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Diversity and Inclusion Team

The Diversity and Inclusion Team upholds the worth of persons and supports sharing the peace of Jesus Christ. It provides an underpinning to the church’s foundation by upholding inclusive beliefs and behaviors in relation to human interactions. Its focus is upon education, advocacy, inclusion, and organizational change in support of justice and covenant with one another and God.

An Invitation

Mission Alignment

The Enduring Principles of Worth of All Persons, Unity in Diversity, All Are Called, and Blessings of Community emphasize our focus on inclusiveness. To Pursue Peace on Earth requires us to identify the kinship we each share with all persons who make up the human family. A primary focus of the Diversity and Inclusion Team is to assist the church in clarifying how we perceive those who are different and embrace attitudes that lead to actions of advocacy and peacemaking endeavors in our congregations and communities. The Diversity and Inclusion Team will focus on honoring the worth of person and their diversity and on what unites rather than divides us across the international church.

Team Priorities for 2019-2023

The Diversity and Inclusion Team offers direction and resources to support the church on its journey to becoming more inclusive and just. It provides education and sensitizing resources to members at all levels (congregation to worldwide). With emphasis on ministry and priesthood, the team works in the following areas:

  • Education
    • Review current church educational materials and provide feedback for developing inclusivity in these resources
    • Create educational resources that will help local congregations develop inclusivity
  • Advocacy
    • Provide relevant resources to congregations that answer questions and concerns about diversity and inclusivity.
    • Strengthen advocacy competence within congregations that are seeking to confront discrimination
    • Increase awareness within the wider church of the needs and concerns of diverse populations and help identify ways to better address these issues
  • Communications
    • Create and support dissemination of information about diversity and inclusion among church members
  • IHQ Relationships
    • Uphold and advocate for diversity and inclusion through team participation on several IHQ committees and provide services to IHQ functional areas as requested

Team Members

Cathi Cackler-Veazey, co-chair
Gwendolyn Hawks-Blue, co-chair
Carol Caplinger
Nanette Chun-Ming Ward
Jerry Dale, Jr.
Heather Frey
Tresha Hatter
Vincent Lewis
Ruth Richardson
Poul K. Wilson