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Weekend Digest – February 25, 2023

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The Weekend News Digest is online.

Note: If you’d like to share photos of events in the Episcopal Districts and Presiding Elder’s District or connectional activities for the Weekend Digest, CME Web site and social media outlets, please email them to along with a caption.


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


Attention all clergy who’ve joined us for the Bold Money Matters educational series: mark your calendars for next week’s class on Tuesday at 8pm EST! We’ve got even more expert insights, practical tips, and valuable tools to help you and your community achieve financial literacy and stability. See you there! #BoldMoneyMatters #FinancialLiteracyForClergy #NextWeek #InvestInYourselfAndYourCommunity 💰💸🙏🏼” 

W.T.F. 23







August 24-25, 2023


PURSUANT TO Paragraph 1000.6 of The Book of Discipline, Revised 2018, the General Connectional Board of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will meet Thursday and Friday, August 24-25, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113.  The opening session is scheduled to begin at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, August 24.

This meeting will be in person. Persons in attendance shall be required to observe COVID protocols, including masks and the request to be vaccinated and boosted. 



+ Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick


View the Adult and Youth Virtual Church School Lesson

Available for 2/19/2023

“An Important Role” 2/26/23

Dr. Carmichael D Crutchfield, Instructor


The February 2023 issue of The Christian Index is available for purchase for online viewing here.


The General Department of Communication and Information Technology (CIT) has established vendor partnerships with Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Mobile Beacon and Zoom. 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.


5th Sunday Fellowship Service, hosted by Holsey Temple CME Church, Tampa, Rev Dr Lawrence Jefferson-Snorton, pastor. The prayers, readings, dramatic presentation and music were a fitting tribute to Black History. Bishop C.K. Heath and Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton with Presiding Elder Dr. James Morris were in attendance at the service.


9th Episcopal District Presiding Bishop Charley Hames, Jr. and First Lady Michelle Gaskill-Hames visit Amos Temple CME Riverside, CA (Pastor & Mrs. Terry Tapley).


Connectional Youth Ministry (CYM) VP’s Damarion King and Rev. Cameron Kuykindall and CYM Director Rev. Cyreeta Collins visit Mt. Pisgah CME Church (Pastor Willie Ward, Jr. ) in Memphis, TN.


One Church One School Black History Statement 2023

A Community Partnership Program

       7841 S. Wabash Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60619

(773) 651-0071


February 17, 2023 

Over the past 30 years, One Church One School partnerships have integrated Black History throughout the year in many of their programs and activities. We, therefore, heartily join the nation in its celebration of Black history and achievement during the month of February, as founded by Carter G. Woodson. 

The history of Black people in America cannot be written without including the major influence of the black church and education on the achievement of Black people in America amid racism, poverty, and discrimination. 

We appreciate the recent positive and historical media attention to the Black Church, Gospel, and Spiritual Music. One Church One School is directly linked to that element of the historical Black Church’s emphasis on education from our slavery roots in this country to this present day. Education, literacy, and spirituality are inseparable to many in the African American community. (Tripses, J., & Scroggs, L. (2009). Spirituality and respect: Study of a model school–church– community collaboration. School Community Journal, 19(1), 77–98.

One Church One School not only uses Black History Month to reflect on the history of church/school partnerships in the black community; we extend appreciation and commendations to all in the faith community who have worked with students and volunteered in schools to improve academic achievement, promote positive social behavior and personal development, and bring about healthier communities. Our knowledge and understanding of how historical, black faith-based/school partnerships succeeded in educating and socializing students as well as building communities, leads us to this day. 

Currently many sources are reporting academic failure, increased school absenteeism and high socio-emotional needs of our elementary and high school students; not to mention, the number of black children who live in poverty and the number who are homeless. (Children’s Defense Fund, State of America’s Children). 

One Church One School encourages all during this Black History Month to recommit to the mission and goals of OCOS (Teaching the Value of Life and Learning-Utilizing Faith-based partnerships to increase student academic achievement, improve proper social behavior and personal development.) We can propel to our current condition those foundational elements that are central to the legacy of our ancestors: educational excellence, community, collaboration, caring, integrity, and respect. 

The legacy of Carter G. Woodson, Mary Mcleod Bethune, Bishop Isaac Lane and all the black educators and faith leaders who uplifted our people through education, faith and spiritual development are the foundation for One Church One School.


Prayerfully Submitted, 

Mrs. Kelli D. Williamson-Key, OCOS Administrator

Dr. Phedonia J. Johnson . OCOS Executive Director            

Bishop Henry M.Williamson, Sr., (Retired), OCOS President & Founder 


The 10th Episcopal District Web Site:


View or Download the Liturgical Calendar by Dr. Ore Spragin, Editor of The Christian Index:

View or Download the Stewardess Liturgical Calendar by Mrs. Jolinda Dugger, President of Connectional Stewardesses:


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.



Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters-

I pray that this communication finds you and your loved ones doing exceedingly well and healthy.  

I want to share with you this unique opportunity for graduates of HBCU to earn a full tuition Scholarship at Suffolk University Law School. 

Please see the link below for brief information and details. The deadline is April 1, 2023; please do pass this along.  

Peace and Blessings,

Shannon Faulk

General Secretary-Department of Lay Ministries

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Suffolk University Law School (Boston) is excited to announce the Thaddeus Alexander Kitchener Scholarship. This award will guarantee full-tuition scholarships at Suffolk Law for all students who are admitted to and enroll in a JD program at Suffolk Law in 2023, agree to commit to Suffolk Law via the Binding Early Decision HBCU Program, and have received their undergraduate degree by the time of enrollment at Suffolk Law from one of the historically Black colleges and universities (“HBCUs”) listed above.

HBCU graduates who are not ready to commit to Suffolk Law through the Binding Early Decision HBCU Program will still be awarded the Thaddeus Alexander Kitchener Scholarship. Students who earn their bachelor’s degree from one of the HBCUs listed below and are admitted to start a JD program at Suffolk Law in 2023 will be awarded:

  • $35,000 per year in the full-time program, or
  • $25,000 per year in the part-time evening program.

These awards will be renewed each year so long as the student remains in good academic standing at Suffolk Law.

The list of HBCUs is provided at the information link above.

The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) Scholarship Program <…/for-students/scholarships/> provides scholarships for Black Students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills and a commitment to community service. In addition to receiving a scholarship award, selected recipients are invited to participate in The ELC’s Honors Symposium, a multi-day professional development experience offering exclusive career development and networking opportunities.experience offering exclusive career development and networking opportunities.


Be a U.S. citizen

Identify as Black, African American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, or other African descent

Enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university

Demonstrate financial need

Not be a dependent of an ELC member

Scholarships Available:


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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.