In partnership with the Division of Student Affairs, Duke Chapel convenes, supports, and advocates for all officially recognized Religious Life groups on campus that serve students.
The Religious Life team of clergy, chaplains, and administrators welcome new students during Orientation Week and offer events throughout the year, including weekly worship opportunities and special events. Religious Life groups, and the students participating in them, may apply for grants from the Chapel to support specific programming or advance the group’s mission and goals.
In addition to the Religious Life groups listed below, the Chapel sponsors three affiliate groups: the Congregation at Duke Chapel, Center for Christianity and Scholarship, and the Royal School of Church Music in America.
Alongside the Religious Life and affiliate groups, the Chapel's Student Ministries programs provide opportunities for students to hear and respond to God's call for their lives on campus, in Durham, and beyond through study, artistic expression, counsel, service, and community.
Religious Life Groups
Acts2 at Duke
Mission Statement: We are an outreach initiative of the Bruderhof community. We invite students, faculty, and staff to fellowship with us, both on campus and at our community house. We have great conversations and seek together what God's will is for our lives. We cook and eat together, sing and pray together, and are always up for a game or hike. You can join with us on service projects in the neighborhood as well. Whatever we do, our goal is to experience and share Christ's love.
- Regular programs: Saturday night food and fellowship
- Sidney and Anita Zimmerman; Charles and Leslie Moore
- Office: Rm 0044, Duke Bryan Center Green House, 125 Science Drive, Durham, NC, 27708
- Community House: 821 Clarendon St, Durham, NC, 27705
Agapé Campus Ministry
Mission Statement: To provide undergraduate and graduate students at Duke with a loving and encouraging space for bible study, prayer, worship, and fellowship.
- Regular programs: Thursday evening small group Bible study
- Gus Kim, Pastor
- Jack Zhang, campus staff
- IG: @agape.duke
- Office: Rm 044, Duke Bryan Center Green House, 125 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Buddhist Meditation Community at Duke
Mission Statement: We are a culturally and idealogically diverse group that brings core Buddhist teachings and practices to bear on our modern lives and cultural contexts through experiential exercises and discussion. We are deeply committed to celebrating different identities and vantage points and welcome all who are curious, including beginners, experienced Buddhists, and those of other faiths or no faith equally.
- Regular Programs: Monday night meditation session
- Rev. Prasert Ammartek
- Facebook Page
- Office: Rm 037E, Duke Chapel Basement, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC, 27708
- Campus Meditation Room: Buddhist Room (0045), Duke Bryan Center
Cooperative Baptist Student Fellowship of North Carolina
Mission Statement: Each of the words in our name is important to our identity, but perhaps "Fellowship" hold the greatest insight into who we are as an organization. We are a fellowship of churches and individuals who voluntarily cooperate to do together what we could never accomplish one, for the Kingdom of God. We bring together people of shared interests, activities, beliefs, and experience. We provide companionship along our shared journey to be the presence of Christ in the world. We serve each other as equals.
Cru & Bridges International
Mission Statement: We aspire to be a caring community passionate about connecting people to the love of Jesus.
- Regular Programs: Wednesday Large Group, Bible study small group
- Ethan Allen, Director
- Michelle Allen, campus staff
- Joey and Michelle Lauer, campus staff
- dukecru.com, IG: @dukecru
- Kurt and Ruth Bubalo, Bridges International staff
- Office: Rm 0047, Duke Bryan Center Basement, 125 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Duke Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Mission Statement: To be a witnessing community that transforms lives, the campus, and the world through the love and power of Jesus Christ.
- Regular Programs: Thursday evening Large Group + Cafe
- James Ho, Area Director
- Facebook group
- Office: Rm 038D, Duke Chapel Basement, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Duke Baha'i Community
Mission Statement: The Duke Bahá'í Community promotes a pattern of campus life where spiritual conversation and service to others go hand-in-hand. Our community building activities aim to foster inner transformation and cultivate a sense of collective ownership for the spiritual, social and economic well-being of both the Duke campus and the wider Durham, NC area.
Duke Catholic Center
Mission Statement: The Duke Catholic Center is a spiritual home for students at Duke University. We seek to create a welcoming Catholic community grounded in the Eucharist, intellectual growth in faith, social justice, and the nurturing of leaders.
- Regular Programs: Sunday morning and evening Mass, Sunday brunch, Confessions on the Quad
- Fr. Juan José Hernández, Director
- Lucy Honner, Associate Director
- catholic.duke.edu, IG: @dukecatholic
- West Campus Office: 3rd Floor, Page Building, 402 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708
- East Campus Office: Falcone-Arena House, 402 N. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC 27701
Mission Statement: We are an inclusive campus ministry community of students and young adults, rooted in God's boundless love and call to serve our neighbors, work for justice and peace, and share God's gifts of life together on campus, in our local congregations, and throughout Durham.
- Regular Programs: Sunday Evening Prayer and Fellowship Meal, Wednesday Fellowship Lunch
- Rev. Amanda Highben, Campus Minister
- dukelutherans.org, IG: @dukelutherans
- Office: Rm 037B, Duke Chapel Basement, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC, 27708
Duke Orthodox Christian Fellowship (Duke OCF)
Mission Statement: To be the loving presence of Christ and the Orthodox Christian Church on Duke campus, to be an integral part of student's spiritual formation by challenging them to explore the faith, to inspire students to commit to living an Orthodox Christian way of life.
Episcopal Student Fellowship
Mission Statement: At the end of our celebration of Holy Eucharist, we're sent into the world "to love and serve the Lord." That's our mission and it's something we can do every day, in every part of our lives. In all places, near and far, we seek to love and serve the Lord by loving and serving our neighbors.
- Regular Programs: Sunday evening Eucharist + Dinner, Tuesday night Compline
- Dr. Sam Laurent, Campus Minister
- Office: Episcopal Center at Duke Unviversity, 505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705
Every Nation Campus @ Duke (ENC @ Duke)
Mission Statement: To help students know God, grow together, discover purpose, and make a difference.
Hindu Life at Duke
Mission Statement: Hindu Life at Duke offers weekly meditation and spiritual discussions to all students at Duke. We celebrate various Hindu religious events and provide spiritual guidance.
International Students, Inc. (ISI)
Mission Statement: In humble dependence on God, we desire to bless both international students and volunteers through a mutually satisfying engagement with one another that includes: teaching, mentoring, befriending, equipping, networking, and serving, while demonstrating personal holiness and acclaiming Jesus Christ to be in truth the hope of all.
- Regular programs: Supper Club, Bible study, Holiday celebrations
- Dan Kronstad, Area Director
- Scott Hawkins, Senior Campus Minister
- Rebekah and Jordan Lassiter, campus staff
- Ron and Besty Manila, campus staff
- Ginger Ehmann, ministry rep
- istudentsduke.org, IG: @istudentsduke
- Office: Rm 033, Duke Chapel Basement, 401 Chapel Drive,Durham, NC, 27708
InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries
Mission Statement: Graduate Christian Fellowship is a community of graduate students and postdocs at Duke University exploring and practicing our Christian faith. Whether you are curious or skeptical about Christianity, or have been following Jesus for a long time, you are welcome to join us.
- Regular Programs: Friday Dinner Gathering + Speaker, Bible study, Science & Faith Reading Group, Christian Business Fellowship
- Steve Hinkle, GFM Area Director, Faculty Ministry Diretor
- Stephanie Holmer, Campus Staff Minister
- Fred Williams, Assistant Area Director
- Corey Whittaker, campus staff for Triangle Christian Medical and Dental Association,
- dukegcf.org, IG: @dukegcf.
- Office: Rm 033A, Duke Chapel Basement, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC, 27708
InterVarsity International Student Ministry
Mission Statement: InterVarsity ISM is a family of international students and scholars on campuses across the US gathering for friendship and to discuss faith, culture, and the things we care about most.
Jewish Life at Duke
Mission Statement: Empowering students to learn and grow intellectually and spiritually, to inspire and nurture personal paths to Jewish identity, and to cultivate community and friendship.
LDSSA: Latter-day Saint Student Association
Mission Statement: We, the Duke LDSSA, represent a diverse body of Duke students who enjoy social, spiritual, and educational activities that serve to strengthen faith in Jesus Christ and enrich our educational experience. Though many of our members belong to The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not all are, nor is membership in the Latter-day Saint church required for club membership or participation. Our members come from Trinity College, Pratt Institute of Engineering, and all the graduate schools at Duke University, and have a variety of interests outside the field of religion. As a club we plan and participate in numerous social, religious, academic, and simply fun activities throughout the course of the school year.
Muslim Life at Duke
Mission Statement: At the Center for Muslim Life, students, staff, and faculty come together to create a vibrant and inclusive Muslim environment. We are committed to enriching the lives of Muslim students and the whole campus through events and activities that cater to the spiritual, social, and intellectual needs of Duke students. Whether you were born or raised Muslim, interested in or new to Islam, or know nothing at all, we are a home away from home for all who want to engage with and be a part of the Muslim community at Duke.
Duke Presbyterian Campus Ministry+ (PCUSA and UCC)
MIssion Statement: The mission of PCM+ is to provide a welcoming spiritual home for both believers and the spiritually curious in an open-minded, open-hearted, Christ-centered community. Delighting in the diversity of God's people, we welcome and serve undergraduate students of every race, ethnicity, ability, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Rooted in the Reofrmed tradition, we explore together what it means to follow Christ at Duke.
- Regular Programs: Sunday evening Contemplative Worship + Dinner, Bible study, Wednesday Walks with the campus minister
- Rev. Jackie Rodriguez, Campus Minister
- Office: Rm 036, Duke Chapel Basement, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC, 27708
Reformed University Fellowship
Mission Statement: Duke RUF is a community of students at Duke learning together from Jesus and the Bible what it means and looks like to love God and love others. Our mission is to reach students for Christ and equip them for a lifetime of service to God and to the world. But we are also a community where you can belong before you believe. We exist for the convinced and the unconvinced, the sure and the skeptical. If you at all find yourself interested in exploring the claims of Christianity, learning about Jesus and the Bible, exploring big questions around meaning, significance, existence, and God, or are just looking for a community of friends to connect with, we'd love to have you check us out!
Wesley Fellowship (United Methodist)
Mission Statement: We're an inclusive, critically engaged, justice-oriented ministry supported by the United Methodist Church.
- Regular Programs: Sunday night worship + dinner, Wednesday Eucharist
- Rev. Dave Allen, Campus Minister
- Office: Rm 032, Duke Chapel Basement,401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC, 27708
Center for Christianity and Scholarship
The Center for Christianity and Scholarship explores intersections of Christian thought with the scholarly and academic life of the university.
Congregation at Duke Chapel
This ecumenical congregation serves the pastoral needs of those from Duke and the Triangle area for whom Duke Chapel is the primary place of worship. Membership is open to all, including students. Watch this five-minute video
for a closer look at the Congregation's life together.
Royal School of Church Music in America
RSCM America provides musical education to singers through choral music programs, an acclaimed choral training curriculum, and summer music training courses. It also provides support to music directors by providing access to national leaders in sacred choral music.