Watch the video: Duke Chapel's C. Eric Lincoln Minister, Joshua Lazard, interviews educator Lucy Lincoln about her late husband's life and legacy.
C. Eric Lincoln was a professor of Religion and Culture at Duke University from 1976-1993. His work is internationally recognized as an authority on the sociology for religion as it relates to race and ethnicity in the United States. His life of ministry models both the academic integrity and faith formation the Chapel’s student ministry also attempts to embody.
In celebration of his life, work and service to the Duke community, the C. Eric Lincoln Minister at Duke Chapel capitalizes on the enormous opportunities for ministry, discovery and witness in the interface between Duke Chapel and students who have been historically underrepresented in the Chapel’s ministries.
The Lincoln Minister supports and expands the Chapel’s wider student ministry and mission paying particular attention to engaging with students who have been underrepresented, building partnerships across the university with relevant constituencies, developing student program opportunities that advance the Chapel’s priorities around the intersection of art and faith.
The nature of his scholarship and outreach across Duke, Durham and the broader United States represents cross-cultural engagement, artistic expression and spiritual care that are reflective of the heart for reconciliation and outreach of Duke Chapel. His pioneering work in Black Church and Religious Studies as well as his life of ministry in the Methodist Church model both the academic integrity and faith formation the Chapel’s student ministry also attempts to embody.
“There is a Native American tradition that talks of a person going through two deaths; the first is the actual, physical death, and the second occurs when one’s name and stories are no longer cherished in the community,” said Christy Lohr Sapp, Associate Dean for Religious Life, in the press release for the position. “Through this position, we hope to keep the life and work of C. Eric Lincoln an active part of the lived memory and oral tradition of this university.”