Esther Acolatse presented the paper “Ministry as Cruciform” at the conference “Fear Not: Seeking Pastoral Formation in a Fragmented Eco-System” for Presbyterian clergy, faculty and middle governing bodies, Feb. 15–17 at Duke. She preached the sermon “Sealed” for International Day Celebrations Feb. 22 at Mt. Level Baptist Church in Durham. During the Divinity School’s March 8–14 spring break, she taught lessons on Matthew’s Gospel to lay pastors and other church leaders of the Methodist Church in Lima, Peru.
Tonya Armstrong served as moderator for the panel “Faith at Work While Caring for People with Mental Illness and Their Families,” a community-wide event held Feb. 22 at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. She presented “Theology of Pastoral Care at the End of Life” April 25 for Duke Divinity School’s annual Laity Weekend.
She spoke on “Boundaries for Professionals & for Faith Leaders: Ethical Dilemmas and Decision Making” during a panel at the May 7 regional meeting of the North American Association for Christians in Social Work at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work.
Jason Byassee published “God Does Not Entertain Us” in God Is Not ..., edited by Brent Laytham (Brazos); five footnote commentaries for The Wesley Study Bible, edited by Joel Green (Abingdon); and a guest editorial, “Paying Attention,” in Theology Today (April 2009). His article “Perilous presence: Christians in Uganda” and a twin feature on the theme “Emerging in Seattle” (“Education at Mars Hill” and “Ray Bakke and a school without walls”) appeared in The Christian Century (Feb. 10 and 24). He wrote a two-part review of books critical of the criminal justice system and advocating for restorative justice in Books & Culture. At Faith & Leadership, he posted the reflection pieces “Holy Money,” “Washing Hands and Prayer,” “Jean Vanier: Gentleness and Power,” and “The Humility of Dust.”
Byassee spoke at the conference “Faith, Doubt & the Media” at Elon University March 9; preached the Easter sunrise service at Reconciliation UMC in Durham, N.C.; and co-led the workshop “The Writing & Pastoral Life” for Lilly Endowment’s Transition-into-Ministry program in Indianapolis, Ind., May 4–7.
Charles Campbell lectured, preached, and led a workshop at the Mennonite Church Eastern Canada School for Ministers in Waterloo, Ontario, Feb. 17–19. He attended the meeting of the editorial board for Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary May 4–5.
Douglas A. Campbell, assistant professor of New Testament, has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor, effective July 1, 2009.
Bishop Kenneth L. Carder delivered the address “Castle Prison and Aldersgate Street: Converging Paths on the Methodist Way” Feb. 5 at a gathering of United Methodist leaders in Nashville sponsored by Vanderbilt Divinity School. He led a one-day seminar sponsored by the Vanderbilt Turner Center for Church Leadership on the theme “Prophetic Ministry: Nurturing Communities of Justice” Feb. 6.
Carder delivered the keynote address at the North Carolina Methodist Federation for Social Action Conference Feb. 21. He preached and led a seminar on the place of lament in Christian living at Union United Methodist Church, Irmo, S.C., March 6–8; preached and gave the keynote address at the Holston Conference Senior Adult Conference March 29–31; preached at First United Methodist Church, Waynesville, N.C., April 19; and preached for the Heritage Sunday Celebration at Elizabeth Chapel UMC, Bluff City, Tenn., May 24.
Mark Chaves presented “Continuity and Change in American Religion” at Hampden-Sydney College March 19 and “Trends in American Religion” at the International Symposium of Practical Theology in Seoul, South Korea, May 26. In April, he led two all-day workshops for Indiana clergy and congregational leaders, sponsored by the Indianapolis-based Center for Congregations, on the theme “Religion and Congregational Trends.”
Ellen F. Davis preached Evensong at Westminster Abbey and facilitated the Roundtable for the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS), held at Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Feb. 22–24. The aim of the roundtable was to advance the work of ECS in the areas of theological education, community health and nutrition, and agriculture. The 28 participants included Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of Sudan, Dean L. Gregory Jones and Jo Bailey Wells of Duke, along with an international group of clergy and others with long experience of work in the three action areas.
Davis preached and lectured at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, N.J., March 8–9 on the topic “Remembering the Land: Reading the Bible through Agrarian Eyes.”
Susan Eastman gave the paper “Gift and Transformation: Agency and Grace in Pauline Theology” at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in November 2008 and published “Imitating Christ Imitating Us: Paul’s Educational Project in Philippians” in The Word Leaps the Gap, a Festschrift in honor of Richard Hays, edited by J. Ross Wagner, C. Kavin Rowe, and A. Katherine Grieb (Eerdmans). She preached at Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, Chapel Hill, N.C., Jan. 18; spoke on the conversion of St. Paul for a conference sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Raleigh at Duke Divinity School Jan. 25; and preached the sermon “The Economics of Grace” at Duke Chapel March 15.
Curtis W. Freeman preached in chapel and delivered the Vivian B. Harrison Memorial Lecture “And Your Daughters Shall Prophecy: Women’s Voices in the Church” March 10 at Mt. Olive College. He led the workshop “Baptist Confessions of Faith in Historical Perspective” at the March 20 general assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of N.C.
He gave the James M. Sapp Lectures May 2-3 at Highland Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, on the theme “Priests to Each Other: Carlyle Marney on Community.” Freeman convened a workshop for Baylor University doctoral students on “Fostering Baptist Identity in Teaching and Scholarship” May 24-25. His article “Baptists and Catholics Together? Making Up is Hard to Do,” appeared in Commonweal (January 16, 2009).
Mary McClintock Fulkerson published “The Challenge of Globalized Feminism for Protestant Hermeneutics” in Reshaping Protestantism in a Global Context, edited by Volker Kuster — volume 1 of the ContactZone: Explorations in Intercultural Theology series (Lit Verlag). She gave the Winter Refresher Lectures at St. Andrews College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on the theme “The Many Faces of Feminist Theology.”
At the “Theological Education for Life Abundant: Conversations in Christian Practical Theology” conference (sponsored by the Valparaiso Project on the Education & Formation of People in Faith) Feb. 26–28 at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, she led the workshop “Reading Communities: Theology and Ethnography.” She participated in the consultation “Theology and Ethnography” March 4–6 at Emory University, and presented “Transforming Church” at the Claremont School of Theology conference “Rekindling Theological Reflection: Transformative Thought for Progressive Action” March 12–14.
McClintock Fulkerson responded to a panel discussion of her book Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church at the Southeast Regional American Academy of Religion meeting, Greensboro, N.C., March 15.
Paul J. Griffiths published “Self-Annihilation or Damnation? A Disputable Question in Christian Eschatology” in Liberal Faith: Essays in Honor of Philip Quinn, edited by Paul J. Weithman (University of Notre Dame Press); “The Quietus of Political Interest” in Common Knowledge (Winter 2009); “The Liturgical Drowse” in Commonweal (Feb. 27, 2009); and a review of Matthew Bagger’s The Uses of Paradox in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (December 2008).
Richard B. Hays presented papers at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, N.J., April 1, and the Duodecim Theological Society, Princeton, N.J., May 1. He preached the sermon “Limping and Praising” at the March 8 ordination of his son, Christopher Hays, in the Presbytery of San Fernando, at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, La Crescenta, Calif.
Hays has been elected a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, England, and named Senior Member in Residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, N.J.
Richard P. Heitzenrater published “Wesley and the People Called Methodists: The Potential of a Tradition” in Methodism’s Present Potential, edited by Angela Shier-Jones (Epworth); “The Founding Brothers” in The Oxford Handbook of Methodism, edited by James Kirby and William Abraham (Oxford University Press); nine short articles (“Wesley Core Terms”) in The Wesley Study Bible, edited by Joel Green and William Willimon (Abingdon); “Note introduzione ai sermoni” (introductory notes to 24 sermons), translated by Febe Rossi, in John Wesley, Le perfezione dell’ amore (Claudiana); and reviews of Ludmila Garbunova’s version of Charles Wesley’s “And Can It Be,” on Worship Review, and “Gareth Lloyd’s Charles Wesley and the Struggle for Methodist Identity,” in Proceedings of The Charles Wesley Society (2006–7 [pub. 2008]). He participated in the “Great Awakening” seminar, sponsored by the Liberty Fund, May 7–9, in Orange Beach, Ala.
Heitzenrater has been chosen president-elect of the American Society of Church History. In May, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis.
Willie J. Jennings, assistant research professor of theology and Black Church Studies, has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor, effective July 1, 2009.
L. Gregory Jones lectured on the theme “Excellence in Christian Ministry” Feb. 3 at the Holston Annual Conference Ministers’ Convocation. He delivered the Huegli Lecture, “Christian Vocation Then and Now,” Feb. 12 at Valparaiso University. Also in February, he co-led, with Kevin Armstrong, the 2009 Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral Leaders Consultation at the Louisville Institute, and traveled to London for the Lambeth Palace Roundtable for the Episcopal Church of Sudan.
Dean Jones, with the Rev. Susan Pendleton Jones, co-led the Sustained Learning Seminar in Nashville, Tenn., April 17–18. He engaged in conversation with President Richard Brodhead on “The Duke Idea” in Nashville, Tenn., April 28. In May, he participated in the Texas Methodist Foundation’s gathering “Edge Organizations, Entrepreneurial People and God’s Dreams” in Austin, Texas.
Jones’s essays “Binge reader” and “Investing in Sudan” appeared in the Feb. 21 and April 21 issues, respectively, of The Christian Century. He also published “The End,” “Traditioned Innovation,” “Leadership as Loving Enemies,” “Why Institutions Matter,” and “Vibrant Institutions” for the Divinity School’s new Faith & Leadership website.
Richard Lischer made four presentations on Martin Luther King Jr. in January and February to Triangle-area churches and civic organizations. He preached the Maundy Thursday worship in Duke Chapel. In May, he delivered the commencement address at Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary in Columbia, S.C.
G. Sujin Pak taught a Lenten Sunday school class at Reconciliation UMC on the theme “Spiritual Disciplines in Historical Perspective.” The class explored the practices of prayer, meditation, Scripture reading, fasting, penance, and participation in the sacraments within the history of the church.
Anathea Portier-Young attended the SECSOR (Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion) meeting in Greensboro March 14–15, where she presented the paper “The Transition to Seleucid Rule in Judea” as part of a panel on “Empire” and chaired two sessions for the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament section. Her essay “Apocalyptic Preaching” appeared in April as a “Craft of Preaching” piece on WorkingPreacher.org.
William A. Ritter led a men’s retreat in January for Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on the theme “The Economic Crisis as a Spiritual Problem and an Ecclesiastical Opportunity.” In March, he keynoted the regional conference of Compassionate Friends in Frankfort, Ky., on the theme “Coping When Goodbye Is Forever.”
Grant Wacker presented the keynote lecture “Billy Graham’s Legacy: For America and for Christian Living” at the Divinity School’s annual Laity Weekend April 24–25. He delivered the 2009 Nyvall Lectures — “Billy Graham’s America” and “Billy Graham’s Legacy for Christian Living” — at Isaacson Memorial Chapel April 29 at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago.
Laceye C. Warner co-edited, with Sarah Lancaster, the theological sidebars in the new Wesley Study Bible (Abingdon). She delivered the banquet keynote for the Lead United Methodist Women Pastors Project event April 26–28, and the keynote for the Louisiana Annual Conference Discerners’ Weekend March 13–15. Warner led a workshop at the Chief Academic Officers Society Meeting March 21, and was one of approximately 12 invited participants in the “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations” training event with Bishop Robert Schnase March 23–25.
For four Sundays in Lent, she was the scholar-in-residence at Christ Church, Raleigh, addressing “Water, Fire, Bread, Wine: Biblical Themes for Baptism and Eucharist.” She also served as the Lenten speaker at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Durham, N.C., on the topic “Hanging on through Thick and Thin: Job’s Story of God.”
Wells was the convocation speaker at Queen’s College, University of Newfoundland, May 5, and the speaker for the May 15–17 conference “The Church: A Gift in Christ” at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Kanata, Ontario, addressing the topic “Standing on Secure Shoulders: The Church’s Foundation in Scripture.”
Sam Wells presented the talk “Rethinking Our Just War Legacy” Nov. 9 at First United Methodist Church in Cary, N.C. He was interviewed for the online book club DukeReads Feb. 18 by NPR’s Frank Stasio, on the Rose Macaulay novel The Towers of Trebizond. Wells spoke on the topic “The Power of Ministry” at the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies Clergy Study Day March 12 at the Divinity School.
Norman Wirzba’s essay “Agrarianism After Modernity: An Opening for Grace” appeared in After Modernity? Secularity, Globalization, and the Re-Enchantment of the World, edited by James K.A. Smith (Baylor University Press). His essay “Sunshine Economy: A 50-Year Land Use Bill” was published in a March issue of The Christian Century.
He delivered the Winter Lectures at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jan. 25–27, on the theme “Placing Our Faith in a Placeless World.” In February, he led the workshop “Food, International Development, and Faith Traditions” and gave the lecture “The Grace of Good Food” in the religion department at the University of Florida. He presented “Sabbath Environmentalism,” as well as co-led (with Grace Hackney) a workshop on church-supported gardens, at Lake Junaluska’s “Caring for Creation” conference March 7. Wirzba represented the Christian tradition at the “Saving This Earth” colloquium, an interfaith panel hosted by Duke Chapel, March 30. In April, he lectured at Davidson and Middlebury colleges on food and ecology.
Luba V. Zakharov’s article “International Collaboration and Storytelling” (previously published in the ATLA Newsletter) was reprinted in the March 2009 edition of the ABTAPL (Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries) Newsletter.