The Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope is an opportunity to discover how your spiritual journey is connected to the place you live – Durham, NC. Through the pilgrimage you will immerse yourself in the story of the city and the Biblical story as you reflect with others on what it means for how you live your life in Durham. Join us for this transformative experience connecting Durham’s story, your story and God’s story.

Custom Pilgrimage: DurhamCares can organize a custom Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope for your church, organization, or group.

Pilgrimage Consulting: Interested in designing a pilgrimage in your city? We will work with you to shape a journey in your context.

Register for a 2024 Pilgrimage: Click here for the registration for all open or custom pilgrimages in 2024.

2024 Pilgrimage Dates

Open Pilgrimages (anyone can register)

Open Pilgrimage – March 15th-17th, 2024

Open Pilgrimage – October 18th-20th, 2024

Custom Pilgrimages (reserved for designated groups)

The Summit Church

Trinity School: January 3rd-8th, 2024

Duke Chapel: February 23rd-25th, 2024

BRI(DDD)GE – August 16th-18th, 2024

King’s Park – September 13th – 15th, 2024

Duke Chapel – October 4th-6th, 2024


“For the first time in my journey – my faith, pain and hope can join a river of movement for a purpose that is greater than my life…I am deeply grateful.”
“The pilgrimage helped remind me that my place is bigger than just my house. Durham is my home.”
“This will serve as a monument throughout my time in Durham…the best next step in my journey. There’s a lot I’ve been learning since I moved here…The pilgrimage grounded that as well as spurred it on to more depth and seriousness.”

“It confirmed for me that God is in the racial conversation and that He wants me to be a part of it. I think He is working to bring healing and reconciliation to people today.”
“I had never really thought about how God’s story, my story, and Durham’s story were all intertwined. Now I think about that a lot!”
“This was so incredible.”

“The Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope was an experience that helped ground me into the truth of what it means to live in Durham with eyes wide open. During the pilgrimage, we did not shy away from the pain that people willingly and lawfully inflicted on others at Stagville Plantation, in the name of shrewd business. Nor did we neglect the glimpses of hope and resilience we saw in the founders of Black Wall St. and those in the Hayti community. We talked of what it means to have hope in the midst of pain as we read about Pauli Murray- a woman who seemed to do just that. I’m grateful for the time spent learning and discussing with fellow pilgrims. Thank you DurhamCares!”

“Becoming acquainted with the older history of Durham via Stagville helps me remember that the life I am living here in Durham is part of a larger story. Visiting Stagville helped me put my Durham story into context within the larger Durham story.”
“I am so grateful for the time we spent with Virginia (Williams). What a gift it was to hear from her.”
“WOW. Meeting [Virginia Williams] was inspiring, exciting and empowering. I wish we had more time with her. Talking with her was a treasure – and the highlight of our time.”

“I found myself wrestling with my internal tension differently. There were so many things I learned that really bothered me about our shared history. I felt outraged and angry. Frustrated and confused. But rather than staying angry, I was able pray about how to channel my emotions. It was powerful.”
“The most valuable part was making connections with the wonderful people in our group.”
“This was AWESOME.”

sample pilgrimage itinerary

Friday Evening

4:00pm – 4:15pm
Meet at Stagville Plantation (5828 Old Oxford Road, Durham, NC) and get settled

4:15pm – 4:45pm
Devotional to prepare for the Pilgrimage Immersion

4:45pm – 5:30pm
Native/Indigenous Story in Durham

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Stagville Historical Site Tour

7:00pm – 8:30pm
Dinner at Stagville with guided reflection


8:30am – 11:30am

Meet at ReCity for guided walking pilgrimage of downtown Durham (112B Broadway Street, Durham, NC)

  • Pauli Murray

  • The Carolina Theatre

  • Black Wall Street – Parrish Street

  • Former Woolworths/One City Center

  • Discover Durham Visitors Bureau

  • Durham History Hub Museum

  • Duke Memorial United Methodist Church

  • NC Mutual Life Insurance Company


11:30am – 1:00pm
Lunch at Provident 1898 (411 W Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC)

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Personal Reflection time at Provident 1898 and around downtown

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Virginia Williams (1957 Royal Ice Cream Sit-In Participant) at Provident 1898)

3:30pm – 5:30pm

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Story of the Hayti community (WG Pearson Center – 1200 Spaulding Street, Durham, NC)


9:45am -11:30am
Worship (Mt. Level MBC, 316 Hebron Road, Durham, NC)

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Lunch and presentation about the Latina/o community (Mt. Level MBC)

2:20pm – 3:25pm
Durham Then, Durham Now Panel (ReCity)

3:30pm – 6:30pm
Talking Circle and Dinner (ReCity)


The Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope Video Curriculum is a complete video series based on the transformative Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope Weekend Immersion. While the Video Curriculum is not a substitute for the Weekend Immersion, it deepens the journey for people who have been on the Weekend Immersion and provides a pilgrimage-based opportunity for those unable to participate in the Weekend Immersion.

The Pilgrimage Video Curriculum is currently undergoing production. If you would like to be notified when it’s complete, sign up below.


Beyond the Skyline,” an article in this month’s @OurStatemag, writer and #DurhamPilgrimage of Pain and Hope alum @KarentheWriter shares her experience encountering Durham’s sacredness with DurhamCares. We’re so grateful to Karen for sharing more about how our immersive Pilgrimage weekend helped connect Durham’s spiritual journey with her own. 

If your group would like us to organize a Pilgrimage for you in 2023 or 2024, contact us at

DurhamCares Executive Director, Reynolds Chapman, and two pilgrimage participants, write about pilgrimage in the Church Health Reader. Read reflections from two pilgrimage participants here.

Keith Daniel writes about pilgrimage in Faith and Leadership.

Pilgrimage Alumni Opportunities

Pilgrimage Alumni Newsletter: A monthly newsletter for Pilgrimage alum with cultural, educational, spiritual, and advocacy happenings in Durham to continue your journey.

Monthly Respite: A monthly virtual Pilgrimage alum gathering with a pilgrimage-themed devotion and an opportunity to share life with each other.

Pilgrimage Alumni Events: See our events page for information about upcoming Pilgrimage Alumni events to see old and new Pilgrimage friends and learn about how you can continue your journey in Durham.

DurhamCares can organize a custom pilgrimage for your
church, organization, or any group