DurhamCares reaches out to RCND
The Rev. Keith Daniel, an alum of Duke University who spent more than 20 years there on staff, is now reaching out to Durham from a different organization in the community. Daniel is the officer of church mobilization for DurhamCares, the faith-based group whose motto is “Love Your Neighbor.”
DurhamCares connects residents, businesses and community groups with ways to support and benefit Durham. They aim to support existing nonprofits who deal with issues such as affordable housing, disconnected youth, access to health care, workforce development and refugees. Daniel talked about his new job at the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s monthly roundtable Thursday in Northeast Central Durham.
Daniel previously served as director of community and campus engagement at Duke Chapel until 2012, then as interim director of Duke University’s Office of Black Church Studies and program manager for the 50th anniversary of desegregation at Duke. He went to Duke for undergrad and is also a graduate of Duke Divinity School. He still works at Duke part time, he said, with divinity students.
At DurhamCares, Daniel works to draw Durham’s 400-some churches to move beyond their buildings.
“It’s our ambition to pray for those churches and encourages churches to live out their walls,” Daniel said. “I feel good about the gift of going out into the community and talking to pastors,” he said. He said there are not enough community members at the table with government leaders working on Durham Mayor Bill Bell’s poverty reduction initiative. Daniel said DurhamCares promotes the community, and believes the community has what it needs to address issues.
“If we can connect you, that’s what we want to do,” he said.
Daniel told the gathering, which includes representatives of faith and community organizations, to let him know if there are ways that DurhamCares can enrich what they are doing.
For information about DurhamCares, visit http://www.durhamcares.org. For more about RCND, visit www.nonviolentdurham.org.