On Nov. 13, Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts will welcome Matthew Milliner, assistant professor of art history at Wheaton College, for a lecture entitled “Towards a Visual Ecumenism.” The lecture will investigate junctures in the history of Christianity where visual art transcended verbal disagreements and fostered unity within the church. It will also attempt to demonstrate how “visual ecumenism” can provide an investigation into places where verbal theology stalls. Two questions will be addressed particularly: Can visual art ameliorate Christian fragmentation, and has it been doing so all along?
On April 9-13, Duke Divinity School, Duke Chapel, and the Duke Music Department hosted “Sounding the Passion: Encounters in poetry, theology, and music,” a series of events that marked the culmination of the first phase of the Duke-Cambridge Collaboration in theology and the arts, organized by Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. This phase focused on the production of a piece co-commissioned by the Divinity School from Scottish composer James MacMillan, a St. Luke Passion for choirs and orchestra, which had its U.S. premiere in a packed Duke Chapel on Palm Sunday, April 13.
On April 8-9, Duke Divinity School will host documentary filmmakers Rudy and Shirley Nelson. On April 8 at 8 p.m. they will present a showing of their film, “Precarious Peace: God and Guatemala.” The film explores questions on what it takes to end a war and ensure peace. On April 9, the Divinity School will host a discussion of the Nelsons’ recently published novel, The Risk of Returning, at 2:30 p.m. The book is a historical novel set in Guatemala in the 1980s reflecting the tragedy and heroism co-existing within Guatemala’s religious communities.
From February 16-18, Duke Divinity School and Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Durham hosted “The Word Made Fresh,” a series of lectures, concerts, and workshops that focused on theology and the arts through the lens of poetry, music, and Scripture. The events featured poet, priest, and English literature scholar Malcolm Guite, singer-songwriter Steve Bell, and Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts director and theologian Jeremy Begbie. Audio recordings of the event are available on iTunes U.
The director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA), Jeremy Begbie, has written a new book in the field of theology and the arts. Music, Modernity, and God will be available in the U.S. at the end of the month.