- April 15-16, 2010
- Durham, NC
- Cost: Free!
The Free for All National Event is a an imaginative, theological dialogue that explores how communities can liberate the Bible from theological objectification and personal entitlements to become a living and embodied text in our world.
The host church is very conveniently located just off the Chapel Hill St. Exit of the Durham Freeway in downtown Durham, NC. Just a mile from the East and West campuses of Duke University, one block from the restaurants, pubs, cafes, and shops of Brightleaf Square, 14 miles from Raleigh-Durham Airport.
Directions from Raleigh-Durham Airport
- Exit the Airport on Airport Blvd following the signs to I40.
- Right on 140 West.
- After 4 miles, Exit 279B, on NC 147North (also called the Durham Freeway)
- 8 miles on the Durham Freeway to downtown Durham, Exit right on South Duke St.
- The church is 2 blocks ahead, at the corner of Duke and Chapel Hill St.
- Cross Chapel Hill St. and parking is in the rear.
We have 2 hotel with blocks of reserved rooms for the event
The Marriott is in downtown Durham, walking distance (0.4 miles) from Duke Memorial Church (the main conference venue) and downtown Durham's restaurants and pubs. They have availability primarily for Thursday, April 15. When making reservations, please mention that you are part of the JoPa, Free for All Event group.
Comfort Inn Medical Park
1816 Hillandale Rd.
The Comfort Inn (formerly the Hampton Inn if you're familiar with Durham) is located off of the US 15-501 Bypass and near the Durham Freeway and is approximately 2 miles from the conference venue and downtown Durham. We have a block of rooms at the nightly rate of $69 for the evenings of April 14 and April 15. When making reservations, please mention that you are part of the JoPa, Free for All Event group.
Cab fare to downtown Durham is approximately $30 and the Super Shuttle will also take to the venue or either hotel for approximately $18.
Dr. Douglas Campbell; author of The Search for Paul's Gospel and The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul; faculty at Duke Divinity School
Conversation: Rethinking Paul
Dr. Mary McClintock-Fulkerson; author of Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church and Changing the Subject: Women's Discourses and Feminist Theology; faculty at Duke Divinity School
Conversation: Gender & Sexuality in the Scriptures
Dr. Kate Bowler (Church History Duke Divinity School)
Conversation: Examining Health/Wealth Readings of the Text
Dr. Mike Broadway (Theology; Shaw Divinity School)
Conversation: Economic Justice in the Text
Dr. Gerardi Marti (Sociology; Davidson College)
- Wade Baynham (Emmaus Way, the Basics, 2nd Storey Studios)
- Dale Baker (formerly of Sixpence None the Richer and Over the Rhine)
- Carole Baker (visual artist; Duke Divinity School)
- Mike Garrigan (Mike Garrigan Studios; formerly of Collapsis and Athenaeum)
- Troy Bronsink
Thursday, April 15
1:00pm – 2:15pm
Session #1: Word in Community, Culture, & Context
A Dialogue with Pastors and Communities
The state and dilemma of interpretation in contemporary community life — a crisis of authoritarianism, sentimentality, conflict, trivialization, and silencing.
2:30pm – 3:45pm
Session #2: Word in Community, Culture, and Context
A Dialogue with Scholars
The crisis of interpretation from historical, philosophical, and theological lenses.
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Confirmed, more being added...
Dr. Douglas Campbell; author of The Search for Paul's Gospel and The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul; faculty at Duke Divinity School.
The Word in Controversy
Dr. Mary McClintock-Fulkerson; author of Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church and Changing the Subject: Women's Discourses and Feminist Theology; faculty at Duke Divinity School.
5:30pm – 8:00pm
The pubs and restaurants of Brightleaf Square and Five Points Durham are all within two blocks walking distance.
8:00pm – 9:30pm
Session #3: Word in Dialogue, Liturgy, Art, Imagination, & Table
The Emmaus Way community, 916 Lamond Ave (3 blocks from Duke Memorial).
Confirmed artists: Wade Baynham (Emmaus Way, the Basics, 2nd Storey Studios), Dale Baker (formerly of Sixpence None the Richer and Over the Rhine), Carole Baker (visual artist; Duke Divinity School).
Friday, April 16
9:00am – 10:15am
Session #4: The Word and Its Neglected Interpreters
A Dialogue with and for the Marginalized
The role and possibilities of diverse communities and often silenced voices in the interpretative task.
10:30am – 12:00pm
Session #5: Shaping and Encouraging a Dialogical Community
The passions, leadership skills, & commitments integral to forming dialogical and interpreting communities.