These resources are inspired by the two resolutions passed at the 2022 Annual Conference. JTRJ has provided biblical and theological study materials that include group discussion guides, teaching notes and sermon points.
Racial Equity Audit Results
In 2022, the North Texas Conference announced it would be shining a light on various aspects of our life together through a series of audits focused on racial equity and inclusion. These audits give the NTC a clear-eyed view of ourselves and how we are doing related to racial equity and inclusion by looking at data as well as listening to the voices of laity and clergy who reflect the full diversity of the North Texas Conference. These audits also will help chart the course for the next phase of our Journey Toward Racial Justice work by highlighting the gaps in equity and inclusion that most need to be addressed. The results:
|NTC Racial Ethnic Audit (PP)||Condensed Summary (PDF)||NTX Completed (Excel)|
At Covenant Day 2020, Bishop Michael McKee cast a vision for a new initiative, the “Journey Toward Racial Justice.” This work will center on three particular focus areas:
- Vital Conversations, which call us to engage one another in conversations about racism, cultural diversity and institutional injustice in ways that are candid, respectful, holy and transformational.
- Intercultural Competence, which calls us to cultivate leaders with the skills and awareness to make disciples across cultures so that the North Texas Conference will be more diverse and better reflect our mission field.
- Institutional Equity, which calls us to build systems, policies and processes in the North Texas Conference that level the playing field for all people.
We are excited to announce that the work of the JTRJ has officially begun. This work is being driven by two teams, the Lead Coordinating Team and the Supporting Advisory Team. The JTRJ has drafted and approved its own constitution made up of the following founding statements:
Mission Statement: to create disciples of Jesus Christ who are courageously anti-racist in a broken and hurting world.
Vision Statement: to end active and passive racism and create an equitable future for all people in the North Texas Conference and the communities we serve.
Foundation Scripture: Romans 12:2 (NRSV) – “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
JTRJ Activity Matrix: we will fulfill our mission and achieve our vision by coordinating our activities and energies through our activity matrix. The activity matrix creates simple pathways for engaging systems and people groups through our three overarching portals/strategies.
We will work to impact the systems and people groups:
- Annual Conference
- Bishop and Cabinet
- Greater Community
You will see and hear regular updates about the work of the JTRJ as they execute the plans and strategies that will enable them to fulfill their vision of ending active and passive racism and create an equitable future for all people in the North Texas Conference and the communities we serve.
|Coordinating Team||Advisory Team|
|Rev. Andy Lewis, Assistant to the Bishop||Rev. Dr. Edgar Bazen|
|Rev. Silvia Wang, Chair||Pastor Richie Butler|
|Rev. Joshua Manning, Vice Chair||Rev. Wally Butts|
|Rev. Allison Jean, Secretary||Rev. Dr. Frank Drenner|
|Rev. April Bristow||Rev. Andrew Fiser|
|Rev. Dr. Ronald Henderson||Rev. Cammy Gaston|
|Rev. Martha Valencia||Rev. Rosalyn Hilburn|
|Rev. Adam Young||Rev. Chad Johnson|
|Rev. Danielle Kim|
|Rev. Levy Laguardia|
|Rev. S Dianna Master|
|Rev. Peter McNabb|
|Pastor Rosedanny Ortiz|
Rev. Ken Park
|Rev. Doris Smith|
|Rev. Emma Williams|