Inclusion and Advocacy

Welcome to the Conference Inclusion and Advocacy Resource Page

This ministry seeks to:

  • Increase communication, coordination, and collaboration between and among Conference boards, committees, advocacy groups, and agencies with an aim to focus and deepen support offered to all North Georgia Conference congregations and the communities they serve. 
  • Cultivate and strengthen engagement with Communities of Color and within multi-ethnic communities, as foundational to our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ, from all communities, for the transformation of the world.
  • Help clergy and laity in predominantly white/Anglo churches engage in dialogue about systemic racism and white privilege, and developing plans and ministry as a result of that dialogue.
  • Ensure the intentional development of Leaders of Color across the North Georgia Conference, both lay and clergy.
  • Plant new churches and ministry expressions serving Communities of Color and within multi-ethnic communities, with equal access to North Georgia Conference funding and other resources.

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Celebrating Black History in the Making: Bishop Dease is First African American Bishop Assigned to the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church
By Sybil Davidson This Black History Month, North Georgia United Methodists have an addition to our history to celebrate.    On January 1, 2023, Bishop Robin Dease became the first African American bishop to serve the North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and the first female African American bishop in our denomination assigned to Georgia. “While I am honored and grateful to be celebrated as a 'first,' I must recognize there has been a great trail of United Methodist ...
Historic Chubb Chapel United Methodist Church Honored with Preservation Grant
Chubb Chapel United Methodist Church in Cave Spring is the recipient of a $50,000 capital project grant from The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund’s Preserving Black Churches program awards. The initiative is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. to help historic Black churches and congregations reimagine, redesign, and deploy historic preservation to protect the cultural assets and legacies they steward, tell their stories of resiliency and hope and carry their missions into the future. ...
United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union 2023 Annual College Scholarships Now Open
Are you or do you know a member of the United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union age 17-35 who is attending or planning to attend college? If so, please let them know about your Credit Union's college scholarship program. Four winning applicants, one from each of the credit union's four United Methodist Annual Conference conferences, North Georgia, South Georgia, Florida, and Alabama-West Florida will receive a $1000 scholarship each. Applicants will need to meet the following ...
Madras UMC Launches in Newnan with Weekly Worship
On Sunday, January 22, Madras United Methodist Church launched in the South West District of the North Georgia Conference. This new church start now begins weekly worship. "Sunday was probably one of the most incredible experiences of my life," said lead pastor Rev. Fede Apecena. "For the team and I to launch and say 'hey, we are here and we are seeing the fruits of our presence in this area; all the hard work and the wait was worth it' is fantastic!" The launch was two years in the making! ...
Youth Opportunity to Explore Faith and Social Justice Launches from Black Church Development
Youth and Adult Leadership Opportunity Begins This Month “Faith in Action is an intentional, intergenerational program to engage young leaders and equip mentors with the skills and competencies to transform the world,” says Rev. Nathalie Nelson Parker, the new Team Chair for Black Congregational Development Committee of the North Georgia Conference. “By participating in Faith and Action, young leaders will be prepared with critical conversations, spiritual formation, social discipline, and best ...
Pastor Brings Chess Club to Kids in His Apartment Complex
This fall Rev. Josh Miles of Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta started a chess club for kids at his apartment complex. With support from the church, 20 young people participated weekly over pizza. Sybil Davidson in Conference Communications checked in with him on this heartwarming and inspiring ministry.  Sybil: What gave you the idea for a Chess Club? Josh: I still remember how my elementary school in Athens, Ga. brought in a local chess instructor during the fall of my third-grade year. We ...
BEAT Celebrates 2022 Investments, Sets 2023 Grant Application and Funding Window Deadlines
The Barnes Evaluation and Administration Team has completed its work for 2022 having invested $1,388,622 this year in innovative mission and ministry throughout the North Georgia Conference. The BEAT is entrusted by our Annual Conference to receive grant applications and make the best mission investments possible for the whole of the conference. This year the team funded 23 grants across our 8 districts. The grants vary from technology upgrades, to accessibility and facility updates, to ...
Reparations Task Force Begins Work in the North Georgia Conference
Formed in response to thoughtful discussion at Annual Conference 2022, the Task Force will bring a report to the 2023 Annual Conference session Many people remember learning the story of Zacchaeus through the popular children’s song. It is a song with many meanings, including Christ’s encompassing and redeeming love, and the great lengths that Zacchaeus went to see Jesus.   Rev. Vance P. Ross, the pastor of historic Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta and chair of the Conference ...
Focus Area: Racial Justice and Healing is the Pathway to Beloved Community
Racial Justice and Healing Academy Launching Soon By Rev. Brian Tillman I was in the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta one day. In the bottom level the King papers are held on a rotating display. On this occasion there was a pamphlet that Dr. King contributed to. He wrote about the aims of his resistance efforts and the strategy behind them. In it, he wrote something like, “We aim to resist in such a way that when we are ...


Brian Tillman
Director of Inclusion and Advocacy
(678) 533-1441

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