Announcements

January 14, 2017



Official Notice

General Connectional Board

        Pursuant to ¶1000.6 of The Book of Discipline, Revised 2014, the General Connectional Board of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is called to meet at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia.  The anticipated time for the close of General Connectional Board business is Friday afternoon, August 25, 2017, by 3 P.M.

 
                                                                  Very truly yours,

                                                                   +Lawrence L. Reddick III


                                                                                                                +Lawrence L. Reddick III,  Senior Bishop


 

Official Notice
General Conference 2018


 

        Pursuant to ¶202 of The Book of Discipline, Revised 2014, the 38th Quadrennial Session and the 39th General Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is called to meet at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama.  The opening worship session is scheduled for the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington, Jr., Boulevard, North, Birmingham, Alabama.  Business sessions are slated for the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center (connected to the Birmingham Sheraton) and worship services are slated for the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel.  The anticipated time for the close of General Conference business is Friday afternoon, June 29, 2018.

 
                                                                  Very truly yours,

 
                                                                  +Lawrence L. Reddick III
 
                                                                  +Lawrence L. Reddick III, Senior Bishop





Fasting, Prayer and Advocacy for Incongruous Times
by Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick




Dear CME Family:
 
       May 21-23, I joined several other faith leaders of the United States in a time of prayer and fasting directed toward God’s intervention in the political machinations of the United States.  Specifically, we agreed to periodic fasting and prayer on certain days for the next 18 months, and we committed to advocating for just policies within the United States.

          During these fasting days, as we expected, President Trump presented his proposed budget to Congress.  This President flourishes many of his intentions and policies with a plethora of superlatives (“the best,” “the most wonderful,” “the greatest,” etc.) while he proceeds with proposals inconsistent with his rhetoric of concern and care, and pushes for legislative actions that bring few practical remedies for persons who live daily in need of governmental assistance (whether for health insurance or housing or food subsistence). 

          I believe U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (of California) appropriately summarized problems with President Trump’s proposed budget as follows:
                         At its core, this budget is a cruel betrayal of the middle class and threatens our ability to ensure basic public safety, public health, and public education. This budget makes clear the values of this Administration:  it prioritizes those at the top, while leaving working families and the middle class high and dry.
                        It reduces taxes for the wealthiest Americans while taking away Social Security for disabled Americans and tax credits for families with children. It gives corporations tax breaks while eliminating resources for students trying to pay for college. It spends billions of dollars on a wall that won't work, while cutting access to health care and initiatives to cure cancer.

And, add the fact that the world’s richest country -- which gives less than 2% of its annual budget for foreign aid -- is proposing to drastically cut its poverty assistance in the world.

       The dilemmas of this present time can aptly be described by the opening words of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities (though written 150 years ago):
                   It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
                   it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
                   it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
                   it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darknes,
                   it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair,
                   we had everything before us, we had nothing before us ….

Such words express for me the incongruity of our times, too -- because for some of us these times are the best, but for others they are the worst; for some there is abundance and there is greatness, while for others there is paucity and there is insignificance.  In an era of richness in travel and luxury of lifestyle, we still know people who are stressed just to keep a roof over their heads or to make ends meet, month after month.  There still are people -- working people -- who must decide every month between food or medicine.
 
          So, on May 21-23, I joined with faith advocates across the nation in three days of prayer and fasting that will become 18 months of focused prayer … and fasting … and advocacy for God to intervene in our nation and the world for those who are hungry, poor, and otherwise marginalized.  The self-centeredness of this present time must not prevail.

          We faith leaders agreed on May 3rd to commit ourselves to (1) begin with a three-day fast, May 21-23, to (2) fast monthly on the 21st day of each month (it’s the time of the month research shows people’s SNAP benefits for food aid are often depleted), and to (3) advocate for the poor and marginalized in our communities, our churches and in our government.  We are praying for God’s intervention in our nation -- despite the politics we see -- while we continue to advocate on behalf of people who are hungry, people who live in poverty, people who suffer unjustly, and immigrants who seek better lives for their families while doors of selfishness, isolationism and racism are being shut before them.

          We have pledged to fast and pray and advocate throughout this 115th Congress – through the end of 2018.

          Now I ask you to join me -- join me in prayer and fasting for God’s intervention with our President, our Congress, and others who make things happen in our nation and beyond.  Join in advocacy, fasting on the 21st of each month and using whatever monies you might otherwise have spent to eat as a benevolent blessing to your church or to an agency that works on behalf of ridding the world of poverty and hunger.

          I’ve asked our Webmaster and the Editor of The Christian Index to print on our CME web page and in The Christian Index the statement from Bread for the World titled,
For Such A Time As This:  A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy.  Our College of Bishops has endorsed this call for prayer and fasting and advocacy.

          Remember as you consider:  while for some this may be the best of times, for others this is the worst of times.

          Thank you.
 
                                                                                                                  + Lawrence L. Reddick III

Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton is the Council on Christian Unity's 14th Stalcup Lecture Speaker on Sunday, June 11, 2017, 3:00 p.m., at East Dallas Christian Church located at 629 N Peak Street in Dallas, Texas.

Bishop Jefferson-Snorton became the 59th bishop elected in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church and the first female bishop. In February 2016 she was elected President of Churches Uniting in Christ, an ecumenical organization representing 10 Christian denominations working toward unity and reconciliation. She also serves the wider community as Ecumenical Officer and Endorsing Agent for the CME Church, as Chair of the Family Life Committee of the World Methodist Council, as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Human Development and through membership on the Board of Directors of the World Methodist Evangelism, Inc. and the Pan-Methodist Commission.  Read more
here


Download the Connectional Day of Outreach Resource Documents

General Information     Guide for Effective Homeless Ministry     Connectional Outreach Flyer  

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Connect and Engage with the New CMEChurch App
Available for All Mobile Devices!
 
  
 
Dear CME Members and Friends,

We are pleased to announce that the new CMEChurch app is now available for all mobile devices in your app store!  Connect and Engage using the CMEChurch app!

Now you can easily access information about The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on the go with the new CMEChurch app.  Developed by the Communications and Information Technology (CIT) Department, the app is now available for free download. 
 
The CMEChurch app delivers information about the denomination to our members and visitors in a way that's fast and easy to use.  Information about CME events, ministries, news, social media sites and a searchable index of CME churches are a few of the many app features. You may sign up for e-blasts. The app has the capability to push out instant messages and alerts. Our goal is to roll out new offerings over the coming months.
 
Use the CMEChurch app this week at the Fifth CME Unity Summit in St. Louis to review program information, download handouts and instructions from presenters, and much more.
 
To download the free app, go to your device's app store and search for 'CMEChurch'.  Your feedback is welcomed and appreciated!
 

 

In the Lord's Service,
 
 
Ms. Theresa Duhart, President
Communications and Information Technology (CIT)
Connectional Department 
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
 
Bishop James B. Walker, Chair
Communications and Information Technology (CIT)
Connectional Department  
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
 
 


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.

The focus of this CPE program is on ministry in the congregation. Participants must have an approved place of ministry in order to complete the requirement of 35 hours of ministry per month for the nine months of the program. The recommendation of a presiding bishop or supervising pastor is required as well.  In addition to the ministry hours, attendance at two intensive weeks at your own expense is required and an additional four hours per month of classroom time is required. These sessions will be arranged to be held in a central location or via the internet and/or conference call.

Participants must pay a $50 application fee and the required tuition for the course as well as be present at ALL sessions during the months they are enrolled in CPE. There will be written assignments, readings and some internet based assignments. The program operates under the auspices of the National Institute for Human Development, Inc. (NIHD), a faith-based organization that works in collaboration with the Fifth Episcopal District of the CME Church.  The faculty is comprised of certified CPE Supervisors and certified professional chaplains.

Applications are due June 30, 2017. Current tuition is $500, which includes $50 application fee, a $100 deposit once accepted into the program and a balance of $350 payable before the program begins. There is currently no scholarship program.

The application packet is available
here:  www.thecmechurch.org/clinical-pastoral-education.html   

For more information, send an email cmebishop59@teresasnorton.com

 
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Released by Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton 

CME Endorsing Agent for Chaplaincy and CPE Program Coordinator

 
Send applications and fees payable to NIHD, Inc. to:
Connectional CPE Program
Academy for Public Theology/NIHD, Inc.
P. O Box 11
Fairfield, AL 35064

 

Connectional Day of Outreach with the Homeless

Homegoing Services for 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.

Arrangements for the Homegoing Services for Justice Kirkendoll are as follows:

Visitation: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6-8 pm CST
St Paul CME Church
282 Middleton Street
Jackson, TN 38301

Homegoing Service: Friday, June 16, 2017, 11 am CST
St Paul CME Church
282 Middleton Street
Jackson, TN 38301

Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to:
Bledsoe Funeral Home
256 Middleton Street
Jackson, TN 38301
Telephone: 731-427-1521

Expressions may be sent to the church or to the funeral home.

Please keep Mrs. Kirkendoll and the family in prayer.