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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

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John W. Coleman Jr.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Communications Chair
Sharon Dean
General Council on Finance and Administration

Harris K. Tay
West Ohio Conference


Kelvin Sauls
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Poetic Reflection for World Aids Day

I’m Here

(Inspired by “The Color Purple” & Psalms 139)


I don’t need you to love me

I got my God – Creator! Comforter! Healer!

I got my friends – chosen family!

…Got my bed when my body…


Posted on November 30, 2011 at 10:48pm — 1 Comment

Take Away The Stone, Take Off The Bandages!

Take Away The Stone, Take Off The Bandages

(inspired by  John 11: 17-44)


Dead in the grave

 Smellin’ in the cave

Bandages to wrap me

A Stone to cover…


Posted on September 26, 2011 at 1:36am

An Aspect of God

black, brown, white or yellow

you are an aspect of God

citizen or resident, immigrant or refugee,

documented or undocumented

you are an aspect of God

jewish or muslim, christian or seihk, hindu or budhist

misunderstood or unknown religion

you are an aspect of God

abused, adopted, aborted or deported

you are an aspect of God

living with hiv/aids or malaria or alzheimer’s or autism

orphaned, stigmatized, rejected,…


Posted on August 1, 2011 at 3:01am

Facing the Future, Focussing on the Present with Kelvin Sauls

More than 200 United Methodist leaders gathered in Los Angeles May 16–18 to discuss cross-cultural/cross-racial appointments as a key to the church’s future vitality. Sponsored by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the event brought together a diverse group of leaders to discern the future of the UMC, while honestly looking at the changing demographic landscape of the US. The…


Posted on June 15, 2011 at 2:00pm

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At 7:43pm on September 30, 2012, STELLA KWALE said…

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