Chapel Student Ministries
Duke Chapel Student Ministries provides opportunities for undergraduate 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. Its aim is to help students bridge faith and learning during their time at Duke, so that they can take purposeful steps in bridging their distinctive talents with the world's deepest needs.
Find the Chapel's Student Ministries team in room 0037 of the Chapel basement. To get there, enter through the basement door facing to the Bryan Center and the room will be immediately on your right.
Student Engagement Opportunities
Students engage with the Chapel through a range of programs, fellowships, and groups described here:
C. Eric Lincoln Theology & Arts Fellowship
- Chapel Choir, MUSIC 213-2, taught by Chapel Music Director Dr. Zebulon Highben
- Introduction to Christian Preaching, PREACHNG 758, taught by Chapel Dean Luke Powery
- Survey of Christian Hymnody, LTS 830, taught by Chapel Music Director Dr. Zebulon Highben
Duke Chapel 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.
Global Religious Literatures House Course
A student in the Chapel's Eruditio et Religio living-learning community, Akshaj Turebylu, is teaching a half-credit house course in Fall 2021 titled "Litterae et Religio: Global Religious Literatures" (HOUSECS 59.17). Students in the class explore the many different representations of religious belief, emotion, and intellect that have populated the globe. Each week the class examines the origins (scripture and myths) of a religious tradition and how those fundamentals have been interpreted by those in the past (before modernity) and the present (closer to our time). Global religious literature is grasped as a continuous dialogue between and within traditions through an innumerable set of mediums and visions. The course was developed in consultation with Dr. Laura Lieber, a professor of religious studies at Duke, and the Rev. Kathryn Lester-Bacon, the Chapel's director of Religious Life.
Grants, Awards, and Fellowships
Research OpportunitiesDuke Chapel Recordings digital archives. Students are part of these research teams. Projects have included:
- When I Was a Stranger: Immigration, Preaching and Religious Imagination (2020-2021), Bass Connections
- #MyVoiceMyBody: Minoritized Bodies in the Pulpit at Duke Chapel (2019-2020), Bass Connections
- #MyVoiceMyBody: Minoritized Bodies in the Pulpit at Duke Chapel (Summer 2019), Story+
The Chapel hires students for a variety of jobs from worship coordination to communications.
United in Praise
This student group is an undergraduate gospel choir that professes the Christian faith through song and dance. Watch a video about the group: