Wednesday, September 30, 2020

‘Called to Hope’ with Dean Powery on Oct. 8

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Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery will address connections among lament, justice, and hope in an online event “Called to Hope” on Thursday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m.

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While the coronavirus pandemic rages on and calls for justice persist, Dean Powery will discuss ways of finding hope in turbulent times during this virtual town hall event. It is a topic he wrote about in a (Duke) Chronicle column on “Tears of Hope” and also preached on during a recent Duke Divinity School worship service.

“Prophetic grief is a form of lament that boldly proclaims that life is not right; prophetic grief tells it like it is,” he said in the sermon based on the Prophet Jeremiah. “One may shed tears because one refuses to shrink back from struggle and pain and injustice. Joy might be gone, but hope is not.”

“Every tear drop is a prophetic act of resistance against the way life is—and a prayer for something better,” he said.

The event will be moderated by the Rev. Bruce Puckett, assistant dean at the Chapel.

No advance registration is required for this free event; participants will be asked to enter their name and email when they log on to Zoom. To submit a question in advance to Dean Powery, email

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