Equity & Justice Ministries

                                               

About Equity and Justice Ministries

Dr. Bill White was appointed to the position of Director of Equity and Justice Ministries, April 1, 2021, which is a new ministry in the WNC Conference.

Dr. White's role is to direct strategic efforts in the WNCC as it relates to diversity, equity, inclusion, and advocacy, and to implement them throughout the Conference. It is also to lead the implementation of the Conference’s Comprehensive Plan of Equity and related initiatives and programs, and to serve as a staff liaison and support for all our ethnic ministries and advocacy efforts.

Our immediate goal is to increase collaboration and coordination of initiatives and programs that address the vitality and representation of all ethnic groups and women in the Conference.

You will often hear Dr. White talk about the 3 C’s:

  • Communication 
  • Collaboration
  • Coordination
     

Comprehensive Plan of Equity

One of the major responsibilities Dr. White has is to implement of the Conference’s Comprehensive Plan of Equity, which was developed by Conference Leaders and Bishop Leeland.

The Comprehensive Plan of Equity focuses on:

  • Educational Work (Racism)
  • Next Generational Leaders
  • Seminary Visits
  • New Church/Fresh Expressions
  • Church Staff Positions
  • Changing Neighborhood - Reopens
  • Changing Neighborhood - New Pastor
  • Appointment Process
  • Internships
     

Teams, Task Forces & Committees

Dr. White also serves on the Appointive Cabinet, which is responsible for making appointments and other matters. A few of the teams, task forces, and committees that Dr. White works with are:

  • Justice & Reconciliation Team that falls under the umbrella of Equity & Justice Ministries, which includes: African American Ministries, Hispanic and Latino Ministries, Asian American Ministries, Native American Ministries 
  • Board of Ordained Ministry – Fair Interviewing Process
  • Just Compensation Committee
  • Anti-Racism Committee – RISE
  • BMCR (Black Methodists for Church Renewal)

Highlights

Here are a few of Dr. White's Significant Highlights since he has been in this role:

  • Contracted with SBC21 (Strengthening the Black Church 21) to provide consulting and training services for African American laity and clergy.
  • Hired a Coordinator for Black/African American Church Growth and Vitality.
  • WNCC Committee on Finance and Accounting gave COVID grants that supported both testing and vaccination clinics for $153,700 in 2021. Churches of color, mostly African American churches, received $149,200.
  • The Board of Pensions, through a gift from a church, grant from the United Methodist Foundation, and some of its own funds, was able to forgive $49,102 in outstanding Benefits debts, most going to African American churches and pastors.
  • Co-Sponsored “Courageous Conversations” Event with Speaker, LaTasha Morrison, with Light of Christ UMC in Ballantyne.
  • Formed the Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort with Cindy Thompson and Boundless Impact. Cindy expresses her gratitude to the Connectional Table for the initial funding. I asked her to prepare a report and it’s available, if you would like me to email it to you.
  • The second session of the Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort began this month
  • Two petitions related to just compensation and fair interview practices were passed at the 2022 Annual Conference
  • First year residents in ministry are now required to take a tour of the Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, and I will have conversations about providing opportunities for confirmands to also visit the museum.
  • Co-Sponsored National Prison Summit with SBC21 (Strengthening the Black Church 21) and BMCR (Black Methodists for Church Renewal).
  • Organizing a Conference-wide voter registration drive.
     

Contact

Dr. White can be reached via email at bwhite@wnccumc.org

Dr. White's Ministry Assistant, Carol Bateman, can be reach via email at cbateman@wnccumc.org.

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