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.
The Eastern PA Conference’s Congregational Development Team (CDT) and Commission on Religion & Race (CORR) will collaborate again in October on a second conference-wide book study that focuses on racism in America. The weekly study, via Zoom, will gather readers for lively discussion on Wednesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 11 AM to 12 noon, to explore the racially conscious 2018 book Plantation Jesus .
CORR members will facilitate the study, which will include breakout rooms for small-group discussion. CORR and CDT together will offer free e-books to the first 50 study registrants. Learn More
The Rev. Giovanni Arroyo, Team Leader for Program Ministries at the UMC’s General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) will become its next General Secretary August 31. With his election, Dr. Arroyo, born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, will be the first-ever Latinx person to head a denomination-wide agency.
Arroyo has resourced and taught at anti-racism events across the denomination, including several Eastern PA Conference Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Ministry (CRCC) workshops. And he provided consultation and support for our anti-racism Call to Action Initiative and our Racial Justice Transformation Project, including our 2018 racial equity audit. Learn More