The Black Staff Association of the United Methodist Church is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to serving the needs of black staff serving The United Methodist Church in staff positions with UMC boards, agencies, conferences, jurisdictions, and districts. BSA will work collaboratively with all segments of The United Methodist Church in order to strengthen relationships that help to equip staff to more effectively network, empower and engage missional in our communities as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our global world.



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2017-2018 BSA Officers

Rori Blakeney
Discipleship Ministries – Young People Ministries

Vice President
Royya James
United Methodist Communications

Maurita Bowie
General Commission on Religion and Race

Nominating/Program Committee Chair
John W. Coleman Jr.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Communications Chair
Sharon Dean
General Council on Finance and Administration

Harris K. Tay
West Ohio Conference


General Board of Church and Society Accepting Ethnic Young Adult Internship Applications

Are you passionate about the intersection between faith and social justice, between the ages of 18-22, and a member of The United Methodist Church? Do you self-identify as a person of color and does the current political climate make you want to come to Washington, D.C. to make your voice heard?

Check out the Ethnic Young Adult Internship opportunity with the General Board of Church and Society, an 8-week summer internship in which young justice seekers unpack their faith and identity while interning with advocacy, public policy, non-profit, and grassroots organizations. Deadline for applications is February 22, 2017. Visit

Last updated by Rori Blakeney Jan 30, 2017.

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