Thursday, January 07, 2021

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 an 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. This semester, students can apply by February 1 to be this year's Student Preacher.

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; scholarships and course credit are available for all undergraduate students. The Duke Chapel Choir is holding open virtual auditions for the spring! 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.

Eruditio et Religio Living-Learning Community

The Chapel and Residence Life have partnered to form the Eruditio et Religio living-learning community. The program is built around fostering relationships among people of diverse religious traditions and preparing students to work together for the common good. The program offers Duke undergraduate students curricular and co-curricular opportunities in education, intentional living, and civic engagement through service and social action. Learn more and check back here for a link to apply to join Eruditio et Religio in the fall of 2021.

PathWays Fellowship

Graduating Duke seniors, and recent graduates, are invited to apply to become a PathWays Fellow. The fellowship gives participants the tools they need to discern their vocational and spiritual direction as well as opportunities for exploration, leadership, mentorship, service, and formation deeply rooted in the local community and their Christian traditions. Learn more and apply by February 19.


This semester Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery is teaching a course through the Divinity School titled "Deep River: Howard Thurman, Spirituality, and the Prophetic Life." This seminar course examines the writings, sermons, meditations, and prayers of Howard Thurman as means to exploring the nature and content of the spiritual life in his thought. In particular, course probes how the spiritual life, as presented in Thurman’s writings, funds the prophetic life to reveal the integration of the contemplative and active life. Learn more.

Students who join the Chapel Choir can receive course credit through the music department's Chapel Choir course.

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.

Community Engagement

In responding to God’s all-inclusive love at Duke, in Durham, and in the world, the Chapel partners with various community organizations and leaders to create or participate in opportunities for students to engage in education, volunteering, and advocacy at the intersections of faith and justice. For more information on these opportunities, please check our calendar for events and/or contact our community minster.


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.