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.

Members of the 2019-2020 Commission on Religion on Race

Gifty Smith, Chair
Yarvo Roberts, Vice Chair
Nancy Wilson, Secretary
Curtis Brown, Staff/Cabinet Liaison

Aletha Weatherall
James Fielder
Jeff Cosner
Todd Krost
Arthur Francis
Debbie Watkins
Zoila Marty
Bradley Watkins II
Linda Trent
Elizabeth Reis
Steve Main 
Charles Graul

NCJCORR Rep:    Pam Hammond-McDavid