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Weekend Digest – June 18, 2022





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June 18, 2022

A digest of announcements, news, special events, resources and more.

The Weekend News Digest is online.

Bishop Godwin T. Umoette

Presiding Prelate of the Tenth Episcopal District


            The funeral services and activities for Bishop Godwin Thompson Umoette, the 60th bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, has been slated for the weekend of August 26-27-28, 2022. Friday, August 26th will be dedicated to family and other activities; Saturday, August 27th, will be a funeral and burial at Ikot Akpan Ishiet (near Eket, Nigeria); and a memorial service on Sunday, August 28th, 2022 at the All Saints’ CME Church, Ikot Akpan Ishiet.

           Persons interested in flying from the United States to the funeral should plan to fly into Lagos, Nigeria, with intentions to fly farther from Lagos to Uyo, Nigeria. Further information will be given sometime in June 2022 or made public at the General Conference.

           Bishop Umoette died February 26, 2022. U.S. persons who wish to send condolences to Mrs. Elizabeth Umoette can still do so by addressing her at: Mrs. Elizabeth Umoette, Tenth Episcopal District, P. O. Box 15641, Fort Worth, Texas 76119. Mrs. Joyce Johnson of Fort Worth, who assisted both Bishops Carter and the late Bishop Umoette, will see that this is forwarded to her.



                                                                   + Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick   


Announcing the 2022-2023

Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education

(CCPE) Program

Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education Program, an educational experience for ministers and laypersons of all denominations to enhance their professional pastoral skills and personal development but are unable to be in a traditional CPE program due to time or other restrictions. It also enables probationary ministers in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) to meet the requirement of one unit of CPE for full connection clergy membership. This unique program brings ministers from across the country together and in small groups for interactive, reflective learning using their own community and place of ministry as the context.


The electronic application packet is available at

  The application includes several forms as well as essay questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Space is limited in each group, so apply early!

 For more information, send an email to:

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Released by Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton

CME Endorsing Agent for Chaplaincy and CPE Program Coordinator

 Send applications and fees payable to “Academy for Public Theology” to:

Connectional CPE Program Academy for Public Theology

P. O. Box 13383 Birmingham, AL 35202


Email to:

 and pay fees at

View online

The College of Bishops

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 

June 13, 2022 

Statement on Mass Shootings and Gun Violence

Several weeks ago, many of us were perplexed and saddened at the news of the mass shooting which occurred at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Somehow as perplexed and saddened as we were, there was nothing to indicate that this mass shooting would become the first in a series of mass shootings to occur across this country in the following weeks. These mass shootings from Buffalo, to Uvalde, TX, to Philadelphia, PA, to Smithsburg, MD, to Chattanooga, TN, to Tulsa, OK and other places on the growing list of mass shootings have taken the lives of innocent people, injured many others, and devastated countless families and communities.

 Our neighbors became victims as they were going about the routines of everyday life. These places which should have been considered safe, such as a supermarket, elementary school, job sites, and places of worship, however for the victims and survivors, these sites were anything but safe. Recent mass shootings have taken the lives of people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. Whereas the ages and walks of life have been different for the victims, the common cry from their spilled blood is, when will this stop?

As we grieve with the families on both sides of these mass shootings, we too join the loud chorus of people calling for the end of gun violence. This will require more than token attempts at sensible gun reform. We can all agree now is the time for bold action to curb gun violence in this country. Marches and protests are good, and we applaud those who are leading these efforts across the nation. We are encouraged by the overwhelming number of protests and people taking to the streets of this nation demanding action to stop gun violence. But until systemic changes are made, we will continue to see people dying at the hands of persons with guns for evil reasons. Protection of 2nd Amendment rights is one thing but in the real world and for people of faith, it should not supplant the commandment which says, “You shall not murder (Exodus 20:13).”

We, like many of you, are encouraged by the efforts coming out of the Biden Administration, from Capitol Hill, as well as from some local and state governments across the nation. But until real change occurs, we should hear our call to action from the words of one the hymns of the church, “Hark the Voice of Jesus Calling”, ringing in our collective ears, “Let none hear you idly saying, “There is nothing I can do,” while the souls of {people} are dying, and the Master calls for you. Take the task he gives you gladly, let His work your pleasure be; answer quickly when He calleth, “Here am I, send me, send me!”

What is our call to action in response to these mass shootings and the problem of gun violence? We recommend the following steps that we all can take at every level of our Connection:

1.    Continue to pray for the victims’ families, the nation, as well as all parties involved.

2.    Hold gun violence conversations in your sanctuary or on zoom with members of your congregation and community.

3.    Participate, if you feel led to do so in peaceful gun violence rallies in your communities.

4.    Contact your elected officials and express the need for urgent action from them leading to real change.

5.    Begin now researching candidates for elected offices at every level in your voting precinct to find out their views on gun violence and make your voice heard through the ballot box.


Although we face challenging odds, we remain encouraged and hopeful that God will bring us through. Blessings!


The College of Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church:

Christian Education & Formation


CME CED Church School VIRTUAL Lesson

Available for 6/19/2022


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, “All Things Put Right” with Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield as its instructor.  We welcome Rev. Cassandry Redmond-Keys, who is a CME pastor in the Seventh Episcopal District, who offers us our prayer. We also welcome Rev. Denise Anders-Modest, who is a CME pastor of the First Episcopal District, 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.  

The Hub

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 or the Department of Christian Education and Formation website at

Special Conversations / Forums / Workshops

Dear CME Family,

On this Monday, June 20, 2022 at 8 PM ET, join Dr. Skip Mason as he shares with some of the General Conference team and get a preview of the General Conference including registration, hotels, ground transportation, the convention center, special events, food and restaurants, special needs, young adults activities, communications and social media, technology tools (for speaking and voting) and live streaming, souvenir booklet, exhibits and vendors and the General Conference Music.  

Dr. Pene Woods, Executive Secretary

Dr. Roderick Lewis, General Secretary of Publications

Dr. Theresa Duhart, President, Communications and Information Technology (CIT) Connectional Department

Rev. Valencia Edner, Coordinator, Connectional Ministry and Arts (CMAM) Ministry

Rev. Pansy Washington, Conference Consultant, College of Bishops

Mrs. Clarice Chattman, Local Host Committee Chair

Brother Evon Peterson, Local Young Adult Committee Chair

Mrs. CheRhonda Greenlee, Local Host Committee

Rev. Ian Gibson, Local Host Committee Member


You will not want to miss this conversation! Spread the word and join us.  

Coming up- June 24- July 1– Daily Conversations and Recaps with Dr. Skip Mason (Time to be announced)


You will not want to miss this conversation! Spread the word and join us. 

View Live on the Official CME Facebook Page and the CME YouTube Channel

Connectional Prayer Ministry
Connectional Prayer Ministry – Prayer Call (Week #25)
General Conference 2022

The Thirty-Ninth Quadrennial Session and the Fortieth General Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will convene June 25-July 1, 2022 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, OH, Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, St. along with the Second Episcopal District will host the General Conference. 

General Information  

General information and everything you need to know about the 2022 General Conference is available at the General Conference Web site and the official CME Web site . Visit online to view information about registration for guests and visitors, hotels, the Schedule, discounted airfare rates, ground transportation, vendors, scooter rentals, and much more. 

View the General Conference Programme and Schedule here. Download the Information Sheet here

Smartphones are welcomed at the General Conference and will be a method to connect and engage with the delegates and alternates using text messaging and other alert notifications. 

Stay informed during the General Conference with the CMEChurch app. Get up to date information, room locations, alert notifications and much more on the CMEChurch app. Before you arrive to General Conference, please download the CMEChurch app through your mobile device’s play store – search for CMEChurch.  

Official announcements, news and updates from the General Conference will be posted at the official CME Web site, the CME Facebook page, the CMEChurch app, Twitter (#CMEGC22 and #IAMCME) and e-mailed to connectional members and friends. 

Social Media 

Join in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat using #CMEGC22 and #IAMCME. Please post using these hashtags when you are traveling to and from the General Conference and taking selfies, pictures of friends, leadership and fellow CME’s! During the General Conference, please post about the activities and events using these hashtags, too. 

The CME Social Media team will post to the CME Facebook page and Twitter (#CMEGC22 and #IAMCME) and this information will be shared with the CME General Conference page.

Meet Safely at the General Conference!


View the General Conference Web Site

Graduate Cincinnati Hotel – Overflow hotel for the General Conference

Attention Candidates Seeking Connectional Church Offices at the General Conferences: Visit the Election Portal for Information and Online Application

Candidate Vendor Package and Campaign Material Distribution is here

Discounted Airline Fares

Delta Airlines Discounted Airfares to the General Conference

TRAVEL DATES: June 20, 2022 – July 6, 2022


F / J / C / D / Y / P / I 10%  

B / M / H / Q / K / L 5%  

U / T / V / X 2%  

Please click here to book your flights!

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMVF3

American Airlines Discounted Airfares to the General Conference

TRAVEL DATES: June 21, 2022 – July 4, 2022

4% off published fares (excluding basic economy and non-discountable fares) 

Authorization Number:  A2962GB 

The discount can be booked on-line at for AA/AE flights only. Use the Authorization Number noted above without the preceding A as the You will need to input the Authorization Number after submitting your travel information. 

For ten or more travelers on a specific flight, space must be blocked by AA Group & Meeting Travel and is subject to a deposit. Noncompliance is subject to space cancellation.

Announcements and News

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#BlackChurches4Broadband Encourages Families to Sign up for Emergency Broadband (Internet) Benefit

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.

Visit to learn more about eligibility and how to sign up.

View on Demand CME Events



Bishop Thomas L. Brown’s Sr. presentation on Vibrant Local Church Promotion in the CME Church,“A Training Manual for Vibrant Local Church Development and Planting New Churches,” is available here.

Events by the Commission on Archives and History of the CME Church

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