One Body, Many Members
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference is one of the more racially and ethnically diverse conferences in The United Methodist Church. We have nine Latino/Hispanic churches, four Korean-American churches and about 25 African American churches, including at least one with a significant African membership. There are also many persons of color who attend, belong to or even serve as pastors of predominantly white congregations. Such diversity can be seen among participants in many district and conference-wide events and among various leadership boards and committees.
The EPA Conference has a number of administrative, programmatic and constituency groups and initiatives that serve to enhance our racial-ethnic diversity in ministry and to address critical concerns that affect our diversity. These include the annual Changing Racism workshops, our Commission on Religion and Race, the Task Force for Cross-Cultural/Cross-Racial Appointments, Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Black United Methodist Preachers, the Latino Plan and Ministries Commission, the Committee on Native American Ministries, and the Korean Clergy Association of Philadelphia and Delaware.
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, “Enough Is Enough! A Call to Address Racism and Racial Violence.” Read More
- Statement by Philadelphia Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR)
- Letter from the Latino Commission to BMCR - June 17, 2020
- Statement from the Whites Confronting Racism Clergy Cohort - June 4, 2020
- Statement from the Commission on Religion and Race: "Enough Is Enough! A Call to Address Racism and Racial Violence.”
BMCR is the organized Black caucus of The United Methodist Church. National BMCR represents and is dedicated to the interests of more than 2,400 Black United Methodist congregations and approximately 500,000 African American members across the United States.
Philadelphia BMCR represents important interests and concerns of Black United Methodist members and churches of the Eastern PA Conference (located primarily in the Philadelphia region). We are an official, affiliated body of the Eastern PA Annual Conference and a conference affiliate of the National BMCR caucus. Learn More