Congratulatory Announcements

March 2021 


*Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis invited to be a Speaker at the Annual Psychology Day to be held at the United Nations in New York City Thursday, April 15, 2021  


I am writing to you on behalf of the Psychology Day at the United Nations Planning Committee to invite you to be a speaker at our event scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021.  Our annual Psychology Day at the UN, usually held at the United Nations in New York City, will be a virtual event this year due to the pandemic.  This flagship event is organized by the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations (PCUN), whose members are representatives of Psychology NGOs accredited at the United Nations. The event is devoted to the exploration of how psychological theory, research and practice can address issues of global importance.  Previous Psychology Day programs have focused on topics such as climate change, peace and human rights, global violence, migration, education and sustainable development, and well-being in the context of political and ecological instability.
This year, the title and theme of Psychology Day is “Psychological Contributions to Building Back Better in a Post-Pandemic World”.  Currently we are experiencing the worst pandemic in 100 years, but now there is some amelioration of this disease as a result of the vaccines. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stated that we should not simply return to the way the world was prior to the pandemic but try to build a better world. Planning for a better future amid dire events is a sign of optimism for the future of the world.
In our virtual event, we are inviting experts from five different areas in Psychology to outline how to address the challenges stemming from the pandemic and provide recommendations to build a better world.  Evidence-based research from social, clinical, educational, health, and industrial/organization psychology can provide insight into achieving the goals proposed by the UN Secretary-General.  The Planning Committee is reaching out to several accomplished psychologists with expertise in these areas, to form a panel that will describe approaches to planning for the future.  Please, note that the United Nations is a secular institution, and PCUN would like the presentation to be psychology-content based.
In light of your expertise in the cultural context of trauma recovery and providing relief and empowerment to marginalized persons, we would be honored if you would accept our invitation to be one of five speakers on the panel. The specific theme for the clinical psychology area is: Ways to expand and improve mental health services for all individuals including those in underserved populations, as well as the equitable treatment of communities with low resources. 

We would be very appreciative if you could respond to this invitation by March 1, 2021 to let us know if you are available and interested in participating.  If so, we will send further details. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Comfort B. Asanbe, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, Psychology Day at the United Nations
Janet Sigal, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, Psychology Day at the United Nations
Walter Reichman, Ed.D.
Co-Chair, Psychology Day at the United Nations
Leslie Popoff, Ph.D.
President, Psychology Coalition at the United Nations
UN Representative, International Council of Psychologists


Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, is the youngest child of Bishop John R. Bryant the 106th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Episcopal Supervisor (Retired)  Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant.  Dr. Thema Byant-Davis went to high school in Monrovia, Liberia when her parents served in The Fourteenth Episcopal District. She is a licensed psychologist and an ordained minister in the A.M.E. Church, serving on the Ministerial Staff at FAME Los Angeles where Dr. Edgar Boyd is her Pastor. She is a sacred artist who has worked nationally and globally to provide relief and empowerment to marginalized persons. Dr. Thema, a professor at Pepperdine University, is a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women. Her contributions to psychological research, policy, and practice have been honored by national and regional psychological associations. 

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Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Marcellus A. Norris pastor of St. Luke A.M.E. Church in Harlem New York for successfully defending his dissertation on Securing Future Generations: Adaptive Model for Mentoring in the A.M.E. Church from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio

The Reverend Dr. Marcellus A. Norris, Pastor of St. Luke A.M.E. Church, Harlem, New York successfully defended his dissertation on Securing Future Generations: Adaptive Model for Mentoring in the A.M.E. Church from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio.  Dr. Marcellus A. Norris, pastor of St. Luke A.M.E. Church, Harlem, New York is also a Candidate for Executive Director of Church Growth and Development. He is the husband of Anethia Théréss Norris, father of London Nicholas Arnell and Marcellus A. Norris, II.  He is the son of Bishop Richard Franklin Norris (retired) and the late Episcopal Supervisor Mary Ann Norris, and the brother of Rev. Richard F. Norris, II.  
A third generation A.M.E. preacher, Rev. Dr. Marcellus A. Norris graduated in May 2007, from Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg with a Master of Divinity Degree.
Rev. Dr. Marcellus A. Norris has also pastored the following churches:

  • Bethel A.M.E. Church, Cito, PA
  • St. Peter’s A.M.E. Church, Shippensburg, PA
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church, West Chester, PA
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church, Bryn Mar, PA
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church, Norwalk, CT
  • St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Cambridge, MA

In November 2012, Rev. Norris was appointed by Bishop Ingram as the First Episcopal District Chairman of Christian Education.
Pastor Norris has held the position as the Connectional Parliamentarian for the Richard Allen Young Adult Council.
Pastor Norris is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and is a Master Mason and member of Xenia Lodge #50.
His favorite scripture is: Proverbs 17:22
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
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*The Mayor and the Village Of Maryville Illinois Held a Drive By Birthday Celebration for Dr. John Q. Owens “Honoring a Hero” 95 years old and a World War II Veteran

The Maryville community spent time Saturday celebrating Rev. John Q. Owens’ 95th birthday with a drive-by parade and small gathering.

Over the years, Rev. John Owens has served the U.S. Army in World War II and is a retired pastor from Bethel AME Church in Madison.

“It is an honor to have a citizen in the village who has reached such a milestone,” said Mayor Craig Short. The village set up a parade to include a fire truck, ambulance and police car to drive from Anderson Hospital to Rev. Owens’ home in Maryville, where he and his wife Dr. Dorothy Owens have lived since 1997.
The socially distanced celebration included balloon decorations, a large happy birthday sign and refreshments for neighbors who decided to socialize with the family following the parade. Rev. Owens made a 10-minute speech, during which he spoke about taking so many lives in battle and remembering feeling happy about it. Now, many years later, he said cares about all lives.

Rev. Owens was accompanied by his wife as well as Gary McCants, presiding elder of the South District of AME Church, who referred to Rev. Owens as a mentor.

Family and friends helped make the celebration idea a reality, under the direction of Ruth Hibbler, who has been the Owens’ neighbor for 24 years.

“We are just going to see if we can celebrate his day, it’s a big day and everything,” she said.


The families have been close-knit for years. The Hibbler’s six-year-old daughter, at the time, welcomed Rev. Owens and his family to the community and the Rev. Owens used to play chess with the Hibbler’s son. “Our two kids have always been dear to their [Owens] hearts. There is a long history,” says Hibbler.

Serving the public for the past year 40 years, Rev. Owens has always helped those in need. Hibbler recalled when her husband, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served his 20 years, become sick and disabled.

“I remember when that all came about, Mr. Owens and the whole neighborhood donated a flagpole to our yard and. Owens came down and dedicated the flagpole,” said Hibbler.

As a young man, Rev. Owens did not have a desire to follow his father into service with the church. However, following his service in WWII, he did just that through the Pentecostal faith. He was the pastor at three different churches before starting his 20-year tenure at Bethel AME Church.

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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, and  Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director/ Consultant, Social Action Commission, we extend congratulations as you praise God for the Joy of these significant milestone reached.