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.

8 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Dear Will–this is Chris Seitz. Greetings in Christ. The Anglican Communion Institute is considering reviving the erstwhile ‘College of Preachers’ here at our new facility in Dallas, on the campus of SMU. We are calling the initiative ‘The Cranmer Institute’ and are in the middle of our initial fund-raising campaign.

    My question — are you available for 3-4 day College of Preacher type events? Hear and critique sermons; give a plenary talk or two; work alongside clergy and laity? I’d give some continuing education instruction in the area of ‘what’s been happening in seminary since you graduated.’

    This is a provisional inquiry only to see if you might be willing to help us launch this.

    Grace and Peace– Chris

    (Senior Research Professor of Biblical Interpretion, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)


  2. Hi Will. My name is Michael Ward. I am the Senior Pastor of Central United Church, an inner-city congregation in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A good friend of mine is a retired prof at Ambrose University College and has informed me that you are going to be speaking there in early February. I will certainly be there. I have heard you speak several times at various conferences in the U.S. and have loved to read your sermons while at Duke as well as receive your pastoral letters while you were the Bishop in N. Alabama. You’re writings and messages have always been an inspiration to me. I have felt blessed to have spoken for several years at leadership events sponsored by the United Methodist Church through ‘Leadership Nexus’ which has been directed by my friend Dr. Bob Pierson from Tulsa. My congregation was originally the mothering church of Methodism in western Canada in the late 1800’s before the formation of the United Church of Canada in 1925. I would have loved for you to come and preach in our Sunday morning service if that had been possible while you were here. I realize that is probably not possible at this point, but wanted you to know that I am grateful that you will be in our beautiful city and sharing God’s Word with us all.

    Michael Ward


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  6. I was the one who ask the question about the UMU Chuch being global, yet excluding the voices of those beyond the USA at your talk today at our district meeting. Here is the reason I was so angered, as posted on Facebook:
    I very rarely pontificate on social media. However, that’s the right word, because I know this will be labeled as such by most folks.
    I have just about come to Popeyes braking point “That’s all I can stands, cuz I can’t stands n’more!” I’m fed up with partisans politics being injected into discussions of faith, left or right! The “lunatic fringe” has taken over both sides in the USA. In the middle of the road are dead animals. Therefore, I thank God that the Kingdom that those in Christ belong to is NOT of this world! God help me, I think I know why hermit monks became hermit monks!
    Here at Christmas we do well to remember that the Incarnation is an essential doctrine, and those in Christ are are his incarnation in the world, but not of this world. However, just as essential, we must also remember another doctrine, as is proclaimed in the Church’s Advent readings, “He will come again!” So I pray with the Church over the ages: ” Maranatha” Come Lord Jesus, Come!”


  7. Hello, Will. We met a long time ago, when you published your first meal ticket. It was on Baptism. You were trying to teach DDS students how to preach. It was (ouch) the mid 70s. The jury is still out on the results of your efforts. Nonetheless life has thrown a few curves my way. Would like to contact you to touch base on a more private mode of communication.


  8. Dear Friend Will,

    I am writing, a trifle belatedly, to thank you for your article “Bless You, Mrs. Degrafinreid” in the March 14, 1984 Christian Century. Louise Degrafinreid’s extraordinary response to the invasion of her and Nathan’s home by escaped convict Riley Arzenaux has had a great influence on my life. Though I forgot the name of the principal actor, I always kept in the back of my mind this concrete picture of what was possible if one has courage to follow the Way of Jesus, something to seek grace for and to work toward. (As my children were growing up, whenever they fought they would hear “This is a Quaker household. I don’t allow NO violence here.” It seems to have been helpful, because they are still committed to Jesus’ Way!) If you can recall any details from your interview of Mrs. D. that you did not include in the article, I’d like to hear them.

    Recently I encountered the story again in Loving Our Enemies by Jim Forest, and refreshed my memory on the name of the principal and the date of your article. I researched the story further and retold it, together with its remarkable aftermath and my reflections, as the second feature in the current issue of my online journal The Peaceable Table. The link is http://www.//vegetarianfriends.net/issue121.html , in case you’d like a look.

    Bless you, Will Willimon.

    Gracia Fay Ellwood


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