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JOY Outing

November 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

On Thursday November 16th Just Older Youth group (JOY) will visit Duke Divinity School.  We will meet at 10:15 a.m. at University Place mall to travel by church bus and carpools to Duke Divinity School (located adjacent to Duke Chapel).  We will worship together at the regular Thursday 11:25 a.m. worship service at Duke Divinity’s beautiful Goodson Chapel.  Following worship, we will enjoy lunch together at the Divinity Café.  Following lunch, we will be hosted by the Duke Divinity Chaplain Rev. Meghan Benson, for a presentation and conversation on the topic “How does Duke Divinity School prepare students to become United Methodist Ministers?”  One short answer is that students spend 3 very demanding years of full-time graduate study to earn the Masters of Divinity degree.  Of course there is much more to the story, and we will learn a great deal from our time together with Rev. Benson.

Nearly all of University UMC’s ministers, present and past, are graduates of Duke Divinity School.  This includes our 3 full-time pastors – Rev. Justin Coleman, Rev. Tobi Nguyen, and Rev. Laura Isaacs – and Wesley-UNC Campus Minister Rev. Ryan Spurrier, University UMC’s Minister for Visitation (and long-time Wesley-UNC Campus Minister) Rev. Manuel Wortman, former long-time University UMC senior minister Rev. Bill Gattis, and retired minister and University UMC Discipleship teacher Rev. Dr. Christian Wilson … and many, many others.  Many ministers who grew up in University UMC also did their M.Divs at Duke, including Craig Kocher and Ben Alexander.

All of which makes Duke Divinity School a very special place and a very special part of the ministry and life of University UMC.

To join us for this special outing, please phone the church office (919.929.7191) not later than Monday November 13th.  When you sign up, please indicate if (a) you will meet us at University Place to travel to Duke by mini-bus and carpool or (b) you will drive to Duke yourself and meet us for 11:25 worship in Goodson Chapel (followed by lunch and conversation with Rev. Benson).  You can park in the Bryan Parking deck (Parking Garage IV) which is about two blocks from Duke Divinity School (and Duke Chapel).


November 16, 2017
10:00 am - 3:30 pm


Duke Divinity School
407 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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