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Lewis was speaker at the Awards Night Gala


U.S. Congressman John Lewis

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — The Honorable John Lewis, United States House of Representative (Georgia), was the featured speaker at the Awards Night Gala on Thursday, September 29 during the historical 25th Annual CME Convocation and 140th celebration of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The Awards Night Gala honored civil rights and African American achievers, and recent graduates who received certificates of completion for online Christian Education classes.

Congressman John Lewis enlightened the audience with much history during his time of sharing. He stated that in August 1967, when Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held their last meeting, it was at the Hyatt Regency. During the evening, Congressman Lewis encouraged the audience to understand the legacy of our actions. “Our struggle is not a struggle for one lifetime. Our struggle is a struggle for many generations.” Additionally, Congressman Lewis indicated that the attention should be on the significance of the Church as an institution, particularly the CME Church. “Our faith has taught us not to hate. Hate is too much of a burden to bear.” He urged us to move forward knowing our history and being reassured of our abilities to shape the future.

The four-day Annual CME Convocation, attended by over 3,000 persons from the United States and other countries, included services of worship and praise featuring dynamic ministry, music and educational classes.

The Convocation was hosted by the Sixth Episcopal District under the leadership of Bishop Kenneth W. Carter. Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Fourth Episcopal District was Chair of the Convocation; Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District served as the Program Chair; and the Finance Chair was Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Eighth Episcopal District. The Convocation was spearheaded by the Executive Secretary of the CME Church, Ms. Jeanette L. Bouknight.

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, under the leadership of Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. and its College of Bishops, is a 140-year old historically African American Christian denomination with more than 1.2 million members across the United States, and has missions and sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica and fourteen African nations. There are four CME related colleges, Lane College (Jackson, TN), Miles College (Birmingham, AL), Paine College (Augusta, GA) and Texas College (Tyler, TX). There is additionally a CME sponsored seminary, Phillips School of Theology, which is an affiliate member of the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, GA). For additional information about the C.M.E. Church, visit www.c-m-e.org

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