October Meeting Report
At the monthly meeting, the Commission continued to build upon the framework and model we are using to guide our work. One resource is “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” produced by Equity in the Center. A Race Equity Culture is defined here as, “[an organizational culture] that is focused on proactively counteracting race inequities inside and outside of an organization.” With the guidance of this framework and guidance from Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice consultants, the Commission is moving forward with its work to connect with those in the denomination for healing pathways, as well as recommending structures and policy that address organizational and structural inequity.
To continue in developing a solid foundation and intermediary steps for making progress, the unprecedented move was taken to bring together the Governing Board, the Council of Elders, and the staff in a 6 hour interactive training session. Understanding that training alone does not solve challenges, it can provide a common language and understanding for those in leadership and throughout the organization. Education and training that is more specific to the particular leadership bodies and their responsibilities will be held in 2021.
The next step for the Governing Board, staff and Council of Elders is to examine their own areas of work and start to take action towards a race equity culture. The Commission is developing a survey for the leadership bodies to complete, to gain further insight into MCC’s current state, with regards to race equity.
We are so grateful to Ms. Coralis Rosario for her willingness to serve on the Commission. Coralis has resigned from the Commission due to other commitments. As the body that determines and appoints the Commissioners, the Governing Board is considering who may be appointed to this position. We thank Coralis for her energy, her organizational skills and her passion for ministry during the development of the Commission’s work.
Please hold the Commissioners and the denomination in your prayers.
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
Ms. Clare Coughlin, Governing Board UFMCC
Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, MCC Tampa, USA
Mr. Richard Norman, Good Hope MCC, South Africa
Ms. Ivana Warwick, ICM Sao Paulo, Brazil