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Race and Culture

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Why Work on Race and Culture?

The Missouri Conference wants to become a brave, empowering place for people from diverse cultures and generations so that we can become a Church for all God’s people.

We seek to do this by equipping Conference leaders and local churches for multicultural leadership, cross-cultural connection and healing justice.


The recommendations in this report exist to further three central changes needed for the Missouri Annual Conference to thrive as a network and community that is pursuing healthy ethnic diversity, multicultural ministry and consistent and intentional efforts in dismantling racism within our networks.

1. Cultivate welcoming environments at Conference and congregational levels by providing training in cultural awareness and resources for Conference staff and local congregations. 

2. Facilitate courageous conversations regarding the dismantling of racist theologies and practices within our midst. 

3. Initiate and activate change in policies, practices, networking and recruiting strategies to allow for greater ethnic and cultural representation at the highest levels of leadership.



1. Build awareness around the concept of the Beloved Community and equip United Methodists in Missouri for intergenerational conversations on bias, racial justice and Jesus’s understanding of loving God and neighbor.

2. Build appreciation for the diversity of the Conference by sharing Black and Brown people’s stories and encounters with racism, as well as hopes and ideas for combating it.

3. Assess Conference attitudes around bias, culture, race and privilege to create a baseline for how the Conference is doing related to diversity and inclusion.


4. Build a Conference-wide training plan for clergy and laity in the areas of intercultural competency, implicit bias, microaggressions and cultural blind spots.

5. Make diversity an integral part of the Missouri Conference mission, vision and expectations.


6. Develop processes for the recruitment of leaders that demonstrates a high value on diversity and inclusion.


7. Prioritize diversity for Conference staff and the organization of Conference work.

8. Develop equity plans across Conference-funding arrangements.


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Race and Culture Resources

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Check out the newest resources related to race and culture. For additional resources developed by the UMC General Commission on Race and Religion, visit the R2Hub.

Resources for Confronting Racism and Building Beloved Communities
A collection of resources from UMC-related sources.

Mozambique Initiative Mobile Health Clinic Info Sheet and Infographics
The Mozambique Initiative supports access to healthcare in rural Mozambican communities through its mobile health clinics. Oftentimes, geographic distance makes basic health services inaccessible. Mobile health clinics reduce the distance between the community and its medical care. Closing this gap improves outcomes for pregnant women, children under five and those suffering from easily curable, yet potentially deadly, diseases. We’ve created resources, so you can share how mobile health clinics are improving lives with your church group. Access a one-page info sheet, shareable infographics and more.

Native American Ministries Resources
Resources for engaging with Native American ministries, both in honor of Native American ministries special Sunday and beyond.