The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham (RCND) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of individuals, who as an expression of their faith and goodwill, actively seek an end to the violence that is plaguing Durham neighborhoods.

Our mission is to prevent and rectify the injustice of violence
that segregates our city and diminishes our humanity.

About every nine days someone is killed in Durham. The majority of Durham’s homicide victims die from gunshot wounds. Young African-American men comprise the majority of Durham’s homicide and assault victims. Violence not only takes lives from a community but also its safety. Too many Durham citizens, especially our children, live in danger of stray bullets, witness the bloodshed, and lose loved ones.

The coalition was founded by Mr. Leslie Dunbar and Rev. Mel Williams in 1992, and incorporated in 2004. We are an interfaith and inter-racial organization whose fulfillment depends on inclusiveness. We are volunteers who practice this standard of inclusiveness with both victims and offenders of violence.

The coalition works with members of Durham’s faith, governmental, educational, health, and advocacy organizations to encourage, facilitate, and promote institutional reform and individual acts of compassion and reconciliation.

We invite you to participate in our practices:

PRAYER VIGILS after homicides to honor and publicly recognize the human worthiness of the victim, to comfort family and friends, & to sanctify and bring healing to the site where the violence occurred. 200+ vigils conducted thus far.

RECONCILIATION AND REENTRY MINISTRY seeks peace by building intentional relationships among people of faith and newly released prisoners that facilitate both collective and individual acts of compassion, reconciliation, and peace. Since 2004, over 80 former prisoners and two adjudicated young teens partnered with 23 faith teams. 

COMMUNITY LUNCHEON ROUNDTABLES Held every fourth Thursday of the month at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, corner of N. Driver and E. Main Streets, Durham, from noon to 1PM. Lunch, presentation from a peacemaker, and lively discussion are provided. Please join us. All are welcome.

HANDS WITHOUT GUNS Blessings of Peacemakers project that creates thousands of painted hand-printed pledges of peace on ever-growing bolts of fabric to educate and engage families and communities about ways to prevent gun violence.