Religion & Race

The Eastern PA Conference Commission on Religion and Race strives to further the UMC General Commission’s mission and vision in our region and context.  We see the creation of learning opportunities, the dissemination of resources and the communication of continued dialogues, trainings and workshops, sponsored by other entities throughout the conference, as the scope of our work.

Conference Commission on Religion and Race
  • Co-chairpersons: Rev. Susan L. Worrell and Rev Alicia Julia-Stanley

NEW Resource Alert! GCORR presents a free online course Implicit Bias: What We Don’t Think We Think

We know many of you have downloaded and used the Implicit Bias Workbook. This popular resource is now available as a free on-demand online course designed for you to take at your own pace. 

By taking an intentional look at implicit bias, learning what it is and the ways it works in our brains and in our actions, we can question perceptions and break down the barriers to reaching full inclusion, diversity, equity, and community.

We invite pastors, teachers, and anyone who is interested in learning and teaching others about implicit bias to take this course.

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EPAUMC Commission on Religion and Race Resources
  • This is a list of resources that assist in the continued education around anti-racism. Resources are divided into categories by their media type for easy access. View the full resource list here.
A Statement and Call to Respond to Racism in Our Current Political Discourse

Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? I do.

“The Renunciation of Sin” is a fundamental promise in The United Methodist Church’s covenant of baptism and membership vows.

Stoking racist fears and slandering sisters and brothers of color are indeed evil sins that we are called to resist. Are we, as a nation, not better than this? Are we, who profess to be disciples of Jesus Christ and followers of his teachings, not better than this? And should we not demand more civility and fair-minded integrity of our elected leaders—especially of one whose responsibility is to represent the cherished values of our nation on behalf of all Americans?

It is dishonest, hypocritical and repugnant to claim that four racial-ethnic women who were elected to represent their diverse constituents in Congress “hate America” and are “incapable of loving America,” merely because they criticize administration policies, priorities and actions. Such a claim is itself un-American.

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Northeastern Jurisdiction Call to Action Resolution & Response

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A statement presented to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference July 13, 2016, Lancaster PA

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General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) website
  • Racial Justice Conversation Guide [PDF] – This article is presented by GCORR, culled from the resources available on their website at Please use and share this information as a follow-up to the Bishop’s request for action in response to the crisis and tension existing in our country and communities as a result of recent shootings.
A Charter for Racial Justice

Religion & Race Events
Sep 19

Dismantling Racism Level II Workshop

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oct 23

Dismantling Racism Workshop (Oct. 23-25)

October 23 @ 5:30 pm - October 25 @ 3:00 pm
Nov 21

Dismantling Racism Level II Workshop

November 21 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Conversations on Racial Justice

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Lay and clergy members meet regularly in various district churches to engage in guided interracial dialogue and discovery about race, racism, racial justice and race relations. Open to all, including people of other districts. Come join us!  For more information or to kindly let us know you’re coming, please contact the Rev. Jason Perkowski at or (717) 333-9238.

UM Church of the Open Door Conversations on Race

(210 S. Broad St, Kennett Square, PA) participates in and often hosts periodic Conversations on Race in the Kennett Square Area, sponsored by its I.S.M.S. (Inclusive Social Ministry for Solidarity) ministry. Some of those conversations involve reactions to TED Talks on topics of race and culture. These are opportunities for people to gather and develop relationships of trust, have conversations about topics that matter, and seek means of changing ‘what is’ to ‘what should be’. Locations may vary. Visit the I.S.M.S. webpage or the I.S.M.S Facebook page.

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