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Interfaith Engagement

The reality of religious diversity at Duke calls for numerous and varied opportunities for thoughtful, intentional interfaith engagement.

Duke’s interfaith engagement is strengthened by partnerships with a number of local and international interfaith organizations.

    Eruditio et Religio Living-Learning Community

    Duke Chapel, Housing and Residential Life, and the Department of Religious Studies have partnered to form Eruditio et Religioa living-learning community committed to growing together in "knowledge and faith." 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. This LLC is for students who are seeking to expand their intercultural awareness as a community and deepen their intrapersonal spiritual reflection as individuals, all while preparing to work together for the common good. Students are expected to attend a House Course in the fall. A service-learning component will be developed by the student for the spring. Syllabus available upon request.

    House Course on Religion and Literature

    A student in the Chapel's Eruditio et Religio living-learning community, Akshaj Turebylu, is teaching a half-credit house course in Fall 2021 title "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.

    Interfaith Round Table

    The Interfaith Round Table, funded by the Faith Council at Duke Chapel, meets regularly with the goals of building fellowship between Religious Life leaders, and strengthening appreciation for each other’s religious tradition. Each session focuses on a theme, with a Religious Life participant bringing a text from their tradition to reflect upon the theme. Themes of 2020 - 2021 were "Gathering" and "Protest." The group, coordinated by Rabbi Elana Friedman and Rev. Kathryn Lester-Bacon, is currently open only to Religious Life staff. 

    Prayer, Meditation, Wellness, and Sensory Spaces on Campus

    Use this interactive map developed by Student Affairs to locate places on campus for prayer, meditation, and personal reflection. Note: Access to some campus locations is currently restricted or unavailable due to public health safety measures.

      Finding Sanctuary Speaker Series

      In collaboration with the Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative, Interfaith Engagement at Duke Chapel invited four dynamic women to campus in the spring of 2017. These women reflected publicly on the ways in which their lives and work meet at the intersections of faith-based advocacy and social justice. Listen to the first two talks, available on the Chapel's Apple podcast