What do you know about Durham? You live here; so how much do you appreciate and understand its history?
Students may seldom think about the city where they sojourn. They generally pay more attention to the university and to their academic programs – of course. For those who are followers of Christ, however, Scripture instructs us to care for the places that we inhabit.
Thus, the Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope is an opportunity to connect Durham’s story with your own story and with God’s Story. Through a weekend of visiting important places and hearing the stories of leaders who have shaped the city of Durham, participants reckon with the challenges that our city has faced and witness the hope present. The Pilgrimage is a way for participants to, “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you…. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jeremiah 22:7).
The January Pilgrimage is a joint effort of Duke Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) and International Students, Inc. (istudentsDuke). Twenty students have a special opportunity to participate in the next Pilgrimage, January 13-15, 2018.
Discussions and reflections are a vital part of the Durham Pilgrimage. Participants will gather for one meeting before the weekend immersion to prepare. It will be followed by one meeting for reflection after the weekend. These will be lunch meetings, unless the majority of the group would prefer a different time.
When? Jan 13-15, 2018* Where? All around Durham (note: no overnight programming) Cost? $25. The balance of the cost is being underwritten by various donations. Apply below (limit 10 participants)
*Tentative Schedule: Saturday, January 13, at Stagville Plantation:
8:45am-9:45am: - Introductions and preparation 9:45-11am: John Blackfeather Jeffries, Occonneechi Band of the Saponi Nation 11am-12:30pm: Stagville Tour 12:30-2pm: Lunch reflection 2:30-5:30pm: Downtown walking pilgrimage 6pm-8pm: Hayti - discussion with Melvin Speight at Hayti Heritage Center
Sunday, January 14 9:30am: Conversation with Ismael Ruiz-Millan about Latino and immigrant community in Durham 11:15am-12:30pm Worship at Union Baptist Church 12:30-3pm: Lunch Reflection Sunday afternoon: Personal reflection time
Monday, January 15 10:30am: Durham MLK Unity March starting at NC Mutual 12:30am: Durham then, Durham now panel