Chris Rice on Recovering “Faith” in Faith-Based Organizations

Dr. Chris Rice - graduation

My friend Chris Rice, co-director of the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation, has just received his DMin degree from Duke University. His thesis supervisors were my old friend Luke Bretherton and Craig Dystra.

His thesis, which I eagerly expect to read, touches on a very important topic for Christian FBOs, like the one I serve.

Here is a summary of the dissertation in PDF form.


Congratulations, Chris!

New Realities Facing Korean Christianity? « Reconcilers with Chris Rice

New Realities Facing Korean Christianity? « Reconcilers with Chris Rice.

My friend Chris Rice, from Duke Center for Reconciliations shered these thoughts from his current trip in Asia.

4th Annual Duke Summer Reconciliation Institute, May 28-June 2, 2012


I write to encourage you to slow down for a minute and consider a gift: take a close look at the upcoming 4th annual Duke summer reconciliation institute, May 28-June (April 1 application deadline). And pray on it, as this space is dangerously beautiful – based on past experience, I assure you these 6 days could change your life. Nearly 400 people have attended the institute the past 3 years, and we have seen this become a place of breakthroughs: personal, organizational, missional. The institute is not a conference for the many, but a place to go deep. It’s a space for 150 Christian leaders from across the U.S. and world to go deep in learning, community, reflection, renewal, and worship with a leading faculty of theologians and practitioners. A number of you I’m writing have attended before, and you know how unique and powerful this space is. Perhaps you should bring a team from your church or organization this year. I know cost is an issue for many of us. Scholarships are available, and I encourage you to apply for one. Continue reading “4th Annual Duke Summer Reconciliation Institute, May 28-June 2, 2012”

Seeing Hope, Even in North Korea | Duke Divinity School

Seeing Hope, Even in North Korea | Duke Divinity School.

This is a concise report of the recent trip that Chris Rice, from the Center for Reconciliation at Duke University in Durham, NC has made in North Korea.

You may also find, at the end of the article, a few relevant pictures from this trip.

Chris Rice – 7 Lessons from a Post-Communist Landscape

In October 2011 Chris Rice and Gann Herman, from Duke Center for Reconciliation have visited Romania in a reconciliation tour. Then, together, we have visited Poland, aiming to understand what are the needs for reconciliation in post-communist lands.

In a recent blog post, Chris shares 7 lessons they have learned on this trip. Here they are:

Lesson 1:  The unfinished business of “post-communism”

Lesson 2:  Redemption must touch Russia

Lesson 3:  Intergenerational conflict and secularization Continue reading “Chris Rice – 7 Lessons from a Post-Communist Landscape”

Early Morning in North Korea

From the blog of my friend Chris Rice, Duke Center for Reconciliation:

I just returned from 8 astonishing days in North Korea, based in Pyongyang and traveling across the southern countryside and cities. Many powerful moments of hope amidst the reality described in this photo in Time magazine. The caption reads: “October 5, 2011. A portrait of Kim Il Sung, founder of the communist regime in North Korea, beams from a government building at 6 a.m. in the pariah state’s capital, Pyongyang. Soon the entire city would be awakened by propaganda songs blaring from the loudspeakers.”


Summary of Duke Summer Institute on Reconciliation

Summer school participants at worship      Chris Rice & Emmanuel Katongole – Co-chairs of the Center

Dear Summer Institute Faculty, Participants, and Volunteers,

Greetings from Durham! We at the Center for Reconciliation hope that all is well as you press on in your lives and ministries. We wanted to point you toward a few different things…

1) Duke Summer Institute is on Facebook! Check out the Center for Reconciliation’s page. If you are on Facebook, be sure to join the “Duke Summer Institute Community — 2011” page.
Continue reading “Summary of Duke Summer Institute on Reconciliation”

6-11 June – The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World – Summer School at Duke Center for Reconciliation

The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World

June 6 – 11, 2011

Duke Divinity School Summer Institute

presented by the Duke Center for Reconciliation

Join us for a week of worship, shared meals, and plenary sessions led by world-class theologians and practitioners of reconciliation ministry, including

John Perkins, Richard Hays, Emmanuel Katongole, Mary Nelson, Soong-Chan Rah and Chris Rice Continue reading “6-11 June – The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World – Summer School at Duke Center for Reconciliation”

Second Day of Lausanne III Congress

Most of the music in the congress verges on the charismatic choruses for which I lost all taste lately. I long for the more reflective, creative and complex music in my church. Continue reading “Second Day of Lausanne III Congress”

We find Christ anew in the one who offends us most

Beautiful Boston University Campus

Here is a fragment from the last post on the Reconcilers blog of Chris Rice:

I’m still contemplating three invigorating days last week at “Teaching Religion, Conflict Transformation, and Peacebuilding:  A Consultation of Educators,” held at the Boston University School of Theology.  I love Boston, and it was a refreshing space with people committed to being more than theoretical, including a couple Jewish leaders I really enjoyed meeting.

Three things I’m thinking about: Continue reading “We find Christ anew in the one who offends us most”

Restored to Wonder

There is much focus on action these days.  Action to stop climate change.  To end poverty.  To reach the world for God.  To win this or that.  To ensure my children succeed.  The primary question and task of action is “What must I do?”

Something more must be said.  Life is more than this.  I am not sure I can express it, but I must try.

Continue reading “Restored to Wonder”

Chris Rice and Reconcilers Blog


I met Chris Rice in 2004 at the Lausanne Movement Conference in Pattaya, Thailand, where he was convenor of the Issue Group on Reconciliation.

He is presently co-director, with Emmanuel Katongole, of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. They have written together the book Reconciling All Things. A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing.

I highly recommend to those interested in this hot topic Chris’s blog, Reconcilers, that can be found HERE.

Continue reading “Chris Rice and Reconcilers Blog”