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    Some additional information on the Mixed-Race History of AME . The African Methodist Episcopal Church, usually called the AME Church , was founded by Bishop
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 24, 2007
      Some additional information on
      the Mixed-Race History of AME .

      The African Methodist Episcopal Church,
      usually called the " AME Church ", was
      founded by Bishop
      Richard Allen in
      Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , in 1816.

      • African: The AME church was
        organized by people-of-African-descent.

        The church was not founded in Africa ,
        nor is it only for persons of African descent.
        The church is open to people of all races.
      • Methodist: The church's roots
        are in the Methodist church.

        Members of St. George's Methodist Church
        left the congregation when faced with
        racial discrimination, but continued with the
        Methodist doctrine and the order of worship.

      • Episcopal: The AME church operates under
        Episcopal form of church government.

        The denomination leaders
        are Bishops of the church.

        Episcopal, in this sense, refers to the form of
        government under which the church operates.

      • Motto: "God Our Father, Christ
        Our Redeemer, Man Our Brother"

      ---- Derived from Bishop Daniel Payne (1811-1893).

      The African Methodist Episcopal Church has a
      unique history in that it is the first major religious
      denomination in the Western World that had its
      origin over "sociological" rather than "theological"
      beliefs and differences, and the first
      organized and incorporated denomination in the US .

      The AME church is also the church that
      sponsored the very first independent
      HIBMCU college, Wilberforce University.

      The church was born in protest against slavery
      and against general dehumanization of people.

      This fit well with the Methodist church's philosophy
      since its founder
      John Wesley had once called the
      slave-trade "that execrable sum of all villanies".

      The AMEC grew out of the
      Free African Society
      (FAS) which
      Richard Allen, Absalom Jones,
      and others established in Philadelphia in 1787.

      The church was organized by
      African-American members of
      St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church.

      The incident that led to this was the removal of
      Absalom Jones (1746–1818) from St. George's
      by the trustees while he was in the act of prayer.

      The congregation supported the act of the
      trustees,and Allen and Jones led the
      African-American members to form the
      Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1793.

      In general, they adopted the doctrines and form of
      government of the
      Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC).

      When officials at St. George's MEC pulled
      African-American off their knees while praying,
      FAS members discovered just how far some
      people would go to enforce racial discrimination.

      Hence, these members of St. George's made
      plans to transform their 'mutual-aid society'
      into a religious congregation
      that would be
      created by people of the
      Ethnicity and als would also be open to all races

      Although most wanted to affiliate with the
      Protestant Episcopal Church (PEC), Allen led a
      small group who resolved to remain Methodists.

      In 1794 Bethel AME was
      dedicated with Allen as pastor.

      To establish Bethel 's independence from interfering
      white Methodists, Allen, a former Delaware slave,
      successfully sued in the Pennsylvania courts in
      1807 and 1815 for the right of his congregation
      to exist as an independent institution.

      African-American Methodists in other
      middle Atlantic communities also encountered
      racism and yet still desired religious autonomy,
      Allen called them to meet in Philadelphia to
      form a new Wesleyan denomination, the AME.

      While the AME is doctrinally Methodist, clergy,
      scholars, and lay persons have written important
      works which demonstrate the distinctive theology
      praxis which have defined this Wesleyan body.

      Benjamin W. Arnett, in an address to the
      1893 World's Parliament of Religions, reminded
      the audience of the presence of people of full
      or part-African in the formation of Christianity.

      The AME Motto, "God Our Father, Christ Our
      Redeemer, Man Our Brother", reflects the basic
      beliefs of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

      The basic foundations of the beliefs of the
      church can be summarized in the The
      and The Twenty Five Articles of Religion.

      The Mission of the African Methodist
      Episcopal (AME) Church is to minister to
      the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional,
      and environmental needs of all people
      by spreading
      Christ's liberating gospel through word and deed.

      At every level of the Connection and in every
      local church, the African Methodist Episcopal
      (AME) Church shall engage in carrying out
      the spirit of the original Free African Society,
      out of which the A.M.E. Church evolved:
      that is, to seek out and save the lost, and serve
      the needy through a continuing program of --
      (1) preaching the gospel,
      (2) feeding the hungry,
      (3) clothing the naked,
      (4) housing the homeless,
      (5) cheering the fallen,
      (6) providing jobs for the jobless,
      (7) administering to the needs of those in prisons,
      hospitals, nursing homes, asylums and mental
      institutions, senior citizens' homes; caring for the sick,
      the shut-in, the mentally and socially disturbed, and
      (8) encouraging thrift and economic advancement.



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      In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com,
      "tlbaker" <tlbaker@...> wrote:

      February 24

      Daniel Payne

      On this date in 1811, Bishop,
      Daniel A. Payne of the
      Church, was born.

      He was a historian,
      educator and AME minister.

      He was born in Charleston,
      South Carolina to
      Colored parents,
      London and Martha Payne.

      He attended a private school in
      Charleston, South Carolina and
      Gettysburg Seminary in Pennsylvania.

      He also did a great deal of studying on his own.

      Payne was the first Bishop to have
      formal theological seminary training.

      He, more than any other individual, is responsible
      for the A.M.E. Church's interest in trained ministry.

      Payne was ordained an elder
      in the Lutheran Church in 1837.

      He was admitted to the Philadelphia
      Annual Conference in 1842.

      He was the first 
      African-American president
      of an
      HIBMCU College in the western world,
      (Wilberforce University), where he served as
      their president for sixteen years advising that
      the school be purchased by the AME Church.

      Overall, Payne was the sixth
      Bishop of the AME Church.

      He built and nurtured churches in
      Washington D.C., New York and Baltimore.

      He was elected the Historiographer
      of the AME Church in 1848.

      Payne was elected a Bishop at the
      General Conference in New York City
      on May 7, 1852, where he presided
      over the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Districts.

      He was a serious author, his books,
      "History of the A.M.E. Church," 1891
      and Recollections of Seventy Years
      1888 were his greatest writings and
      were an authoritative source of history
      of the first 75 years of the church.

      He was married to Eliza Clark Payne, the father
      of one child and the stepfather of four children;
      Julia, John, Laura, Augusta and Peter.

      AME Bishop Daniel Alexander
      Payne died on November 2,1893.

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