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Anonymous donor offers $75,000 seed money toward a possible Duke-Halki partnership

An anonymous United Methodist donor is offering $75,000 seed money toward the creation of an Orthodox Institute at Duke Divinity School. The offer comes in response to a proposal by the Duke Orthodox Christian Student Association (DOCSA) that a Duke-Halki institutional partnership may accelerate the reopening of the Halki School of Theology (see  


The announcement was made at a recent Duke-UNC hosted Halki symposium that featured a screening of the Hellenic History Foundation’s “Silent School” documentary. Following the documentary screening, the symposium concluded with remarks by Duke Divinity Professor, J. Warren Smith, PhD, Duke University’s Turkish Muslim Chaplain, Abdullah Antepli, DMin, and Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s John Stonestreet, MDiv, PhD(c).


A video of the symposium and donation announcement will be available online for a limited time at


For additional information, please contact:

Duke Orthodox Christian Student Association 

Nick Valilis 915.241.5099

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