Greetings from South Central Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal

President Yvette Richards

Together we rise, divided we fall. Comprised of over 50 members in 7 chapters (called caucuses) throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas, SCJ is one of BMCR’s five geographic jurisdictions. We exist to pursue the never-ending goal of advocating for the interests and needs of Black clergy and laity in the United Methodist Church.

The Black Church has always been an integral thread in the fabric of Black America, and the United States as a whole. SCJ supports BMCR’s exhaustive efforts to educate, empower, and encourage members of the Black Church, following in our ancestors’ footsteps for centuries. Please use this website as a tool to help continue building the United Methodist Church and closing the opportunity divide for generations to come.

Yvette Richards | Chair

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An Open Letter to BMCR:
Reflections on John 5:1-17

“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 2004 a teenaged boy, traveling to the city of Cleveland for the first time to attend a BMCR general meeting, was more excited about the hotel room and pool than the conference agenda. But the meeting interrupted his pleasure and comfort—on the morning of Day 1, he was transformed; he began to believe in freedom and couldn’t rest …

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