You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi
WSBC has partnered with Durham Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods to proactively work across racial and ethnic lines for positive, non-violent social change. Durham C.A.N. is nonpartisan, and works with action teams on specific public policy issues.
The Peace & Reconciliation Mission Group attempts to express the love of God through statements and actions of conscience. Some of the issues are world peace, racial reconciliation, end of capital punishment, gun control, and the church and homosexuality.
We offer 4-5 services each year at the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women where WSBC member, Sarah Jobe serves as Chaplain. Annually, we celebrate with the inmates on New Year’s Eve, hold a baptismal service, host a monthly birthday party and worship with the all-time favorite, Ron’s Band.
REAL Durham supports individuals and families as they move out of poverty and into self-sufficiency by creating authentic relationships across race and class lines. Circle Leaders (those in poverty) and Circle Allies (community and church members) work together to accomplish career, financial, and life goals as set forth by the Circle Leaders.
This mission group creates partnerships between an individual leaving prison and a WSBC team. Those leaving prison face many challenges in finding jobs and affordable housing, avoiding substance abuse, and forming good relationships. The team works with Durham’s Criminal Justice Resource Center to identify receptive partners.
This effort began as an outgrowth of the church wanting to become involved in the life of the nearby Walltown community. Members of the congregation have established and nurture relationships with Walltown churches, community leaders and neighborhood residents.