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Few Interfaith Chapel

During Black History Month in February, two Sunday services featured songs sung in historic black churches. One was a celebration of the life and work of Charles Albert Tindley, an American Methodist minister and gospel music composer. Collaborating in the service with Chaplain Laurie Hays Coffman was CV resident S.T. Kimbrough, who sang two of Tinley’s 46 published hymns.

At the next Vespers service, CV Chapel Singers director Scott Hill spoke on the history of The Fisk Jubilee Singers, students at Fisk University in Nashville, TN, who sing and travel worldwide. The original Fisk Jubilee Singers introduced ‘slave songs’ to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro Spirituals. Scott has a personal connection to a former FISK singer, who sang in her choir when she taught at the Durham School for the Arts.

Chapel Duke Divinity interns Beth Glenn and Jacob Jordan are both bringing learning and inspiration to our campus as they continue group sessions. Beth will lead the Anti-Racism group through a study of the controversial 1916 Project at 3 p.m. (note time change) on Tuesdays. Jacob continues the study of Christian Spirituality on Fridays at 2 p.m. Both groups meet in Few Chapel. New group members are always welcome.