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Weekend Digest – November 5, 2022

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November 5, 2022

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

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Get Ready to Get Into Some Good Trouble!


Get Ready to get into some Good trouble! Join Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr., Bishop Charley Hames, Jr. and the Good Trouble team as we get into some Good, Necessary Trouble on November 6 @7:00 PM CST. We Look Forward to sharing with each of you as we energize and increase our engagement for the 2022 Midterm Elections.

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Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr., Bishop Charley Hames, Jr. and the Good Trouble Team

Chris Washington

James Blackman 


Register in advance for the meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Rev. Dr. Leon C. Moore, Jr.

General Secretary of Evangelism and Missions

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church


Dear CME Members and Friends, 

The Phillips School of Theology will host the virtual Twenty-Seventh Pastors’ Conference & Seventy-Ninth Founders’ Celebration, January 9-10, 2023.

The theme is, Being Bold: In an Era of Hashtags, Likes, Follows and a Centuries Old Jesus. This year’s Pastors’ Conference is a milestone as we celebrate our 27th annual event and third virtual one! The Pastors’ Conference will be live streamed via Zoom on Monday and Tuesday, January 9-10, 2023. The Chapel Service will be held Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 11:00 AM and live streamed via the ITC Zoom platform.

The registration fee for the Pastors’ Conference & Founders’ Celebration is $100. Online registration is available here . You may download a registration form here

For additional information, please contact 404-527-7768.  

We look forward to your presence at the virtual Pastors’ Conference and Founders’ 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 

Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr., Chair Board of Trustees

Phillips School of Theology at ITC


We are excited to announce the Save the Date for the May 2023 Connectional Young Adult Ministry! We hope to see you in Hartford, CT! Follow our social media pages for more information!




Adult and Youth Virtual Church School Lesson

Available for 11/6/2022


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, “God Chooses Us” with Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield as its instructor. We welcome Kali James, who is a member of Greater Miles Chapel CME Church in Tyler TX, and the Episcopal Representative for the 8th for the CYAM, who offers us our prayer. We also welcome Jamea Grace, who is a member of Parkwood Institutional CME Church in Charlotte, NC, and Vice-President of the CYAM, who offers 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. 


View/Download the Newsletter here.


The October 2022 issue of The Christian Index is available for purchase for online viewing here.


The General Department of Communication and Information Technology (CIT) has established partnerships with Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Mobile Beacon and Zoom through our membership with TechSoup. All CMEs including our local churches, members, Presiding Elder’s Districts, Episcopal Districts, Bishops, General Officers, and other Connectional leaders can save from 5%-50% on technology products from top vendors! Spread the word about these discounts to members in your local church! Shop at the Technology Portal.

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Official Statement from the College of Bishops

Regarding Midterm Elections

L-R: Bishop B. Julian Smith is shown at the left of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Dr. Jessie Douglas is shown at the right of Dr. King.

Greetings in the Name of Elohim, Adonai, and Jehovah Jireh!

Two pictures comes to mind seven days before these midterm elections. One photo features the late Bishop B. Julian Smith on the left of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in March 1968. Another photo features an Albino CME Pastor, the late Dr. Jessie L Douglas! He was Dr. King’s personal soloist.

If they were present today, I wonder what their response would be to the kidnapping attempt on Nancy Pelosi’s life. What would they say in the aftermath of the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol? What would they say to people living in their cars because they can’t access affordable housing?

They could say a myriad of things, but their actions would be the same. It would be going to the polls and voting to make the change this country desperately needs! Our democracy, morality, and ethics are on the ballot.

The fight for voters’ rights is still much alive today as it was throughout the country’s history. And it is time for us to use the power of our vote to make our voices heard.

Get Involved!

As a church, you can use your van to take people to the polls while maintaining social distance. Don’t have a van? Raise an offering to provide Uber rides to the polls! Partner with other community-based organizations to get the people to vote.

Organize a run/walk to the polls day! Give a gas card or gift card to the person who got the most people registered to vote and cast a ballot. Have a “date day” at the polls! You can make it to the polling place or mail your ballot to be counted.

The Bible says, In 2 Samuel 24:1 Again, the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.” If King David took a census, why are we not trusting the same for our people when poverty has moved from a temporary condition to now a social class in America? We must mobilize and vote because our lives depend on it!

Please know that Faith without a Vote is Dead! The choice is yours, for the one you feed is the one that Wins!

In addition, We encourage congregations to consider using the church’s parking lots and/ or the front of the church building as a 2022 Voter and Voting Encouragement Center by devoting some time over the next few days to either place “please vote on or before November 8th” on signage in front of your church or designate certain times when members of the congregation will stand in front of the church holding voting encouragement signs.

This communication serves as an official statement on behalf of the College of Bishops!

Bishop Charley Hames, Jr. Commission on Social Justice and Human Concern, Chair

Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Vice Chair

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick

Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.

Bishop Kenneth W. Carter

Bishop James B. Walker

Bishop Sylvester Williams, Chair, College of Bishops

Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, Secretary

Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas

Bishop C.K. Heath

Bishop Denise Anders-Modest

Bishop Charley Hames, Jr

Bishop Ricky D. Helton

Bishop Kwame Lawson Adjei

Bishop Marshall Gilmore, Retired

Bishop Othal H Lakey, Retired

Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, Sr., Retired

Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., Retired

Bishop C. James King, Jr., Retired


Fifth Episcopal District Newsletter from

Bishop C.K.Heath


The 10th Episcopal District Launches a New Web Site!



Requesting Funds for Bishop Lawrence Reddick


Please be aware that there is a scam going out related to me asking for monies to prepare for retirement in 2026. It asks for contributions so that I will be able to buy another house (since I live in an episcopal residence). 

It is possibly an email, but it may also be a telephone text message.

DO NOT RESPOND to such a scam. If you can, forward it to me at

I would never make such a request!!!   Keep your money!!!

Thank you for attention to this! And thank you for ignoring such a request should you get it!!



+ Lawrence Reddick



Targeting Bishop James B. Walker


Dear CME Family and Friends,

Please be advised that scammers are sending out solicitations to appear as if they are from the email account of Bishop James B. Walker.

Here is the contact information being used:

From: “Bishop James B. Walker” <>


Please do not respond to these solicitations.

It is our policy to notify connectional members regarding scams that target the leadership and ministries of the CME Church. Please be aware of the scam! Your prompt attention to this message is most appreciated.

Presiding Bishop James B. Walker

Seventh Episcopal District

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church


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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.


Thanks to the CME Social Media team for their outstanding support at the General Conference (Dr. Theresa Duhart, Rev. Dr. Amariah McIntosh; Mrs. Sharon Doss; Rev. Kornelius Neal, official photographer; Ms. Toya McQueen; Mr. Evon Peterson; Rev. Cyreeta Collins; and Rev. Cameron Kuykindall).

The Episcopal Address by Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton from the 2022 General Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is available for viewing and downloading here.

Photo Albums of the 2022 General Conference can be viewed at the official CME Facebook page.

View the Episcopal Address and Worship Services Video Series.


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