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New Reconciliation Professorship at Duke Divinity School

February 4, 2015
"Reconciliation" sculpture at Duke. Margaret Adams Parker, sculptor.

“Reconciliation” sculpture at Duke. Margaret Adams Parker, sculptor.

I am delighted that my dear friends Renie and Bill McCutchen have worked with Duke Divinity School to endow a new professorship to be held by the new director of the Center for Reconciliation.  This promises to ground the Center more deeply in the fabric of Duke University and give its ministry resilience in years ahead. What an incredible gift!

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Renie and Bill McCutchen

Renie served so faithfully on the Center advisory board. She and Bill became part of a beautiful “new we” as the Center transformed so many of us into a new understanding of who “my people” are, expanded by God’s greater vision of beloved community across divides.

It was my great joy to join with Emmanuel Katongole as “beginners” of the Center, and to see fresh gifts offered to Duke divinity students, the U.S. via a book series and the Summer Institute for Reconciliation, Africa via the Great Lakes Initiative, and the emerging Northeast Asia Reconciliation Initiative which Duke and MCC are partnering on along with regional colleagues.

Let us pray for Duke’s choosing of the right candidate to help lead the ministry into a fresh chapter of vitality.

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