IGRC CORR Seeks to Foster Conversations, Offer Resources at Annual Conference

Within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC), there are a variety of committees and commissions which seek to further the work of the conference and serve as a resource for clergy, laity and the communities they serve. The Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CCORR) is one such group.

The purpose of the group is to bring about full and equal participation of the racial and ethnic constituencies in the Conference. In recognition of this work and the changing climate in our communities and in our nation, CCORR is hosting an event preceding the 2018 IGRC Annual Conference.  It is hoped that this event will help church and communities begin conversations and expand their relationships so that they can collectively move forward in respect, purpose, and hope.

On Wednesday, June 6, CCORR will host an event “Living into Beloved Community” open to all clergy and laity in IGRC. The focus of the event is to foster conversations about what it means to build a community based on love, respect and care for one another. There will also be opportunities for interaction and sharing of information. The session, which runs from 2:00 to 5:00pm will include a time of welcome, presentations by two keynote speakers, light refreshments, resource sharing, and networking. The event is being held in the Peoria Civic Center with location to be announced at a later date.  Those registering for Annual Conference will have an opportunity to indicate their attendance during that process.

Our keynote speakers will be Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj and Dr. Glory Dharmaraj.  

Rev. Jacob Dharmaraj is a clergy member of the New York Annual Conference and a former member of IGRC. Jacob has written over a dozen books and hundreds of articles in the areas of Christian Mission, Immigration and Interfaith Relations.   He is currently serving as President of the five national caucuses and also works with refugees. He is passionate about World Christianity at work through cross-racial and cross-cultural engagements being made possible by the diasporic community.  

Dr. Glory Dharmaraj is a former director of spiritual formation and mission theology for UMW.
Prior to that, she served as the Administrator of the UM Seminar Program on National and International Affairs at the Church Center for the United Nations, New York.  She is an author and co-author of several books and has given lectures on Christian mission, gender and media, and interfaith studies globally. She has taught Schools of Christian Mission at the regional and conference levels for the last 28 years.

For more information about CCORR or the “Living into Beloved Community” event, please contact Rev. Gifty Smith (217-891-6884) or Mrs. Aletha Weatherall (217-891-0027) or download flyer here