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 Retreat CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19a 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. Participants gather on Friday evening to settle in, enjoy a day of programming and free time on Saturday, then depart 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. There is plenty of time for fellowship during meals, walking on the beach, and conversation in rocking chairs. ​The weekend, which concludes with a communion service, draws us closer to one another and to God. Watch this short video to see images from a recent retreat.

Overnight Retreat 2020
Praying and Singing the Psalter:
How the Psalms Feed Our Faith

with Dr. Zebulon Highben
and The Rev. Amanda Highben
May 15 - May 17, 2020
Fort Caswell, Oak Island, NC


in the water on the porch