Who We Are

BMCR is the organized Black caucus of the United Methodist Church. We are one of the United Methodist denomination’s five U.S. based ethnic caucuses.

Our Mission

Our mission is to raise up prophetic and spiritual leaders who will advocate for the unique needs of Black people in the United Methodist Church.

Our Purpose

  • To empower Black Methodists for effective witness and service among pastors, laity in churches, conferences, schools, and the large community.
  • To encourage and involve Black Methodists and others in the struggle for economic social justice.
  • To expose latent and overt forms of racism in all local, regional and agencies and institutions of The United Methodist Church.
  • To act as an agitating conscience on all boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church in order to keep them sensitive to the needs and expressions of a “genuine” inclusive and relevant Church.

Updates

  • In our March BMCR meeting we decided to endorse two candidates for the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences:
    1. Rev Clarissa Martinelli: She is pastor of Fifth Avenue UMC in West Bend, has served in the life of The United Methodist Church as Circuit Leader, Chairperson of the Program & Arrangements Committee, and participant in in Volunteers in Mission trips in India and Korea. She is a 2017 graduate of the Institute of Congregational Development. Click here for more on Rev Martinelli’s priorities and expectations of how she will serve our Annual Conference as a delegate.
    2. Ms. Lisa Jones: She is a lay member of our Annual Conference currently serving as Vice-Chair on the Connectional Table. She is an advocate for racial justice and extremely involved in the community. As member of Brown Deer UMC, she has been a lay speaker and heavily involved in ministry with the Milwaukee community.

Leadership

  • President: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Pastor of Solomon Community Temple
  • Vice-President: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Member of New St. James
  • Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Member of Solomon Community Temple
  • Treasurer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Member of New St. James
  • Scholarship Committee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Member of Solomon Community Temple; Joanne Henry, Member of New St. James; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Pastor of Fifth Avenue; and Rebecca Patton, member of Church of the Good Hope.
  • Membership Committee: Gabriella January, Member of Solomon Community Temple; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Retired Clergy and District Superintendent; and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Member of Sherman Avenue

Membership

  • BMCR invites all who subscribe to the purpose of BMCR to be members. We need members and allies to so that together we can bring relief and deliverance to people who are hurt and disenfranchised. There is much work to be done and we need the support of committed individuals and communities. We have meetings periodically throughout the year as well as programs and events that address the needs of our communities. Feel free to contact one of our officers to see how you can be involved and please click here for the membership form.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • May 4 and 5, 2019: Help, Healing and Hope sponsored by United Methodist Women 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM @ Washington Park Senior Center (4420 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee WI 53208). Click here for a flyer and letter from Ms. Muriel Smith-Gross, President of the St. James United Methodist Women
  • May 18, 2019: BMCR Meeting 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM @ Church of the Good Hope in Milwaukee (8700 W Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee WI 53224)
  • December 2019: BMCR Candlelight Service - Details TBD


2019 BMCR Officers: George Lawson, Krishana Robinson, Rev Afi Dobbins, and Kelly Quarles