Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope
Durham’s story. Your story. God’s story.
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 Gathering Church/Oak Church: November 10th-12th, 2023
Trinity School: January 3rd-8th, 2024
Duke Chapel: February 23rd-25th, 2024
King’s Park – June 7th-9th, 2024
BRI(DDD)GE – August 16th-18th, 2024
Duke Chapel – October 4th-6th, 2024
sample pilgrimage itinerary
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)
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)
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 email@example.com
DurhamCares Executive Director, Reynolds Chapman, and two pilgrimage participants, write about pilgrimage in the Church Health Reader. Read reflections from two pilgrimage participants here.
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
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED