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African Methodist Episcopal Church
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This Church was founded in 1816 in the Bethel Church of Philadelphia, PA, under the leadership of its first bishop, R. Allen, after a Methodist Episcopal congregation refused entry to some free blacks as early as 1787. The AMEC developed a Book of Discipline and a statement on the “Mission and Purpose of the Church,” which emphasized the “preaching of the gospel” and social service. A General Conference, meeting every four years, legislates for the body, while a Council of Bishops serves as the executive branch of the chur…

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Smylie, James, “African Methodist Episcopal Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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