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2010 Duke Summer Reconciliation Institute: A Gift of Nourishing for Christian Leaders

February 15, 2010

2009 Institute: John Perkins, Priscilla Adoyo of Nairobi Evangelical School of Theology and Duke's Stanley Hauerwas

I am extremely excited about the faculty of Christian practitioners, theologians, and scholars for our 2010 Duke Summer Institute, “The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World” coming up May 31 – June 5, 2010.  Last week my colleague Emmanuel Katongole and I were at the headquarters of a major national Christian organization which is sending about 15 of their senior leaders to the institute.  Applications are now open and I encourage folks to take a serious look at coming (scholarships are available).

Last year 100 participants came from 23 states and 7 countries.  We have expanded space to 200 this year, due to overwhelming feedback from participants about the need for a deep, intensive week to nourish Christian leaders and their institutions in the journey and ministry of reconciliation, justice, and peace.  The unique “word made flesh” methodology and design is richly theological, contextual, and practical.  The restful setting of Duke University is a gift.  Through worship and community, 2009 became a holy ground of transformation (see 2009 institute slideshow and materials).

The 100 institute participants, 2009

The power of the institute is a depth of content and community to serve Christian leaders at multiple levels. Here are the 2010 faculty and the cohorts they’ll be leading throughout the week (see course descriptions and faculty biographies):

  • Mary Nelson and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove “Building Beloved Communities of Justice and Advocacy for the Poor”
  • Divinity School Dean Greg Jones and Peter Cha from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School — “Leading For Change Within Complex Organizations”
  • Emmanuel Katongole– “Social Conflict, Healing, and Mission In Global Contexts”
  • Ellen Davis and Norman Wirzba“Land, Covenant, and the Gospel of Reconciliation”
  • Chris and Phileena Heuertz of Word Made Flesh“At Home with the Global Poor: Discovering Mutuality and Service in Mission”
  • “Shaping Congregations for Faithfulness Across Divides” with Laura Truax, pastor of LaSalle Street Church in Chicago, and Alvin Sanders of the Evangelical Free Church of America
  • “Conversations on a New Racial Time” led by Rev. William Lamar from the AME church
  • “The Arts and Reconciliation” with Malcolm Guite, a poet, singer-songwriter, priest, and academic from Cambridge, England
  • “Medicine, Healing, Suffering, and the Christian Community” with Richard Payne, M.D. and Allen Verhey from the Duke Institute for Care at the End of Life

I’ve never taught with my mentor, John Perkins—it will be a special joy to co-facilitate “Jesus and Justice: Spiritual Formation in the Journey of Reconciliation.”

Worship at 2009 institute

To apply or for more Information visit the web site.  Space is Limited.  Scholarships are available.

About the Author: Chris Rice is co-director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School.  He is author of Reconciling All Things, Grace Matters, and More Than Equals. He writes regularly at the blog Reconcilers.

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