The Conference Commission on Religion & Race (CCORR) greets you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who accepted ALL persons. We are under Justice and Outreach and part of the ministry of the DSC of The United Methodist Church. CCORR is comprised of laity and clergy from all four districts.
It is encouraging to know of your interest in what we do. You can learn more about CCORR by clicking on any of the links below. For information on the General Commission on Religion and Race, click here.
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Cultural Competency Bias Training
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What is the purpose of the Conference Religion and Race Committee?
CCORR challenges and helps our Annual Conference and its congregations to achieve full, equal participation of their racial and ethnic minority constituencies in the total life and mission of the Church. CCORR strives to accomplish this task through education and advocacy and by reviewing, monitoring, and supporting The United Methodist Church’s efforts to ensure racial inclusiveness and foster racial justice and reconciliation.
Click here to find the newest resource from the DSC RACE Coalition and access the 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge resources starting September 1, 2020.
Cross-Cultural and Cross-Racial Appointments
Click here to find the updated Foundation for Cultural Competency and Cross-Cultured and Cross-Racial Appointments.
Annual Conference Legislation
Click here to find the Resolution from CORR that was approved at the 2021 Annual Conference Session.
Intercultural Competency Training Materials
At the 2021 Annual Conference Session, the resolution was passed to begin Cultural Competency/Inclusivity & Diversity training of the Bishop, Appointive Cabinet, Conference Staff, Extended Cabinet, Covenant Council, Board of Ordained Ministry, District Leadership, all conference clergy, certified candidates for ministry, and others. The trainings have begun and participants have asked for resources that were provided during the training. The material used in the Intercultural Competency Training is the property of Shalom IDEA and not intended for redistribution without their expressed written consent. It is presented with permission by authorized trainers in conjunction with the DSC CORR only.
What is Culture?
The collective programming of the mind distingushing one group from the other. – Geert Hofstede
Culture is the shared ways in which groups of people understand and interpret the world. – Fons Trompenaars
Culture hides more than what it reveals, and strangely enough what it hides, it hides most effectively from its own participants. – Edward T. Hall
Geert Hofstede’s Individualism vs Collectivism World Map
Individualism is the extent to which people feel independent, as opposed to being interdependent as members of larger wholes. Individualism does not mean egoism. It means that individual choices and decisions are expected. Collectivism does not mean closeness. It means that one “knows one’s place” in life, which is determined socially. With a metaphor from physics, people in an individualistic society are more like atoms flying around in a gas while those in collectivist societies are more like atoms fixed in a crystal.
Additional resources will added here as they become available.
If you have any questions about what we do or you want to get involved, you can email our chair, Khalif Smith . Join the Facebook Group conversation at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ccorr.
News from the Desert Southwest Conference Commission on Religion and Race
The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) announces a new cycle of the CORR Action Fund (CAF) grant program providing up to $10,000 to fund projects that increase intercultural competency and support vital conversations about race, cultural diversity, and systemic equity leading to action.
Author's Note: The following statements were written by various Desert Southwest Conference Justice & Mission Chairs prior to later news that the planes came from San Antonio, TX, (not directly from Florida) making stops but with no one new boarding or departing...
The training was a very successful session, and less confrontational than some may have expected. Encouraging leaders in attendance to relay the strong points of this training back to their congregation and, possibly, to their friends and family.
We are all so different, and our cultural dimensions influence how we view culture. The training ended with us wanting more to understand our culture and how we live.
The Desert Southwest Commission on Religion and Race is seeking trainers for the next round of cultural competency training on Bias. Interested persons should fill out the application form linked below no later than September 7, 2022. [button...
What is Juneteenth? An overview of its historical origins from history.com: Juneteenth (June 19) marks the day in 1865 when U.S. federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all African Americans were freed. The troops’ arrival...
As Christians, we are called to care for the poor and most vulnerable around us. And our founder, John Wesley, called us to do all the good we can, in all the ways we can. Here are some questions to consider when exploring charitable options this season.
To raise awareness & promote the vision of the Missio Dei (the vision of building up the Beloved Community as God’s mission in the world), foster & facilitate biblical & theological understating of inclusion & diversity as the work of ministry, and train & resource conference leadership, pastors, & congregations for increased cultural competency & fulfillment of the Great Commission.
If the proposed legislation from the Desert Southwest Conference Commission on Religion and Race passes at this year’s Annual Conference, the DSC Commission on Religion and Race will begin the work of equity for God’s children in the DSC. Part of this work will...
By Desert Southwest Conference Commission on Religion and Race As Christians, we continue to stand in this liminal space between the full realization of God's kingdom on earth & our ongoing sinful nature. As we continue to be in this space, CCORR continues to...