Reconcilers with Chris Rice

The way things are is not the way things have to be

Chris Rice

Chris Rice has served as co-director of the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation since 2005.

Chris grew up in South Korea, where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries.

After attending Middlebury College in Vermont, Chris’s life took a dramatic turn when he lived and worked 17 years in an inner-city neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi with Voice of Calvary, an interracial church and Christian community-development ministry. For 12 of those years he lived in an intentional Christian community called Antioch. In 1993, he co-authored More than Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel, with his African-American colleague Spencer Perkins.

In 2000, Chris joined Duke Divinity School for mid-career Master of Divinity studies, seeking to understand how (and if) the world of academy and university can be relevant to the world of Christian activism and engagement for social change. In 2002 he published Grace Matters, a memoir of his Mississippi journey.  In 2004 Chris convened the track on Reconciliation at the 2004 Lausanne Forum on World Evangelization.  His latest book is Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision of Justice, Peace, and Healing.

Chris has written for Sojourners, Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and other magazines.  He serves as chair of the Lausanne Special Interest Committee on Reconciliation and the leadership team of the Global Network for Reconciliation.  His life and writing have been concerned with the difference Christianity can make in a divided world, in local places.

Chris’s wife Donna is a home health nurse. They have three children. Chris is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and is a member of Blacknall Presbyterian Church in Durham.

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