This Commission meets monthly to review the actions and progress of the team members and subgroups. In each Commission meeting there is a reflection on current events of the day. This is an enduring part of each agenda, so that we are sure that we continue to be aware of the changing world around each of us, and the impact of global events on our denomination, MCC churches, and the people of MCC. During the current event conversation, we noted the continued global impact of COVID-19 as well as the inequitable distribution of vaccines; justice issues to be aware of as we continue our work as a commission. One part of that connection was to pause the meeting when the results of the Chauvin trial were announced. That pause was for a time of prayer, community, and a moment of solidarity.
Again, the Commission reviewed the charter under which we are guided as we work towards making recommended solutions for positive change. You may read the charter here: Commission Charter.
Although the focus of the Commission remains the same as previously mentioned, the structure of the Commission has been updated to accommodate the planned work activities. The current work focus is on creating Personal Pathways to Healing. This will be designed to be a place where persons can share their stories and what healing would be for them. These stories will be captured in a variety of ways. More about this will be announced separately. Once current composite themes and specific actionable items are obtained, then the information will be used by the Organizational Change team to create suggested policy and structural changes to the Governing Board.
A focus group was conducted to review the planned activities and logistics for receiving personal pathway stories. Suggestions from that group will be incorporated into the final action that is planned to be introduced to MCC folks in the next month.
As previously reported, the team has conducted a racial equity survey of MCC staff, Governing Board, and Council of Elders. These groups were selected as a starting place since they together attended a day-long training. The group’s results revealed that there is continued work required in the areas of advertising and understanding MCC’s race equity policies, building in a culture and framework of equity where differences are celebrated and welcomed, as well as determining how to weave equity culture into the structure of the entire MCC global organization.
The Governing Board has set up a working group to look at the document created by Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann, which collates all the recommendations from diversity and inclusion reports produced by MCC over the past 10 years. That team is reviewing these recommendations and will update the tasks that have already been completed, and those that remain outstanding. The Senior Leadership Team of Cecilia Eggleston, Hector Gutierrez, and Kharma Amos will do the same for staff actions that were suggested in previous reports.
The team was introduced to MCC’s new Diversity, Inclusion and Laity Development Co-ordinators – Rev. Stedney Phillips and Ms Camille Araullo. They are members of the Community Development Team and are currently part-time in doing this work.
The Commission members reviewed the primary tenets of the Awake to Woke to Work framework that is being used to guide our work. The review is done to ensure our actions are in alignment with our expected/desired outcomes:
- Establish a shared vocabulary
- Identify race equity champions at the board and senior leadership levels
- Name race equity as a strategic imperative for your organization
- Open a continuous dialogue about race equity work
- Disaggregate data
In partnership and ministry,
Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, MCC Detroit, USA (Co-Chair)
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator UFMCC (Co-Chair)
Rev. Cathy Alexander, MCC Staff
Mr. Kedric Brown, Resurrection MCC, Houston TX, USA
Ms. Clare Coughlin, Governing Board UFMCC
Mr. Juan Garcia, MCC of Washington DC, USA
Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, MCC Tampa, USA
Mr. Richard Norman, Good Hope MCC, South Africa
Ms. Ivana Warwick, ICM Sao Paulo, Brazil