Women: A Constructive Evangelistic Theology,” March 14 at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and spoke on “‘Toward the Light’: Lucy Rider Meyer and the Chicago Training School” for the Women in Methodist History Conference March 10 at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Warner spoke on “Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice” at the Louisville Institute Grant Recipient’s Gathering Jan. 18-20 in Louisville, Ky., and “From Going to Gathering: Reflections on a Study of Ecclesial Evangelism” for the Consultation on World Evangelism Jan. 8-9 at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. She lectured Feb. 11 on “Resurrecting the Word” at Centenary United Methodist Church, Winston Salem, N.C.

Jo Bailey Wells led the Annual Congregation Retreat for Duke Chapel Jan. 20 on “Potter and Clay: Exploring the Holy Mutability of God.” She lectured in Melbourne, Australia, keynoting at two clergy conferences, and speaking in the region from April 26 - May 10.

Sam Wells delivered lectures on “The Drama of Liturgy and the Liturgy of Drama” at the First International Conference on Religion and Drama in Tehran, Iran, and “Towards a Christological Reading of American Church History” at the Hope College Veritas Forum in Michigan in January. He addressed the Western N.C. UMC Campus Ministers conference in Charlotte and was Theologian-in-Residence at Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church in Michigan in February.

Wells gave the James Ross McCain Faith and Learning Lecture, “Speaking the Truth in a Culture Committed to Diversity,” at Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Ga., and spoke on “The Three Chapter Story and the Politics of Church” at the March conference for “Setting an Agenda for Political Theology” at the Stead Institute for Ethics and Values, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill. He published “For Such a Time as This: Esther and the Practices of Improvisation” in Liturgy, Time and the Politics of Redemption edited by Chad Pecknold and Randi Rashkover for Eerdmans Press, and “A Friend like Peter: The Logic of Forgiveness” in The Christian Century.