Demographics and Representation: Learn Results Of Racial/Equity Audit

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Beginning this spring, the North Texas Conference has started a series of audits focused on racial equity and inclusion in partnership with the General Commission on Religion and Race. These audits 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 first audit focused on the demographics and representation in the Conference. In the month of April, GCORR representatives facilitated conversations about the data gathered for the audit with groups of clergy and laity in the Conference reflecting affinities with African and/or African-American; Latinx/Hispanic; Asian-American/Pacific Islander; East and Northwest Districts; Extended Cabinet members; and Journey Toward Racial Justice Team members.

The raw data as well as a summary of the findings from the above affinity group conversations may be found on the Conference website here.

This summer, the Journey Toward Racial Justice team will host three Zoom sessions as a way to create opportunities for anyone interested in talking about and reflecting on the results of this first audit. We will have these sessions on June 22, July 28, and August 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. To register for one of these sessions click here.

Looking ahead, future racial equity and inclusion audits will focus on finances, the clergy-credentialing processes and policies and norms in the North Texas Conference. We anticipate the full audit will be completed by early 2022.

Published: Wednesday, June 16, 2021