why do we provide resources?

Caring for your neighbors in holistic ways is a lifelong journey that requires ongoing growth and development for individuals and communities. We provide resources to educate and equip all the residents of Durham with practical ways to get involved, insights on pressing issues, and theological content to help you live a life that reflects the whole gospel.

Racial Justice Resources

Loving our neighbors involves confronting and repairing the narratives that deny that all of us have been created in the image of God. The enduring narratives and systems of racial difference and white supremacy continue to have a devastating impact on all of us, especially people of color. The Church has a unique role to confess, lament, repent of, and repair the racism we experience in our community as we witness to the New Creation that Christ makes possible. We recommend and offer resources to help you and your faith community listen, learn, and take that journey toward healing.

Racial Equity Institute (REI)

An alliance of trainers, organizers, and institutional leaders who have devoted themselves to the work of creating racially equitable organizations and systems. They help individuals and organizations develop tools to challenge patterns of power and grow equity. 

Christianity Deconstructs Racism

A Biblically-grounded educational series to deconstruct Racism and pursue racial equity.

NETWORKS AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION

These groups meet regularly for fellowship, accountability, and learning around faith and racial justice:

Mt. Level Partnership for Racial Justice – Unites Churches and brings about racial equity in our community and world.

 

 
 

Episcopalians United Against Racism – An independent alliance of anti-racist Episcoipalians in North Carolina who work with community members and people of faith who have devoted themselves to the long-term, transformative work of creating racially equitable systems and organizations.

 

Internal Institutional Analysis on Race Worksheet

This resource, intended for predominantly white congregations, was created by Rev. Katie Crowe, pastor of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church. It contains a series of questions to support congregations in dismantling racism by beginning within their own institutions.

Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope

The Durham pilgrimage of Pain and Hope is an opportunity to reckon with the historic legacy of racism in our own Durham context. It centers around a weekend immersion where participants visit sites, hear from community narrators who have embodied Durham’s history, and reflect on how it relates with the Biblical story. Through the Pilgrimage, participants discover how Durham’s story, own own storis, and God’s story intersect. 

Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and hope video CURRICULUM 

The Video Curriculum serves as a supplement to the Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope weekend immersion, or an alternative for those who are unable to participate.

Additional Resources

 

DurhamCares Newsletter

Learn about opportunities to care for your neighbors in holistic ways.

Events and Workshops

Visit our events page to learn more about events and workshops throughout the year.

Consulting

Want to go deeper? DurhamCares will partner with your congregation in a consulting relationship that includes workshops, interviews, and surveys that help your congregation discover how you can be part of God’s mission in your community and holistically care for your neighbors. If your congregation is seeking guidance specifically around racial justice, we will tailor our consulting to focus on the work of racial justice. Our consulting approach emphasizes four things:

 

  • Christ-Centered and Church-based: We are rooted in the Christian tradition and understand the unique hopes, challenges, and cultures of churches.
  • Collaborative: Rather than reduplicating resources, we highlight the unique gifts of resources that already exist.
  • Place-based: We help congregations learn about their neighborhoods and city through understanding history and today’s most pressing challenges.
  • Racial Equity: Our framework emphasizes actively working against racism to pursue racial equity in our city. We do not offer racial equity training – rather, we use a racial equity approach.

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Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

On April 2nd, the Mt. Level Community Partnership for Racial Justice hosted an event to commemorate Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” with a video from Dr. King’s personal lawyer and remarks from Rev. Jay Augustine.

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