Commission on Religion & Race

The Commission on Religion and Race encourages, resources and assists conference leaders, groups and individuals to develop intercultural competency and to strive—through education, cooperation and advocacy—to achieve racial-ethnic justice and inclusiveness in church, community and conference life. CORR sponsors special events and initiatives, resources the development of cross-racial/cross-cultural ministry, and prepares the conference’s annual Call to Action report to the Northeastern Jurisdiction. Learn more about CORR’s mission, concerns and efforts to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” (UMC mission statement).

Healing the Wounds of Racism

Healing the Wounds of Racism (HWR) oversees the Eastern PA Conference’s primary anti-racism training program for clergy and lay leadership in operation for over two decades. Today the training series is named Dismantling Racism, and it is offered in two levels—basic and advance.

All active clergy, certified lay ministers, conference staff and members of conference boards and committees are required to take the basic, Level 1 anti-racism course once. Active clergy must also take a Level II Dismantling Racism training each quadrennium.   The Healing the Wounds of Racism Accountability Core Team, HWR trainings began after the 1996 Annual Conference passed its Plan toward the Elimination of Racism within the Eastern PA Conference. Learn More

Dismantling Racism Information

Dismantling Racism is a broad, major initiative of The United Methodist Church and the Eastern PA Conference. Visit our Dismantling Racism Information page to see recently posted, annotated links to news and views (opinions), as well as featured resources. You may see some of these same items featured on this main page, in our weekly newsletter, NEWSpirit Digest, and on other pages on this website. Learn More

News & Information

Featured Resources
A Commitment to Support BIPOC-Owned Businesses

Statement by the Commission on Religion and Race

“. . . he (God) will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help.” Hebrews 6:10

We, the members of the Commission on Religion and Race (C.O.R.R.), in conjunction with the Healing the Wounds of Racism Core Accountability Team, are advancing our efforts to work for racial justice and reconciliation, having begun those efforts through coursework designed to help us reframe age-old paradigms about race...  Read More

Call to Action Report

Presented at the 2021 Annual Conference - May 21, 2021. View the video. View the full AC2021 playlist.

Northeastern Jurisdiction Call to Action Resolution & Response

Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops, The United Methodist Church. A statement presented to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference July 13, 2016, Lancaster PA.

Contact Us

Rev. Diana Esposito
Conference Commission on Religion and Race, Co-Chair


Rev. Alicia Julia-Stanley
Conference Commission on Religion and Race, Co-Chair


The Rev. David Brown
Co-convener, Healing the Wounds of Racism


Mert Shane
Co-convener, Healing the Wounds of Racism

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