Congregation at Duke Chapel


class session

Adult Forum

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.

March 17, 2019 S. Brian Stratton, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UNC Pembroke Mystery and the Bible
March 24, 2019 Christopher Karnadi, writer on culture and religion The Confessions of St. Kendrick
March 31, 2019 Lynn Holmes, Divinity School Intern with the Congregation Exploring the Gender Gap in Religion Around the World
April 7, 2019 The Rev. Joshua Lazard, C. Eric Lincoln Minister for Student Engagement and Interim Director of Religious Life Conversations with Howard Thurman's The Creative Encounter and his lecture on The Inwardness of Religion
April 14, 2019 Anna Balas, Duke University student Loving God through Sustainability
April 21, 2019 [Easter - no class]  
April 28, 2019 The Rev. Dr. Frank Yamada, Executive Director, The Association of Theological Schools Ch- Ch- Ch- Changes: Trends within the Changing Landscape of Theological Education
May 5, 2019 The Rev. Dr. Susan Eastman, Associate Research Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School St. Paul's View of Human Flourishing

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?

Adult Bible Study

Adults gather to study the scriptures on Sunday mornings from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. in a classroom in the lowest level of the Divinity School. Ten-week studies on a book of the Bible are held each fall and spring. Typically, in the fall the focus is on a book from the Old Testament and in the spring the focus is on a New Testament book. In addition, a Sunday morning Bible study is held in the summer. Details on these classes are available in the eNews.

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.