I find it quite ironic how being a Black American requires you to constantly cross over into whiteness while many white people have a problem with crossing over into Blackness. This is why so many white people only come to my community when there’s a game at the stadium or to attend a civil rights gathering every blue moon and then go back to their homes, churches, and schools in a different community. This is why so many whites who have lived in the Atlanta area for YEEEEEEARS still have never even heard of my community by name (the “AUC” or the Atlanta University Center). This is also why so few white people attend HBCUs, never heard of them (even the Black Ivy Leagues), or think that they are “only for Black people”... while we Black people are rewarded and honored for attending PWIs (especially white Ivy leagues). Also, consider how many white pastors you have seen serving as a senior pastor at a Black church vs. how many Black pastors you have seen at a white church. Whiteness doesn’t usually see itself in a context where it isn’t dominant... even when it calls itself “progressive”. It must have “a Black friend”... not be in a Black community or fully give room for Black culture to thrive... especially by means of financial support and resources. It may welcome a Black person among its ranks, but s/he must dare not be TOO Black as to make white people uncomfortable. It may even sanctimoniously say that “Black lives matter” while hardly financially supporting the institutions made by, sustained by, and that feed Black lives. It always has to dominate and everyone else must assimilate in order to be regarded as “well-educated”, “professional”, “normal”, “classically trained”, “truly American”, “a good Christian”, etc. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen my friends in the ministry accept part time salaries when their white counterparts receive full time salaries and then they are expected to be the source of all things Black for the congregation... an EXHAUSTING endeavor when you are the minority. When will we see that imperialistic Eurocentricity is xenophobia... and it is 👏🏿THE SEEDBED of the systemic racism of our country. However, to be a “good American” or a “good Christian”, I, a Black man, must act as though I do not see this reality... or at least not say it publicly. I’m so glad that Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, James Baldwin, M.L.K., and Yeshua himself chose to speak truth to power... so for the sake of all the people who were killed merely because they looked like me, I chose to honor their lives and follow in their footsteps... because Black lives matter enough to not just write it on a sign or letter but to actually DO something about it.
Your Black Friend
By: Nicolas Pettye
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This Blog is to inform the Gammon community of Bishop James King resignation from his position as Bishop-in- Residence at Gammon Theological Seminary, effective June 15, 2020.
From Bishop King:
My reasons for resigning are propelled by the combination of my age, the desire to spend more time with family, and an intensely ever-growing passion to launch my corporation, Christlike World Ministries, Inc. in its fullest sense. This has been my dream prior to retiring in 2016 as an active bishop.
The dream and passion to nurture effective leaders emerged during my childhood and teenage years. This dream was reflected in the 2003 Bishop’s Leadership Institute in Kentucky and the 2011 Disciple Covenant Conference in South Georgia. My plans for the foreseeable future are to write, preach, teach, and develop resources to support making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Thanks for our time together while serving as Bishop-in-Residence at my alma mater, Gammon Theological Seminary. I solicit your prayers and support as we continue in ministry for the glory of God.
I am still developing my contacts but for now, you can reach me at the following:
Hello Beautiful People email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: @James King
Mailing Address: Christlike World Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 4199
Columbus, GA 31914
· Bishopking.org – is being updated.
I am trusting in the future that God has planned for us.
Atlanta, GA - On June 12, 2020, members of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and the local chapter of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc. came together to organize a peaceful protest. Members of all colors and ages gathered first on the steps of Central United Methodist Church to then march through several streets and end up outside of First United Methodist Church. It marked the first protest the North Georgia Conference had after demonstrations broke out across the nation over the past two weeks following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer.
Before the march began, members of the community, churches, and organizations had an opportunity to speak to the crowd. One woman shared her family story about how her uncle was brutally murdered by a white mob and her family has yet to receive justice.
As they were marching, they stopped at several key places like the Richard Russell building. Richard Russell was a longtime congressman and the building was named after him in 1972. Richard Russell had a deep loathing of black equality and his disdain for civil rights ran deeper. Of all, he fought the hardest for the repression of black Americans and the preservation of Jim Crow segregation. Why is the building named after him if systematic racism doesn’t exist?
The question that we asked was, Why are you here? At the end of the march, the Bishop of the North Georgia Conference had an opportunity to speak to the people. In her speech, she said, “There is nothing more dangerous than the use of the Bible to justify sin. There is nothing more dangerous than to attribute prejudice to God. And there is nothing more dangerous than to come face-to-face with our creator and have to ask why did you use the Bible to justify segregation.” We are here to let the world know that it’s time to change and we are here to make that change happen.
After talking with some of the protesters these are the following requests or actions that we should do next:
Let’s be the community God has called us to be. We have faith, we have hope, we are bringing justice.
Gammon taps Crawford as Interim President-Dean
ATLANTA – Gammon Theological Seminary has named the Rev. Dr. Joseph Crawford as its Interim President-Dean, beginning July 1, 2020. Dr. Crawford will succeed the Rev. Dr. Ken Walden, who will transition out of the president-dean role effective June 30, 2020.
“Dr. Crawford is a dedicated and knowledgeable Gammon alumnus who will lead our distinguished theological institution well in this time of transition,” said Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, chairperson of the Gammon Board of Trustees. “He has served with distinction both as a member of the Gammon Board of Trustees and as president of the Interdenominational Theological Center Board of Trustees.
"We are pleased Dr. Crawford has agreed to serve his alma mater until a permanent president-dean is elected.”
Dr. Crawford is entering the retired relationship in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church after serving in several significant capacities during his active ministry – most recently as pastor of Fort Street United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
The appointment of Dr. Crawford completes the first phase of work by the Gammon Board of Trustees’ Transition/Search Committee, which is chaired by Dr. Mackie H. Norris. The committee is well into its second phase – establishing the process and criteria to be used in identifying, recruiting, vetting and electing the next president-dean.
The open application period will begin June 15, 2020. Information about the application process will be available soon at gammon-itc.org. The Board of Trustees anticipates the election process will be complete in time for the President-Dean-Elect to be introduced at the 2020 Founders’ Day festivities in December.