‘A place for every student’: What Duke religious leaders say about getting involved

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Whether students seek to belong to a community or discover a new faith, Duke religious leaders invite all students to participate in their activities.

Supported by Duke Chapel and Student Affairs, Duke’s Religious life groups consists of 21 officially recognized organizations and three affiliated chapel-sponsored groups, including Jewish Life at Duke, Muslim Life at Duke, and the various Christian groups on campus.

Christian Life at Duke

In addition to being the center of religious life on campus, the chapel also serves as a hub for the Christian faith. He supports groups such as Duke Catholic Center, Duke Lutherans and Duke Orthodox Christian Fellowship.

Students can get involved in Christian life at Duke by participating in cultsthe Chapel Scholars Program or by singing in one of the three rooms of the Chapel choirs.

“The Chapel is more than a building; it is a living, breathing community of people,” said Luke Powery, Reverend and Dean of Duke Chapel.

Ten years ago, Powery became involved in religious life at Duke because he felt called to foster community and mentor students. He wants the students to focus on a holistic learning experience, concerning the faith of the students.

“Don’t leave a part of yourself out of the classroom, bring your whole being into the classroom,” Powery said.

Students can meet the chapel staff at their offices inside the chapel. Students wishing to see Powery should email Ava West, Dean’s Assistant.

“We are here for you, to serve and support you, during your time at Duke,” Powery said. “There would be no other reason for us to be here, if it wasn’t for the students.

Jewish Life at Duke

Jewish Life at Duke is made up of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life and the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel. Jewish Life at Duke offers opportunities for students to get involved, such as Sunday bagel brunches at the Freeman Center and free Shabbat dinners open to all students, regardless of religion.

Campus Rabbi Elana Friedman hopes “every Duke student will join us at least once for our Shabbat experience.” Friedman came to Duke because she felt drawn to working with students on campus as they explored their spiritual and intellectual pursuits.

“No matter your background, education, or level of Jewish knowledge (or, indeed, if you’re even Jewish!), there’s a place for you here in our building, our program, and our community,” Friedman wrote. .

The physical address of Jewish Life at Duke is the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, which is located at the corner of Swift Ave and Campus Drive at 1415 Faber St.

The Center of Muslim Life

The Center of Muslim Life offers students a place to “explore Muslim identity, celebrate Muslim and Islamic cultures, build community, and engage with Islam in spiritual, social, and intellectual ways.” Students can get involved through the Jumu’ah prayer service, KitabConnect which is a weekly program to study the Quran, Fajr breakfast club and more.

“We all have the ability to broaden our knowledge and our horizons by getting to know each other,” Director and Chaplain Joshua Salaam wrote in a statement posted on the Center’s website. Since beginning her role in 2018, Salaam brings unique Air Force service experience working with large Muslim communities for many years.

The Center for Muslim Life is located at Few Quad GG.

Although students may be more familiar with the larger centers on campus, many other smaller religious organizations also strive to support students of all faiths. The complete list of Religious Life groups at the Duke can be found on the Duke’s Chapel website.

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