The Faith Council was organized in 2007 by former Duke University Chapel Dean Sam Wells.
Working together, this ten-person Council fosters and models profound conversations across faith traditions in order to deepen participants’ practice of their own faiths, understanding of other faiths, and relationships across religious and cultural divides, and to facilitate such conversations within the University and beyond.
The Faith Council sponsors a number of events throughout the year including interfaith panels and lectures. Past speakers have included award-winning author Stephen Prothero, Imam Feisal Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative. Panels have included “Saving the Earth: What can faith traditions teach about the environment?”, “Living Faiths: What do religions have to learn from each other?”, and “Religious Responses to 9/11”. The Faith Council also coordinates Duke’s involvement in President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.