View of the Chapel from the side


Where Do You Find Sanctuary?

Amid nationwide calls for justice and the coronavirus pandemic, we are re-engaging a question for the Duke community at a time when many of the ways we usually worship, pray, and find solace are evolving: Where (or how) do you find sanctuary?

We invite you to share photos (past and present) of the ways you find sanctuary in certain places, people, or practices. Join the conversation:

  • Use the hashtag #FindSanctuary on social media with images, quotes, and comments about sanctuary
  • Email us with a photograph that represents “sanctuary” to you

We plan to amplify these posts as a way to facilitate an online conversation that is both hopeful and helpful. We are also collecting some posts on an evolving website to document how people are finding sanctuary during this uncertain time.

By participating in #FindSanctuary, you allow Duke Chapel to use your photos.


The Chapel began its #FindSanctuary initiative in August 2016 when the Chapel building was reopening after being closed for a year for restoration work. Since then, more than 2,500 photos were contributed to the project. The photos were shared using disposable cameras made available for visitors to the Chapel and also online using the #FindSanctuary hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This montage image of the Chapel comprises many of the photos that were submitted (click to see a high-resolution version of the photo):

Ruby Hung, a master’s student in Duke’s Digital Art History/Computational Media program, created a video montage of these crowdsourced images, which is being displayed in the Chapel’s main entrance (narthex). Hung was advised by Dr. Mark Olson, the Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University.