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