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August 21, 2017 - Atlanta, GA) The Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church fed over 1,000 persons at a Homeless Banquet on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Atlanta Civic Center during its Sixth Annual Unity Summit and Lay Institute.  “From the Seats to the Streets” was an initiative to encourage and serve the homeless, provide counseling and a health fair.  Four homes with clear deeds and titles were donated by local CME churches and the Sixth Episcopal District to individuals in Atlanta and Fort Worth, Texas to help combat homelessness. Additionally, two Historically Black Colleges of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church offered assistance to the homeless.  Miles College (Birmingham, AL) will provide several full scholarships with housing for the homeless. Paine College (Augusta, GA) is committed to providing three full dormitory housing for homeless students.
The Homeless Banquet was a collaborative initiative with a major financial institution, the CME Church, various sponsors, and entities. Several homeless shelters in the greater Atlanta area are closing soon and the CME Church is working with other organizations to address homelessness and poverty.  Local television stations (Channel 2, 5, 11 and 46) covered the Homeless Banquet.  Over 700 members of the CME denomination from around the United States including 43 students from Miles  based leaders from the Atlanta area, Dr. Charles Steele Jr., National President and CEO of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Pastor Timothy McDonald of First Iconium Baptist Church, addressed the gathering. 
The featured speaker at the Homeless Banquet was Mr. Richard Montanez, PepsiCo's director of multicultural sales and marketing, North America.  Montanez began his career with PepsiCo as a janitor in 1976 and is now a visionary leader who has developed new systems and products for PepsiCo including Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.  Montanez told his rags to riches story and provided an uplifting message to the men and women who attended the Homeless Banquet while encouraging them to never give up on their dreams.   The corporate power structure that could have ignored Montanez or co-opted his idea instead saw his potential, mentored and promoted him.  Montanzez has met many U.S. presidents, spoken at the United Nations, serves on several boards, and teaches leadership to MBA students at a California university.

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church leaders addressed the Homeless Banquet initiative before serving individuals.

(L-R) Bishop Kenneth W. Carter, guest speaker Mr. Richard Montanez, (PepsiCo) and his wife, and Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick.

Counselors provided assistance to individuals. Atlanta CME churches prepared care packages.

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The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Feeds Over 1,000 Homeless Persons at a Banquet in  Atlanta and Donates Four Homes and Housing Resources to Help Combat Homelessness

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
August 21, 2017
CME Unity Summit – Atlanta, GA


            The College of Bishops of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church speaks to issues in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017, during which white supremacists, Nazis, and other racist groups gathered with guns and other weapons and chanted racist slogans.  Violence ensued, many were harmed and one person was killed

            The very nature of the racism displayed and the disrespect for human life are a massive thorn in the flesh of a nation already seething with unrest.  The presentation of bigotry, violence and murder from Charlottesville and other cities is not the nation we wish to be or to present to the world.

            We appreciate and promote the words of former President Barack Obama during the crisis, mainly, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion ….”

            The College of Bishops calls upon President Donald J. Trump, all branches of the Federal Government and all Americans of conscience to stand for righteousness and justice, without equivocation in language or actions.  We denounce and we call upon civic and faith leaders of all kinds to denounce bigotry, hate language, and racism of all kinds. 

            We call the CME Church to be a church of action, first, by praying. Pray for those who have been victims of hate, racism, bigotry and violence. Pray for those who perpetrate these injustices and for the softening of their hearts. Pray for leaders to have the courage to speak truth to power. Second, we call on the church to get involved! Every local church and every pastor should get involved in their communities in anti-racism advocacy and action. We must stand, speak, challenge, and demand “freedom and justice” for all with faith and fervor!


Bishop Lawrence Reddick, Senior Bishop         

Bishop Marvin Thomas, Chair

Bishop Henry Williamson
Bishop Thomas Brown, Sr.
Bishop Kenneth W. Carter
Bishop James B. Walker
Bishop Sylvester Williams
Bishop Teresa E. Jefferson-Snorton, Secretary
Bishop Godwin Umoette
Bishop Bobby R. Best

Bishop C. James King
Bishop Paul A. G. Stewart, retired
Bishop E. Lynn Brown, retired
Bishop Ronald Cunningham, retired
Bishop Othal Lakey, retired
Bishop William Graves, retired
Bishop Marshall Gilmore, retired

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(Prepared by Rev. Dr. Ore Spragin, the Editor of the Christian Index)


The CME Board of Chaplains, under the leadership of Bishop Teresa Snorton (CME Endorsing Agent), will host its regular breakfast meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 2016 at 6:30 am and its quadrennial retreat on Friday-Saturday morning, January 19- 20, 2018 for all endorsed chaplains, chaplains/ministers in specialized settings and any other interested persons. These events are in conjunction with the Phillips School of Theology Pastors' Conference and Founder's Day Celebration and will be held at The Westin-Atlanta Airport, 4736 Best Road, Atlanta, GA 30337. The Retreat begins on Friday at 4 p.m. and ends on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  Additional information and the registration form is here.