Churches! Where are you?
A message from Pastor Heather
"We recognize that this work is a journey.
It's long, it's personal, it's emotional, it's messy, and it's tough.
Still, we say yes.
In the name of a God who allows us to begin again and again.
In the name of God with brown skin, Jesus, who marched against discrimination
all the way to the cross and whose redeeming love empowers us to do the same."
The Anti-Oppression Team was founded in 2022 with a three-fold purpose:
a. Be the voice to keep the church moving forward to become anti-racist, and
b. Hold the church accountable to the work we commit to
c. Critical role to build bridges internally across our congregation’s diverse
viewpoints to move forward together and responsibly to become
What we've been up to:
This spring, our team partnered with DurhamCares to journey on the "Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope," a full weekend where we were immersed in the stories of those who walked before us. We walked the grounds of the Stagville Plantation, where enslaved persons were forced to live and work, all while white families profited from their "free" labor. We heard first-hand accounts from former residents of the Hayti District who saw their neighborhood destroyed by systemic racism. We talked with black pastors and entrepreneurs who challenged us to be more than "allies" but rather, to INVEST in the black community. We also experienced the hope and joy of worshiping alongside Mt. Level Baptist Church. We made new connections within our community of undocumented persons living in Durham, and shared in many meals prepared by black chefs and restaurants.
Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope 2023
Anti-Racism Formation Guide
This formation guide was created specifically for the community of Duke Memorial. The books and media, the groups that will be formed to process, the action items, and the range of developmental levels were all taken into account when creating this document. This document is meant to be a living resource, growing and changing as we engage one another and others in our anti-racism journey.
Pastoral Intern, Tatum Tricarico is leading a 7-week study of Disability Justice and Theology! We will discuss the history and culture of Disability, how our theology around healing can be harmful, ways to move towards accessibility and collective care, and more! If you've been looking for a way to connect on Sunday mornings, sign up today.
This week’s topic is Collective Care: check out the resources below to learn more.
Disability Pride Parade 2023
Duke Memorial was proud to participate in Durham’s first Disability Pride Parade organized by our own pastoral intern Tatum Tricarico! The parade celebrated the signing of the ADA and the Disabled community in the Triangle with amazing presenters and helpful information about groups spreading Disability Pride!
For more information see Durham Disability Pride Parade's website.
Watch CBS17’s coverage of the parade and Tatum’s interview below!