Apply Now for Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program for 2017-2018
Applications are being accepted for the Connectional Clinical Pastoral Education Program, an educational experience for ministers and laypersons of all denominations to enhance their professional pastoral skills and personal development but are unable to be in a traditional CPE program due to time or other restrictions. It also enables probationary ministers in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) to meet the requirement of one unit of CPE for full connection clergy membership. This unique program brings ministers from across the country together and in small groups for interactive, reflective learning using their own community and place of ministry as the context.
The program will begin with the first intensive session August 21-24, 2017 at the CME Unity Summit at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, GA. The second intensive week will be January 8-10, 2018 in Atlanta at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, the site of the Phillips School of Theology Pastors Conference. A third face-to-face meeting of the group for final evaluations is determined by the group. Read more here.
Renovations Underway to Convert
Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital to a Health Care Facility for Those
with Special Needs
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New Online Pastoral Report Forms
The College of Bishops is pleased to announce a new standardized online Pastor’s Form! The new Pastor’s Form provides many benefits. For convenience purposes, the form is posted at the top of all pages on this site. Additionally the Pastor’s Form is available on the CME Church mobile app which can be downloaded free from your mobile device’s store <search for CMEChurch>. This project has been an evolving initiative of the Communication and Information Technology (CIT) Connectional Department. It is our goal for the new Pastor’s Form to meet the needs of our connectional leadership, pastors and members.
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Presiding Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr. and religious leaders and Shelby County Schools (TN) Superintendent Dorsey Hopson announce One Church One School Initiative.
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and prominent leaders of local faith-based organizations are announcing the new "One Church One School" initiative. The initiative urges more support from the faith-based community to help improve student achievement and strengthen neighborhoods.
Outside of the Shelby County Board of Education building, dozens of church leaders and stakeholders in the Mid-South gathered to push for the religious community to do more to better the school district.
"Black, white, red, and yellow faith leaders, this is a call for all faith leaders, Christians, Jewish, Muslim, believers and unbelievers to come together to support America's most important resource, our children to make sure that they receive an excellent education," Bishop Henry Williamson said.
"We want parents involved!” Bishop E. Lynn Brown said. “We got to get parents involved. It starts in the home and that's what we're going to do." Read more here.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson keynoted the April 4th tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church, where First District Presiding Prelate Bishop Henry M. Williamson Sr. helped reveal plans for the renovation and conversion of the historic Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital building. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley). Read more here.
An invitation to Attend the 2017 Connectional Lay Institute and Unity Summit from General Secretary of Lay Ministry
Dr. Clifford L. Harris
View on Demand the Live Stream of the 146th Founder's Day Celebration of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church! This historical event was held on Saturday, December 17 and streamed from Mother Liberty CME Church in Jackson, TN.
Over 300 CME's from across the state of Georgia joins Presiding Bishop Kenneth W. Carter as he calls for a State Wide Economic Justice day at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.
2016-2020 Connectional Young Adult Ministry (CYAM)
President - Amina S. McIntyre
Vice President - Kianna Ruff
Secretary - Toya McQueen
Assistant Secretary - Jamea Grace
Treasurer - Tiffanie Thompson
Chaplain - Kenneth Pettigrew
2016-2020 Episcopal Representatives
1 JD Washington
2 Brandon Beaty Alexander
3 DaLisa Portley
4 Princess Woodard
5 Crystal Waddy
6 Tyisha Hampton
7 Shannah Bateman
8 Quitney Pryor
9 Danica Henderson
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Senior Bishop Reddick, along with 9 other faith leaders, addressed reporters at the National Press Club (June 21. 2017) in order to speak out against the cuts in the budget sent to Congress by President Donald Trump.
Statement for National Press Club by Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
We come as women and men of faith. Though separated by physical distances, cultural differences and faith traditions, many of us united in prayer and fasting in May, directed toward God’s intervention in the politics of the United States, especially as it relates to the poor and vulnerable. We pray for wisdom for our governmental leaders, but we are committed to continued advocacy for those most in need of society’s safety nets.
We agree that the purposes of government include providing for the common good, for security and protection. But we know that prosperity and privileges are not commonly identifiable in every sector of our society. While for some these are the best of times that might allow for cuts in the national budget, for others they are the worst of times and cuts will prove devastating.
Among the churches I visit, we serve many who are stressed to keep roofs over their heads; and many -- even working persons -- stretch to make ends meet, monthly. There still are people who must decide during the month between food or medicine, or between rent and food. Safety nets such as SNAP and Medicaid are still essential to improving the opportunities of the poor.
As faith leaders with international ministries, we also believe there are needs outside this nation which we as a leading world nation should respond to. And so, we adapt the words, “America first” to say, Let America be first in leadership in the world; first in helping build the capacities of other nations; first in encouraging the determination within other countries to build their infrastructures and agricultural systems – not by cutting international aid, but by strengthening it.
Recently one of our clergy expounded the Scripture in 1 Chronicles 4:9 – the prayer of Jabez – with this insight: Jabez, she said, prayed that God would bless him and increase his territory. Then she helped us see that Jabez was not praying for personal increase, but for an increase for all in the tribe of Judah, which he led … so that the people he served as leader would be blessed with increased capacity.
God has blessed our nation with great capacity. Now is not the time – never is the time - to enrich the already wealthy while cutting safety net programs for the poorest and most vulnerable. Like Jabez, we advocate for the increases of those we see and serve.
+ Lawrence L. Reddick III
In Loving Memory of Justice L. Kapel Kirkendoll
On Saturday, June 10, 2017, Justice L. Kapel Kirkendoll of the CME Judicial Council transitioned from his earthly home to the church triumphant. He was the son of Bishop Chester A. Kirkendoll and Mrs. Alice Kirkendoll (both deceased). Justice Kirkendoll was the husband of Mrs. Tommie Kirkendoll, father of Leland Kapel Kirkendoll, Jr. and Chester Author Kirkendoll IV, and had seven grandchildren. Homegoing Services were held Friday, June 16, 2017.
Please keep Mrs. Kirkendoll and the family in prayer.
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