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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


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 can’t stand tall
…Got my hands doin’ good for the long haul
…Got my eyes to see beyond the physical
…Got my mind to think clearly ‘bout the spiritual
…Got my heart to protect on the way
…Got my breathe to be taken away
I may have hiv/aids, but I’m not hiv/aids
Like *Celie, “I may be ugly”
Like Celie, “I may be poor:
Like Celie, “I may be black”
Like Celie, “I’m here”
I got inside of me the ability to tap into God’s fullness
I got inside me the ability to live into God’s greatness
I’m thankful for who God really made me
I may have hiv/aids, but I’m not hiv/aids
Knit together in my mother’s womb
Shaped from the inside out
A combination of divinity and humanity
I may have hiv/aids, but I’m not hiv/aids
Mind, body and soul – I’m marvelously made!
Mind body and soul – I’m wonderfully made!
Mind body and soul – I’m beautifully made!
I may have hiv/aids, but I’m not hiv/aids
I may have hiv/aids, but I’m here
Mind, body and spirit, I’m here.
God is here. You are here
Let’s change the atmosphere!
*Celie is the main character in “The Color Purple.”

Rev. Kelvin Sauls is an ordained Minister in the United Methodist Church. Born & raised in South Africa, he currently serves as the Executive Director for New Ministry in the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Curch. 

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Comment by Michelle Whittaker on December 4, 2011 at 11:38am
Thank you for sharing this Kelvin. Very beautiful.


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