Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc. (BMCR), one of the five officially recognized ethnic caucuses of The United Methodist Church, has relocated its national headquarters to the campus of Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
Dr. Cedric Bridgeforth, Superintendent of the North District of the California-Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and Chair of BMCR’s national board indicated that this move will enable BMCR to continue “to raise up prophetic and spiritual leaders who will be advocates for the unique needs of black people in The United Methodist Church and beyond.”
Gammon’s President, Dr. Albert Mosley, is equally excited about this move and believes that BMCR’s presence at Gammon will reconnect the organization with its history, and set it upon a solid foundation from which to build its future.”
Founded after the dissolution of the racially segregated Central Jurisdiction in 1968, BMCR continues to be a necessary force for change and accountability in The United Methodist Church today. This change and accountability spills over and benefits the church’s global body.
The tremendous need for Black leadership at the Episcopal and General Church levels remains. The United Methodist Church must be encouraged to maintain a global perspective, especially toward developing, African and Caribbean nations. BMCR, especially in its new partnership with Gammon, will continue to empower capable lay and clergy leadership that will continuously call the church to be God’s church.
Dr. Bridgeforth of BMCR and Dr. Mosley of Gammon both affirmed the significance of BMCR forming a direct partnership with The United Methodist Church’s only historically black seminary. This partnership will enable BMCR and Gammon to work more collaboratively on issues of justice within the Church and the larger community. Additionally, BMCR will be able to enlist Gammon students and engage them in significant work of the organization before they are launched out into local churches and other service settings. Dr. Mosley envisions BMCR becoming an integral part of the ministry of Gammon’s current and future students.
For more information about the ministry of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc., please visit their website at www.bmcrumc.org. Additional information about the work of Gammon Theological Seminary may also be found at their website: www.gammon-itc.org.