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.

Vision: The Conference Commission on Religion and Race assists The United Methodist Church in Eastern Pennsylvania to foster intercultural competency and cooperation, to live into institutional equity, and to engage in straightforward, Christian conversations.  We strive to provide practical resources and support to leaders throughout the Church to help them seek justice and embrace the cultural diversity present in our congregations and communities.

Mission:  To challenge and enable full and equal participation of the racial-ethnic constituency in EPAUMC.

The mission will be fulfilled by:

  • Ensuring inclusiveness as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
  • Supporting leaders who are committed to the overall goals of the General Commission on Religion and Race.
  • Giving voice to the issues and concerns of racial ethnic people within the bounds of EPAUMC.
  • Developing and/or distributing resource materials related to issues of racism, diversity, inclusivity and institutional equity.
  • Participating as an active stakeholder in the implementation of the NE Jurisdiction Call to Action.
  • Monitoring all levels of the church for equity and advocating for justice where inequity is found.


An Advocacy Statement by the Commission on Religion and Race

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

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Racial groups speak out against racist oppression, violence

Three racial groups in the Eastern PA Conference have released anti-racism advocacy statements calling for an end to systemic oppression and violence against Black U.S. citizens, especially by police officers. The statements—by Philadelphia Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR), the Latino Commission and the Whites Confronting Racism Clergy Cohort—follow an earlier one issued on May 13 by the conference’s Commission on Religion and Race... Read More