Duke Divinity School

Founded in 1926, Duke Divinity School is located in Durham, North Carolina. The current dean of the Divinity School is Elaine Heath. Duke joined the SSA in 2012, as a founding partner school.

Mission Statement: “Transforming Ministry” was adopted by Duke Divinity School during the 75th anniversary in 2001-02 and continues to serve as a major theme. Transformation includes an appreciation of the past as well as a focus on the future. We seek to embody a vital sense of tradition without lapsing into traditionalism. Church historian Jaroslav Pelikan summarizes the distinction succinctly: ‘Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.’ Transformation also describes what we need as a school: being open to the transformation of our curriculum, our programs, our efforts to learn from the best practices of ministry, and to deepen our understanding so that we may be of more faithful service to the church, to the academy, and to the world.





SSA Liaisons:

Norman Wirzba is Research professor of Theology, Ecology and Rural Life at Duke Divinity and Research Professor at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He has published several books on creation care themes including The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age (Oxford), Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating (Cambridge), and with Fred Bahnson Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation (InterVarsity). He also edits a Book Series on the New Agrarianism for the University Press of Kentucky. Click here to contact Norman Wirzba.


Duke Divinity School Creation Care Links:

Wirzba Wins Sabbatical Grant

Summoned Toward Wholeness A conference on food, faith and agriculture.

Norman Wirzba on Taking Care of Creation Dr. Norman Wirzba explains agrarian philosophy and the benefits of gardening.

Dirt, Bodies, and Food: Our Reconciliation with Creation Dr. Norman Wirzba describes how eating ethically produced food can help draw us closer to God.