Congregation at Duke Chapel

Navigating Polarizing Times: Seeking a Center that Holds

Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Durham

We live in turbulent times, where conflicting voices often create a sense of bewilderment. How do we engage in discernment for our own lives, seeking clear guidance from God? And how do we practice discernment in and for the organizations for which we work and care? Can we discover a center that holds, a centering in Christ? We will explore these themes together, including scriptural reflections, specific practices and relationships that can help foster such discernment.

Our retreat leaders for this Saturday morning, February 1, will be The Reverend Susan Pendleton Jones and L. Gregory Jones. Susan and Greg have co-authored several books together for Adult Bible Studies and are both United Methodist ministers. They are the parents of three children, and they have two granddaughters.

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The Reverend Susan Pendleton Jones is currently a Ministry Associate for Church Transformation Ministries of the NC Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. For 17 years Susan served as an administrator at Duke Divinity School and most recently was Associate Dean for Ministerial Formation. Her teaching responsibilities there have included courses on Leadership, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, and the Pastor’s Vocation. In addition, she was the project coordinator for the design and construction of the Divinity's School’s $22 million Westbrook Building that has won several architectural awards. She is a frequent retreat leader for lay and clergy groups.

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L. Gregory Jones is the Dean of Duke Divinity School, a position he also held from 1997-2010. Greg is the A. Morris and Ruth W. Williams Professor of Christian Theology and Ministry, senior fellow at the Fuqua-Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics, and senior fellow at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. He is the author or editor of 17 books, including Christian Social Innovation, the co-authored Forgiving As We've Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace (with Celestin Musekura, in 2010), Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry (with Kevin R. Armstrong, in 2006) and Embodying Forgiveness (1995).

The retreat will be held on Saturday, February 1, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, 1415 Faber Street (in the Central Campus of Duke University), Durham. Childcare will be provided. Please contact the Congregation Office to make a reservation for childcare. The $10 participation fee will cover the cost of a catered lunch. Please email the Congregation office or call 919-684-3917 to RSVP by Monday, January 27.

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