Religion and Race
United Methodists gathered and prayed at an event leading up to a national rally to end racism. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Religion and Race

Challenging and equipping the people of The United Methodist Church to be an intentionally diverse body of Christ, the General Commission on Religion and Race offers tools to guide conversations about racial justice, racism and religion. It leads in systemic transformation, monitors for racial equity, equips churches and church leadership in areas of cultural competency, prepares and supports leaders engaging in cross-racial/cross-cultural ministry and serves as a fair-process advocate in matters of racial discrimination. 

GCORR is building the capacity of The United Methodist Church to be contextually relevant and to reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Image courtesy of Religion and Race.

Our Work

GCORR’s work centers around three priorities: supporting and leading vital conversations, developing culturally competent leadership and ministries, and promoting institutional equity while upholding the agency’s historic commitment to racial justice within the Church.

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GCORR Real Talk

Community and faith leaders discuss race, culture, and faith to uncover the disparities of race, ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status. While flattening the curve, we must work to close the widening gaps between whites and people of color, the rich and the poor, and other communities experiencing the imbalance in access to resources, opportunity and agency.

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Religion & Race

'Moving toward the pain': A statement from Erin Hawkins

We are being presented with a divine invitation to face the pain points of racial violence and oppression, to see the realities of a denomination still mired in institutional racism reflected in the assault on black and brown personhood and to choose once and for all the path of anti-racism.

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Infographic: How do we protect our undocumented neighbors?

Educate and engage local churches about how to serve and protect immigrants in the United States. This handy infographic includes the rights of immigrants under U.S. law and links to information about how to become a sanctuary church and connect with other groups and non-profits advocating on behalf of undocumented immigrants. 

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Contact Information

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