MECM Photo Gallery
2015 MECM Board of Directors
Jazz in the City: an Urban Institute
Multi-Ethnic Center Pre-Jurisdictional Conference Banquet
--John Coleman photos
MECM Board officers and guest bishops at the MECM's quadrennial banquet, July 16, 2012 (From left) Dr. H. Ward Greer, Bishop Alfred Johnson, Bishop Jeremiah Park, Bishop Violet Fisher, Bishop F. Herbert Skeete, Bishop Ernest Lyght (rear), the Rev. Lillian Smith, Bishop Marcus Matthews, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and Bishop Felton E. May.
The painting "Piano Man: The Survival of Hope," by Soraida Martinez, was presented to Bishop Felton E. May (a painter and musician himself) as the inaugural Bishop Felton E. May Award for Excellence in Multicultural Ministry."
"As a child in New York City," Martinez writes, "I walked by this one neighborhood church where I heard the Piano Man playing gospel music which, to me, gave me the feeling of hope. And that’s the subject matter of this painting: hope and the expression thereof. From the time we are born, society places mental blocks in our paths which we eventually accept or condone. Despite these obstacles, hope is what gives us the potential to empower ourselves, to create our own truth and, ultimately, to choose our own destiny....
"The bold colors are the life and soul of hope. The eyes challenge you, the viewer, to look within."
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