Duke Chapel Reads

2019–20 Duke Chapel Reads

Duke Chapel invites students, staff, faculty, and community members to join us this semester as we read Thomas S. Kidd’s recent book, Who is an Evangelical? The History of a Movement in Crisis. Through this effort, called “Duke Chapel Reads,” we aim to curate spaces for reflection and conversation responding to recent events that affect the American Christian church and the soul of our nation.


Community members are encouraged to purchase the book on their own and read individually or form small groups leading up to a community event open to the public on Tuesday, April 26, at 7:00 p.m. More details to come. By nurturing the intellectual, ethical and spiritual life, Duke Chapel Reads contributes to the Chapel’s ongoing commitment to bridging faith and learning.

For more information about the community event, please contact the Rev. Joshua Lazard, the Chapel's C. Eric Lincoln Minister for Student Engagement.

2018–19 Duke Chapel Reads

Students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to join Duke Chapel in reading The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can be Made Right by Lisa Sharon Harper. The book explores God’s intent for the wholeness of all relationships in light of today’s headlines. It was recognized as the 2016 Book of the Year by Englewood Review of Books.

The book's author, Ms. Harper, will be the guest preacher at the Chapel's 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, March 24, 2019

Students and others interested in joining a reading group for the book should contact the Rev. Joshua Lazard, the Chapel's C. Eric Lincoln Minister for Student Engagement.

From Ferguson to New York to Germany and South Africa, Ms. Harper leads trainings and helps mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good. A prolific speaker, writer and activist, she is the founder and president of FreedomRoad.us, a consulting group dedicated to shrinking the narrative gap in our nation by convening forums and experiences that bring common understanding, common commitment, and common action toward a just world. She is the author of several books, including: Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican...or Democrat (The New Press, 2008), Left Right and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics (Elevate, 2011), and Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014).