GCORR serves the worldwide Church and local congregations through training, consultation, and research that empowers all levels of the denomination–beginning with annual conferences, clergy and laity, Boards of Ordained Ministries and staff parish committees–and creates systems that are equitable for all.
The General Commission on Religion and Race will critically examine expressions of ethnic, racial and cultural injustice in local and global contexts: setting goals for overcoming them, intentionally measuring progress, and resourcing culturally competent leaders to promote and sustain systemic equity.
The General Commission on Religion and Race will be a catalyst and partner with other leaders in the denomination in the development of inter-culturally competent leaders who are engaged in ministry that promotes and honors intentional diversity and equity.
GCORR is committed to helping our annual conferences and Central Conferences prepare our front line workers—our local churches—to build vital congregations. That cannot be done without reaching more people, younger people, and more diverse people. A vital congregation is one that reflects the community around it. To meet the challenges of this new quadrennium, GCORR is providing practical technical assistance and easily accessible resources to share the lessons of churches that are in relationship with the community around them in order to help equip others to do the same. The General Commission on Religion and Race will initiate and model holy conversations throughout the church about race, cultural diversity, and systemic equity. We will gather and share what we have learned from these conversations to help grow a movement that honors all of God’s creation.
CORR Action Fund
The Minority Self Determination Fund, also known as the CORR Action Fund, grant focus for this quadrennium demonstrates GCORR’s commitment to invest in programs that reflect the work of GCORR and support the long-term viability of the caucuses of the United Methodist Church.
CORR Action Fund grants available to Annual Conference programs will support the expansion or replication of successful United Methodist Church projects that advance at least one of three priorities of The General Commission on Religion and Race:
- Support culturally diverse, relevant and vital congregations;
- Develop culturally competent leadership and ministries; and,
- Promote institutional equity, while upholding the agency’s historic promise of racial justice in the Church.
CORR Action Fund grants available to ethnic caucuses will focus on future capacity building and development of strategic planning within the Caucus.
Appreciative Inquiry is an approach to organizational change that leverages an organization’s best qualities toward change. Appreciative Inquiry accomplishes this by utilizing a cycle of four steps—Discover, Dream, Design and Destiny—that when used together build upon the present potential of an organization.
The Four Cycles of Appreciative Inquiry in Detail
Discover the best of what is by identifying the organizational processes that work well.
Dream what might be by envisioning processes that would work perfectly in the future.
Design what should be by defining and prioritizing processes that would work well in the future.
Create a destiny based on what will be by delivering the proposed design.
There are a variety of approaches to implementing Appreciative Inquiry, including a large, diverse gathering called an Appreciative Inquiry Summit. GCORR recently gathered such a group in Chicago to study and build upon the best in our organization as we work to reach more people, more young people and more diverse people.
CR/CC Education and Support
Recognizing the need for education and support for CR/CC appointments, GCORR hosted two events–Facing the Future: CR/CC Appointments in a Global Church in May 2011 and Facing the Future: A Clergy Networking Event in July 2012. Each event addressed the challenges surrounding appointments and ministries while sharing the tools needed to empower clergy to lead the church at every level and to engage in ministries that cross cultures and build relationships.
Cultural Competency Training
Cultural Competency is the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures by shifting attitudes towards cultural differences, acknowledging different cultural practices and worldviews and developing cross-cultural skills. Developing cultural competence results in an ability to understand, communicate with and interact with people across all cultures.
GCORR’s work in cultural competency training seeks to not only strengthen local churches seeking to be relevant in changing communities and diverse cultures but help to develop the culturally competent leaders and ministries that will serve the world.
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