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, “Receiving A Good Inheritance” with Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield as its instructor. We welcome Tiffany White, who teaches Church School on Wednesday and works with the Children’s Ministry of Phillips Memorial CME Church in Phoenix, Arizona, who offers us our prayer. We also welcome Ashley Williams, who is a member of Phillips Chapel CME in Albuquerque, NM, who offers us our scripture reading. The video includes music, scripture, lecture, challenge, and application. It may be utilized in concert with your existing Sunday School or in substitution given the personal distancing parameters we are experiencing. For example, this video might be viewed by members in your congregations with a conference call held during the regular Sunday School period to offer facilitated discussion and review. There are CME Certified Christian Educators across the Episcopal Districts ready to offer assistance and creative solutions in concert with what we have done and are doing. Even during this crisis, we must be concerned about the spiritual needs of our congregations in addition to their physical and health needs. We welcome your feedback as we seek to expand the resources from the Department of Christian Education & Formation.
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The CYM (Connectional Youth Ministry) features The HUB After Hours, an opportunity for young people to explore traditional Church School lessons delivered right to their favorite electronic devices. Using the FREE app Nearpod, our Youth Vice Presidents and other youth teachers will provide engaging lessons that include everyday application, biblical instruction, learning activities, challenges, praise breaks, collaborations, prayer time, games and so much more. These lessons will be available every week and more can be found at www.cmecym.org/thehub or the Department of Christian Education and Formation website at www.thecmechurchced.org.
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Meet the Candidates for Bishop
“¶426.1 A Bishop in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church shall be constituted by the election of the General Conference and the laying on hands of three Bishops or at least one Bishop and two Elders.”
The Book of Discipline of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 2018
Sunday, May 15,2022 ~ 5 PM ET
Coming up- Sunday, May 22nd 5:00 p.m. Meet the Candidates for Bishop: Dr. Charley Hames, Dr. C. Kelby Heath, Dr. Ricky Helton, Rev. Manuel Henderson.
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Announcements and News
NCC Announces Interim President and General Secretary – Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie
In its spring meeting on May 10, the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) welcomed Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie to her first business meeting of the NCC Governing Board as Interim President and General Secretary. Bishop McKenzie started in the position on April 1, 2022, and has immersed herself in the work of the organization. This initial period of exploration culminated in a Board retreat held last week in Montgomery, Alabama with programming that built upon NCC’s current priority, the “A.C.T. NOW to End Racism” initiative that was started in 2018.
“The National Council of Churches is blessed to have Bishop McKenzie in this key leadership role. She brings the necessary insight, expertise, and ecumenical commitment to the Council” said Board Chair, Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, who is also the Presiding Bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
“The entire Board is excited to have Bishop McKenzie,” added Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, NCC Governing Board Vice Chair.
“I am honored to have been invited to serve the National Council of Churches. I look forward to the opportunity to enhance the great work that the NCC has already done and look for strategic ways to amplify its voice. It is critical in this season of divisiveness in our country that we remain vigilant and visible advocates and bridge builders.” Bishop McKenzie.
Prior to this assignment Bishop McKenzie served as the 117th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was the first female elected to episcopal office in the more than two-century-old AME Church and is the first female to serve as President of the Council of Bishops and President of the General Board. She has served as presiding bishop in Southern Africa – Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique and Lesotho and in the United States in Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas.
She no stranger to ecumenical ministry. She has been a delegate, preacher and/or presenter to ecumenical bodies including the World Methodist Council and the World Council of Churches.
Bishop McKenzie is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Howard University, School of Religion and has an earned doctorate from United Theological Seminary.
Bishop McKenzie has been active in social justice issues for more than three decades. She was appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama to be on the inaugural White House Commission of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnership. This group worked on behalf of Americans committed to improving their communities, no matter their religious or political beliefs. She was named by Huffington Post in 2014 as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women Around the World.
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