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.

Last year, 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.

We are once again offering a pre-conference event which aims to bring awareness and offer calls for actions as it relates to our work.  This year, will be hosting a Living into Beloved Community event on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 2:00 to 5:00pm in the Peoria Civic Center.  We will have an opportunity to learn from two keynote speakers for the event – the Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj and Dr. Glory Dharmaraj—about how we might strive toward a society in which mutual respect, love and care forms who we are.  This event, open to clergy and laity alike, is meant to share the resources of the Commission and to facilitate conversations around religion and race and in our Conference.  A poster for this event is available on our Events page.

Members of the 2017-2018 Commission on Religion on Race

Gifty Smith, Chair
Yarvo Roberts, Vice Chair
Nancy Wilson, Secretary
Thomas Logsdon, Staff/Cabinet Liaison

Lee Ola Johnson
Joanne Johnson
Aletha Weatherall
Elizabeth Reis
Donna Blythe
Curt Keller
Steve Main 
Charles Graul

GCORR Rep: Rose Booker-Jones 
NCJCORR Rep: Pam Hammond-McDavid