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Weekend Digest – March 18, 2023

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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

March 19, 2023

"The Celebration of Completeness

A Child is Greatest in the Kingdom"

Dr. Carmichael D Crutchfield, Instructor


The March 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.


The Sixth Episcopal District's Founders' Weekend under the leadership of Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr. will celebrate and honor the birth of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Georgia! Founders’ Weekend Spring Gathering will be hosted by mother church, Trinity CME Church, Reverend Tommie Benjamin, pastor, on Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23, 2023. Additional information is here.


CME Bishos at the 15th Consultation of Methodist Bishops held in Atlanta, GA. This body compromises of 6 Methodist denominations in United States of America. Photographs by Presiding Bishop Charley Hames, Jr. of the 9th Episcopal District.


Presiding Bishop K. Lawson Adjei of the 11th Episcopal District paid a courtesy call on the Archbishop & Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, Bishop Mndolwa to strengthen a bilateral relationship between the Church and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Tanzania. The visit was also aimed at leading the CME Church to get involved with the Tanzania Christian Council which will bring our Zion to a better recognition as formidable Christian denomination in Tanzania. Present at the meeting were 1st Lady Mercy Adjei, Mission Supervisor Dr. Nzoza Daudi, Presiding Elder of CME Dar es Salaam District and the Special Administrative Secretary to the Primate.



Celebrates Women in History Month, 2023

Focus: Women in the Education and Faith Communities supporting Students, Children/Youth, and faith-based school partnerships.

OCOS recognizes women have a long, in-depth, and expansive relationship with education, students, and schools. This relationship, of course, began in the home and initially grew in the faith community.

We could not list the hundreds of thousands of women who made such great contributions. OCOS salutes and appreciates all of them.

For Women In History Month 2023, we highlight these past and current Women who directly and indirectly have influenced the thirty-year history of the vision, mission, and work of One Church One School, teaching young people to value life and learning.


Week 2

Harriet Tubman

Bishop Teresa Elaine Jefferson-Snorton

Bishop Denise Anders Modest

Marian Wright Edelman

Dr. Theresa Duhart

Mrs. Lillian Curlett

Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins


Harriett Tubman

Born Araminta Ross, c. March 1822– March 10, 1913). She was an American abolitionist and social activist. Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 similarly-enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.


Bishop Teresa Elaine Jefferson-Snorton

Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton is a Bishop in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She became the first woman to be elevated to the episcopate in her denomination, when she was elected as the 59th CME bishop in 2010.

From 2011 to 2022 she was the presiding bishop for the fifth Episcopal District, which has oversight of CME churches in Alabama and Florida.

In 2022, she was appointed as the church’s Ecumenical Bishop and Development Officer.


Bishop Denise Anders Modest

Bishop Denise Anders-Modest was elected the 65th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church during the 40th General Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. On June 28, 2022, she made history by becoming the second female bishop in the 152-year life of this religious denomination.

Following her 2022 election, Bishop Anders-Modest was assigned as Presiding Prelate of the Second Episcopal District of the CME Church – comprising the states of Kentucky, Ohio, and Central Indiana.

Bishop Anders-Modest serves as the Chair of the Department of Christian Education and Formation.


Marian Wright Edelman is an American activist for civil rights and children's rights. She is the founder and president emerita of the Children's Defense Fund. She influenced leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.

Edelman was the first African-American woman admitted to The Mississippi Bar in 1964. She began practicing law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's Mississippi office, working on racial justice issues connected with the civil rights movement and representing activists during the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. She also helped establish the Head Start program and the Freedom Schools. 


Dr. Theresa Duhart

Dr. Theresa Duhart was elected the General Secretary of Communication and Information Technology / Chief Information Officer at the 2022 General Conference of the CME Church. The General Secretary/Chief Information Officer (CIO) oversees the Department and staff, processes, communications and technologies to ensure deliverable outcomes that support the goals of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Dr. Duhart and Dr. Princess Pegues co-founded the Communication and Information Technology (CIT) Ministry at the 1998 General Conference. Dr. Duhart served as President of the Communication and Information Technology Connectional Department from 2010-2022.

For 12 years, Dr. Duhart served as the OCOS Coordinator for the Alaska-Pacific Region in the Ninth Episcopal District. Since 2015, she has served as the Recording Secretary for the Women Missionary Council of the CME Church and will complete her term at the upcoming 20th Quadrennial Assembly. Additionally, Dr. Duhart served as Assistant Secretary of the Council from 2007-2015.  

Dr. Duhart is passionate about technology in all aspects of her life, and is most proud of having a distinguished career serving in major information technology positions at higher education institutions. She has served over 3 decades as an Information Technology professional, administrator and Chief Technology Officer in government, higher education and a public-school system, and as an adjunct faculty member and technology consultant. Dr. Duhart currently serves in the Information Technology Services Department at Highline College in Washington state overseeing campus technology support services including all computer classrooms and labs, and a budget of $4M.


Mrs. Lillian Curlett

Mrs. Lillian Curlett has served as OCOS Episcopal Director for the 3rd District CME Church for over 20 years. 

She is Executive Director at Jamison Memorial Human Resource & Development Agency St Louis, Missouri, United States.

Mrs Curlett also serves as Executive Director of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Community Development Corporation

She has many years of experience in leading complex organizations and non-profits. 

Lillian faithfully serves at Jamison Memorial Human Resource & Development Agency in St. Louis, Missouri. There she invests her time, talents, and treasures in support of After School & Summer Learning Enrichment Programs targeting children attending low-performing schools and from low-income families to improve academic performance and personal development.


Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins

Superintendent of the Michigan City Area Schools, Michigan City Indiana.

Previously, Dr. Eason-Watkins was Chief Education Officer of the Chicago Public Schools. As the lead curriculum and instruction strategist for the third-largest school district in the nation, Dr. Eason-Watkins led efforts to reform policies and institute key initiatives to diminish the lingering achievement gap. 

Prior to her appointment as CPS Chief Education Officer, Dr. Eason-Watkins was a nationally recognized school principal from the Chicago Woodlawn community. There she led in the implementation of One Church One School.

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.


Visit the OMH Black History Month website to find information about health disparities, downloadable graphics and materials, health resources, and remarks from the Administration on National Black History Month 2023. There is great information here for any time of the year!



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 <> 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.