Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Spring 2022: Student Opportunities for Service, Preaching, and Interfaith Learning

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This semester (Spring 2022), students can apply for Duke Chapel programs for preaching, service, and interfaith learning, in addition to participating in ongoing programs in Christian formation, choral singing, and Religious Life community.

Chapel Choirs

Chapel Music aims to create high quality musical experiences, while giving glory to God and stirring the hearts and minds of all those it reaches. Duke students are invited to join one of the Chapel’s three choirs to learn music, form friendships, and be inspired. All students interested in singing are invited to audition at the beginning of each semester.

    Eruditio et Religio Living-Learning Community

    Eruditio et ReligioDuke Chapel, Housing and Residential Life, and the Department of Religious Studies have partnered to form Eruditio et Religio, an undergraduate living-learning community (LLC) committed to growing together in "knowledge and faith." Located in the Keohane 4B residence hall with easy access to The Mosaic, Duke's only residential based prayer and meditation space, Eruditio et Religio invites students into questions around faith and doubt, religion and culture, community and connection. Students who join this LLC will learn about diverse religious traditions through a multitude of frameworks, reading both scholarly texts and children's stories, talking with professors and spiritual leaders, visiting Duke religious groups and Durham spiritual communities. Applications for the 2022–23 academic year are due February 12, 2022.

    PathWays Fellowship

    The PathWays Fellow is a one-year residential discernment program designed for recent Duke graduates (so current seniors are invited to apply). Participants in the fellowship: live together in Christian community at the PathWays House in Durham's West End neighborhood; develop deep connection with the Durham community; explore career vocation by working in non-profits, churches, businesses, and other local organizations; grow spiritually through prayer, retreats, and one-on-one mentoring; receive room and board as well as a stipend to cover living expenses; and learn life skills. Applications are due January 28, 2022.

    Student Preacher Sunday

    On Sunday, March 27, 2022, the Chapel will continue its tradition of having an undergraduate student preach in the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Maybe you've never thought about preaching at the Chapel, but you feel strangely compelled to give voice to what the Spirit of God is stirring in you. Perhaps you have considered what it would be like to preach in the pulpit at Duke Chapel. Or maybe you are just curious what it feels like to write a sermon. Regardless of what motivates you to consider this opportunity, we hope you will consider applying to be the student preacher for this year. Submissions are duke by January 31, 2022.

    Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope

    Join other students and Duke community members for the weekend of February 18–20 in an opportunity to discover how your spiritual journey is connected to our city, Durham. Through the Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope you will immerse yourself in the story of the city and the biblical story as you reflect with others on what it means for how you live your life in Durham. This is a full weekend experience from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. If you are interested, plesase contact the Rev. Bruce Puckett, assistant dean of the Chapel.

    The above programs with deadlines this spring are in addition to these ongoing Chapel programs for students:

    Religious Life Groups

    Students at LDOCThere are twenty campus Religious Life groups, plus two Chapel Affiliate groups, from a wide range of religious traditions that offer worship services and belonging in a faith community. Working with these groups, the Chapel also provides opportunities for thoughtful, intentional interfaith engagement.

    Chapel Scholars

    Chapel Scholars is an ecumenical Christian program, which means that participating students come from a wide range of Christian traditions. Many Chapel Scholar students also participate in other Religious Life groups, and are encouraged to foster a sense of cooperation and hospitality across ministry groups. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

    Dean's Scholars

    Dean Powery visits with Deans Scholars students Dean’s Scholars are a select group of juniors and seniors, from any religious tradition, who have been engaged in meaningful and substantive ways with Religious Life at Duke and/or the Chapel throughout their Duke experience. Throughout the year, Dean's Scholars will meet with each other and with the Dean of Duke Chapel for a meal and a focused conversation on meaning, purpose, and vocation. Becoming a Dean’s Scholar will offer students opportunities and tools to reflect on their Duke experience, examine the intersections of faith and learning, and prepare for their future of life and work.

    Chapel Worship Services

    The Chapel is home to a long—and living—tradition of faithful preaching and inspiring sacred music. Join us for our ecumenical Christian worship services Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. and throughout the week. Students are also invited to participate in the Chapel’s weekly services by serving as ushers, lectors, communion servers, scripture readers or also by leading prayers.

    Nighttime Tower Climb

    Students can sign up for a special nighttime Duke Chapel tower climb on the third Thursday of each month. This trip up the Chapel tower is an opportunity to share a memorably experience with fellow students and get a rare view of the campus and city at night. The first nighttime tower climb of the semester is scheduled for January 20. Registration becomes available the week of the tower climb with time slots avaible between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Space fills up quickly! To receive the link, follow @DukeChapel on Instagram.