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Summit on the Black Church

Global is Personal: A Passport to World Health

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October 13-15, 2016

DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton

2100 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210

Confirmed speakers:

  • Keynote Speaker: Bishop Linda Lee Bishop in Residence, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Angela Coswer, Assistant Professor, Sociology& Religion, Garrett-Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Joseph Daniels, District Superintendent of the Greater Washington District, Baltimore Conference & Lead Pastor, Emory UMC
  • The Reverend Dr. Daniel Hembree, Pastor, Bluff Road UMC
  • Bishop Jonathan L. Holston, Resident Bishop, South Carolina Annual Conference
  • The Reverend Jeanette Jordan, former national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association
  • Dr. Caroline W Njuki, former employee GBGM with extensive work in global health and work with UMCOR and SPSARV
  • Dr. Paula Dobbs-Wiggins, Adjunct Professor, Practice of Pastoral Care, Perkins School of Theology

Sponsored by the South Carolina Annual Conference, Connectional Ministries, The United Methodist Church

Bishop Jonathan L. Holston, Resident Bishop

Online registration & further details forthcoming

Global is Personal: A Passport to World Health

Diabetes, malaria, mental health, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, obesity, stroke, cancer, and

violence against women and children are some of the chronic conditions that affect many of our parishioners and persons in the communities where we minister. Often, we have been silent on these issues and have failed to address or even attempt to minister to persons with chronic conditions. However, with the alarming statistics on health and well-being in the African-American community, we must become proactive and find ways to bring healing and wholeness to those who cope with chronic conditions in our churches, our communities, and in the world as a whole. Therefore, the South Carolina Annual Conference, Connectional Ministries, African-American Ministries Division, will sponsor our fourth (4) annual Summit on the Black Church, October 13-15, 2016, Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Road,Columbia, South Carolina.

In our time of learning and professional enrichment, plenary leaders will challenge participants to focus on chronic conditions that affect the life of the church and its communities.

Chronic conditions will be examined on three levels: local, national, and global. Participants will have opportunities to explore new and emerging methodologies and strategies to address and help meet the needs of congregants. A special session will focus on self-care among clergy. Lay persons will enhance their understanding of the urgency to help clergy live well in all aspects of life and how optimal health can be achieved through mutual support of one another. The Summit on the Black Church will help laypersons and clergy find ways to help parishioners and communities lead healthier, safer, and longer lives.

Summit on the Black Church, Keynote Speaker

summitkeynoteBishop Linda Lee

Linda Lee was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She was ordained deacon by Bishop Dwight E. Loder and was ordained elder by Bishop Edsel A. Ammons. A graduate of United Theological Seminary (M. Div. and D. Min.), Lee began her ministerial career as a chaplain intern at Adrian College prior to her graduation from seminary. She was appointed to serve Residence Park United Methodist Church, Dayton, Ohio, and then served as assistant to the dean for educational administration at Methodist Theological School. She also served as an associate pastor at Central United Methodist Church, Detroit, and as pastor of Conant Avenue United Methodist Church, Detroit, prior to being named to the Detroit Conference cabinet (1995-2000). Lee served as chair of Black Clergywomen of the United Methodist Church (1996-98) and has been a member of a number of annual conference committees including the Board of Ordained Ministry. She has served as a speaker for numerous schools, retreats, and conferences, and is a two-time delegate to General Conference. She is a contributing writer in several publications and has served as an adjunct professor of spirituality at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.

Linda Lee was elected to the episcopacy by the North Central Jurisdictional

Conference on July 14, 2000, in Middleton, Wisconsin, the first African American woman to be elected bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction. Her first assignment was to her home area of Michigan, an unusual action which had not occurred for 40 years and that required special action of the Jurisdictional Conference. Linda Lee was assigned to the Wisconsin Area in 2004, after one quadrennium of service in Michigan.

She is married to Lamarr V. Gibson, and they have three children: Garvey, a registered nurse; Amon, an educator; and Afi, a banker; and twelve grandchildren.

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