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Nicole Gibson

Welcome to the Nicole Gibson Photography blog! Years ago, Nicole became captivated by the power of visual expression and storytelling, and today what she loves most is to create images about the world, about humanity, and about the human condition.

Nicole Gibson is an award-winning photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. She was awarded First Place in the 2010 International Photography Awards, in addition to 8 Honorable Mentions. She is also the winner of the 2008 Vincent Versace Award for Photographic Excellence. Nicole’s work has been published in Photoshop User Magazine and B&W. Her work has also been sold to Bethany House Publishers, used by various non-profit organizations, and represented by India Picture stock agency. She is also a member of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers

Duke Summer Reconciliation Institute

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It can come as no surprise that reconciliation is something our world is in dire need of. That’s why every summer Duke Divinity School puts on what they call the Summer Reconciliation Institute. It’s a week-long immersion in reconciliation training for people of all fields and backgrounds.

This year I had the enormous privilege of attending with several colleagues of mine, and we will be processing the week for a long time to come, I can promise you. In the meantime, here are some highlights from the week.

 

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Every day we gathered together to hear teaching from someone in a different area of reconciliation. I think I can probably say that many paradigms and perspectives were shifted in this room because of what was said.

 

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One of the most amazing people we had the honor of hearing from, this is Dr. John Perkins. Dr. Perkins was born in Mississippi in 1930 and was influential in the American civil rights movement. He is now the president of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development, the author of nine books, and a renowned speaker and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation. Basically, he’s a living legend.

 

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My colleagues and I spent the week studying Islam and Christianity in a course co-taught by Duke’s own Dr. Ellen Davis and Muslim Chaplain Abdullah Antepli.

We also visited a local mosque to learn about a community with whom we desperately need to work toward reconciliation.

 

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We were given a tour of the mosque and invited to observe Friday prayers. We then gathered in the mosque gymnasium for a time of Q&A with members of the mosque. This was a stirring, inspiring, and challenging week, and I fully believe that extraordinary acts of reconciliation are soon to come from those who attended. This week was a great personal privilege and an experience for which I’m so very thankful!

 

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On an unrelated note, I also attended my first real baseball game while in Durham, where I learned a bit of sports history: Durham, North Carolina is the birthplace of the Bull Durham Tobacco Company, which was often advertised at American baseball games at the turn of the century. It’s said that because large Bull Durham tobacco ads were often placed near the pen where players warmed up, the area began to be called “the bullpen.” Who knew? I now feel like my first baseball game was historic for more reasons than one.

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