Thursday, September 30, 2010

Loss of Selwyn Langdon,
Son of Sister Edna Barksdale Langdon

I am sorry to report to you that around 2 a.m., Thursday morning, September 30th, Brother Selwyn Langdon was killed in an auto accident on Interstate 20, near Jackson, MS. He was the son of Mrs. Edna Barksdale Langdon, nephew of the late Elder Dorothy Claybon and Mrs. Marjorie Culver. Arrangements are pending, but will be handled by Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home.
You may reach the Claybon family at 662.701.9247. Please be in prayer for the family during this very difficult period.

Pene' Woods
Funeral Arrangements for
Mrs. Georgiana Williams,
Mother of Bishop Sylvester Williams
The funeral service for Mrs. Georgiana Williams will be held on Monday, October 4, 2010, at noon at the Bass Tabernacle CME Church, 22890 County Road 32, Akron, Alabama, ph. 205-372-0769.

Arrangements are being handled by Rollins Mortuary, 2701 Martin L. King, Jr. Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, ph. 205-759-4202.

Condolences may be sent to Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr., 8044 Montgomery Rd., Suite 700, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bishop Williams and the Williams family.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Funeral arrangements for
Dr. Fredrick Sebastian Phillips

Dear CME's:

Dr. Phillips is the son of our dear sister, Virgie Phillips, a member of the By Laws and Constitution Committee of the Women's Missionary Council and the Arkansas Region Vice President. Please let us share our love and support at this time of sorrow.

Dr. Elnora P. Hamb
Women's Missionary Council President
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Philippians 4:4

Services to be held on Friday, October 1, 2010
New Haven Church
404 West Street
West Helena, AR 72390

Wake will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2010
Pettis Memorial C.M.E. Church
121 South Coanza Street
West Helena, AR 72390
phone: 870-572-5046

Funeral Home in charge:
Jackson & Highley Funeral Home
126 Panama Road
West Helena, AR 72390
phone: 870-572-2111

Parents are Leon, Jr. and Virgie G. Phillips
14818 Highway 44
Helena, AR 72342
Phone: 870-827-3449 (home)
870-817-1651 (cell)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

College of Bishops Delays Considering
Any Action in Response to Carter Suit
The College of Bishops will, for the time being, take no action in response to a recent decision of a jury in judicial proceedings of the 48th District Civil Court of Tarrant County, Texas, in which Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter, presiding prelate of the 6th Episcopal District, was found to be liable in a monetary judgment for Negligence and Assault. In a statement read at the opening of the 24th CME Convocation in Louisville, KY, by Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III, Secretary of the College of Bishops, on behalf of the College, ..."[I]n the absence of a formal charge filed within the Church, there is no action to take against Bishop Carter."
Earlier in the statement, Bishop Reddick read, "The College of Bishops recognizes the rights of all persons involved in this matter but above all realizes that the church is of God and not of human beings. While the church exists in a civil society and is subject to the laws of that society, it has its own laws and procedures which in this society are given due deference when followed. For this reason, until a final judgment has been entered regarding the...finding, the College of Bishops asks members of the CME Church to refrain from rash and partially informed judgments or actions."
The judgment rendered by the Civil Court on August 27, 2010, found the CME Church to be 25% or one-quarter responsible for the judgment amount, according to the statement. But the CME Church, through its legal representative, has filed a motion for a Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict "which asks that the judgment against the church be reduced and/or set aside." The Bishops' statement suggested that a final judgment is expected in the next six weeks.
In the statement, the College of Bishops said that with respect to "issues and questions of theology and [CME] doctrine raised by this case...[the College] will present a report to the General Connectional Board suggesting steps for the church to take in order to define and clarify the church's position on" those issues related to the civil suit against Bishop Carter. The statement made clear that the suit against the Bishop was in fact "civil" and not "criminal." Finally, the statement again made clear that once a final judgment by the judge is rendered, the College of Bishops will "...determine any appropriate follow-up action."
Bishop Reddick asked that any CME members with questions should direct them to each members respective Episcopal leader.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Christian Index Has A New Number

For all questions that relate to the submission of articles and photos to The Christian Index, please call 205-504-6120. For questions pertaining to subscriptions and circulation, please continue to call 901-345-4120. Thank you.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

2010-11 Liturgical Calendar

Monday, September 06, 2010

Video from Atlantic Beach, South Carolina Rally - 9/4/2010

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Home Going of Mrs. Pearl Valentine
Sister of Retired Senior Bishop William H. Graves, Sr.

Family Hour
Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 5 - 7 PM
O.H. Pye III Funeral Home
176000 Plymouth Rd.
Detroit, MI

Friday, September 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM
St. John CME Church
8715 Woodward
Detroit, MI
Information on the Atlantic Beach, SC Rally

This information is for those who will join with Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. in Atlantic Beach, South Carolina on September 4, 2010, as we speak out against the injustice and discrimination the city has demonstrated against the pastor, Rev. Windy Price, and members of the Atlantic Beach Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. We will meet at the church, located at 502 30th Avenue South, at 10:00 am. Pastors are encouraged to wear your clerical attire to show that the people of God are standing against the injustice and discrimination shown by the city.

A timeline of events is available. It will help you to understand what this pastor and members have gone through over the pass years and why we will join together on Saturday in support of them in the fight for justice, fairness and religious freedom. You may contact Dr. James E. Russell, Jr. via email at

We look forward to seeing you in Atlantic Beach on Saturday.

Because He Lives

Dr. James E. Russell, Jr.