Catechism of Faith

The African Methodist Episcopal Church adheres to Methodist Polity and Doctrine. Born of the sparks from the anvil of oppression, African Methodists did not object to white Methodists on theological grounds; they objected to whites discriminating against them. Bishop Tanner understood the nature of this relationship and at a service commemorating the 119th anniversary of Mother Bethel (1908) said; “The church’s originality lay in its ecclesiastical independence, which allowed African Americans to administer their own affairs.”

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