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


Spend your summer in Washington, D.C. working for justice!

Seeking applicants for the Ethnic Young Adult internship program.

We are now accepting applications for our Summer 2017 Ethnic Young Adult internship program.

The Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) program is for young justice seekers willing to unpack their faith and identity while working with an organization engaged in addressing social injustices. Interns are placed with advocacy, public policy, nonprofit and grassroots organizations where they work 4 days a week.

EYAs are engaged in weekly seminars designed to explore a wide variety of social issues while also learning about The United Methodist Church’s history of pursuing social holiness. Interns live in community with one another and participate in weekly devotions. Interns are tasked with assignments for personal reflection, journaling and participate in group discussion.

EYAs have the unique opportunity to learn about the role of Church and Society at the United Nations by visiting our UN office. EYA interns also get to visit a UMC historical site.

This is an 8-week program. EYA interns receive a stipend of $1,500 upon completion of program requirements. Program dates for 2017 are June 4th- July 29th.

Requirements of the program:

  • Be a member of The United Methodist Church,
  • Be between 18 and 22 years old (Central Conference interns are accepted up to 24 years old),
  • Be at the academic level of rising sophomore, junior or senior or employed full-time,
  • Show active leadership and participation in the local church/community and an involvement in social justice activities; and self-identifies as a person of color

Applications can be found on our website at

If you or anyone you know is looking for a transformational internship opportunity be sure to apply or encourge others to do so!

If you have any questions, please email our Internship Coordinator Katie Monfortte

Last updated by Rori Blakeney Dec 15, 2016.

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