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Jan 06

The Twenty-Fourth Pastors’ Conference & Seventy-Sixth Founders’ Celebration

January 6, 2020 - January 9, 2020
East Point GA
United States
Jun 29

Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conference (CYYAC20)

June 29, 2020 - July 3, 2020
Greensboro NC
United States
Aug 31

Eighth CME Unity Summit & the 150th Anniversary of the CME Church Celebration

August 31, 2020 - September 4, 2020
Dallas TX
United States

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The Pastors' Conference and Founders' Day Celebration

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The Phillips School of Theology will convene the Twenty-Fourth Pastors' Conference & Seventy-Sixth Founders' Celebration on Monday, January 6 through Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport located at 1325 Virginia Avenue in East Point, GA.

The registration fee for the Pastors' Conference & Founders' Celebration is $100. Online registration is available on this Web page or you may download a registration form.

The room rate at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport is $132.00 per night. A one night’s deposit is required for hotel registration. The deadline date to reserve a room is December 7, 2018. You may reserve your hotel room after registering online.

For additional information, please visit the Pastors' Conference and Founders' Celebration online, or call 404-527-7768.  

We look forward to your presence at the Pastors' Conference and Founders' Day Celebration! Please pray for the success of these events. 

In the Service of the Lord,

Dr. Paul L. Brown, Sr., President-Dean 

Phillips School of Theology at ITC 

The Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conference (CYYAC20)

June 29 - July 3, 2020

Register Today!

 

CYYAC20 will be held at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons Hotel located at 3121 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407. The theme is P.R.E.S.S. (Passionate Relevant Essential Sincere Service). 

The discounted registration fee for CYYAC20 is $150 now through December 31, 2019. The registration fee includes the ConcertThe online registration portal is open to single and group reservations for up to 50 persons by credit/debit card and check!  For additional information and to register, visit here.  Upon completion of your payment, you will receive a registration confirmation notice and the link to reserve your hotel room.

Souvenir Journal

We invite graduates, individuals, local churches and ministries to be a part of CYYAC20 by submitting an ad to appear in the CYYAC20 Souvenir Journal. Create an ad for graduates or the conference! The ad may be submitted here and paid by credit/debit card or check.

Hurricane Dorian Emergency Relief

September 6, 2019

  

TO:            Members of the C.M.E. Church

FROM:      The Emergency Relief Committee 

SUBJECT:  Hurricane Dorian

 

Over the last few days we have watched intently to see what would be the impact of Hurricane Dorian on the United States. At this point, however, it appears that Dorian spared major wrath upon the coast of the United States, but as we have seen over the news, its’ impact was greatly felt in the Bahamas. The devastation there in terms of property loss, lives lost, etc., has left many of the people grieved and in great need. Although it will take some time for them to repair structural damages and to return to a sense of normalcy, the need now seems to be supplies, health care and everyday maintenance. With this in mind, the Emergency Relief Committee is requesting members of the C.M.E. Church to receive a generous offering to help those in need. As always, we ask that you would follow the usual process of forwarding your checks (payable to the Department of Finance) to your Episcopal Leader who will record the offering and forward it to the Department of Finance. It is through your generous gifts that we, the C.M.E. Church, continue to assist those in need. As always, your promptness and generosity are appreciated. 

 

In His Service,

 

Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.

Chairman, Committee on Emergency Relief

 

 

Generosity Pays beyond What We See

 By Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick

Senior Bishoip Reddick

        Generosity is an important part of a genuine Christian spirit. It’s also an important part of CME culture. What I’ve learned is that CMEs respond to emergencies with great generosity. I believe that generosity will show itself again as we respond to the needs of people who have suffered through Hurricane Dorian. I’m grateful to Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr., and the members of the Committee on Emergency Relief, who have already sent out the “help” notice through CME Communications, asking all of our congregations to take offerings, write the checks to the Department of Finance, and send the checks to the offices of our presiding bishops. 

Thinking about “sowing generously,” I went to Ecclesiastes 11 to see one of my favorite verses (v. 6). I was gripped by how differently in read in The Message Version. I was accustomed to the rhythm and the agricultural imagery of the King James Version, but The Message Bible had a different clarity that would not be refused. In the process of looking up verse 6, I went up to the verse 1 of Ecclesiastes 11 and saw these words in The Message translation:

Be generous. Invest in acts of charity.

Charity yields high returns.

Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around.

Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night. 

           When I hear the words of The Message, I remember that its translator, Eugene Peterson, translated as a pastor and biblical language scholar who was trying to make the Scriptures speak directly to 20th Century American people of no small means whom he was pastoring. That is, at least, the image I have from his writings in the book, The Pastor. But I raise that image to say that people such as myself who grew up hearing the Bible from its agrarian perspectives may find its expressions more relatable by contemporary minds who know little of rural life or agrarian life. 

           When I went to verse 6, I was accustomed to hearing and thinking its King James Version words: “In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand; for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.” That’s agrarian – that’s the “farm” mind. But The Message read:

           Go to work in the morning.

           and stick to it until evening without watching the clock.

            You never know from moment to moment

              how your work will turn out in the end. 

A very different way of seeing and hearing God’s message, indeed! Yet, the message is the same: Don’t stop being generous! Don’t stop doing what you have committed to do! Do it without measuring what it will mean … because you cannot foresee what all of it will mean! You cannot see all its good effects that will continue way into the future! 

           So … as you consider aid for victims of this emergency – Hurricane Dorian – and for every emergency and for every investment you make in the lives of people … be generous, for your investments go farther than you can see!

                         +Lawrence L. Reddick III

STATEMENT ON THE FOCUS & STRATEGIC PLANNING OF THE CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH                                     

 

From the CME College of Bishops

August 17, 2019

 

In 2018, the CME Church began work on a strategic plan for the denomination. The Bishops and General Officers met together with a facilitator to begin the visioning process in September 2018. In December 2018, members of the Church were invited to submit their thoughts and recommendations through a survey. In January 2019, approximately 75 representatives from the clergy, laity and young adults from each Episcopal District – along with the Bishops and General Officers - met in Atlanta for a session of strategic thinking with the assistance of consulting firm. At our meeting in August 2019, the College of Bishops continued the process by meeting again with facilitators to develop a timeline for moving forward. The College of Bishops wants the Church to know that we are committed to the strategic planning process and to including the voice and participation of all levels of the Church. We will keep our members and congregations informed through the various official communication methods of the Church.

In the meantime, the College of Bishops feel that it is of importance and immediacy that we as a denomination address the critical needs of our church’s vitality. The legacy of our church includes a firm and clear commitment to intergenerational and multi-generational ministry. We pride ourselves in being a church that has served the spiritual needs of all ages. We celebrate that even today we are blessed to have strong leadership of seniors, middle adults, young adults, and youth in our local churches and at the district and regional level. However, we currently grieve that we continue to see a trend of decreasing participation of children, youth and young adults in the overall life of the church. We are further grieved by the cycles of poverty, gun violence, mass incarceration, educational cuts, and immigration and other policies and practices that harm children. 

As the College of Bishops, during this quadrennium and in keeping with our theme of “Back to Basics”, we are commissioning the programmatic General Officers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church to be intentional about the inclusion of children, youth and young adults in their plans and projects. We further commission our Presiding Elders and Pastors to also be intentional in recruiting, training and including children, youth and young adults as leaders, officers, and participants in the ministry and activities of the Church. We commission our congregations and members to welcome the children, youth and young adults as Jesus did and commanded us in the Gospels (Matthew 19: 14, Mark 10:14 and Luke 18:16). 

We understand this mandate to mean ALL children, youth and young adults, not just those who are members of our churches. We have a mandate from the Lord to reach out to our neighbors and to strangers who need aid, assistance and love. We envision our local churches as safe and welcoming spaces in both traditional and non-traditional ways. We lift up the World Council of Churches’ resources on Child-Friendly Churches as a resource to you in doing this vital ministry (https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/wcc-programmes/public-witness/rights-of-children/child-friendly-churches). We reaffirm our support of our colleges and schools and its students who are striving to prepare themselves for the future as productive citizens and leaders. This emphasis is especially important as we prepare for the Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conference in 2020 and the need to keep those attendees engaged with the Church once the conference is over.  Read more here.

Highlights of the

Women's Missionary Council

19th Quadrennial Assembly

June 21-29, 2019    Hilton Shreveport   Shreveport, LA

 

Quadrennial Theme for 2019-2023

Missionaries Embracing a New Era of Innovation

for Greater Service

 

New Officers of the Women's Missionary Council  - 2019-2023

 

President Jacqueline Scott

President Jacqueline I. Scott

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L-R: President: Jacqueline I. Scott, Vice President: Calandra Hunter; Recording Secretary: Theresa Duhart; Assistant Secretary: Deborah Luster Dickenson; Treasurer: Nellie King; Editor. The Missionary Messenger: Geraldine Taylor-Winslett 

The list of officers and additional news from the Quadrennial Assembly is here.

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Welcome to the official Web site of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, administered by the Communication & Information Technology (CIT) Connectional Department.

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Church, familiarly known as the CME Church, has a glorious and rich history!  The CME Church was organized December 16, 1870 in Jackson, Tennessee by 41 former slave members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  The CME Church is a branch of Wesleyan Methodism founded and organized by John Wesley in England in 1844 and established in America as the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1784.

The CME Church celebrated its 148th anniversary on December 16, 2018.

The CME Church has more than 1.2 million members across the United States, and has missions and sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica and fourteen African nations.

The mission of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be disciples of Jesus the Christ by serving individuals, communities and the world as the representative, loving presence of God and as witnesses to God’s salvation and grace.

The vision of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be a transforming church for Jesus the Christ within a changing world.

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Rev. Leon C. Moore, Jr.

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