The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was hailed as a landmark piece of federal legislation in this country which sought to prohibit racial discrimination in voting. As landmark as that act was considered to have been, it has endured many reauthorizations, renewals, extensions, and amendments during its history. And here we are in 2022 and despite this act and its intent, the voting rights of persons, especially those of black and brown hue, is once again up for debate and vote. We are saddened and disappointed at both the need for such legislation as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act in 2022 and the fact that their passage is dependent upon whichever way the winds of partisan politics blow. We believe it is important that these two significant pieces of voting rights legislation become law in this forthcoming session of Congress. To this end, we call upon President Joe Biden and senators of goodwill to do all in their power to move these crucial pieces of legislation to vote during the early days of the next session of Congress. The voting rights of many of this nation’s minority citizens are at risk the longer these pieces of legislation remain stalled in the United States Senate.
Therefore, we the members of the College of Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church urge all members of our Zion to do all in your power to push for the passage of these legislations. In addition, we are encouraged by the various efforts we are seeing in this regard. We are pleased to stand in solidarity with faith leaders, media personalities, college students, and others who have committed themselves to engage in a hunger strike as an effort to push lawmakers to pass federal legislation to protect the vote. We encourage members of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, who feel called to this form of social activism to consider joining the hunger strike efforts of others. In addition, whatever form of social activism one feels called to engage in, we encourage you to do so in efforts to push lawmakers to pass these legislations designed to protect the sacred right to vote by all citizens of this nation.
In addition, as we embark upon the 2022 observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us use this day to recommit ourselves to doing whatever we can to raise the awareness of the need to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Bill and the Freedom to Vote Act in this forthcoming Congress. We recommend the following actions to the members of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church:
a. Pray for those who have committed themselves to engage in a hunger strike and other forms of social activism in support of the passage of these legislations.
b. Send an email or some form of a message to members of your legislative delegations encouraging them to bring these bills to the floor of the Congress and for its passage in this Congress.
c. Post on social media that as a member of the CME Church, you stand in support of the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Bill and the Freedom to Vote Act in this January 2022 session of Congress.
d. Participate to the extent that you are able in public forms of activism in support of the passage of this legislation.
e. Make plans now to participate in the 2022 Mid-Term Elections.This is not an option, it is essential that we vote in these elections.
Thank you very much for your support and activism, with best wishes for the passage of this legislation, we the undersigned members of the College of Bishops remain
We are pleased to share with you the success of last week’s Virtual Sunday School as published by the CME Department of Christian Education & Formation. The CME CED Church School YouTube Channel Videos have been viewed over 17,000 times since we created the YouTube Channel on March 20, 2020. As committed, we offer to you this week’s Virtual Sunday School Lesson,“Unbiased Actions”with Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield as its instructor. We also welcome Dr. Joseph Fox,of Board of Christian Education and Formation Director ofSt Luke CME Church Winston Salem, Greenville District, who offers this week’s prayer and Rev. Barbara McCollum,of Holsey Memorial CME of Winston Salem, Greenville District, who offers this week’s scripture.
151 Show Your Faith Mission Project!
We challenge each local young adult ministry/church to join us in this project. Donations can be to your local food bank!
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Do you have an exceptional young person who is dedicated to their church, school and community? Does your youth leader go beyond the call of duty for the young people? We have created a space to honor them.
The Connectional Youth Ministry is pleased to announce CYM Salutes, a program distinguishing outstanding individuals in the area of Youth Ministry within the CME Church who are making a difference. TheYouth of the MonthandYouth Leader of the Monthprogram will recognize individuals who demonstrate exemplary characteristics both in church and within the community.
To be nominated asYouth of the MonthorYouth Leader of the Month, the candidate must be an active member of the CME Church. The candidate cannot receive the award more than once between November 2021 – May 2022.
Candidates can be nominated by any member, youth or adults, of the CME Church each month. Each person can only nominate one (1) youth (12-17) and one (1) youth leader per month. Share a brief description of how this nominee exemplifies excellent character and helps young people become better leaders, citizens, and/or members in the CME church. Nomination can be submitted from the 1st– 15thof each month on our website:www.cmecym/cymsalutes.
The selected nominees will be posted onwww.cmecym/cymsalutesfor the voting period of the 20th– 25thof each month. At the end of the month, the Youth Vice President’s Council will announce one (1) youth and one (1) youth leader from each Episcopal District as the winner. The selected youth and youth leader’s name, picture, and a brief statement will be showcased on our website and social media accounts. CYM will also present Youth of the Month and Youth Leader of the Month certificates. In June, we will vote for a Youth of the Year and Youth Leader of the Year.
Our hero, the late Congressman John Lewis, said that internet access is “the civil rights issue of the 21st Century.” A high-speed home broadband (internet) connection is vital for full enfranchisement in today’s world. It opens the door to educational and economic opportunities, connects family and church communities, allows access to remote health care services, and empowers greater civic engagement and activism.
Congress recently created an Emergency Broadband Benefit giving eligible families up to $50 per month to pay for home broadband service.You may be eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit if your household has experienced a sudden loss of income during the pandemic, or is currently receiving federal benefits such as SNAP, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit, Lifeline, Pell Grants, or free and reduced-price school lunches.
Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield, General Secretary of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church’s Department of Christian Education and Formation is hosting the Annual Christian Educator’s Retreat in February 2022. You don’t want to miss this event that brings together Christian educators and leaders from across the Connectional Church. This year’s retreat will embody community and relationships as we seek to grow deeper in our commitment to discipleship.
The Women’s Missionary Council’s Executive Board Meeting for 2022will be heldFebruary 23-25, 2022. This will be a virtual meeting facilitated by Zoom and hosted by Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr. and Mrs. Carmen Williams, and the members of the Third Episcopal District(3D).
Join the Women’s Missionary Council as we celebrate 103 years of Ministry in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church! We are excited about our second virtual Executive Board Meeting. The Missionaries will share their stewardship reports of their Outstanding work that is underway in our Connectional Churches! Indeed we are staying connected during this COVID-19 pandemic!Missionaries are continuing to be successful as we “Embrace a New Era of Innovation for Greater Service”!
Online registration for theExecutive Board Meeting for 2022 is available at the Women’s Missionary Council web site at You may also download a registration form at the web site.
Additional information about the Executive Board Meeting for 2022 will be forthcoming and sent to our connectional members via email, and posted at the Women’s Missionary Council web site<https://cmewmc.org/>,the official CME Church web site, and our CME Church social media outlets.
We look forward to your participation at this virtual meeting. Please pray for the success of theExecutive Board Meeting for 2022and the Women’s Missionary Council as we continue to serve Jesus Christ and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in this present age.
In the Service of the Lord,
Dr. Jacqueline I. Scott, International President
Patron Bishop James B. Walker
Women’s Missionary Council
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
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