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.

December 15, 2019 S. Brian Stratton, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UNC Pembroke Socrates and Moses on Discerning the Divine Call
December 22, 2019 S. Brian Stratton, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UNC Pembroke Philosophy, Mystery, and the Incarnation
December 29, 2019 [no class]  
January 5, 2020 The Rev. Ismael Ruiz-Millan, director of the Hispanic House of Studies, Global Education, and Intercultural Formation at Duke Divinity School The Right Posture for Holy Relationships through Cultural Humility

[continuing a presentation and exercise begun in class on December 1, 2019]

The political environment as well as the rhetoric and acts of hate in our society makes it difficult for any person to engage in authentic ways with our community. We are so cautious that we prevent ourselves from meaningful and holy friendships - we prevent ourselves from being a good neighbor. Ecclesial spaces are not the exception, we are often very careful of not having "the wrong people" in our pews, that instead of becoming exemplars of holy relationships, we often become exclusive spaces. In this class, by taking a close look to the principles of cultural humility, participants will learn about the posture needed in order to be a good neighbor that fosters holy relationships.

January 12, 2020 Jonathan Homrighausen, Ph.D.student in religious studies, Duke University Imagining Creation, Theophany, and the Ten Commandments with The Saint John's Bible
As you may not have previously heard of The Saint John's Bible, see The Bible As You've Never Seen It Before for some context. Copies of Illuminating Justice: The Ethical Imagination of The Saint John's Bible will be available for signing before or after this session.
January 19, 2020 The Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, and guest preacher in Duke Chapel Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery
and the failure of Christian imagination, drawing upon material in his recent book.
January 26, 2020 The Rev. Amanda Highben Reclaiming the E Word: Being Evangelical and a Mainline Lutheran (ELCA) Pastor in America Today
February 2, 2020 The Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner, associate professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School, and guest preacher in Duke University Chapel  
February 9, 2020 Grazina Bielousova, PhD candidate, Religious Studies, Duke University Word of God, Text of Terror: Reading Difficult Scripture Passages in the Church
Warning: these texts contain sexual violence, abuse, and excessive cruelty.
February 16, 2020 The Rev. G. Paul Carr The Lost Art of Scripture
Some insights from Karen Armstrong's book with the same title.
February 23, 2020 The Rev. Joshua Lazard, C. Eric Lincoln Minister for Student Engagement "Who Is an Evangelical? The History of a Movement in Crisis" based on Thomas S. Kidd's book of the same name. This semester's Duke Chapel Reads student book group will be immersed in this book.

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.