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 (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
The Eastern PA Conference Urban Commission oversees an ongoing campaign to address racism and violence in U.S. policing that was prompted by the May 25, 2020, killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The campaign seeks to address problems in police-community relations in communities of color, including police mistreatment and brutality committed against African Americans that may be racially motivated.
Fight for Floyd and Beyond began as an education and advocacy campaign after a June 1, 2020, meeting in response to George Floyd’s tragic, senseless and publicly viewed killing that has incited frustration at the preponderance of police violence against unarmed Black people America.
Three committees emerged from that initial dialogue that now meet monthly to share information and experiences and try to plan and implement responsive actions. The groups, which number more than a dozen members each and include non-United Methodists, seek to address the present crisis of racial injustice from three directions: Community Development; Education; and Public Policy. Learn More
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
Eastern PA Conference members are joining the outcry of voices speaking out against a reported, nationwide increase in racist verbal and physical attacks against Asian Americans. Those voices are growing in the wake of eight murders of massage parlor workers—including six Asian American women—March 16, in the Atlanta, Ga. Area.
In addition, the U.S. Congress held a hearing on discrimination against Asians for the first time in over 30 years. Impassioned Asian American lawmakers shared their pain—both personal and intercessory—from a history of racist mistreatment... Read More
February 10, 2021
Co-chairpersons: the Rev. Susan Worrell and the Rev. Alicia Julia-Stanley
“We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” ~ Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address
Wesley to offer workshops on Leading Anti-Racist Change
Wesley Theological Seminary will present a 3-part workshop series, To Serve This Present Age: Leading Anti-Racist Change, on Zoom, March 4, April 8 and April 29, 4:30 to 6:00 PM. The seminary's African American Church Studies Program and Community Engagement Institute will cosponsor the series. Topics covered will include: naming racism/racial injustice; dealing with racial trauma; and sustaining anti-racist work. Learn More.
Northeastern Jurisdiction Call to Action Resolution & Response
- CTA Report (Jan. 2019 - Dec. 2019)
- CTA Report (Jan. 2018 - Dec. 2018)
- Eastern PA 2017 Annual Conference Call to Action Response
- Call to Action Resolution 2016 NEJ Conference
Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops, The United Methodist Church
A statement presented to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference July 13, 2016, Lancaster PA