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A message from Pastor Heather
"We recognize that this work is a journey.
It's long, it's personal, it's emotional, it's messy, and it's tough.
Still, we say yes.
In the name of a God who allows us to begin again and again.
In the name of God with brown skin, Jesus, who marched against discrimination all the way to the cross and whose redeeming love empowers us to do the same."
A Summons to Witness, Protest, and Promise
We United Methodists in The North Carolina Conference join our voices in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God's intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God's will is done on earth as it is in heaven.
Angie Hong is a worship leader, writer, and speaker. Before coming to Duke Divinity School, she served as Creative Director at Willow Creek Community Church and has led worship for various churches and conferences such as the Christian Community Development Association, the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship, and the Duke Center for Reconciliation. She has written about her ministry in Intercultural Ministries: Hope for a Chaging World (Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Jann Aldredge-Clanton, eds., Judson Press, 2016) and about her personal journey in Soul Bare (Cara Sexton, ed., Intervarsity Press, 2016). She is a contributor to Christianity Today and Faith and Leadership.
As a longtime Durhamite (2005), Angie helped to plant and lead worship at CityWell UMC, Durham Church (PCUSA), and Southeast Raleigh Table (UMC). Angie now studies at Duke Divinity School and lives right down the street from both Duke Memorial and Duke University with her husband Harold and two sons, Hudson (9) and Rowan (6). She is passionate about ministry, and wants to continue to serve Christ in the Durham community.
My name is Eliza Stewart and I am excited for another summer at Duke Memorial! I am from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and got my undergraduate degree in Religion in Montgomery, AL. I am married to my wife, Jayne, and we love our dog, Rosie (who may appear in videos from home). I am looking forward to further discernment and preparation for pastoral ministry and to also continue to serve this special community. I have found DM to be a very unique place that is bent toward justice, love, and faithful response to the Holy Spirit. I am so excited for this next season.
Hello! My name is Mac Albergotti, and I’m a third-year student at Duke Divinity School. I am originally from South Carolina, and I completed a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. I met my fiancé, Emily Lengel, while at Wheaton, and we are looking forward to getting married in the Fall.
I was called to ministry when I was in high school and, over the years, I’ve served in a variety of youth, outreach, worship, and children’s ministries. I recognized my call to ministry when I saw the Holy Spirit interceding on my behalf when I was younger. Since then, I have desired to help create worship spaces where all people feel loved, valued, and cared for. I am incredibly excited to learn and serve alongside Duke Memorial UMC, and I hope I can use whatever experiences I’ve had to help support the Church’s ministry.
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United Methodist clergy officiate same-gender marriage in holy disobedience to denominational policy.
March 3, 2020
Contact: Rev. Heather Rodrigues, Pastor (919) 683-3467
DURHAM, NC - Duke Memorial United Methodist Church joyfully celebrates the covenant marriage of Caleb Parker and Thomas Phillips, which took place in our sanctuary on February 29, 2020. Twelve clergy from Duke Memorial United Methodist Church and our United Methodist and ecumenical connection jointly officiated this wedding in holy disobedience to the prohibitions against same-gender marriage laid forth by denominational policy in the United Methodist Book of Discipline (¶ 341.6). We bless Thomas’s and Caleb’s covenant promises in Christian marriage and are grateful to be given the honor of celebrating their love through the wedding worship service.
Love is at the center of our faith tradition and is a lens through which we interpret the Scriptures. We at Duke Memorial will continue to celebrate the reconciliation of all persons as beloved children of God, equal before the throne of love and grace. We will continue to welcome and affirm ALL of God’s children, as we live into our baptismal vows to “accept the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves” (United Methodist Hymnal, 34).
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Duke Memorial United Methodist Church stands on the side of love and reconciliation, not judgment and exclusion.
February 28, 2019
Rev. Heather Rodrigues, Lead Pastor
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18
We regret and are saddened by the recent decision of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church to bar, on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, those whom God has called to the ministry; to deny marriage to certain members of the faith on the basis of their respective genders; and to push from our pulpits those clergy whose consciences will not permit them to comply with these hurtful policies. We do not see the love of Jesus reflected in this decision. We believe that it inflicts needless and unjust pain upon persons for whom Jesus died and leaves an enduring scar on the Body of Christ. Love is at the center of our faith tradition and is the lens through which we interpret the Scriptures. We will continue to celebrate the reconciliation of all persons as beloved children of God, equal before the throne of love and grace.