Bishop James and Mrs. Delois Walker
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
Taking advantage of technology, Bishop James B. Walker will host a live broadcast on the web at the Spring Convocation of the Ninth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The historic event, entitled "Poised for Progress," is set for Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. Members of Bishop Walker's eight state jurisdiction can participate by either personally attending the gathering at Beebe Cathedral Memorial C.M.E. Church in Oakland, CA, or viewing it at one of 11 broadcast sites.
The host site in Los Angeles is Lewis Metropolitan C.M.E. Church, located at 4900 Western Avenue. Rev. Wendell M. Oldham is host presiding elder of the Los Angeles District and pastor of Lewis Metropolitan. Rev. Napoleon Goshay, presiding elder of the Los Angeles - San Diego District, will also participate. Two additional sites will be available for Southern California C.M.E. members at Emmanuel Temple C.M.E. Church in Victorville and Amos Temple C.M.E. Church in Riverside.
Among the highlights of the convocation are training workshops for pastors, leaders and laity; and a session on the history of the Ninth District by Bishop Othal H. Lakey. In addition, presentations will be given by Bishop Sylvester Williams Sr., presiding prelate of the C.M.E. Second Episcopal District; Rev. Dr. Staccato Powell, pastor of Grace A.M.E. Zion Church in Raleigh, N.C.; Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams, associate professor at Virginia Theological Seminary; Rev. Dr. Jerome McNeil Jr., pastor of Christian Chapel C.M.E. Temple of Faith in Dallas, TX; and Rev. Debra Terry, a C.M.E. minister, motivational speaker and Christian comedienne.
The "Poised for Progress" campaign includes a 40 day fast calling for corporate prayer, unity and witness. The campaign goals are to reinforce the Biblical principle of the Church as "one body," to encourage focused prayer and fasting for the church and her leaders, to teach children how to fast from non-food items such as television, and to honor the Great Commission as the Biblical mandate for discipleship.
For information or on-line registration, visit www.ninthdistrictcme.org.