IAMSCU, GBHEM, WMC Education Committee, and other partners will meet 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.

Building on activities it has been promoting since 2016, EduC will also promote a special session discussing the importance of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States. Professor Dennis Dickerson will speak on his new book, The African Methodist Episcopal Church: A History and focus on the educational contribution the AME through institutions such as Wilberforce University, Payne College, and others. This event will take place on October 3, 2022. The AME Christian Education Department is also headquartered in Nashville, TN, USA. We hope to continue the work it initiated under the leadership of Dr. Daryl Ingram, long-term member of EduC.

The World Methodist Council (WMC) was established in 1881 and its Education Committee was created 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.
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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