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Welcome to Wesley!


What is Wesley?


Maybe you saw an ad in The Chronicle or maybe you got a letter over the summer. Perhaps you’ve found yourself the recipient of interesting emails or intriguing Facebook notifications. The name is around Duke and you probably heard it before you ever arrived on campus for orientation.


Who is the ubiquitous person? Has anyone ever met her? Or is it him? What does he do? Or is it she? Actually, it’s WE. We are the Wesley Fellowship, a group of students united in the common pursuit of exploring and deepening our Christian faith. While that may not sound particularly demanding, the ways we go about it are. Christian practices like hospitality and accountability call us simultaneously to be more than any one of us could be standing alone. And then tenting together for six weeks tests the limits of our theory! Practices like forgiveness and reconciliation instruct us that power and control are detrimental
to the world. And then opportunities like break team trips to Miami, DC, or Haiti show us the Church at work ministering to people struggling with immigration issues, facing urban poverty, and engaging global health—all activities that are wonderfully out of control. Other ideals like peace, justice, discernment, prayer, and sacrament impact our lives and shape us in ways that will only become more relevant as the years go by.

So, what is Wesley? We’re a group sponsored by the United Methodist Church, but anyone pursuing a deeper faith should join us. Our faith is Christian, but we don’t have all the answers and especially welcome those willing to ask the hard questions. We worship together each Wednesday afternoon and Sunday evening, but in the meantime we use numerous other occasions for fellowship, service, and growth.

Oh, and by the way, John Wesley was an Anglican priest from the Eighteenth Century who founded The Methodist Church. We borrowed his name…


Wesley’s Mission


The Wesley Fellowship at Duke University is a campus unit of the United Methodist Church with the primary task of serving as a witness to the ministry and mission of Jesus Christ. The Fellowship exists not for its own sake, but  for the purpose of bringing individuals closer to Christ. Toward that end, the  Fellowship recognizes the essential place of community within the Church for the  participants who witness to their faith through ministries of worship, study, friendship,  justice, and mission outreach.


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  1. Norma Mithell

    I am a member of the Wesley Fellowship Board of Directors and chair of the Board Finance Committee. At Dr. Copeland’s invitation I plan to attend the worship service and common meal tonight in the Duke Divinity School. I plan to bring with me my husband, Dr. Joseph Mitchell, a retired UM minister of the Virginia Annual Conference, a M. Div. and Ph. D. from Duke, and professor emeritus of religion and philosophy from Troy University, Troy, AL., and our nephew, Robert
    Taylor, who is visiting us this weekend from VA. Beach, VA. Robert is an alumnus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Copeland has advised me to tell you that at Wesley tonight I would like to announce a Lenten study of poverty, which our church, Epworth, in Durham, will begin on Sunday, Feb 17. I think that this info may be valuable to Wesley. Norma Taylor Mitchell

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