BMCR Honors Bishop Brown and Celebrates Black History

February 04, 2014

The Bay Area Caucus of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) kicked off Black History Month at Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church with a celebration and reception honoring Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., as he begins the Presidency of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. The theme for the event was "God is Doing a New Thing" based on Isaiah 43:18-21.
 
Bishop Brown told those gathered, "God calls us to get over ourselves and remember that we have been called and placed in this place to listen for the new thing God is doing." He added, "God has a bigger dream...God is making history all the time."
 
The event featured poetry reading, solos, and choirs from Downs Memorial UMC, Easter Hill UMC, Genesis UMC, Glide Memorial UMC, Jones Memorial UMC, the former Shattuck Avenue UMC, and Taylor Memorial UMC.  The event concluded with a laying on of hands and prayer for Bishop Brown led by Bay Area Caucus BMCR President and pastor of Forestville UMC, the Rev. Rochelle Frazier, and California-Nevada Conference Co-Lay Leaders, Gayle Shearman and Burt Yin.