|Race agency creates new positions|
By Kathy L. Gilbert*
Oct. 30, 2009 | WASHINGTON (UMNS)
The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race
will hire three new team leaders and add at least four other staff
positions in a reorganization plan that will focus on the global
mission of the agency.
On Oct. 12, the agency announced it would be eliminating five
associate general secretary positions at the agency. Erin Hawkins, top
executive, said new positions at lower salaries with greater emphasis
on programming are being created.
“Essentially salaries are being lowered and then reallocated to
produce cost savings,” she said, adding the team leaders’ salaries are
about 12 percent lower than the previous executive positions. “We are
more changing our tactics … but it is in service to the same vision and
mission that we’ve always had.”
The agency’s budget is based on remittances to the World Service
Fund. Those remittances have been less than anticipated, resulting in a
shortfall of $100,000 to $125,000. Other church agencies, including
United Methodist Communications and the boards of Discipleship and
Global Ministries, also have restructured in the past year.
The three new team leaders will oversee monitoring and advocacy,
program ministries and communications. The other positions have been
created to help annual conferences, to lead advocacy ministries and
coordinate monitoring activities, including reviews of annual
conferences, seminaries and general agencies.
“The fundamental mission and purpose of the General Commission on
Religion and Race has not changed. Monitoring, advocacy, and
facilitating resolution to racial ethnic discrimination claims will
continue to be the predominant way we will carry out our ministry,”
said the commission president, Bishop Linda Lee of the Wisconsin Annual
The closing date for all job positions will be Dec. 7. Layoffs of
the current staff are effective Dec. 10. Hawkins said employees whose
jobs were eliminated will be eligible to apply for the new positions.
More information, and applications for the positions, are available at www.gcorr.org/joblistings.
The commission was established in 1968 to challenge the
denomination’s agencies, institutions, regional conferences and
congregations to achieve full participation of racial and ethnic
*Gilbert is a United Methodist News Service news writer based in Nashville, Tenn.
News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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