The Spirit of God calls us to fullness of life in Jesus. At Durham Church, with Iglesia Emanuel, we respond by choosing one another in committed intimacy and together pursuing the relational justice of Jesus.
Who We Are
In 2012, a small team formed Durham Church with a desire for a community that seeks the fullness of life in Jesus. Today, we are a people who worship and pray, eat meals and share our stories. We join in the life of Durham through community organizing with Durham CAN. We are learning to engage race as we choose one another at Durham Church and follow Jesus together in a world of racial distortions. Our flourishing is bound up with our sister church, Iglesia Emanuel, with whom we share a building, a calling, and life in Jesus.
What We Believe & Imagine
We believe that the Holy Spirit is bringing our community to life, empowering us to pursue committed intimacy and relational justice, in order to heal hurting people and transform our world with God’s abundant love.
We believe that God chooses us in intimacy and walks with us in love, so we choose one another, knowing that leads us into vulnerability. We know we will get hurt and will hurt others, and we trust that, through the Spirit, we will forgive and be forgiven. We imagine a community where hurt and failure do not end relationships, but instead create opportunities for transformation as we witness God’s faithfulness and re-commit to following Jesus.
We believe that Jesus’ relational justice transforms our world through relationships where strength and power are hidden in weakness and vulnerability. We imagine a community where surprising relationships lead to a shared struggle for justice because our freedom is bound together, particularly as we follow Jesus into the mess of our distorted racial inheritance with a desire to love and be loved as children of God.
What We Do
At Durham Church, we choose one another in committed intimacy and pursue relational justice, not only on Sunday mornings but every day of the week.
We practice committed intimacy in shared meals, in our covenant groups, and in our communal life with Iglesia Emanuel. Committed intimacy looks like showing up, again and again, and trusting one another with all our complexity and giftedness.
We practice relational justice by sharing our own complex identities and stories, by joining in community organizing, and by engaging immigration injustice alongside Iglesia Emanuel. Relational justice looks like the risky work of building trust, particularly in counter-cultural relationships where people typically pushed to the margins of power lead the community into fullness of life.