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Interfaith Engagement

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

    Eruditio et Religio Living-Learning Community

    Duke 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 January 24, 2022.

    House Course on Religion and Literature

    A student in the Chapel's Eruditio et Religio living-learning community, Akshaj Turebylu, taught a half-credit house course in Fall 2021 titled "Litterae et Religio: Global Religious Literatures" (HOUSECS 59.17). Students in the class explored the many different representations of religious belief, emotion, and intellect that have populated the globe. Each week the class examined 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.

      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