Community in Worship
- Common Worship at the School of Divinity
School of Divinity chapel services are scheduled for 11am on each Tuesday during the academic year in Davis Chapel.
We study. We teach. We learn together. We also worship together. Weekly chapel services at the School of Divinity give students, faculty, staff, and community friends an opportunity to encounter God as we pray and sing together. School of Divinity chapel services also give worshippers unique opportunities to embody what they are learning in classrooms, even to infuse that learning with spiritual and theological insights peculiarly present when a community prays together.
Whether we hear the voices of nationally known preachers or experience the preaching gifts of local pastors, or celebrate the homiletical skills of third year students, or listen as faculty members craft that all important move from texts to sermons, the community has a chance in School of Divinity chapel services to reflect together on God’s presence and grace in our community and for the world.
The work of the people in chapel services is sacred work, but it is also educational work as it unfolds in a theological school. What do we learn as we pray together? Responses emerge in the form of questions stirred by our worship: What does it mean to pray together, coming as we do from such different theological places and spaces? How does what we learn in the classroom shape what we practice in worship? How do our weekly practices of prayer and praise move out through institutional doors and into the worlds where we live and work?
Date Preacher January 22
Convocation January 29 Jonathan Tennial, Third Year MDiv February 5 LaTonya McIver, Third Year MDiv February 12 Roger Hayes, Third Year MDiv February 19 Nathan Peifer, Third Year MDiv February 26 Akoni March 5 Chris Hughes, Third Year MDiv March 19 Amy Russell, Third Year MDiv March 26 Kolby Knight, Third Year MDiv April 2 Bill Leonard, Dunn Professor
of Baptist Studies and Professor of
April 9 Jimmy Gawne, Third Year MDiv April 16 EcoTheo April 23 Terry Parrish, Third Year MDiv
- Project Chapel
Project Chapel was introduced during the Spring 2012 semester and offered worship services at an alternative time in addition to the regularly scheduled Tuesday community worship.
In its introduction to the student body, Master of Divinity student Molly Bolton shared the following about the vision of Project Chapel:
A creative new service is hitting the Wake Div scene
And here’s an inside scoop, it’s an ecumenical dream
We love Tuesday Chapel
So this won’t interfere
And our services are short,
So busy-bodies, hold the tear.
The goal is to serve up the Word, hot and fresh like apple pie
The Spirit just might move you in a way you can’t deny
There will be high church and low church and church in between
There will some things new and some you’ve seen
Some services will be rigid and others, loose
It’s got me so pumped up that I’m sounding like Seuss
There will be dancing and caroling and poems and quiet.
Like green eggs and ham—you really should try it.
It will change situations
It will change locations
So keep your eyes peeled for the invitations
This is a project of praise and we pray that you’re present
To participate, meditate, activate, associate, innovate, contemplate, recreate, make it great.
Find the latest updates and information on Project Chapel by “liking” us on Facebook.
- Worship in Wait
Construction on the Wake Forest University campus in Winston-Salem began with the chapel: not only the architectural focal point of the campus but also as the center of student life. The University wants you to be part of a series of worship services that brings a variety of distinguished preachers from diverse traditions to this grand space. Worship in Wait includes preachers recognized for their work as pastors, teachers, and writers, each a skilled analyst of faith and reason in the public square. The series will respond to contemporary issues within the context of ecumenical worship.Worship in Wait offers an opportunity for students and others to hear the world’s great preachers, to tackle the mysteries of faith and reason that make college life engaging, and to be in the presence of God and each other.
- Worship Opportunities in Winston-Salem
Finding a faith community to join during your journey at the School of Divinity is important, not only for support, but for spiritual growth and community involvement. To help you find a church, we’ve put together a Worship Opportunities Resource Guide with local churches suggested by current students – view it here.