GCORR encourages and engages in frank, respectful and holy conversations on ways that the Church can better challenge racial, ethnic, and cultural biases as well as institutional injustices. GCORR believes that we must not only talk about what divides us, but we must talk about how people of faith can build bridges based on the uniting love of Jesus.
GCORR’s Vital Conversations project creates a framework for these important conversations with the help of insightful stories, practical resources, and personal commentaries, sharing what is learned so that United Methodists may engage in the work of transforming the church and the world.
Vital Conversations: Native Americans
The Native American community is often invisible in society–unless their history and culture is being misappropriated, disrespected, or erased. As a result of historic and ongoing institutional racism, Indian communities experience disproportionately high rates of poverty and suicide, yet they work tirelessly to preserve their culture and represent their community with the dignity and honor befitting of their proud heritage.
Our denomination, which has historic ties to the systematic massacre and relocation of millions of Indigenous people, has vowed to seek reconciliation with the Native Americans, but only time will tell whether that promise to native people will be honored. Vital Conversations: Native Americans discusses our troubled history, as well as the gifts and the struggles of the First Americans.
Vital Conversations: Advent and Christmas
During the Advent season, we know that one bright light is ever present, always ready to lead the way forward. This is our hope, this is our shared Advent celebration. Regardless of where we find ourselves on this planet, regardless of our circumstances, each one of us has equal access to the gift that is Jesus’s arrival in our world. All we have to do is claim it. Vital Conversations: Advent and Christmas offers a collection of resources and personal commentaries that honor the season of Advent.
Vital Conversations: Human (Race) Relations
GCORR Vital Conversations: Human (Race) Relations examines human (race) relations and the role of our Church in helping us tackle difficult conversations as we move forward together. Church leaders submitted personal reflections and shared recommended readings and resources. GCORR also created specific resources to continue the vital conversations in your work on behalf of the Church as well as in the life of your local congregation.
Vital Conversations: Immigration and Migration
Global immigration and migration are changing our communities–and the intercultural competencies that are required to successfully navigate these changes. GCORR Vital Conversations: Immigration and Migration is a collection of resources designed to aid those seeking to create or enhance competencies in churches and in their communities, as well as stories and commentaries from immigrant members of the United Methodist Church and members of the Church working to expand immigration competencies.
Vital Conversations: Mass Incarceration
Did you know, for example, that there are more black men under correctional control in the United States today than there were under slavery in 1850?
Just as a strong correlation still exists between poverty and race and incarceration, longstanding mistrust, anger, fear, and divisions still exist in our local communities. As Christians, we must work together in faith toward solutions. But how do we do that? Vital Conversations: Mass Incarceration is intended to empower you to have vital conversations about the important topics of racism and mass incarceration. We hope that you’ll use them to help our Church and our communities work together toward meaningful change.