MECM Photo Gallery

2015 MECM Board of Directors

Jazz in the City: an Urban Institute

Partners for Sacred Places representatives Alison Cornish and Tuomi Forrest share a laugh with Jazz in the City students Melissa Hinnen and Carlos Figueroa, and Jazz in the City participating congregation member and Pastor of St. Mark's UMC.
Partners for Sacred Places representatives Alison Cornish and Tuomi Forrest share a laugh with Jazz in the City students Melissa Hinnen and Carlos Figueroa, and Jazz in the City participating congregation member and Pastor of St. Mark's UMC.
Jazz in the City student (center) interviews St. Stephen's UMC member (right) and Pastor, Rev. Dixon (left).
Jazz in the City student (center) interviews St. Stephen's UMC member (right) and Pastor, Rev. Dixon (left).
Jazz in the City student Carlos Figueroa listens to members of St. Mark's UMC speak about the challenges they face as an urban congregation.
Jazz in the City student Carlos Figueroa listens to members of St. Mark's UMC speak about the challenges they face as an urban congregation.

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.

Presenting the May Award for Excellence in Multicultural Ministry to Bishop Felton E. and Mrs. Phyllis E. May (center) are (from left): Rev. Dr. H. Ward Greer, and Bishops Marcus Matthews, F. Herbert Skeet and Sudarshana Devadhar. (Click photo to enlarge)
Presenting the May Award for Excellence in Multicultural Ministry to Bishop Felton E. and Mrs. Phyllis E. May (center) are (from left): Rev. Dr. H. Ward Greer, and Bishops Marcus Matthews, F. Herbert Skeet and Sudarshana Devadhar. (Click photo to enlarge)
MECM's Dr. H. Ward Greer (left) presents appreciation gifts to retired Bishops F. Herbert Skeete  (right) and Ernest Lyght, as Mrs. Lyght looks on.(Click photo to enlarge)
MECM's Dr. H. Ward Greer (left) presents appreciation gifts to retired Bishops F. Herbert Skeete (right) and Ernest Lyght, as Mrs. Lyght looks on.(Click photo to enlarge)

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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The Rev. Dred Scott provided sublime jazz accompaniment to the banquet's festivities. (Click photo to enlarge)
The Rev. Dred Scott provided sublime jazz accompaniment to the banquet's festivities. (Click photo to enlarge)
Banquet attendees got the first look at the MECM's new Jurisdictional Conference display.(Click photo to enlarge)
Banquet attendees got the first look at the MECM's new Jurisdictional Conference display.(Click photo to enlarge)