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Leadership from United Methodists of Color Meet in Alexandria, Virginia

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    CALLED OUT From the Reconciling Ministries Network. ... August 26, 2002 Leadership from United Methodists of Color Meet in Alexandria, Virginia Washington, DC
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 4, 2002
      CALLED OUT

      From the Reconciling Ministries Network.
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      August 26, 2002
      Leadership from United Methodists of Color Meet in Alexandria,
      Virginia

      Washington, DC -- The Advisory Group of UMOC (United Methodists of
      Color for a Fully Inclusive Church) met in Alexandria, Virginia on
      Saturday, July 20 to re-affirm their commitment to be agents of
      change in The United Methodist Church. Last year, at the Reconciling
      Convocation in Tacoma, Washington, UMOC formed as an affiliate of the
      Reconciling Ministries Network. Their audience and constituency are
      the ethnic and racial United Methodist caucus groups. Their mission
      is to offer resources and analysis of the deep connections of racism,
      sexism, classism and heterosexism in the church and culture.

      Convened by The Rev. Gil Caldwell of Denver, Co, the UMOC Advisory
      Group meeting included Dr. Traci West, of Madison, NJ; Ms. Inday Day,
      of Brewster, NY; Mr. Jorge Lockward, of New York City, NY; Ms.
      Barbara Ricks Thompson, Vice Chair of the Reconciling Ministries
      Board and The Rev. Chip Aldridge, Chair of the Reconciling Ministries
      Board. The meeting included time for the Advisory Group to meet with
      Dan Vera to celebrate his ministry and work. Dan leaves the staff of
      the Reconciling Ministry Network after three years - the last year
      with specific leadership directing the UMOC efforts.

      UMOC presented significant leadership at the 2000 General Conference
      of the UMC where their statement "The Storehouse of God's Justice do
      not Run Low" was affirmed by the broadest possible representation of
      racial and ethnic leaders of the UMC. Signatures are still being
      accepted on-line at the UMOC homepage www.UMOC.org.

      United Methodist of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church (UMOC) is a
      progressive, multiracial and multiethnic caucus for true diversity in
      the United Methodist Church. Rooted in the experiences of People of
      Color, UMOC is committed to preaching God's Gospel of true liberation
      in the UMC to build a Church that is anti-racist, anti-classist,
      anti-heterosexist and anti-colonialist. Additional information can
      be found at the Reconciling Ministry homepage
      http://www.RMNetwork.org

      The Reconciling Ministries Network is a national network of United
      Methodist-focused organizations advocating for the full inclusion of
      persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the
      full life of the Church. Founded in 1984, RMN consists of 180 United
      Methodist congregations, 24 campus ministries, 14 Reconciling
      Communities, and over 17,000 individual members. Organizations
      involved include the Parents' Reconciling Network, United Methodists
      of Color, RMN student movement, the Clergy Alliance, and newly formed
      Church Within A Church.



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