National event coming to Mississippi


Dr. David Beckley and the A’Cappella Choir from Rust College took part in the recent Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) 39th annual meeting in Nashville.

Beckley provided the keynote speech at the Legacy Luncheon, while the choir performed at the luncheon.

The theme for the gathering was, “Kingdom Matters: Unity.” Representatives from 15 conferences were present Oct. 25-27.

Cheryl Walker, chair of the national BMCR, Inc. Board of Directors, reported on some of the key issues for General Conference. The five key issues for BMCR are:

  • Black Colleges
  • Ministerial Education
  • Africa University
  • Africa Heritage Center
  • Strengthening The Black Church (SBC21)

These issues will be discussed at the national BMCR meeting Feb. 27-March 1 in Los Angeles.

Hattiesburg native the Rev. Elijah McGhee gave the report for the Episcopal Committee. He informed the body of:

  • The number of bishops to be elected in the SEJ.
  • The assignment of bishops for the next quadrennium.
  • The racial and gender make up of the 2008 delegation to SEJ Conference.
  • The pastors who have been endorsed for the episcopacy. 

Other highlights included the Harambee Youth Conference report. The conference was held June 27-July 1 on the campus of Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. About 450 youth and adult counselors from across the SEJ attended the event. The conference is held annually to help youth develop their spiritual, leadership and interpersonal skills. The 2008 Harambee Youth Conference will be held June 25-29 at Rust College in Holly Springs. Those interested in attending should contact Rust College for details.

The 40th annual meeting of the SEJ Black Methodists for Church Renewal will be Oct. 29-31, 2008, on the Mississippi coast. For more information contact the Rev. Zachary Beasley at 228-864-3927.