Up to $300,000 in grants is being offered to clergy leaders and UM seminaries whose ideas and programs help strengthen The United Methodist Church's ability to maximize racial diversity and inclusiveness among leadership, congregations and beyond.
Applications are being accepted now through July 31, 2011, for the new General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) Action Fund priority (funded by the Minority Group Self-Determination Fund) of the United Methodist Church's General Commission on Religion and Race.
"GCORR is responding to the unique role and responsibility it carries in shaping principled Christian leaders for the United Methodist Church," said GCORR's top executive Erin Hawkins. "We're investing in the success of culturally competent leaders who are committed to racial justice and capable of understanding, advocating for and authentically building Dr. King's vision of the Beloved Community."
The awards will be offered in two categories:
The Clergy grant can be used but is not limited to education, multicultural training projects that raise awareness about and take action against racism and for pastors entering or serving in cross-racial/cross-cultural appointments. The Seminary grant is intended for efforts including curriculum development and the development of programs and processes that impact the seminary's ability to positively address institutional racism, diversity and multiculturalism, including faculty and student training that furthers understanding of racial/ethnic/tribal cultures within the church and society.
Full information and applications can be downloaded online at gcorr.org/corractionfund. Completed applications must be postmarked by July 31, 2011 submitted on the official application form and mailed in typed print, or e-mailed to email@example.com (electronic submissions are strongly preferred.) The funds will be awarded before December 31, 2011.
"Ministry that reflects cross-racial and cross-cultural relationships is a major focus for the agency and a value of the Church," said Bishop Minerva Carcaño who chairs the CORR Action Fund committee. "The recent Facing the Future event co-sponsored by GCORR and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) evidenced the need for resources and support to assist the church to more effectively serve a multicultural world, and this is responding to that need."
GCORR is one of six general commissions of The United Methodist Church charged with addressing specific, focused areas of concern. GCORR was established in 1968 to challenge and help the denomination's agencies, institutions, annual (regional) conferences and congregations to achieve full, equal participation of its racial and ethnic constituencies in the total life and mission of the church. GCORR 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.