BY JOHN W. COLEMAN
Philadelphia Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) has a new Web presence at www.epaumc.org/bmcr, hosted by the Eastern PA Conference website. The caucus represents interests and concerns of predominantly black Eastern PA churches and members. It is an official, affiliated body of the Annual Conference and a conference affiliate of National BMCR.
“It is my prayer that our local BMCR website will be a means of connection to evangelize and to edify us for the Kingdom work God has called us to do,” said Johnson, “and to encourage support for youth, young adults, laity and clergy, and especially those answering their calls to ministry.”
The new web presence was announced and approved at BMCR’s spring meeting, April 15, at Bickley’s New Beginning UMC in Philadelphia. Bishop Peggy Johnson made her annual spring visit to address the caucus. She offered updates and answered questions on key concerns, including:
“It was my joy to visit with BMCR again for our annual conversation,” the bishop said later. “I appreciated the hospitality of Rev. Jackie Stewart, the warm welcome, the heartfelt prayers and the work for the Lord we are privileged to do together.”
Caucus members prayed over her before she left to attend the Committee on Native American Ministries’ spring event at Camp Innabah.
“It is important to share updates and hear hearts spoken about initiatives that may have long-lasting ramifications for the health and stability of our African American congregations,” she said. “Unity, collaboration, and outreach need to be our goals as we move forward.”
During its meeting, the caucus also heard reports from the Revs. Tracy Bass and Herbert Coe about their mission tour of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in February, where they gave resident Bishop Hector Ortiz $1,000 raised by BMCR for Methodist Church recovery efforts there. Additional donated funds are being sent to BMCR’s Southeastern and South Central jurisdictional caucuses to aid hurricane recovery outreach in those regions.