United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church (UMOC)

Vision: Bringing together a diversity of persons across cultural and ethnic lines for engaging racism, heterosexism, and homophobia in Christianity and the UMC.

Mission: United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church (UMOC) brings together a diversity of persons across racial and ethnic lines for engaging, racism, heterosexism, and homophobia in Christianity and the United Methodist Church. We work together—as a prophetic people of color movement in the church—to call on our denomination to embrace the multicultural realities of our society and our world. If the church is to be a vibrant instrument of God’s love, faithful to the justice of Jesus, then it must be a place that welcomes all.

History: UMOC was founded in 2000, at a historic gathering of United Methodist people of color. The event was historic because it represented the first gathering across racial and ethnic lines for the purpose of engaging the subject of heterosexism and homophobia in Christianity and The United Methodist Church.

We stand prophetically as a people of color movement in the church, calling the denomination to embrace the multicultural realities of our society and our world. The days of anemic or paltry diversity in the church are over. If the church is to be a vibrant instrument of God’s love, faithful to the justice of Jesus, then it must be a place that welcomes all.

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UMOC is the progressive, multiracial and multiethnic caucus for true diversity in the United Methodist Church.

UMOC is rooted in the experiences of people of color in the United Methodist church.

UMOC is dedicated to bridging the movements to eradicate all forms of oppression and discrimination in the church.

UMOC is committed to preaching God’s Gospel of true liberation in the United Methodist church.

UMOC is committed to creating true diversity in the United Methodist Church.

UMOC stands in the crossroads of the here and now of justice in the church.

UMOC works to build a church that is anti-racist, anti-classist, anti-heterosexist, and anti-colonialist.

UMOC seeks to create ways to build a truly diverse and multicultural denomination for the glory of God and reflecting the wonder of God’s creation.

To contact United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church, please contact Rev. Theon Johnson or Oneida Chi. Sign up as a Reconciling United Methodist (RUM) or visit one of our Communities. Join our Flashnet email list and our Facebook Page. We look forward to getting to know you.

The UMOC Manifesto on the Costs of Heterosexism and Racism was written in April 2005. We reject our church and society’s obsession with forcing people into closets by terrorizing them with derogatory labels and dividing their identities into racial/ethnic, and sexual, and spiritual categories in order to stigmatize some parts, and honor others.

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As United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church (UMOC), a group consisting of Asian American, African American, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander United Methodists, meeting in conjunction with the Reconciling Ministries Network’s Convocation at Lake Junaluska Assembly, we raise our voices lest the mistakes of the past be repeated in the present.

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