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About the Episcopal Center

The Episcopal Center at Duke strives to be a welcoming place of worship and fellowship that nurtures discipleship through study of the Bible and reflection upon religious tradition. The Episcopal Center inspires evangelism through mission and outreach, focusing upon Christís reconciling presence on campus, in the local community, the Diocese and abroad.

The Episcopal Center at Duke, located on Central Campus at 505 Alexander Ave, is a crossroads where lives of students, faculty, and staff intersect with the Incarnation: the intersection of human and divine. The Center, which contains the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels, provides worship and hospitality space for those who seek to to encounter God with all their hearts, all their souls, all their minds, and all their strengths (even weaknesses). The Sunday evening celebration of the Holy Eucharist is the central event that shapes the character and mission of our fellowship.

The Episcopal Student Fellowship is a welcoming community committed to feeding God's people: all kinds of people in a variety of ways. From the homemade bread for the Eucharist followed by a home-cooked meal every Sunday night of the school year to international mission trips focused upon reducing world hunger to local outreach for those who hunger for justice and mercy, the ESF invites all students to "taste and see that the Lord is good." (Psalm 34:8)

Whether you are seeking regular opportunities for worship, fellowship and missions or just need the occasional service and a hot meal, the ESF has something for you.

Worship, Fellowship and Reflection

One of the primary aspects of the life of the Episcopal Center is to gather together as community to worship, study, and enjoy each other's company. On each Sunday that school is in session, we celebrate Holy Eucharist at the Episcopal Center at 5 PM, with dinner to follow. These times are a vital and wonderful part of our life together. Many students find the sabbath respite from classes and school stresses is an essential part of their time at Duke.

We also study and reflect together on our spiritual journeys. Many programs are planned for this year for us to discuss, reflect, study, and discern. Check those out by clicking on "Calendar" button on this page.

We also enjoy our fellowship together on retreats and trips. You can see our schedule for these by clicking on "Fall Calendar" on the left side of the page.

Mission

The gathering together as community to worship, reflect, and enjoy the company of others on our journeys leads us into serving others, the natural expression of our worship and life as community. The Episcopal Student Fellowship has worked locally with the shelter for battered women and children, Habitat for Humanity, an after-school program with our Hispanic mission, El Buen Pastor, and on events such as the Crop Walk.

Each year, we participate in Spring Break trips to Central America. Last year, two groups went, one to Honduras, the other to Belize. Two similar trips are planned this year for Honduras and Costa Rica.

Pastoral Care

The chaplain, Anne Hodges-Copple, is also available for counseling, discernment, conversation, confession, or just a good cup of coffee. Anne is entering her 12th year as Episcopal chaplain at Duke.

Relationship to the Church

The Episcopal Center is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.

The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, Bishop
The Right Reverend J. Gary Gloster, Bishop Suffragan

Episcopal Center Staff

The Rev. Anne E. Hodges-Copple, Chaplain
Carol Barnhill, Financial Assistant
John Willard, Sage

The Episcopal Center at Duke University
505 Alexander Ave.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-0624