We gather weekly in the York Room of Duke Divinity School on Sunday evenings for worship starting at 5:30 pm. A free dinner with fellowship follows dinner.
2. Weekly Community Service:
Love of and service to our neighbors is a fundamental part of Lutheran living. As a way of acting that out at Duke, Duke Lutherans volunteer each week at four locations near campus. A group of students goes to the Assisted Living Unit of The Forest at Duke Retirement Community as well as Hillcrest Convalescent Center to visit with residents. Other students tutor through the program at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church on Wednesday nights. In all cases, the Duke students soon find that these regular visits soon lead to meaningful relationships and to a better understanding of the call we all have to minister to those around us, finding Christ in people that once might have seemed like strangers.
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Faith in Everyday Life: Connecting Sunday to the Rest of the Week is a new program this year. This will be a space to ask tough questions, engage in meaningful dialogue with people both in and outside a faith tradition and eat free food while doing it. The schedule for the semester is as follows:
- October 1st at 7 pm in 110 Gray of Duke Divinity School: Vocation
- October 22nd at 7 pm in 110 Gray of Duke Divinity School: Certainty and Doubt
- November 19th at 7 pm in 110 Gray of Duke Divinity School: Faith and the Environment
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4. Mission Trips:
Duke Lutherans also has a history of going on mission trips. We do not have any planned in the near future, but may start to as the ministry continues to grow. In 2008, a group of Duke Lutherans traveled to Washington D.C., to work in various urban ministry programs. In 2009, we traveled to Costa Rica, for a week of immersion in that country's culture. We were hosted and our itinerary planned by the Lutheran Church in Costa Rica with whom our own North Carolina synod has a sister church relationship. In 2010, we traveled to San Francisco, for another urban ministry experience. We were the guests of St. Marks Lutheran Church in that city. The highlight was to spend two nights on the streets of the Tenderloin, Mission and Castro districts with pastors of the San Francisco Night Ministry, providing a ministry of presence to those on the streets of this major city. In the spring of 2011, we traveled o New Ebenezer Retreat Center in Rincon, GA to participate in rural relief ministries, and to develop our faith life together. Spring Break 2012, took us to New Orleans to continue relief work in the city devasted by Hurricane Katrina in the Fall of 2005. Our trip in 2013 took us to the border town of Agua Prieta in Mexico to struggle with issues of justice and faithfulness in immigration reform, as well as serve those who suffer on both sides of the border.