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The mission of the Commission on Ethnic Minority Concerns and Advocacy (CEMCA) is to serve as a prophetic voice for the full and equal participation of ethnic and racial constituents into the total life and mission of the Virginia Annual Conference (its churches, boards and agencies, and institutional and connectional structures) by educating, advocating, and holding to account God’s church to inclusivity as God’s intended design for all structures and processes, toward the work of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in word and deed.

The United Methodist Church is the instrument and servant of God’s creative spirit in our communities, districts, regions, and at state levels.  Our goal is to make visible God’s gift of unity of all people in Jesus Christ and the quality of community that God wills for the whole human family.  Church diversity is one platform to change the way we think, live, learn, and work together.


Minutes from Oct. 5, 2019 Conversation with CEMCA
Click here to read (pdf)

2019 Statement made during moment of privilege at Annual Conference
Click here to read statement (pdf)

2018 Bishop’s Convocation on Race and Reconciliation
Slides from Bishop’s Convocation on Race & Reconcilation (pdf)
Facilitator Script from Bishop’s Convocation on Race & Reconcilation (pdf)

February 2017CEMCA Statement on Immigration Raids (pdf)

For more information about the work of the General Commission on Religion and Race, visit

For additional information in the area of Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns under Discipleship Ministries, click here.

If you need assistance with ministry development or advocacy or need additional information about racial/ethnic ministries within our conference, please contact CEMCA at

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