A Message from the Executive Director
Greeting in the name Jesus Christ our Lord!
Welcome back, fellow colleagues in the Gospel ministry! I love the verse above. God’s word has never been more appropriate than in this extended season since we have been on hiatus and you have away from your Home by the-Sea. Nevertheless, while we are not quite there yet, we are transitioning our way back to a full gathering, even as we continue to grapple with the health hazards and adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Therefore, Hampton University is pleased to offer this year’s conference in a three-day hybrid format with both online and limited on-campus presence. Our goal is to welcome as many of our faithful and loyal supporters of the HUMC back to our campus as we have determined to be safe in these very tenuous, very hazard, and distressed times. I must not go on without mentioning that since we last gathered, all of us have been reluctant witnesses to unprecedented human suffering and racial reckoning, while watching our country and the world grapple with multiple pandemics simultaneously.
It gives me great pleasure as Executive Director & Treasurer of the Conference and Guild to invite you to register for this year’s gathering under the thematic banner, From Crisis to Opportunity, held June 6-8, 2022 in the Hampton University Convocation Center. Registration opens on April 1, 2022. Kindly remember that onsite registration is very limited, so please register early if you so desire to join us in the Convocation Center. Please remember to check the website often for ongoing updates, additional information, conference speakers, and the three-day agenda of sessions and activities.
Hampton University appreciates your support over the years. Whether you decide to worship with us online or on-site, the time you invest will be well spent as we continue to inform your theology, enrich your ministry, and bless your life.
Sincerely and with Gratitude,
The Reverend Dr. Debra L. Haggins
Doctor of Ministry | Doctor of Philosophy
HUMC-GUILD Executive Director & Treasurer
Preach to Change the World
he Preaching to Change the World initiative is made possible by a grant from The Murdock Charitable Trust to the Hampton University Office of Religious Affairs. The Murdock organization believes that, “It is only when the voices of all people are heard and everyone is represented that we can truly work toward the common good.” This project fits neatly into Murdock’s push to promote civility and democracy. To that end Hampton University has gathered a series of prominent African American pastors and had them record sermons specifically for this project. The aim is to bring these substantial voices to a wider audience. Topics such as Freedom to Dissent, Hospitality to the Stranger and A Humble Yet Honest Pursuit of the Truth will be included in this repository. One sermon will be added each month in 2021 and then will remain here in perpetuity.