Please join the Board of Church and Society, the Greater New Jersey Commission on Religion and Race, the Committee on Local Church Ethnic Concerns and the Black Methodists for Church Renewal for dinner with guest speaker, Dr. Morris Davis.
50 years after the Central Jurisdiction: “What’s Goin’ on?” | Race in the United Methodist Church
Dr. Davis, a professor of Methodist History at Drew University, dynamic speaker and deep racial justice advocate has been a speaker, teacher and critical researcher in the politics of the United Methodist Church in the Jim Crow era. His book, Methodist Unification details the 1939 merger of the Methodist Episcopal Church with the Methodist Episcopal Church South and the formation of the Central Jurisdiction.
Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
New Jersey Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk | Wildwood, NJ 08260
Cost: $25.00 for adults the dinner buffet including New York Sirloin, Lemon Caper Chicken, vegetables, salad, desert and beverages. $20.00 for children.
A Children’s Corner will be available.
On April 4, 2018, we commemorated 50 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. We also commemorated on April 23, 2018, 50 years since the abolishment of the Central Jurisdiction* and the formation of the United Methodist Church from the Methodist Church and the Evangelical Brethren denominations. As part of General Conference 1968’s recognition that there were many challenges around race in the U.S., the General Commission on Religion and Race was formed. These radical changes to the denomination had on the ground, local celebrations, consequences and challenges. Click here for a brief video from Archives and History of the 1968 General Conference.
50 years later, those of us in both Church and in our Society, continue to attempt to reconcile our personal experiences, our church practices and divisions and our national history of racial injustice.
We see some continuing trends.
- The need to celebrate those places where honest conversations between cultures and races has become our gift,
- The need to continue to do the hard work of making adequate and just practices and policies with those experiencing the inadequacies and injustices.
Come explore with us, through Dr. Morris Davis, some of the ways these needs have worked out in real time and explore together how we might move forward together.
*The Central Jurisdiction was the “compromise” of the re-merged Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church South when they determined to come back together in 1939. Having originally divided over slavery, the Central Jurisdiction, consisting of any and all black Methodist Churches, was the compromise in the 1939 decision. This decision firmly entrenched segregation in the Methodist Church. In 1968, The Methodist Church became the United Methodist Church when it abolished the Central Jurisdiction and joined together with the Evangelical Brethren Church.