Duke to Honor Chapel Custodian

The Chapel's own Oscar Dantzler will be honored Thursday with the university's highest honor for distinguished service. Oscar will receive the University Medal along with former trustee Bruce Karsh during the annual Founders' Day ceremony.

Beloved by students, visitors and others, Oscar is the Chapel's custodian and unofficial tour guide and historian. He has served in the role for nearly two decades and in 2009 was profiled in the Philosopher Kings documentary on the insights of housekeepers at elite universities.

Humanitarian Service Award

The Duke University Chapel Humanitarian Service Award aims to recognize individuals with a commitment to service and simplicity. The recipient of the award receives a grant of between $1,500 and $3,000 to further humanitarian efforts. Applications for this year's award are due Monday, August 15. The award will be presented during the university's Founders' Day celebrations, September 29 - October 2. An online application is available here.

A Communal Lament

CandlesIn response to incidents of violence, the Chapel has been holding periodic times of silence, prayer and lament. The communal lament below is being used at those times, in addition to other prayers and songs. You are invited to pray these words with us. When used with a group, the words in bold are the congregational responses.

Dean Powery on Orlando Shooting

Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery spoke June 13 at a vigil on the Chapel steps for the people killed in the mass shooting in Orlando. Here are his remarks.

On behalf of all of our campus partners who are co-sponsoring this vigil, welcome to all of you. My name is Luke Powery and I’m the dean of Duke Chapel.

An Invitation to Artists

Duke Chapel invites local visual artists to create and share art pieces in celebration of the building's grand reopening

Chapel Organist Earns Royal Distinction

After years of preparation and two days of intensive exams, Duke Chapel Organist Christopher Jacobson has received the highest honor from the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Organists.

Christopher JacobsonFounded in 1864, the College received its Royal Charter during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1893. For more than 150 years, the organization has promoted the practice of organ playing and choral directing at the highest standards of competence and artistry.


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