Center for Reconciliation at Duke – Summer Institute 2012

Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School - Summer Institute 2012Editor’s note: In June 2010, I had the opportunity participate in The Summer Institute put on by Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation.  The week that I spent at Duke, was wonderful time of nurturing friendships with old and new friends and learning from many people who are engaged in the Kingdom work of reconciliation around the globe.  I participated in a seminar group lead by Norman Wirzba, and one of the things that came out of that group was the writing of the BP Oil Spill Lament, which got a fair amount of attention that summer.  I highly recommend the Summer Institute, for anyone wanting to learn and grow deeper in their faithfulness to Christ’s way of reconciliation.

The Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation is now accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Institute, “The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World,” to be held May 28 – June 2 on the campus of Duke University.  The Summer Institute is designed to nourish, renew, and deepen the capacities of Christian leaders in the ministry of reconciliation, justice, and peace. Participants will experience in-depth teaching by world-class theologians and ministry practitioners, prayer and worship, shared meals, vibrant conversations, and opportunities to reflect on their own vocation and setting. In-depth seminars are designed for participants with a range of expertise and experience, and include specific seminars for leaders in congregations, denominations, and academic institutions.

Among the seminars offered will be  “Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation,” taught by Norman Wirzba and Fred Bahnson, “Writing as a Vocation of Reconciliation,” taught by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and “Reconciliation in the Context of Prisons,” taught by Sarah Jobe and Madeline McClenny-Sadler.

Applications for the Summer Institute will be accepted for rolling admission through April 1, 2012 at dukesummerinstitute.com.


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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