Duke Chapel Posts Over 2500 Sermons Online

April 19, 2016

DukeChapelDuke Divinity School, Duke Chapel, and Duke University Libraries have announced that the first stage of an initiative to digitize Duke Chapel sermons is complete with the release of more than 2,500 sermons online. The Duke University Chapel Recordings Digital Collection website collects audio and video recordings as well as manuscript sermons produced at the chapel between 1946 and 2002. Drawn from a collection held in the Duke University Archives, the sermons were selected by Divinity School and Duke Chapel staff for their historic significance. Many recordings include full worship services, including choir and organ music. The Lilly Endowment Inc. provided funds to digitize the materials, and the project is a collaboration between the Divinity School, Duke Chapel, Duke University Archives, and the Duke University Libraries Digital Collections Program. “This will be an invaluable resource for preachers and scholars,” said Charles Campbell, professor of homiletics at the Divinity School. “It is certainly one of the most important collections of sermons available online today. We are grateful for the amazing work done by our colleagues in the University Libraries,” he said. Over the next two years, Divinity School students and graduates will add metadata to the sermons so that they will be searchable in a variety of ways (such as by biblical text, liturgical occasion, theological themes, and social issues). In addition, students will edit transcriptions of the audio and video recordings to be made available on the website. The project is part of the Divinity School’s Duke Preaching Initiative, which is designed to enhance homiletical education and pedagogy. The initiative is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and is part of its Initiative to Strengthen the Quality of Preaching.

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A Summons to Witness, Protest, and Promise

We give thanks for this Summons to Witness, Protest and Promise written by the cabinet of the North Carolina Conference.  In our ongoing collaboration, we affirm these words alongside them.  Across our state, we invite all United Methodists to be a part of building “the new world God promises as heaven in time descends to earth.” (Revelation 21)

A Summons to Witness, Protest, & Promise

We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

We believe. . .

We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God’s intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

We protest. . .
We protest violent murders of Black men and women, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We protest the narratives of fear and suspicion that divide people from one another.
We protest our historic failure to ensure all our churches are places of hospitality, welcome, and belonging for our Black brothers and sisters.
We protest the historic and continuing suppression of voting and other basic rights.
We protest all incendiary public leadership in this time of crisis and turmoil.
We protest the lack of will in our communities, our state and our country to protect the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, and especially the most vulnerable, the young and the old.

We promise. . .
We promise to use our voices, resources and power to dismantle white privilege and racist systems, especially within our own United Methodist Church.
We promise to read the Scripture with ear and eye attentive to the continued call toward God’s will for all people.
We promise to exercise the right to vote and to work against voter suppression.
We promise to create around ourselves at all times hospitable space for all people.
We promise to name prejudice when we see it and to receive the correction of others who see prejudice in us.
We promise to be life-long learners, to constantly make adjustments in the way we use our power and influence, to be active participants in the building of the beloved community, and ultimately growing always in holiness toward the perfection we see in Christ.

Signed,

Bishop Paul Leeland
Laura Auten
Carl Arrington
Michael Bailey
David Christy
Amy Coles
Bev Coppley
Beth Crissman
Otto Harris
David Hockett
Kim Ingram
Linda Kelly
Mark King
Melissa McGill
Samuel Moore, Jr.
Dan Pezet
Mark Ralls
David Snipes
Caroline Wood
Jane Wood

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
Tim Russell
Edie Gleaves
Ray Broadwell
Gil Wise
Gray Southern
Mike Frese
Kenneth Locklear
Randy Innes
Linda Taylor
Dena White
Tara Lain
Ismael Ruiz-Millan
Jon Strother
Beth Hood
Lisa Yebuah
Greg Moore
Steve Taylor

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