The Congregation at Duke University Chapel


photo of Carol

We have history; in fact, we have several different types of history. As Christians, our history goes back 4,000 years or so to the time of Abraham and Sarah. As citizens of the United States, our history goes back 241 years, to the Independence Day we celebrate this weekend. As a Congregation, our history goes back 32 years to our founding in 1985. Each of these histories are filled with stories, adventure, and hope.

The stories of our Congregational history are now more readily available to each of us. Lois Oliver, one of our members, answered an invitation in eNews to write our church history. To prepare herself for this project, Lois read the 25-year history written by Rev. Nancy Ferree-Clark, read all of our archived newsletters, and interviewed individuals associated with the founding of our congregation. The result of her work is now published on our website. Here we have an overview of our life together, highlighting some of the pivotal events in our history.

I invite you to read our history, and give thanks to God for all those who have worked to make this congregation possible. If you have suggestions for this webpage, I invite you to be in touch with me. In particular, we would be happy to add additional photographs (with names and dates), so if you have pictures that you think would enhance this page, please send them along.

Most of all, as you take time to look back to our beginnings, let us remember that our God is our help in ages past and our hope for years to come.

May the peace of Christ be with you.