Richard Hays’s Installation Service and Homily

Last Tuesday Richard Hays was installed as Dean of Duke Divinity School. I was privileged to go and offer support and congratulations to my colleague, mentor (from a distance; I was not his student), and friend.

It was a wonderful event, capped by a powerful homily by the new Dean—highly recommended viewing and/or reading.

The day was greatly enhanced by catching up with former students and colleagues from when I was a visiting professor at Duke in spring 2009, and by being with my son and his family, he in the choir and they with me.

Duke has posted the entire service, the video and text of his homily, and other items here.

5 Responses to “Richard Hays’s Installation Service and Homily”

  1. Thanks for posting this link. The last few minutes of the homily (which were especially pointed at Methodists) landed a right hook on this Methodist. I hope that pastors will emulate this message.

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  3. Scott Kohler says:

    I was glad they posted this online. It was nice to be able to watch the service, and to hear Hays’ heartfelt words (especially his admission that he was not going to declare evil overcome and paradise restored).

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