Religion & Race
The Conference Commission on Religion & Race (CCORR) greets you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who accepted ALL persons. Inclusive in membership, and part of the ministry of the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, CCORR is comprised of laity and clergy from each of our districts.
It is encouraging to know of your interest in what we do. You can learn more about CCORR by clicking on any of the links below. For information on the General Commission on Religion and Race, click here
CCORR challenges and helps our annual conference and its congregations to achieve full, equal participation of their racial and ethnic minority constituencies in the total life and mission of the Church. CCORR strives to accomplish this task through education and advocacy and by reviewing, monitoring and supporting the United Methodist Church's efforts to ensure racial inclusiveness and foster racial justice and reconciliation.
Why We Do Them
In 2008, the New York Annual Conference voted to require anti-racism training for all clergy as well as lay members of both the Board of Ordained Ministry and District Committees on Ministry. The Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CCORR) was tasked with providing the trainings and given funding to do so. Since that vote, CCORR has provided 2-3 trainings each year and trained hundreds in our conference.
Anti-racism training is used to educate individuals on the personal and collective roots of racism in our society. It is both a journey of self-discovery and a call to transformation of one’s own mind, community, church, and world. As Christians, we worship a God who came to the world in the form of a marginalized and condemned person. Christ called on his followers to turn the world upside-down, to invite the poor to our banquets, to receive healing from the ethnically different—the Samaritans—among us. At the core of our faith is a mandate to empower the marginal and humble the privileged. Anti-racism trainings provide one way of achieving this. With these trainings, we look deeply into our own hearts, finding the seeds and manifestations of racism within ourselves. This empowers us to go into our churches and the world to transform them and bring us even closer to God’s kingdom.
The Ministry of Monitoring
Every once in a while at annual conference, district, and other church events, you may become aware of monitors from CCORR or the Commission on the Status and Role of Women taking notes. When we monitor, we keep track of the people who are speaking and visible. We keep track of participants’ race, gender, age group, clergy/laity status, and ability/disability. Sometimes, we then give a report to the event about the information we have gathered. This helps us to know how well we are doing in being inclusive of all people in our church leadership and witness. With this real data, we can hold up a mirror to our church, hold ourselves accountable, and give encouragement or reproof when needed.
Interested in monitoring your own local church, district, or conference events?
Local churches, districts, and conference groups can engage in the ministry of monitoring to evaluate church programs, policies, practices and participation for inclusiveness. A local church commission or task force on Religion and Race can identify and report on exclusive and inclusive behaviors and patterns in worship services and other ministries, the selection of church leaders, etc. For information on monitoring and sample forms, you can visit this website: http://www.gcsrw.org/Leadership/COSROWToolkit.aspx and scroll down to the section called “Additional Monitoring Forms.”
Drop the I-Word!
“Drop the I-Word” is a campaign throughout the United Methodist Church to end the use of the word “
illegal” in describing children of God. The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) is working to collect pledges from United Methodists to Drop the I-Word from the United Methodist connection. Why are we asking you to sign the pledge? Because the term “ illegal” is inaccurate, harmful and it fails to capture the complexities and varied stories of people involved in the immigration process. Use of the i-word targets people of color and immigrants and leads to racial profiling and scapegoating rather than addressing the larger issues at hand.
To learn more about this campaign, please see GCORR’s “Drop the I-Word” webpage at http://umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action/drop-the-i-word. To sign the pledge, click here