Congregation at Duke Chapel


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On Sunday mornings during the academic year, adults meet for the Adult Forum from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m in the lowest level of the Divinity School. With a variety of guest speakers, the Adult Forum offers presentations and discussions on a wide range of topics. The thought-provoking topics include Biblical studies, current social issues and the work of mission agencies. Adult Forum meets in room 0012 of the Westbrook Building.

February 11, 2018 Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, Associate Professor of Worship, Union Theological Seminary in New York City Decolonial Thought
February 18, 2018 Nelson Strother, Congregation member Old Insights about the New Testament
February 25, 2018 The Rev. Emilie Townes, Dean and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society Professor of American Studies (Affiliated Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies), Vanderbilt Divinity School, and guest preacher in Duke Chapel The Power of Love in Times Like These
March 4, 2018 Gretchen Ziegenhals and Kathleen Peindl, Congregation members Are We Just Dust? (part 1 of 4)
March 11, 2018 Theresa Yuschok and Kathleen Peindl, Congregation members Are We Just Dust? (part 2 of 4)
March 18, 2018 Theresa Yuschok and Kathleen Peindl, Congregation members Are We Just Dust? (part 3 of 4)
March 25, 2018 Kathleen Peindl, Congregation member Are We Just Dust? (part 4 of 4)

We have been quite fortunate to have many inspiring messages and challenging words brought to our class by our peer leaders and by internationally recognized experts and theologians. Might you wish to scan our growing list of those who have previously led our class to remember a topic upon which you hunger to hear more?

Sunday Morning Bible Study

Please join the Congregation’s Divinity School Intern, Denise Noble, in a ten-week Bible study on faith, hope, and love through an exploration of the letters of Galatians, Peter, and John. The class will be held on Sundays January 21 through March 25 at 9:45 a.m. in Westbrook 0015, located in the lowest level of the Divinity School.

Lectionary Bible Study

For many years members have gathered to discuss the Sunday lectionary texts. The lectionary study meets on the first Friday of the month at 10:00 am in the library at The Forest at Duke, 2701 Pickett, Durham. Participants explore the history, context, and meaning of the text.  This study is open to all who wish to come, regardless of residency at The Forest at Duke.

Disciple Classes

The Congregation has a history of offering an in-depth Bible study called Disciple: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study. Disciples is a program of disciplined Bible study which draws on the work of Biblical scholars and includes weekly group discussion as well as individual study. Classes are organized according to participants' interest.

Book Groups

During Lent, as well as other times of the year, the Congregation organizes book groups. The groups meet weekly for four to six weeks to stimulate thoughtful discussion as well as sustained fellowship.

New Member Class

A four-week membership class, offered each spring and fall, is an opportunity to learn more about the Congregation and consider the possibility of membership. The class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. in the lowest level of the Divinity School.