IAMSCU, GBHEM, and the WMC Education Committee meet together in Nashville, TN, USA

2022 is an important year for Methodist Education! At the invitation of The Rev. Dr. Greg Bergquist, General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), various organizations will be meeting together in Nashville, TN, in the United States during the week of October 1-7, 2022 to mark the importance of this year. During this week, they will be celebrating a series of important dates and achievements: GBHEM’s 50th anniversary, the Black College Fund’s 50th Anniversary, IAMSCU’s 30th Anniversary, and the WMC Education Committee’s 30th Anniversary. 

GBHEM was founded as the Methodist Board of Education in 1866, but then in 1972 it became the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Thus, this year “GBHEM” is celebrating its Semicentennial. The Black College Fund build on a long tradition as well, inheriting the legacy of the Freedmen’s Aid Society, which was established in 1866. This organization has been transformed along with other historical processes such as Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement; so after 1968, this initiative was changed once again, leading to the establishment of BCF in 1972 to serve 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The World Methodist Council (WMC) was established in 1881, but its Education Committee was created only in 1991, during the WMC World Conference held in Singapore. IAMSCU was founded in 1991 as well and has extended the celebrations of its 30th anniversary between 2021 and 2023, culminating with its international conference to be held at Kingswood School, the school founded by John Wesley in 1748.

For more details on these events to be held in Nashville, TN on October 1-7, 2022, please contact Amos Nascimento: anascimento@gbhem.org  

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