Hundreds of AMEs representing 50+ churches in Southern California and Nevada will unite with Bishop Clement W. Fugh, presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District of the AME Church, and Episcopal Supervisor Alexia Butler Fugh, for the 95th Session of the Southern California Annual Conference.
The event, which includes business sessions, workshops and worship services, opens Wednesday, Oct. 23, and concludes Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5711 W. Century Blvd., in Los Angeles.
Pastor J. Edgar and Mrs. Florence Boyd, along with the members of First AME Church of Los Angeles, will host.
Women In Ministry Convention
The Rev. Dr. Renita Weems will headline the WIM convention on Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A biblical scholar and author, Weems serves as vice president of academic affairs at American Baptist College in Nashville, TN. She will address the convention at 2:30 p.m., said the Rev. Kathy Harrison, SCC WIM coordinator.
Other highlights include sessions on “Sistering” presented by Pastor Joyce Kitchen of Emmanuel-Turner AME Church at 10:50 a.m., and “On FIRE” by the Rev. Dr. Gimel Rogers at 11:45 a.m. The Rev. Carolyn Baskin-Bell, WIM 5th District president and pastor of Second AME Church, will preside at the business period at 3:40 p.m., which will include the nomination committee report by the Rev. Latisha Stewart.
To learn more, call (310) 902-7221.
Lay Witness Night
The Southern California Conference Lay Organization will welcome Dr. Richard Allen Lewis, chief financial officer/treasurer of the AME Church, as the keynote speaker at the worship service on Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. According to Linda Smith, SCCLO president, and Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, SCCLO activities director, Lewis has help the church to prioritize economic development as a critical ministry tool across the globe.
“We will spotlight to faith-based activist ministry with the aim of reshaping the movement to end Racism. Also, we will kick-off our 2020 Census education drive and election mobilization campaign,” said Smith.
In addition, SCCLO will re-establish its Lay Breakfast series on October 26, at 7 a.m. The theme is “You, Me, We Count.” Among the presenters are Anthony Thigpen, founder/president of California Calls and initiator of “California Black Census for Redistricting HUB” and the Rev. David Price, South Central community outreach liaison for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“All who can be a ‘voice’ should be present. Those ready to take action must be there. It is not too early and you can make the difference,” said Dupont-Walker.
For information, call (213) 494-9493.