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Webinar on Social Justice: Migration, Racism & Discrimination, and Health (Church & Society)

GBCS co-sponsoring inaugural global thematic webinar 

February 27, 2023

Washington D.C. – The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) is a co-sponsor of the inaugural global thematic webinar hosted by the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO).

Entitled, “Social Justice: Migration, Racism & Discrimination, and Health,” the online-only event will be led by Rev. Dr. Liberato (Levi) Bautista, GBCS Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs and also the President of CoNGO, on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 9:30AM to 12:00PM Eastern Time (6:30AM – 9:00AM Pacific).

“When we United Methodists say that, ‘the world is our parish,’ this is what we mean: multiplying our efforts to combat the structural and systemic –ism’s now globally exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers at this event will help any United Methodist form a theological foundation for action on matters from anti-racism to de-colonization, locally and beyond.”

The webinar will be the first of six lined up to mark the 75th anniversary of CoNGO. Keynote speakers include:

  • Ms. Helga Konrad (former Federal Minister for Women’s Affairs of the Republic of Austria and a leading expert on human trafficking)
  • Ms. Anna Biondi (Deputy Director, Bureau for Workers’ Activities, In-ternational Labour Organization {ILO})

Registration is free and now open at


The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) is the social justice agency for The United Methodist Church (UMC) addressing more than 30 social issues endorsed by United Methodists. Its mandate is to advocate for UMC’s Social Principles among government policymakers, interfaith partners, non-government entities, and ecumenical leaders around the world. GBCS is headquartered in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and has offices at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City. Learn more at