Commission on Religion and Race

The Commission on Religion and Race focuses on bringing about full and equal participation of the racial and ethnic constituencies in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. The commission carries out its work through advocacy of the issues and by reviewing and monitoring the practices of the denomination.

IGRC’s Commission on Religion and Race (CORR) works with both the Jurisdictional and General Commissions to carry out its work. The mission of all is to “build 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.”

What We Do

Throughout the year, CORR provides opportunities for conversation and training. Among its offerings are retreats for ethnic clergy and spouses as well as festivals to help churches and communities celebrate their rich heritage. Members of the Commission are active in other constituent groups that hold the same vision for fostering strength and conversations in our communities and our churches.

Most recently, CORR served as a co-sponsor of the “Making a Good Move” workshop held on May 12-13 in Springfield. This event was aimed at helping clergy, their families and the receiving congregation focus on what’s needed for a smooth pastoral transition. Our plan is to continue to be a support to this workshop on an annual basis.

New this year is our A Day of New Beginnings: A Call to Awareness event, being held immediately prior to the 2017 Annual Conference. This event, open to clergy and laity alike, is meant to share the resources of the Commission and to begin conversations around race and religion within our Conference. A poster for this event is available on our Events page.

We continue to have conversations with the Connectional Table and other Conference groups and hope to offer training the district level later this fall.

For more information about what we do and how to join our efforts, contact one of the Commission members shown below.

Members of the 2016-2017 Commission on Religion on Race

Gifty Smith, Chair
Thomas Logsdon, Staff/Cabinet Liaison
Donna Blythe
Joanne Johnson
Lee Ola Johnson
Curt Keller
Angie Lee
Yarvo Roberts
Deryck Sonaram
Aletha Weatherall
Nancy Wilson