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Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr. Will Speak At The Kentucky Council of Churches
2018 Annual Assembly
Bishop Marvin F. Thomas, Sr. will speak at the Kentucky Council of Churches 2018 Annual Assembly convening October 25-26, 2018 at the Jeffersontown Christian Church located at 10631 Taylorsville Road in Louisville, KY.
Bishop Thomas serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Second Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, which includes the Kentucky and Ohio-Central Indiana Regions. He also serves as the chair of the Department of Lay Ministry and the action pastor of the Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Cincinnati.
Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas Sr. holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in Sociology from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from The Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.Register here for the Annual Assembly:
A.C.T. to End Racism: Hard Truths in Beloved Community
October 14-17, 2018
College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center College Park, Maryland
“The reign of God is among you.” Jesus said it again and again. The disciples acted as if they believed it. They broke with their old way of life and began to walk with Jesus in a new way that honored the image of God in all people (Gen 1:26); announced good news to the poor (Luke 4:18), and welcomed all to the table (Matt 9:10-11).
The Christian Unity Gathering 2018 follows the rally of April. We will imagine the world without racism and will identify next steps to help create that world among us now.
Come to CUG to join with others in awakening to that world. Leave with a plan to start building it.
Rev. Dr. David Anderson Hooker is Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a mediator and peace builder with over 30 years of experience including serving as Senior Program Associate for the National Institute for Dispute Resolution (NIDR) in Washington, DC and Senior Fellow for Community Engagement Strategies at the JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia. Hooker is a PhD graduate of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, a graduate of Emory University’s School of Law (J.D.) and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div) and a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia. Mr. Hooker’s work has taken him to Bosnia, Croatia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Myanmar (Burma), Kenya, Uganda, and Cuba. He is the author of The Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing (2016) and co-author of Transforming Historical Harms(2012). Hooker’s primary interest is in conscious and unconscious impacts of narratives in the creation, understanding, and resolution of conflict.
Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton is the 59th Bishop and the first female Bishop in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church since its founding in 1870. She is presiding bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District, which includes the states of Alabama and Florida. Her first episcopal appointment was to the new Eleventh Episcopal District in East Africa. She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Miles College (Fairfield, AL), Chair of the Board of Directors of the Miles Foundation Service Corporation and Ecumenical Officer and Endorsing Agent for the CME Church.
Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.
Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Blackmon served in various ministry capacities for 9 years, prior to becoming ordained in the United Church of Christ and installed as the first woman and 18th pastor in the 162-year history of Christ The King United Church of Christ. A registered nurse with more than 25 years of healthcare experience, Rev. Blackmon’s clinical focus was cardiac care and in latter years her focus shifted to mobile healthcare in underserved communities with the greatest health disparities in her region. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Birmingham – Southern College (1985), and a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (2009).
Dear C.M.E. Family,
The bishops and general officers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, along with the president/dean of Phillips School of Theology, gathered September 26-28 in a working retreat to envision together directions for a new quadrennium.
The body carefully drafted what we agreed upon as a new mission statement for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, as follows:
The mission of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be disciples of Jesus the Christ by serving individuals, communities and the world as the representative, loving presence of God and as witnesses to God’s salvation and grace.
After drafting the mission statement, the body drafted the following vision statement:
The vision of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be a transforming church for Jesus the Christ within a changing world.
As the days move forward, and the leadership of the denomination works through a strategic plan as directed by the General Conference and puts “flesh to bones” by naming connectional commissions and committees for the quadrennium, we expect these statements to guide the directions of our plans.
Please pray with and for the leadership of the CME Church as we seek to be the disciples God calls us to be.
+ Lawrence L. Reddick III
Note: The Mission Statement and Vision Statement are posted under the menu, About The CME Church, Our Mission & Beliefs.