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Weekend Digest – May 13, 2023

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Greetings CME Members, 

We joyously announce the opening of the application process for our inaugural launch of the Ministerial Excellence Fund of the Bold Money Matters initiative of the CME Church. The initial application period will be May 1st through May 31st, 2023. We are proud to offer this historic program through the generosity of our partner, the Lilly Endowment, Inc. 

If you have a financial need and are 1) a clergy person in full connection; 2) attended all eight (8) classes of the Bold Money Matters Spring series; and 3) have a student loan, medical, or delinquent mortgage debt you are eligible to apply. Additionally, your Bishop’s endorsement is required and will be requested by the Ministerial Excellence Fund review team following award notice.  

This is a taxable grant for successful applicants.  While the financial grant potential is important, what is more valuable is the experience of participants. Even those who do not apply or are not eligible for application gain insight and knowledge as we work to advance financial literacy in the CME Church. 

You didn’t qualify this time? No worries. There will be a Fall 2023 series beginning September 5th. Be sure to follow announcements and our website at:

Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton

Ecumenical Bishop and Development Officer


We are less than a month away from The Connectional Young Adult Ministry’s WTF’23 (Word, Truth, Free) Retreat, we promise that you do NOT want to miss this retreat!

Registration is now $125 and will end on May 24th at 11:59pm CST - so make sure you register!

Sis. Tiffanie R. Thompson

CYAM President 

Sis. Jamea Grace and Sis. Toya McQueen

WTF’23 Retreat Co-Chairs


The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Community Development Corporation and Miles College partnered to sponsor a Children's Defense Fund Freedom School site June 21-July 21, serving students in grades K-12. Registration is open now, and spaces are limited. If you are searching for a safe environment designed to reduce summer learning loss and increase love for literacy, fun activities, free breakfast and lunch, field trips, and parent empowerment, register your child now!

For additional information, please call (205) 756-1413, (205) 756-5561 or e-mail:

WMC Quadrennial Assembly

Event Meal Tickets: Deadline Date to Purchase is May 30, 2023

The WMC Quadrennial Assembly will feature several events and the meal ticket fees are as follows. You may purchase your tickets online during registration. The deadline date to purchase meal tickets is May 30, 2023.

  • Prayer Breakfast: $35.00
  • Presidents' Luncheon: $45.00
  • Quadrennial Banquet: $55.00

Deadline for Souvenir Journal Ads: May 15, 2023

MEC Conference Attire
Unuty Summit 2023

Dear CME Members and Friends,

Bishop and Mrs. Kenneth W. Carter and the Fourth Episcopal District will host the Eleventh Annual CME Unity Summit and the General Connectional Board Meeting, August 20-25, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 501 Loyola Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme for this year's Unity Summit is, "Making Bold Moves" (Acts 1:8).

The Unity Summit is scheduled for Sunday, August 20, 2023 through Wednesday, August 23, 2023. The General Connectional Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 2023 through Friday, August 25, 2023.  

This message will provide you with general information about registration and reserving your room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Plan now to attend the Unity Summit's powerful training and vibrant worship sessions!

Online Registration

The registration fee for the Unity Summit is $150. Members of the General Connectional Board are expected to register.  

You may register online at and thereafter reserve your hotel room. A receipt and hotel confirmation notice will be e-mailed to you.  Please check your Junk or Spam mailbox if you do not receive a registration confirmation notice by e-mail. To request a receipt and hotel confirmation notice, e-mail

Mail-in Registration 

You may download a registration form and mail it in with your registration fee. Download a registration form here at the official CME Web site.

After your mailed in registration form is processed, you will receive a receipt and hotel reservation form via postal mail. If your e-mail address is indicated on the registration form, a receipt and hotel reservation link will be e-mailed to you. Please check your Junk or Spam mailbox if you do not receive a registration confirmation notice by e-mail. To request a receipt and hotel confirmation notice, e-mail

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

The group room rate at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is $149 per room / $176.14 per night (includes taxes of $27.14).  Please plan to register and reserve your room early!


Additional information about the 2023 Annual CME Unity Summit and General Connectional Board will be forthcoming and posted at the official CME Web site, and our CME social media platforms - Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, and e-mailed to connectional members and friends via CME Church Communications. Please pray for the success of these events. 


In the Service of the Lord,

Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr., Chair

Bishop Denise Anders-Modest, Program Chair

Bishop C.K. Heath, Finance Chair

Bishop Kenneth W. Carter, Host Bishop

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick








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

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View the Adult and Youth Virtual Church School Lesson

May 14, 2023

"Healing a Man to Walk or Jumping For Joy"

Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield, Instructor

General Secretary, DCEF

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The Christian Index

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

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Technology Discounts

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.


JUNE 11-14, 2023

Texas College, Tyler, Texas

Rev. Jeremy L. Williams, Ph.D., Institute Dean

Rev. Dr. Linda Barnett, Christian Education Director

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick,

Presiding Prelate of Eighth Episcopal District


Bishop Teresa E. Jefferson-Snorton,

Ecumenical Bishop and Development Officer,

is the 2023 Commencement Speaker


Payne Theological Seminary and

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

The 2023 Payne Theological Seminary

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 12, 2023 at 10:00 am ET

Service at Phillips Temple CME Church

3620 Shiloh Springs Rd.

Trotwood, OH


The 2023 Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10:00 am ET

Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel

1044 Alta Vista Rd.

Louisville, KY


The 2023 Louisville Presbyterian Commencement Commencement Ceremony will be livestreamed here:


Presiding Bishop Marvin F. Thomas, Sr.

of the First Episcopal District

is the Memphis Theological Seminary

2023 Commencement Speaker

The 2023 Memphis Theological Seminary

Commencement Ceremony

May 13, 2023 at 10:00 am CDT

Mullins United Methodist Church

4 North Mendenhall Rd.

Memphis, TN 38117


The 2023 Commencement Ceremony will be livestreamed on the Memphis Theological Seminary Facebook page

and a recording will be available on the Memphis Theological Seminary YouTube channel.



Congratulations to the class of 2023 and the now Dr. Rickey Smiley, Dr. Pastor Mike, Jr., and Dr. Diana Knighton for receiving honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Miles College. Caption and photos by Rev. Leon F. Parker, III, Dean of Campus and Spiritual Life and Assistant Professor of Religion, Miles College.


Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield, General Secretary of Christian Education and Formation, is teaching "The Doctrine and Polity of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church" this summer at the Memphis Theological Seminary. This online class will be held May 15-19 and is open to auditors.

Scholarship money for this class is available from the Department of Christian Education and Formation of the CME Church. To learn more about this, email Dr. Crutchfield at

To learn more about this class or sign up to audit, please call us at 901-334-5841 or email or visit


Presiding Bishop Marvin F. Thomas, Sr. of the 1st Episcopal District received an Honorary Doctorate from Stillman College.


Rev. Dr. Reginald Barnes, General Secretary of Personnel Services, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas College.


Rev. Dr. Valencia Edner, Connectional Music and Arts Ministry Coordinator, received a Doctorate in Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. Photo courtesy of Rev. Josef Sorrells.


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:


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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.



#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.