Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Dean Powery Reappointed to Third Term

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The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, who has served since 2012 as dean of Duke Chapel, has been reappointed to a third five-year term following the completion of a university review, President Vincent E. Price said on Monday, August 30.

“I am delighted to announce Luke Powery’s reappointment as Dean of the Chapel,” Price said. “Reverend Powery’s steadfast leadership has fostered an inclusive faith community on our campus, one that enables students, faculty, staff, and visitors to explore a wide diversity of spiritual practice. I am grateful for his continued service to Duke.”

As dean of Duke Chapel, Powery oversees the staff of Duke Chapel and Religious Life at Duke, offers liturgical leadership at significant university events and at Sunday morning worship, and speaks widely to national and international audiences as a preacher and a scholar. He is also an associate professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School, teaching courses at the school and publishing on the craft and theology of preaching.

In the five years since his last reappointment, Powery has led the Chapel in serving Duke and the wider community in the four areas of the Chapel’s strategic plan—student engagement, Christian worship, sacred music and the arts, and community engagement. Some highlights include: the creation of the undergraduate Eruditio et Religio interfaith living-learning community, a new student fellowship in theology and the arts, the launch of the Living Tradition online preaching resource, a national broadcast of a special Christmas Eve service, and a deepened relationship with the Royal School of Church Music in America.

Read the full announcement on Duke Today.