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Commission Supports Child Advocacy

Jul 2015: At the 2015 annual meeting of the Pan-Methodist Commission in Atlanta, Ms. Pamela Perkins Carn presented the work of the Interfaith Children’s Movement (ICM) in Georgia. The realities she presented on child commercial sexual exploitation, suspensions in schools, and juvenile justice practices are distressing. The work and accomplishments of ICM in response to these realities are inspiring. Clearly child advocacy is crucial to improving the lives of thousands of children. The Commission heard her moving testimony on the differences that people of faith can and do make for children, their families, and in the discipleship witness of our congregations.

At every meeting of the Commission a contribution is given to an organization that provides consistent care for children through programs and initiatives that align with the Campaign for Children in Poverty. The Commission voted to give its 2015 contribution to ICM. The photo of the acknowledgement of ICM’s service to children and the awarding of the contribution was taken at the Consultation of Methodist Bishops Worship Service at Shaw Temple AMEZ Church in College Park, GA.

(Standing left to right: Ms. Pamela Perkins Carn (UMC), ICM Coordinator; Ms. Bettieanne Hart (AME), ICM Board Chair; Dr. Luther E. Smith, Jr. (CME), Commission member; Bishop Reginald Jackson (AME), Commission Chair; Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr. (CME), Commission member).