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BRIDGING FAITH & LEARNING Duke University Chapel Annual Report 2017

OUR VISION

To bridge the differences that divide humanity, reconciling us to God and to one another. OUR MISSION

Through worship, student ministry, community connection, interfaith engagement, and the arts, Duke Chapel stands as a beacon of Christian hope that bridges faith (religio) and learning (eruditio).

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Box 90974 | 401 Chapel Dr. | Durham, NC 27708


WHY I GIVE

LETTER FROM THE DEAN

“As I think about why I support the Chapel—why it is the largest single gift I give every year and why I intend to leave much of my estate to the Chapel—it comes down to, at its core, words I heard almost every week at the Chapel while I attended Duke in the late 1970s. At that time, the Chapel used an affirmation of faith that included the words ‘In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.’

This has been an exhilarating, demanding, and wonderful year at Duke Chapel. We were surprised and shocked by the vandalism of the Robert E. Lee sculpture in the Chapel portico. We have welcomed new students arriving with excitement for Convocation. We have prayed for our new president at Duke, Vincent Price, that he might lead this great university with wisdom in the fulfillment of its mission. We have remembered our colleagues and friends in memorial services, and prayed for those who lost loved ones on that sad day in September when a Duke Life Flight crew died in service to others.

“As a young student, away from home for the first time, worshiping in a new place for the first time, those words resonated with me, as they do today. They gave me hope and confidence—that all of this was not just about me. That in fact, God is here with us, every day. And, I am confident that God continues to be present on the campus of Duke University today and in the lives of students, staff, and visitors.” - Charles Berardesco, T ’80 ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR

We have extended our reach to the Durham community in our work with Habitat for Humanity through our Community Ministry. We have continued to bridge faith and learning in classrooms, in the sanctuary, and on mission trips. We have listened to organ recitals, and concerts from jazz to Bach, and celebrated the 85th performance of Handel’s Messiah. We welcomed new colleagues to our Chapel team and at the same time, we celebrate the long tenure of Rodney Wynkoop as he prepares to retire from his role as director of Chapel Music in the summer of 2018. We visited friends and family members in the hospital and baptized new babies into the household of faith. Moving through these up and downs, as we all do, we ride the waves of our experiences, striving to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ and his teachings. Through it all, we have gathered here at Duke Chapel every Sunday morning to worship God. This year, and every year, your presence and generosity have helped to shape our work and ministry. As I write this, I think of you, the many individuals and families who have supported Duke Chapel for years—giving generously toward our purposeful mission. I also remember the more than 100 new donors to the Chapel this year, sharing their time and their treasure with us for the first time. To all of you I say, “thank you,” knowing that together, we will continue to look to the Lord to renew our strength that we might fly with wings like eagles. No matter what joys or difficulties you may face, God is good and God is with us and will meet you on your journey. Thank you for all that you do to support our work. With gratitude,

Dean Luke A. Powery


Hospitality WHY I GIVE

“Duke Chapel represents the Christian heritage and future of Duke. To me, it is the heart of the University, and I want current and future students and community members to enjoy the Chapel and make wonderful memories there.” - C. B. Richardson III, T ’92 ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

In times of joy and in times of sorrow and strife, we open the doors to people seeking faith, respite, consolation, and inspiration. Every day, the Chapel welcomes friends and strangers, familiar faces, and drop-in visitors. Our building stands at the center of West campus, a reminder of our vibrant past and a beacon for a future filled with faithfulness and hope. Our goal is to remind everyone of the deep tradition of hospitality that runs through the Gospels and to become more than a building: to be a Chapel without walls, without barriers that exclude, and with our hearts open to the people we serve. We welcome preachers and congregants, faculty and students, artists and musicians, believers and nonbelievers; we welcome them all to come and learn

together in this space. This year, we welcomed 264,000 visitors. More than half of these visitors arrive on their own, as friends, families, and tourists, to experience the Chapel. More than 1,200 came to see the decorations and hear sacred music at our annual Christmas Open House. We welcome them as surely as we welcome over 64,000 people to Chapel worship services and 3,100 climbs to the top of the tower. When our students climb the tower stairs to see the view from the top, they look

out across the campus, across the city of Durham, and into the countryside of North Carolina. We hope that in those moments, students are inspired to extend their reach, to welcome the challenges of the day with grace and fortitude, and to move forward with a new appreciation for the beauty of the earth and all of her inhabitants. LEFT PAGE: VIEW OF CHAPEL DRIVE, ARNAB CHATTERJEE, E ’16 | BELOW: JOHN SANTOIANNI, CURATOR OF ORGANS AND HARPSICHORDS, WATCHES AS A YOUNG MUSICIAN PLAYS THE FLENTROP ORGAN AT AN EVENT CO-HOSTED WITH THE AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS, GRACE CAI, T ’19


Perhaps nowhere is our ecumenism more evident than on Sunday morning. This year, our worship services welcomed students as lectors and singers; dancers showed us new ways to express praise; jazz musicians carried us through Vespers; and the Blessing of the Animals brought beloved pets to the Chapel steps to remind us of the infinite love of God. With preachers from myriad denominations, hymns and songs from across the globe, and readings from the Bible and other sacred texts, the “Duke University

Chapel Recordings Digital Collection” archives audio and video recordings with associated printed material presented at Duke Chapel. The current archive carries online visitors through the remarkable collection held in the Duke University Archives. As we build this digital archive, we see the depth of our history. These sermons, with their theological and historical significance, have the potential to serve as tools for teaching and learning for generations to come. We are grateful to The Lilly Endowment, Inc., for generously providing funds to begin to digitize and transcribe these materials. A new grant from the Lilly Endowment, received in 2017, will allow us to

continue to expand the archive and interpret it online for generalists and specialists. We also share this building with our partners in Religious Life at Duke who serve undergraduate and graduate populations. More than 60 chaplains and leaders engage the student population with their presence, care, and wisdom. The Chapel is committed to serving students with mutual and reciprocal dignity and devotion. RIGHT TOP: LITURGICAL DANCERS OF THE COLLAGE DANCE COMPANY IN THE ANNUAL SERVICE OF CELEBRATION OF THE REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., MEGAN MENDENHALL, DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY | RIGHT BOTTOM: THE VIEW OF THE CHAPEL FROM DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL | LEFT BOTTOM: STUDENTS CONNECT AT THE ANNUAL STUDENT RELIGIOUS LIFE OPEN HOUSE, ORGANIZED BY RELIGIOUS LIFE AT DUKE

Ecumenism WHY I GIVE

“From my very first days as a Duke student, through my many years as a Chapel Choir member, and into my many more years as a current congregation member, Duke Chapel has been my steady place of sanctuary—my spiritual, musical, and missional home. I can honestly think of no better place to support financially than Duke Chapel! - T. Walker Robinson, MD, T ‘00, G ‘01, M ‘09 ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER


In one year, the Chapel received more than 2,000 written requests for prayer.

service for every member of the Duke community (students, faculty, and staff) who died in the last year. We light candles, we bow our heads, and we pray for one another every day.

Every request prompts a dedicated team of staff and volunteers to pray for those named and unnamed members of our community who ask for God’s presence and mercy in their lives. This is, of course, one of the supreme privileges of our ministry. This year, we also hosted the funeral for the Duke Life Flight crew who tragically died in the middle of a mission of mercy. We partnered with the chaplains in the hospital system and participated in a memorial

But there are other ways that we express our care. This year, we began a yearlong listening process for our community ministry. With a commitment to serve the Durham community, we are listening to our not-for-profit partners and the neighbors who live near our PathWays House, in Durham’s West End. We are asking a simple yet profound question: How can we stand with you and work beside you in the community? The answers challenge and inspire us.

The Green and Fair Chapel committee partnered with the Office of Sustainability on campus, winning an award for outstanding leadership in sustainability. The Chapel was also the first congregation in the state of North Carolina to be designated a Fair Trade Congregation by Fair Trade Campaigns, awarded in part for our decision to purchase fairly traded coffee and sugar. Paying a living wage for these goods is a small step towards universal trade justice and ecological sustainability.

Care

RIGHT PAGE: VIEW OF DUKE CHAPEL FROM THE ROOFTOP OF ENVIRONMENT HALL, JUSTIN SHARPE, STUDENT DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR AT DUKE WELLNESS BELOW: CANDLES ARE LIT AT A UNIVERSITYWIDE MEMORIAL SERVICE

WHY I GIVE

“I support the Chapel first because of its world class leadership. The vision and focus on the spiritual health of the community it serves is nothing short of inspiring. God bless the Dean and his awesome team.” - D. Michael Bennett, T ’77 ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER


Integrative Education WHY I GIVE

“When I was an undergraduate student, the Chapel community was one of the only places on campus that found its identity in welcoming and including, not in ranking and excluding. The Chapel offers the grace that every student needs, but which is hard to find in the library or the lecture hall. Now, I give to the Chapel because I want more students to feel the support that got me through my four years at Duke.” - Zach Heater, T ’17 ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Four years ago, the Chapel made a new commitment to embody a core value of the University— eruditio et religio— bridging faith and learning for every member of the Duke community. Today, we see this work as a deep well of intellectual investigation, hard work, and spiritual faithfulness. By bringing scholars together for Bridge Panels, working artists to the Chapel to discuss their work, even yoga classes at the Chapel

crossing during Duke Wellness Week, we remind one another, students, and every visitor that education is a lifelong endeavor and faith is a lifelong journey. This year, the “Values in Action” class (co-taught by Laura Suzanne Liber, professor of religious studies, and Christy Lohr Sapp, associate dean for religious life at the Chapel) partnered with the Duke Philanthropy Lab to teach students how to identify community needs and raise funds to meet those needs. Adam Hollowell, director of student ministry, taught his highly acclaimed ethics class, and Dean Powery continued to teach homiletics in the Divinity School, training the next generation of preachers how

to engage the Word of God with a hopeful vision. The PathWays House continued to provide a year of discernment and nonprofit work opportunities for another cadre of recent graduates and our commitment to Habitat for Humanity was expressed in another Chapel-sponsored build. The Chapel supported 162 students on learning and mission trips and welcomed a new class of Chapel Scholars. ABOVE: PARTNERING WITH THE DUKE PHILANTHROPY LAB, DUKE STUDENTS TAKING “VALUES IN ACTION” GAVE AWAY $101,000 IN GRANT FUNDING TO A VARIETY OF ORGANIZATIONS, LINDSEY MILLER, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST, DUKE OFFICE OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | LEFT PAGE TOP: THE VIEW OF DUKE CHAPEL FROM THE ALLEN BUILDING, MEGAN MENDENHALL, DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY | LEFT PAGE BOTTOM: DUKE VOICES FOR INTERFAITH ACTION (VIA) PACKS HOLIDAY BAGS FOR THE HOMELESS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DURHAM’S OPEN TABLE MINISTRY, INC


LEFT: RODNEY WYNKOOP DIRECTS IN CARNEGIE HALL RIGHT PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: LOCAL ARTIST LA CHESSON CREATES A PAINTING DURING WORSHIP, SAMUEL ZHU, T ’19 | BEAUTY GIVEN BY GRACE: THE BIBLICAL PRINTS OF SADAO WATANABE EXHIBITED IN THE CHAPEL | SUNSET OVER WEST CAMPUS, CHRIS HILDRETH, DUKE PHOGRAPHY

Creativity It was with a measure of sadness that we learned that Rodney Wynkoop will retire from his role as director of Chapel Music in the summer of 2018, after serving for 29 years. As we plan for a smooth transition, a national search, and a celebration of his long-standing devotion to the Chapel Music program, we are reminded of the importance of creativity in the life of the Chapel.

Music stands at the center of our creative work. The volunteers in our Chapel Choir enrich our worship service every week during the academic year. We are so grateful for their service. Bach Cantatas are drawing an average audience of 400 people; organ recitals and weekday organ demonstrations fill the Chapel nave with the sounds of the Aeolian, the Flentrop, the Brombaugh, and the portative organs. The carillon rings out weekdays at 5:00 p.m. and before and after Sunday worship services. Evensong singers have grown from a dozen to 33 singers and weekly sung Vespers and our special Jazz Vespers services draw friends from the campus and the community together for the inspiration music provides.

The Organ Scholars program continues to draw the attention of aspiring young musicians seeking the chance to refine their skills. New initiatives, led by Joshua Lazard, the Chapel’s C. Eric Lincoln Minister for Student Engagement, have brought visual art by emerging and established artists to the Chapel walls for short-term installations. Lazard also launched a new program, the Theology and Arts Fellowship. This competitive program gives undergraduate students a chance to enrich our conversations by creating art to display in the Chapel. These students remind us of the power of art to express our longing for God across religious traditions.

WHY I GIVE WHY I GIVE

“Duke Chapel gives me precious things no other place does: superb soultouching music, wonderful preaching, unparalleled beauty, hope, feelings of unity through ecumenism. Sometimes it is ‘the peace that passes understanding.’ Sometimes it provides a necessary challenge. At all times it is a place to seek and find the presence of God.” - Amanda Wright Smoot, WC ’63 ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER


Connecting the Chapel to local and global audiences continues to be a priority for the Chapel and an area of strategic growth. This year, we increased our social media following by a full 75%. We have more than 6,000 followers on Facebook and 150 pictures were shared on Instagram in our continuing #FindSanctuary project. Viewers from 140 countries watched our YouTube channel. With more than 285,000 YouTube views, our message is reaching individuals in their homes and workplaces across the nation and around the world. This year, we are delighted to launch a pilot program of closed captioning services for Evensong. Among our most trusted partners in our communication efforts continues to be Duke Health, streaming Chapel services into every patient room at Duke Hospitals. We know that the hospital can be a terrifying place for patients and their families as well as a place of great hope and healing. We are dedicated to continuing to bring the good news into places of fear and of healing.

“I serve on the Chapel Advisory Board to fuel the Chapel’s profound influence on campus and in Durham communities, and to help activate the Chapel’s leadership and voice in our local and national dialogue on faith, justice, and what it means to be human in the created order of God.”

- Robin Barefoot

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

We are opening new avenues for digital communication as we redesign our website and launch periodic podcasts by the Dean. Sharing our mission in this digital age builds on our continuing commitment to radio and television. New and existing relationships with our local media outlets increase our reach both in the state of North Carolina and beyond. Communications efforts are just one way that the Chapel can go into the world and proclaim the good news. LEFT PAGE: VIEW OF DUKE CHAPEL FROM A WAITING ROOM IN THE DUKE MEDICAL PAVILION, SHAWN ROCCO, DUKE HEALTH

Communication


2017 VISITOR BREAKDOWN special events music guided tours tower climbs

13

17,147 13,980 1,851 3,106

9 5 14

36k+

OTHER EVENTS VISITORS student ministries 1,614 vespers 859 sunday morning worship 23,267 evensong 1,825 pastoral services 1,918 baccalaureate services 5,600 other worship services 10,915 weddings 9,809 catholic center 8,240

8

6

11

9

264k

53 9

31 10

6

74

2017 Impact

39

138

130 242

339

158

160

6

11 8

17

34

10

56%

GIFTS OUTSIDE OF NORTH CAROLINA

29

Gifts to Duke Chapel come from a growing network of supporters, and 10 countries outside of the U.S.

44

18 MONTHS OF SUPPORT

July 1, 2016 - December 31, 2017

1,960

CHAPEL SUPPORTERS

24

20

164k

64k+

13

10

7

TOTAL WORSHIP VISITORS

21

10

10

GENERAL VISITORS

12

25

30

TOTAL VISITORS

11

9

7,221 46 GIFTS

STATES

We continued receiving #FindSanctuary images. Our total social media following increased by 75%

PRAYED IN RESPONSE TO

2,000+ PRAYER REQUESTS

18

LOCAL MINISTRIES FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED

325

WORSHIP SERVICES held in the Chapel

125

PASTORAL SERVICES weddings, funerals, and baptisms

96

CHAPEL AND INTERRELIGIOUS SCHOLARS

162

STUDENTS SUPPORTED on learning and missions trips

285k+ 140

OUR TOP FIVE INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES

YOUTUBE VIEWS

5% CANADA 70% UNITED STATES

6% UNITED KINGDOM 3% NETHERLANDS

COUNTRIES WITH VIEWERS indicated with blue Viewers outside of the U.S. make up 30% of our online audience

2% AUSTRALIA


We give

THANKS

OFFICE OF THE DEAN Luke A. Powery Dean of Duke Chapel

Jack Adams

Assistant to the Dean

STUDENT MINISTRY Christy Lohr Sapp

Associate Dean for Religious Life

COMMUNITY MINISTRY & EVENTS Bruce Puckett

Andie Rea

Breana van Velzen

Ava West

Rachel White

CHAPEL ADVISORY BOARD Charlie Berardesco, T ’80

Director of Worship and Community Ministry Community Ministry Outreach Coordinator

Adam Hollowell

Visitor Relations Specialist

Joshua Lazard

Wedding Director

Director of Student Ministry

Blanche Williams

C. Eric Lincoln Minister for Student Engagement

Mercedes Conely

Gerly Ace

Ann Hall

Staff Specialist for Student Ministry

MUSIC Rodney Wynkoop

Director of Chapel Music

Robert Parkins

University Organist

Christopher Jacobson Chapel Organist

Philip Cave

Associate Conductor of Chapel Music

J. Samuel Hammond University Carillonneur

John Santoianni

Curator of Organs and Harpsichords

Michael Lyle

Office Coordinator for Chapel Music

Erica Thomas

Staff Assistant for Chapel Music

Weddings Coordinator Visitor Relations Assistant

Wanda Cobb

Visitor Relations Assistant

Antoinette L. Bethea

Visitor Relations Assistant

Hunter McGuire

Visitor Relations Assistant

Jane Kelly

Visitor Relations Assistant

DEVELOPMENT & ADMINISTRATION Amanda Millay Hughes

Director of Development and Strategy

Joni Harris

Business and Facilities Manager

James Todd

Communications Manager

Communications Specialist

Lisa Moore

Accounting Specialist and Office Coordinator Staff Assistant for Development

Chair

C. B. Richardson III, T ’92 Vice Chair

William E. King, PhD, T ’61, G ’63, G ’70 Emeritus Member

Zoila Airall Robin Barefoot D. Michael Bennett, T ’77 John A. Bussian III, T ’76 Cathy S. Gilliard, D ’97 Zach Heater, T ’17 Jihwan Hwang, T ’18 Sara Elizabeth Hyre, T ’89 Jeff Nelson, D ’13 T. Walker Robinson, MD, T ’00, G ’01, M ’09 Max Sirenko, T ’11 Valerie Sirenko, T ’11 Amanda Wright Smoot, WC ’63 Kathryn Lynn Watkins, T ’19


BRIDGING FAITH & LEARNING Duke University Chapel Annual Report 2017

OUR VISION

To bridge the differences that divide humanity, reconciling us to God and to one another. OUR MISSION

Through worship, student ministry, community connection, interfaith engagement, and the arts, Duke Chapel stands as a beacon of Christian hope that bridges faith (religio) and learning (eruditio).

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dukechapel@duke.edu

@DukeChapel

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