Congregation at Duke Chapel


a retreat session

Fall and Winter Retreats

Members and friends of the Congregation enjoy gathering for education and fellowship. On a Saturday morning, usually once in the fall and once in the winter, the Congregation sponsors a half-day retreat. Divinity school professors, Chapel staff, and local leaders have led us in the exploration of topics such as sacred music, racism, mission, and trends in the American Church. Retreats, which are held off campus, typically begin with morning refreshments, engage in two or more hours of discussion, and conclude with lunch.

Fall Retreat 2019
Finding Our Way in Beloved Community
with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
on October 19, 2019
Winter Retreat 2020
Navigating Polarizing Times:
Seeking a Center that Holds

with The Reverend Susan Pendleton Jones
and L. Gregory Jones
on February 1, 2020


Annual Overnight Retreata small group session at Caraway

Part education, part fellowship, part family reunion, the Annual Overnight Retreat has become a highlight of the year for many Congregation members. The retreat begins on Saturday morning and concludes after lunch on Sunday. Each retreat focuses on a specific topic, such as spiritual practices or environmental justice, with a facilitator who offers presentations and leads discussion. In addition, there is plenty of time for fellowship during meal time, play in the water, and conversation in rocking chairs. A communion service at the outdoor chapel concludes the retreat programming by drawing us closer to one another and to God.

Overnight Retreat 2019
Discernment: Living a Listening Life
with John Baird
May 18 - 19, 2019
Fort Caswell, Oak Island, NC

in the water on the porch