Welcome to the blog of Bishop Will Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Ministry, Duke Divinity School.  Here you will find articles, sermons, lectures and other offerings from Will Willimon.

Join Me at Grace Church in Charleston 12/7-8

Consider this a reminder that on Saturday, December 7, I’ll be the guest speaker for an Advent Quiet Morning at Grace Church Cathedral (98 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401). This event will begin at 9 a.m. in Hanahan Hall with light refreshments followed by a few talks interspersed with opportunities for conversation and quiet reflection concluding at 12 noon. The theme for the morning will be based on my 2013 book, Incarnation: The Surprising Overlap of Heaven & Earth; reading it before arriving may augment your enjoyment of the event. You’re encouraged to contact Bunny Martin if you plan to attend at bmartin@gracesc.org

The next day I’ll be preaching at their 9am and 11am services. All are welcome. I would love to see you there.


Give the Gift of Willimon This Christmas

A signed copy of my memoir Accidental Preacher is exactly the Christmas gift that all of your loved ones need! One of my former students Allen Stanton described it as

A memoir that is an object lesson in vocation. It demands that the reader reconsider their own vocation, their own discipleship. Throughout the book, Willimon implicitly asks the reader, “If I, with all of my shortcomings, insecurities, family drama, and personal failures, can give myself over to Christ, why can’t you?”

Doesn’t that sound like what you’d like your friends and relatives to be thinking? The book works as well as a stocking stuffer as it does as a standalone present.

You can email me at will@duke.edu to let me know how many signed copies you’d like, to whom you’d like them inscribed, and with what sort of a comment.

With shipping and personalized signature, each copy is $25. I’m happy to mail the copy to you or the gift recipient, and if you order soon, they’ll arrive in plenty of time for Christmas.


Beyond Capitalism

Saturday, 23 November, 2019

7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
San Diego Ballroom, Section A
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

I’ll be giving the keynote for an event Plough magazine is hosting in conjunction with the 2019 AAR/SBL meetings (who’d think I’d actually appear at one of their meetings?) to launch three series from the Plough Publishing House: The Classics of the Radical ReformationThe Blumhardt Source Series, and the Eberhard Arnold Centennial Editions. I’ll be considering how Christ’s radical call to discipleship sounds to these capitalist ears. You can find more information and register on their website here.


Incarnation in Charleston

I’ll be in Charleston at the Grace Church Cathedral on December 7, leading the congregation in a reflection on the wonder of the incarnation. My book Incarnation: The Surprising Overlap of Heaven & Earth will serve as the basis for our reflections. As I suggest in the book, the church uses the concept of “Incarnation,” (from the Latin word for “in the flesh”) to help us understand that Jesus Christ is both divine and human.

The Incarnation is the grand crescendo of our reflection upon the mystery that Christ is the full revelation of God: not only one who talks about God but the one who speaks for and acts as God, one who is God.

Folks may find Incarnation a helpful read this Advent season. A short excerpt can found here, and the book can be purchased here.

This event will begin at 9 a.m. in Hanahan Hall (98 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401) with light refreshments. I’ll make some comments which will be interspersed with opportunities for conversation and quiet reflection concluding at noon. Click here for more information on the event.

Resurrected Hope

I spent last weekend in the parish of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Salisbury, N.C.  Father Robert Black organized a wonderful weekend in which we discussed issues of the church and community and racism.  Then I preached on the assigned gospel for Sunday.  You can listen to the sermon at St Luke’s HERE or through my podcast in your favorite media player.