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. Some recent and upcoming leaders and subjects are:

March 19, 2017 Sam Hammond, University Carillonneur What Shall the Carillon Play?
March 26, 2017 Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of the Chapel, and Congregation member Dr. Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School Another Conversation about Preaching and Politics
April 2, 2017 Denise Noble, Congregation's divinity school intern A Faith Response to Domestic Violence and Abuse
April 9, 2017 Jack Adams, chair of the Green and Fair Chapel committee A Green and Fair Chapel: Why Fair Trade?
April 16, 2017 [Easter Sunday, no class]  
April 23, 2017 Diana Abernethy, PhD Candidate in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Duke Authority of Scripture
April 30, 2017 James Ferguson, Research Collaborator, UNC Chapel Hill Men and Women in White Meet John Deere - a Convoluted Medieval Liaison

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?

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.

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.