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About the Diversity & Anti-Racism Ministry

We believe God wants to institutionalize a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism within the congregations and institutions of the United Methodist Churches of Indiana. We call this the God I.D.E.A.

These values guide our work as we develop our individual and collective intercultural competency, increase the number of disciples engaged in anti-racism, and intentionally prepare and strengthen our cross-racial, cross-cultural clergy and congregations.

Our Goals


Create spaces of diversity, inclusion, and belonging at every level of the INUMC. We challenge clergy and laity to seek justice, be #InAgainstRacism, and build relationships across lines of difference to root out the sin of racism from the Church.


Equip clergy, laity, and congregations with tools and resources to effectively engage in discipleship that “resists evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.”


Empower clergy, laity, and congregations to see the world with a fresh vision—to raise consciousness, act missionally, and affect institutional change through relationships and valuing each individual as a child of God. Let’s work together to create a more just and equitable future.

Areas of Focus


Intercultural Competence and Diversity

The INUMC is committed to increasing intercultural humility and competence. We use the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to help our leaders, clergy, laity, and staff effectively communicate and build relationships when we encounter cultural differences. By engaging in this work, we hope to foster environments of inclusion and belonging, which will support outreach to all of our neighbors.


IN Against Racism

As United Methodists, we’re committed to resisting evil, injustice, and oppression. To uphold our mission, we covenant to practice anti-racism and dismantle systemic and institutional racism at all levels of the INUMC. We covenant to fight racial injustice, hatred, and indifference, and to build relationships across lines of difference to root out the sin of racism from the Church.


Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural Appointments

We make cross-racial, cross-cultural (CRCC) appointments as a creative response to our mission. We strive to intentionally increase racial and ethnic diversity in the Church and its leadership. Cross-racial, cross-cultural appointments of clergy are ones in which the majority of their constituencies are different from the clergy person’s racial/ethnic and cultural background.


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Ministry Team Members

Rev. Annettra Jones

Associate Director of Diversity, Missions, and Justice

(317) 924-1321

LaToshia Everson

Conference Assistant

(317) 924-1321


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