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Greetings From Kampala, Uganda

The African Great Lakes Reconciliation Leadership Initiative, a program of Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation, convened 70 African church leaders Jan. 23-26, 2008, around the themes of lament, hope and journey.

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Greetings From Kampala, Uganda

The four-day event brought together a diverse group of leaders from nine African countries for worship, discussion, celebration and reflection on the future of reconciliation throughout the Great Lakes Region of Uganda, Southern Sudan, Rwanda, eastern Congo and Burundi.

At the heart of the initiative is an effort to build community for Christian leaders, to explore resources for training leaders, and to enhance catalytic leadership in the church’s work of reconciliation.

Sessions included contextualizing reconciliation, the theology of suffering, and the biblical witness to reconciliation. Leaders, many of whom had never met, shared compelling stories of reconciliation across denominations, regions and ages.

The gathering was co-convened by the Mennonite Central Committee, World Vision International, and African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM).

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The second annual “Broadway Revue,” inspired by popular monthly “Lampstand” performances by students, faculty and staff, featured show tunes from Godspell, The Sound of Music, Grease and Dreamgirls. The April 4 Friday evening turnout filled Page Auditorium and raised $3,750 for the Durham AIDS Alliance and South Africa’s Hillcrest AIDS Center. An additional $2,500 was pledged to Little Travellers, a fundraiser for Hillcrest AIDS Center.

Summer Reading

When they arrive for orientation in August, members of the 2008 incoming class will have already completed their first reading assignment: Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection by Sam Wells, dean of Duke University Chapel and research professor of Christian ethics. The book was selected as the summer reading assignment for new students, and is highly recommended by the selection committee. For more on Power and Passion (Zondervan, 2007), see Shelf Life (in the Winter 2007 Divinity magazine).


Divinity magazine received a 2007 Award of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III at the annual conference in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 19, 2008.

The annual award recognizes all-around excellence in magazine content, writing, editing, design, photography and printing. The award was based on the Spring and Fall 2007 editions of Divinity.

Other award winners in the category (which includes colleges and universities with enrollments less than 5,000) were Berry College, Brenau University, Furman University and the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences. Furman received the top prize for general excellence, the Grand Award.

CASE District III includes nine Southeastern states and received more than 1,000 entries for awards in 46 categories this year.

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University Awards

Professor of Theology and Women’s Studies Mary McClintock Fulkerson was one of three Duke University faculty members honored as “Outstanding Faculty” by the Duke Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life. The 2008 awards were presented at the end-of-year Lavender Graduation Ceremony.

The Divinity School’s Black Seminarians’ Union was named the Curt Blackman Graduate Organization of the Year April 12, 2008, at the annual Julian Abele Awards Banquet. This annual event recognizes outstanding leaders and groups within Duke’s black graduate, professional and undergraduate communities.