Friday, August 28, 2020

Students: Worship, Sing, Belong, Connect at the Chapel

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Students are involved in many ways at the Chapel. See how you can participate online in the life of the Chapel:


Every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m., the Chapel holds a online worship service. You can participate via a livestream on our YouTube channel, where you can engage with our online minister as well as others who attend virtually. Students interested in serving in worship leadership roles are invited to contact the Rev. Bruce Pucket, assistant dean at the Chapel.

Religious Life Groups

Students can deepen their faith and make friends through Religious Life groups. Duke has more than twenty Religious Life groups representing a wide range of faith traditions, including Catholic, Hindu, Latter-Day Saints, Jewish, Muslim, and a variety of Protestant denominations. See how to connect with Religious Life leaders. For questions, contact the Chapel’s director of Religious Life, the Rev. Kathryn Lester-Bacon.

Chapel Scholars

Undergraduate students are invited to nurture their intellectual, ethical, and spiritual life as Chapel Scholars. The program fosters an environment of ecumenical fellowship and serves as a hub for spiritual mentorship. Learn more and apply here.

Chapel Choirs

Duke Chapel is home to three choirs led by Chapel Music staff. The choirs are open to anyone in the Duke and Triangle communities; Duke students are particularly encouraged to participate.The Duke Chapel Choir is holding open virtual auditions for the fall! Make new friends, learn great choral music in weekly Zoom gatherings, and add your voice to “virtual choir” recording projects. Learn more here. Contact to schedule a Chapel Choir audition, or inquire about the Chapel’s Vespers Ensemble and Evensong Singers.

Students #FindSanctuary

Meditate. Reflect. Be. Pray. Contemplate. The Chapel is open to students to #FindSanctuary. Duke students of any faith and no faith at all are welcome to sign up for a time to meditate, reflect, pray, contemplate, or just be in the Chapel during certain hours. Learn more and see how to sign up.


This semester, students are taking four courses with ties to the Chapel. Undergraduates are taking a house course connected to the Chapel, Religion Across Boundaries; house courses, which are half-credit classes, are taught by fellow undergraduate students with a faculty supervisor. Undergraduate and graduate students are also enrolling in the half-credit Chapel Choir course. Divinity School students are enrolled in Introduction to Christian Preaching with Chapel Dean Luke Powery and The Role and Function of Music in Corporate Worship with Chapel Music Director Zebulon Highben. Learn more.

Book Group

A group of ministers, community members, and students are gathering online twice a month to discuss the book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by the Rev. Dr. Willie Jennings, associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale Divinity School. The group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. Learn more.

Duke Chapel Student Ambassadors

Duke Chapel Student Ambassadors is a select group of Duke undergraduate students from various academic backgrounds dedicated to inviting others into the story and sanctuary of Duke Chapel. They are trained to be Chapel Docents and commit to serving in this role for at least one year. Learn more.


Amid nationwide calls for justice and the coronavirus pandemic, we are re-engaging a question for the Duke community at a time when many of the ways we usually worship, pray, and find solace are evolving: Where (or how) do you find sanctuary? We invite you to share photos (past and present) of the ways you find sanctuary in certain places, people, or practices. Join the conversation using the hashtag #FindSanctuary on social media with images, quotes, and comments about sanctuary.

Connect with Us

The Chapel welcomes mutuality and reciprocity within the whole of human society. We invite you to join us as we cross the boundaries of denominations, races, nations, generations, faiths, and academic disciplines. Fill out this form to get involved with life at the Chapel, and to connect with ministers or musicians.

Please note: The Chapel is closed to visitors and all in-person services, concerts, and other events remain canceled until further notice. We continue to pray regularly for Duke, Durham, the nation, and the world, and offer online resources for prayer and livestreams of services. We invite you to engage online with us.