The Office of the Chaplain provides spiritual support to the Divinity School community through three primary areas: pastoral care, spiritual formation, and corporate worship.
The journey of faith is not always a straight line, and knowing that there are sojourners and caring partners prepared to draw alongside on the way can be a great inspiration and comfort to students.
About the Chaplain
The Rev. Sally G. Bates (M.A., UNC-Chapel Hill; M.Div., Duke) joined the Divinity School as chaplain in 2002. She has special interest in how the arts — drama, music, and visual art — serve as the “through which” we encounter the God we so deeply hunger for. Sally is an ordained elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. She was formerly associate pastor at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh. Chaplain Bates has a deep commitment to mission work in Haiti, and has led spring break retreats to Haiti.
While many of Duke Divinity’s faculty and staff are ordained pastors, primary responsibility for pastoral care rests with the Chaplain’s Office. The chaplain meets with students informally and by appointment to offer encouragement and spiritual direction as students seek to clarify their calling, struggle with questions of the faith, and balance the rigorous and sometimes conflicting demands of seminary life. All inquiries are treated with the utmost concern for confidentiality.
The chaplain also maintains an active list of therapists, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, and local congregations and clergy to whom students can be referred when necessary. As Christians, the most important thing to remember is that we do not make this journey alone, the triune God accompanies us as we accompany one another.