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Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III
The 20th Editor of The Christian Recorder

The Ebola outbreak, Wilberforce University, and Morris Brown College are just a few of the pressing issues facing the African Methodist Episcopal Church. All three are serious issues.  And, added to those issues are the financial issues facing many of our local churches. Many of our churches here and abroad are struggling.

The struggles are real, but when we think of the Ebola virus struggles faced by our brothers and sisters in West Africa, it might put our struggles in perspective; and our struggles just might not be as serious as we imagined.  


Ebola is real and it affects our Zion “up close and personal.” We have AME Church members in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and some of them have died.  The World Health Organization estimates that new Ebola cases could reach as high as 10,000 a week; that’s a lot of people.  

If the death rate spirals higher, political instability in the region is a reality. The Ebola virus in West Africa and particularly in Liberia is a vital interest because it can cause unrest and instability in Liberia and in the region.

The virus can expand beyond West Africa

If the Ebola virus expands appreciably in the U.S., the Ebola virus might ultimately be seen as a national interest. I believe the Ebola crisis is approaching the “national interest” level.  

The three “interests” that precipitate a country’s serious attention and intervention and even precipitate going to war are, “national, vital and survival” interests. Those are key words and when you read those words in a news article or hear those words used in a news presentation, it should capture your attention.  

If Ebola is not contained, it can lead to serious consequences that affect investors, the economy, create medical havoc.  Dr. Oveta Fuller in today’s Getting to Zero column notes, “Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America have reported official cases and deaths from Ebola virus disease.”  

Permit me to say…
Four articles near the end of this posting (10/17/14 – Items: 8 - 11), just prior to iChurch School and Meditation columns have informative articles about the Ebola virus. Suggest you read them because we all need to be concerned and informed.

Let me get back on point
The Ebola virus is serious and AMEs and all of the people in the affected areas need our prayers, but also need our financial support. We listed ways to make contributions in last week’s posting of The Christian Recorder Online.

Money is needed to purchase sanitation and water purification kits and other necessities.

We, as individuals and as the AME Church, need to “step up to the plate” and be prepared to make some serious donations. The African Methodist Episcopal Church is committed to helping our brothers and sisters in the areas of West Africa affected by the Ebola virus.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church has spoken through The Council of Bishops’ message penned by Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath who reminds us, “This is a time for faith-based action; prayers are appreciated, but financial support is also needed.”

The AME Church family is encouraged to make monetary contributions even as we continue to pray; whether through special offerings in your local church or direct contributions to AME Church or directly to the 14th Episcopal District.

You may send donations to your bishop’s office, the 14th Episcopal District or to The AME Finance Department, 1134 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. Checks may be made to the AME Church. Add a note or indicate on the memo line: WWAMC or Western West African Methodist Collaborative.

Monetary gifts can also be sent to the 14th Episcopal District Office in Nashville, Tennessee, which will forward funds to the AME Relief Team in Liberia that will administer the project with assistance from HOPE, Inc., a non-governmental organization (NGO) sponsored by Empowerment Temple AME Church in Monrovia, Liberia.  Payments of Checks, Money Orders, and online via PayPal are all ways to respond.  Checks and Money Orders can be mailed to the 14th Episcopal District, 512 8th Avenue South, Suite 103
Nashville, TN 37203.  14th Episcopal District Telephone: (615) 744-6244.

PayPal payments can use the following link:

Mrs. Alexia B. Fugh, 14th Episcopal Supervisor said, “Not only will we be helping our AME sisters and brothers in West Africa; we will be providing a powerful witness for Christ. This is something we can and must do!”

The Ebola virus is serious

People cannot meet for religious services because of the Ebola crisis.

People have to be careful shaking or holding hands, hugging or greeting church members with a “holy kiss” because people don’t know who has been exposed to Ebola.

In addition to their medical needs, people need shelter and food.

The Ebola crisis creates fear and havoc. Food prices rise and transportation is disrupted, and suspicion and fear prevail.

Just imagine what would happen if we faced this issue in the United States, South Africa or in the Caribbean. You can’t assemble because you don’t know who has the virus.  Food becomes scarce. You are “imprisoned” in your own home and in your community. If a loved on one dies from Ebola, you cannot even give your loved one a last hug or handle the body of the deceased. People with protective gear, people you don’t know come in and take the body for a hasty burial. No funeral because there is no gathering, plus the fact that other family members may have contracted Ebola. Paranoia has to be a by-product of the Ebola crisis.

The atmosphere of fear and contagion grips even the staunchest Christians.

Ebola is life-threatening and if it is not contained, it may touch some of us. As a matter of fact, it has already touched us because it has touched members of the AME Family in West Africa.

It’s time for all of us, young and old, to “Step up to the plate” and make a contribution to this serious situation that will not be going away anytime soon.

Your donation will be appreciated, no matter the amount - $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 whatever amount is appreciated. If you can’t give $5 send $1; no amount is too small.

And, that’s not all

We are facing a serious issue at Wilberforce University.  The University is at a crossroads. It too, needs our attention – please read “Prayers and money.”  Prayers work, but money can fulfill the focus of our prayers.

We also need an update on the status of Morris Brown College.

And, at some point we need an update status from all of our academic institutions here in the United States and abroad.

Let me get real

We need prayers, but we need financial support too! And, with prayers and financial support we need accountability.

And, one other thing

As we “go down the Ebola road, we all need to be careful. I hear news reports and read missives from the government saying individuals can’t contract Ebola from this and that, etc.

Well, let me tell you that governments sometimes don’t always put the “truth out there” or maybe they don’t have all of the answers.  I remember being in a combat zone and being told, “Everything is well. The area is clear, no contaminants...” and being notified by letter years later about being exposed to “low levels of chemical warfare agents…”

Not to be an alarmist, but my point is, “hope for the best and prepare for the worse,” and use common sense and don’t get careless if the Ebola outbreak worsens.

Sad to say, but have to say it, “If the Ebola outbreak had happened in Europe, the U.S. and the rest of the world would have been all over this issue.”

-- To the Editor:
Re: TCR Editorial - Don't Let Neglect Kill Ministry of Your Local Church:
You have hit so many nails on the head in this editorial!  I recall a pastor who lost a very active, good member because he chose to mess with a wedding. It involved the mother and father of the bride who wanted a family member to officiate, or at least have some part in their daughter's wedding. The pastor refused the request. Also, this pastor apparently was not familiar with the “unity candle” used in many weddings and he refused that request also. It seemed that the pastor was uncaring, unfeeling and insisted on have his way. The family left the church and joined the church of another denomination and became active in that church- the AME Church's loss – the other church’s gain.
Also, lots of conversations among laity about pastors who don't visit sick and shut-ins and hospital patients. And more complaints about those who don’t visit hospitals, but expect to do a “dog and pony show" in conducting the funeral of a deceased member who was never visited by the pastor. Oh, my goodness!
Name withheld

-- To the Editor:

RE:  The East Annual Conference and the Sons of Allen Annual Service

Allow me to great you in the Name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

Last Sunday was a great one as we were closing the East Annual Conference in the 19th Episcopal District, under the leadership of the Rt. Rev. Paul Kawimbe.

The closing service was lead by Rev TS Setai (PE in the church) and the closing sermon was delivered by the Rt. Rev Reginald T Jackson (Bishop of the 20th episcopal district) and he delivered a spiritually lifting sermon. The sermon was followed by a prayer and giving out of appointments.

On Saturday there was a business session and it was followed by an Annual Service for the Sons of Allen. In the service, we were really privileged to hear a sermon from the Chaplain-General of the SADF and the sermon was based on the book of Nehemiah. The chaplain gave a very moving sermon. Later on in the day we had a preacher from the United States who gave the word in the ordination service, He gave a very powerful sermon and a warning with concern to the road that lay ahead.

Yours in Christ,



Bermuda faces the advancement of Hurricane Gonzalo and we expect a direct hit on Bermuda. Bermuda has been spared many times and our God is able. Please pray for our safety and the protection of God for our churches.

The Rev. Betty L. Furbert-Woolridge JP, Presiding Elder Bermuda Conference of AME Churches


On October 2, 2014, the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee welcomed six amazing women into the Academy for Women of Achievement at this year’s “Celebrating Women Who Have Changed the Conversation.” 

This year's honorees are Janet Ayers, Rosetta Miller-Perry, Rita Mitchell, Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, Abby Rubenfeld, and Laura Smith Tidwell. The corporate honoree is Seigenthaler Public Relations.

Dr. Phyllis Qualls-Brooks is the fifth member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to receive the prestigious award.  She follows in the footsteps of four extraordinary women who are members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church who have been honored with the esteemed award. 

They are:

Dr. Jamye Coleman Williams - 1996
Mrs. Joyce Espy Searcy - 2000
Mrs. Delorse Lewis - 2001
Dr. Vera Stevens Chatman - 2013

Of this year’s six recipients, three African American women were bestowed the honor.  They were Mrs. Rosetta Miller-Perry, publisher of the Tennessee Tribune newspaper and Contempora magazine; Mrs. Rita Mitchell, vice president of First Tennessee Bank and Dr. Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, executive director of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.

The co-producer of the AWA Awards Ceremony was Point 3 Media. You may visit the YWCA YouTube page to view the videos and be inspired by the lives of all these women.

The proceeds from the AWA event go to support the YWCA's shelter, 24-hour hotline, and other domestic violence services.  The sponsors who made the event possible were -- First Tennessee, The Tennessean, MP&F, Dollar General, and DVL.


The Reverend Dr. Alice Hubbard Crenshaw, pastor of St. Stephen AME Church in Kenner, Louisiana presented the 3rd Gathering of Women’s Conference August 21-23, 2014.

The power of the Living God rest, ruled, and abounded throughout the conference.

Mrs. Tiffany LaFrance represented the National Office of the NAACP. She presented a workshop on NAACP and the black church - HIV/AIDS.

Mrs. La France gave “A Presentation for Community/Faith Leaders Engagement & Approaches for Eradication.”

The conference was given an overview of HIV in the United States. 

The fast facts include:

-- More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 6 (15.8%) are unaware of their infection.

-- Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSMa), particularly young black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV.

-- By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV.

The church can serve as “A health partnership vs. a health crisis intervention by awareness, engagement, mobilization, sustainable change, education & leadership participated by every church member.

An appropriate challenge at altar calls: “What will you do?

HIV is one of the largest and most urgent social justice/civil rights issues facing our community today. It is not just a health issue; it is also a social justice issue.

As members of the AME faith community or a faith leader, we should respond to the Mission of the AME Church and should answer challenge to serve the oppressed, sick, and downtrodden.

Our faith requires that we respond with mercy and compassion with a strong commitment to eliminate the injustice of HIV.

As pastor of St. Stephen AME Church, the Rev. Dr. Crenshaw acknowledges that the black church has a history of helping.

Since the beginning, African-American houses of worship have served their communities and as loud voices on social justice issues, ranging from poverty to discrimination. The same black church that ushered in the historic victories of the civil rights era will stand once again at the forefront of this important social justice issue.

Some statistics show in the United States there were children 13 years of age diagnosed living with Aids, 95% of whom were infected through mother-to-child transmission (prenatal infection; 63% of these children were black and only 12% were white.  In Louisiana, 171 infants were born to HIV infected mothers, 88% were black. In 2010, 5 infants were prenatally infected with HIV and 4 were black. In the past 5 years, 81% of all prenatally infected infants were black.

Pastor Crenshaw in her research discovered that in the metro area of New Orleans and surrounding cities, 85 new black females and 207 black males were reported having HIV/AID.

Baton Rouge has the highest with 100 new females and they come in second 163 black males these are new cases. New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions have the greatest number of blacks living with HIV infection of all nine regions. In 2012, there were 11,160 persons living with HIV infection in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions; 72% were black.

Once again, the New Orleans region is second to Baton Rouge in that we have 1,406 (30%0 to their 1,626 35% black females and NOLA region for males is #1 in that we have 2,610 (32%) males to Baton Rouge’s 2,412  29% blacks living with HIV Infection in Louisiana.

In Louisiana, 12,892 blacks were living with HIV infection as of December 31, 2012; 4,681 (36%) were female and 8,211 (64%) were male. Blacks make up 33% of the state’s population; but 74% of new HIV cases are black and 76% of new AIDS cases are black.  68% of all persons living with HIV infection are black. In the State of La, the percentage of persons living with HIV infection who are black is significantly higher than the percentage of the general population that is black.

Among men, 70% of all new HIV diagnoses are among blacks, and women 83% are black. Black women’s case rates are 12 times greater than their white counterpart, and for males they are 6 times greater than the HIV case rate for white males. In 2011, of the new HIV diagnoses among blacks in Louisiana, 47% are men who have sex with men, 12% are injection drug users, 3% are a combination of box men/drugs, and 38% are high risk heterosexuals.

But despite the Center for Disease Control’s alarming findings that the number of new HIV/AIDS infections among blacks is nearly 8 times the rate of whites and double that of Latinos, churches have historically avoided discussion of the disease in order to skirt other taboo topics such as homosexuality and premarital sex. New Orleans, Kenner, and Metairie ranked 7th in the nation aids prevention

NAACP: Taking a powerful stand

The NAACP has taken a responsibility of speaking up for those who do not have a voice –  the undiagnosed – by advocating for increased testing, education, and policies aimed at stopping the rates of new infections and increasing the access to care, especially in communities of color. We must also eradicate the stigma facing HIV-positive people of color, who need compassion and resources the most. They we can’t succeed in this journey alone. We, the black church, must be their partner.

Domestic Violence Closet Issues Ms. Bridget Gibson

Lead discussions dealing with the frequency and correlates of intimate partner violence by type (physical, sexual assault, battering, or emotional abuse) among women seeking information.  In addition, Ms. Gibson covered other topics such as: dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking.

Domestic violence occurs among all races, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religions. It happens to people of all educational and income levels. Domestic violence can include emotional, verbal, physical, and/or sexual abuse. The women learned that battering accounts for more injuries to women than auto accidents, rapes, and muggings combined. It was shocking to learn in families where battering occurs, children are 70% more likely to be physically abused and/or neglected.

Stirring the nest for wholeness: Sister Bettie Rhodes

Sister Bettie Rhodes conveyed to us that “stirring the nest” sends us in pursuit of one who can change the course of our lives and our destinies.

When the “nest is stirred” carnal appetite is displaced with spiritual hunger.  Self-righteousness dies to godly desires.  Complacency falls to a fiery passion; compassion rages within the soul and leads to a giving of ourselves. Spiritual growth and maturity occurs without warning and we find our lives wrapped up in a situation perhaps where everything is at stake, our home, our family, our job, or our health. Questions race through the mind …”God, Why?”   The reply comes back from God, “You cannot learn to fly in a church pew, and you cannot learn to fly on the back of a pastor.”

Coping with Stress: The Honorable Cynthia Willard-Lewis

The Honorable Willard-Lewis told the women that we need to discover the power inside each one of us. We should learn how to unlock our abilities to be happy, successful, and strong. Never let your mood, mind, and emotions hold you back.

A poor mood wears and tears on your body leaving you feeling tired, drained, and empty inside.

It's incredibly tough to be successful when your mind is working against you. Unhappiness can damage your relationships. Hurting your family and friends and making everyday a struggle. The Honorable Cynthia Willard-Lewis said, “Until you accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining it, your stress level will remain outside your control. If your methods of coping with stress aren’t contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, it’s time to find healthier ones. There are many healthy ways to manage and cope with stress, but they all require change. You can either change the situation or change your reaction. When deciding which option to choose, it’s helpful to think of the four A’s: avoid, alter, adapt, or accept. Since everyone has a unique response to stress, there is no “one size fits all” solution to managing it. No single method works for everyone or in every situation. Focus on what makes you feel calm and in control.”

Religion and Psychiatry: the courage to Heal, the Rev. Leona Fisher

The Rev. Fisher showed us how spirituality plays an important role that is often overlooked in one's healing process. Your "Spirituality" is an aspect of who you are. "Healing" is ridding the body of disease, either mental or physical, to bring about wellness, the results of which can be readily seen. The Rev. Leona Spears Fisher stated, "You are body, mind, and spirit. Health necessarily involves all of these components and any program intended to improve health must address all of them. Many people consider spirit to be in the province of religion, but she insists on making a clear distinction between psychiatry and religion. Spirituality has to do with the nonphysical aspects of your being - the part of you that existed before and will exist after the disintegration of your body." 

The Rev. Fisher traced Religion and Psychiatry from Genesis to Revelation it began in the Garden of Eden when our ancestors ate from the “tree of knowledge.”

Psychiatry and Religion have many facets, including awareness of the world that surrounds us; a sense of wonder, love, and gratitude; a practice of loving-kindness towards yourself and others; listening to your intuition and trusting your heart.

Spiritual health is evidenced by people demonstrating the ability to be authentic, face their fears, let go of the past, and develop insight, forgiveness, peace, compassion, and love.  We were all amazed how the two subjects became one interwoven in our lives.

On 8/21/14, Thursday night a “Healing and Deliverance” worship sermon was delivered by Evangelist Theresa Queen of Gonzales, Louisiana. She preached about the “Woman who had issues trying to be healed was healed by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. Evangelist Queen shared that we all have issues that need to be healed.

Friday,   8/22/14, the Rev. Jessie Woolridge, Amite, Louisiana preached on the “Woman at the well.” Women must drink from the water that Jesus gives, if we really want to be healed.

We witnessed the move of God as the sermons preached were utilized by all of the presentations on Saturday. Seldom does one attend a symposium and everybody is par excellence; this was one of those times.

All of the presenters congratulated the other on their workshop presentations.  

The closing sermon was preached by Rev. Thelma Thomas who in essence told us whatever we need, “God’s Got it” Just go to god in secret and “whoop,” there it is!


1. Listen without interrupting- Proverbs 18
2. Speak without accusing- James 1:19
3. Give without sparing- Proverbs 21:26
4. Pray without ceasing- Colossians 1:9
5. Answer without arguing- Proverbs 17:1
6. Share without pretending- Ephesians 4:15
7. Enjoy without complaint- Philippians 2:14
8. Trust without wavering- Corinthians 13:7
9. Forgive without punishing- Colossians 3:13
10. Promise without forgetting- Proverbs 13:12


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ANN ARBOR, MI–University of Michigan International Institute (II) will present the II Round Table Beyond Ebola: Navigating Global Health Crises, Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at 1636 SSWB, 1080 S. University Ave. The event is free and open to the public; it will be live-streamed with questions taken via Twitter using the hashtag #BeyondEbola.

The round table will explore the multi-disciplinary interplay of  history, the science of the Ebola virus (including replication, transmission, and controls), impacts of public policies and infrastructure, factors in engaging community and predictions for control of this and future epidemics. Panelists will discuss actions that must be put in place for West Africa now and beyond the current epidemic—and how to better prepare for other possible global health crises that could arise.

The U-M panelists are:

-- Kelly Askew (moderator), Director of the African Studies Center (ASC), Professor of Anthropology, and Afro-American and African Studies

-- Joseph Eisenberg, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

-- A. Oveta Fuller, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School and Associate Director ASC

-- Renee Gerring, University of Liberia and U-M African Presidential Scholar

-- Michael McGovern, Professor of Anthropology

This round table is co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, STEM-Africa Initiative, and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

The International Institute (II) advances the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and resources across the University of Michigan campus and with partnering institutions worldwide. Working actively with its centers and other academic units, the institute expands and enriches instructional programs, advances language study, and provides funding to students and faculty for research and study overseas. The II also brings leading scholars together to address international problems and collaborates with other academic units to recruit faculty members with international and area studies expertise.


Studies will prepare vaccine candidate for clinical trials

The development of a vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease will be accelerated with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Under a one-year contract with Profectus BioSciences Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) will provide approximately $5.8 million in funding, in addition to subject matter expertise and technical assistance, to further develop an experimental Ebola vaccine. The company will manufacture vaccine for use in animal safety studies and future clinical trials and conduct animal studies to test safety. The contract can be extended to a total of 13 months and $8.6 million.

Upon successful completion of this work, the company is expected to submit an investigational new drug application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This application, once accepted by the FDA, would allow the vaccine to begin the first clinical trials for safety in humans.

“We are pushing hard to advance the development of multiple products as quickly as possible for clinical evaluation and future use in preventing or treating this deadly disease,” said BARDA Director Robin Robinson, Ph.D.  “Our goal is to close the global gap in vaccines and therapeutics needed to protect the public health from Ebola as highlighted by the epidemic in West Africa.”

The project builds on early research of this experimental vaccine supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and animal studies supported by the Department of Defense. In the DoD-supported studies, a single dose of the experimental Ebola vaccine provided 100 percent protection in non-human primates. BARDA will support further development of the vaccine against the Ebola virus strain responsible for the current epidemic.

Clinical trials are under way with other experimental vaccines. NIAID currently is supporting Phase 1 clinical trials that examine an investigational Ebola vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline and an experimental Ebola vaccine developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and licensed to NewLink Genetics Corp. Phase 2 clinical efficacy trials for these vaccine candidates are expected in 2015.

BARDA also continues to explore how its Centers for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, its Fill Finish Manufacturing Network, or other measures can accelerate the manufacturing time for Ebola therapeutics and vaccines.

The agency is seeking additional proposals for the advanced development of antibody treatments, antiviral drugs, and vaccines against the Ebola and Marburg viruses, both of which cause viral hemorrhagic fever. Program requirements are described in BARDA’s Broad Agency Announcement BARDA-BAA-13-100-SOL-00013 at https://www.fbo.gov.

HHS is the principal federal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) leads HHS in preparing the nation to respond to and recover from adverse health effects of emergencies, supporting communities’ ability to withstand adversity, strengthening health and response systems, and enhancing national health security.

Within ASPR, BARDA develops and procures medical countermeasures – vaccines, medicines, diagnostics and medical equipment – that address the public health and medical consequences of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) accidents, incidents and attacks, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases.

For more information about advanced research and development of medical countermeasures, visit www.medicalcountermeasures.gov. 

Contract opportunities and awards are announced at www.fbo.gov.


By Dr. Caleph Wilson

October 2014

-- Check out our comprehensive list of must-know information about the devastating health crisis

As we discuss the current Ebola virus outbreaks, it is critical that we avoid both panic and the spread of misinformation.

The case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the US, illustrated correctable problems.  Communicating his travel history was essential.  Also, Mr. Duncan was sent home the first time he visited the hospital despite giving a travel history of coming from Liberia. He was discharged and sent home with a fever. By the time he was admitted to the hospital four days later, he was in critical condition.  His delay in receiving timely care very likely contributed to his demise. It is concerning that his care may have been impacted by his race and lacking health insurance.  So far none of his 72 contacts have shown symptoms of the disease. However, there has been considerable stigmatization of the contacts and neighbors.

To date only two confirmed Ebola virus infection cases connected to Mr. Duncan are healthcare workers from the hospital that treated Mr. Duncan. The worker has only one known contact since she developed symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health department are involved in close monitoring of contacts and evaluating how the health worker became infected. Seventy-six people were involved in Mr Duncan’s care while he was in the hospital.  So far only one worker has been diagnosed with Ebola. Contrast this to the many West African healthcare workers who have died due to their work with Ebola patients.

The scale up has begun to bring healthcare workers, resources and facilities upgrades to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It will take a sustained international effort to gain control of the current outbreaks. There is urgent concern that the speed of the scale up needs to increase as infections in West Africa continue to double every several weeks.  At the same time US hospitals, healthcare workers and the CDC continue to work on policies and procedures to safely treat people in the US with Ebola, as well as, to limit the spread of Ebola. We have been fortunate in the US that Ebola cases have been limited to six people.

Here are some important things to know about Ebola:

1) Direct contact with an Ebola virus infected person’s body fluids is the primary way to get Ebola.  Crucially, determining who is at risk for Ebola requires taking a travel history in addition to evaluating them for symptoms.

2) We should be mindful of the members of our communities that have family and friends living in the impacted areas in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). People living in the Ebola outbreak areas are at a higher risk for infection due to a fragile medical infrastructure and lack of resources.

3) We can assist our West and Central African family; friends and neighbors by continue to press for timely and accurate news about Ebola virus outbreaks. Media and public attention will continue to encourage global public health organizations, governments and NGOs to continue the scale up of volunteer healthcare workers, supplies and facilities to stem the outbreak.

4) Evidenced-based information is critical.  Social media such as Twitter is a rapid way to access expert information and conversations on Ebola. For example, the National Science & Technology News Service (NSTNS, of which I am a member) recently hosted an Ebola Twitter chat (#NSTNSchat) with Professor A.O. Fuller, a virus expert from the University of Michigan. There are a host of Ebola virus related hashtags with very good information. It is critical to avoid sources that claim that Ebola is a hoax, a conspiracy or isn’t real without any basis.

5) Ebola virus disease (EVD) is an infection that causes bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. These conditions are referred to as hemorrhagic fever. Importantly, people infected with Ebola virus are not contagious until they experience EVD symptoms. The virus overwhelms the immune systems and causes blood vessels to become leaky, which causes severe dehydration and bleeding. Amounts of virus sufficient to transmit to other people are found in the body only once a person has symptoms such as fever.  Ebola can be contracted by direct contact with a patient’s blood, vomit, diarrhea, saliva and sweat. Ebola is not airborne – so one cannot catch it by casual contact alone. 

6) Infectious disease experts have been studying Ebola since it was first discovered in the first recorded outbreak in 1976 in Zaire, which is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The virus was named for the Ebola River, which is near the where the first infections occurred.   Bats and apes carry Ebola virus, Ebola can be transmitted to humans that eat “bush meat” (e.g., bats, small rodents and apes), other foods or materials contaminated by infected animals.  Also deforestation and mining in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have brought humans in closer contact with animal sources of the virus.

7) In person-to-person infections, family caregivers and healthcare providers are at higher risk to contract Ebola virus. Taking care of symptomatic patients increases the risk of coming into contact with bodily fluids containing high levels of Ebola virus. Appropriate safety equipment and carefully following safety protocols is the best way to protect healthcare workers while caring for patients.

8) Frequent hand-washing and disinfecting surfaces are also important in areas experiencing an outbreak and routine care of Ebola patients. There are several experimental treatments for Ebola that have been used on a limited basis. Primary treatment includes giving fluids, blood transfusion and antibiotics if a patient develops a bacterial infection.

9) Current Ebola virus outbreaks are rapidly spreading in Liberia and Sierra Leone because of the lingering damage done during the civil wars from 1983-2005. Complicating the response to the outbreak has been fragile regional economies, partially destroyed infrastructure and a shortage of physicians and nurses. Many available clinics and hospitals lacked basic personal protection equipment like gloves, goggle, masks and gowns, as well as limited running water and electrical power. Government organizations and NGOs working in these areas have been overwhelmed as the numbers of patients have outstripped available treatment beds and healthcare workers.

Ebola is real.  Our response to stop Ebola will depend upon continued advocacy for health equity for all. 

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Caleph B. Wilson, Ph.D. is a full time biomedical researcher, science communicator and STEM outreach advocate. Follow him on Twitter as @HeyDrWilson

**Reprint permission granted by Jamilah Lemieux, Senior Editor, Digital, Ebony Magazine


*Dr. Oveta Fuller

The 2014 global health crisis of Ebola virus (EV) infection continues with an epicenter in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leon and Liberia. Take whatever action you can to make a positive difference in stopping Ebola virus spread or reducing its impacts. Contribute to the 14th Episcopal District sanitation kit drive ($42.00/kit), to Doctors Beyond Borders or to a place of your preference that provides care or resources where most needed. With diligent action we can stop this epidemic and the individual suffering it brings.

Spread of Ebola virus updates

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Oct 7 that 4,300 deaths and over 8,370 official cases of Ebola virus infection have occurred in the 2014 outbreak. Many deaths due directly or indirectly to Ebola are not reported. If effective controls are not put in place, models of exponential Ebola virus spread predict that 10,000 new cases/week could occur in the next months.

Besides the many people who are sick, deceased or left vulnerable in the major countries affected, infection also is detected outside of the epicenter. All of these are caregivers who had direct contact with persons that contracted EV in West Africa. 

As of October 15, a second healthcare provider in Texas has tested positive for EV infection. Interestingly, the person traveled by air within 24 hours before reporting to the hospital with a low grade fever. According to known Ebola virus disease (EVD) features, there is no risk to those encountered in travels since symptoms had not yet appeared. Closeness of travel time and first recognition of a low grade fever warrant attentive surveillance of potential contacts on the flight. TCR will follow further developments for contacts of the second affected healthcare provider from Texas.

A total of seven countries- Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America have reported official cases and deaths from EVD.  In West Africa, the lack of sufficient medical care leaves a dire situation for those who contract EV and for families who are affected in multiple ways. In the USA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put in updates to correct hospital protocols and increased screening procedures at five major airports that routinely receive travelers connecting from West Africa countries. We are reminded that no country is an island isolated or protected from potential reach of Ebola virus.

Useful Resources:  An Ebony. com article and a Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Symposium.

An insightful summary by a colleague, Dr. Caleph Wilson, on the 2014 Ebola epidemic appeared in Ebony magazine and is reprinted in this TCR edition (see http://goo.gl/zWvJaa).  As covered in TCR for some time, the Ebony article again provides what each person should know about how to protect against infectious diseases. Along with identifying, isolating and containing those infected by EV and tracing their potential contacts by CDC, following good hygiene procedures is especially critical for individuals as we enter into the season of spread of influenza and cold viruses. An insightful forum at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health held on Tuesday October 14 provides a more in-depth understanding of what is occurring in West Africa and what to do here.

An Invite to Upcoming October 22, 2014 “Beyond Ebola” Roundtable
At 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday October 22, the International Institute and African Studies Center at the University of Michigan will host a university-wide roundtable “Beyond Ebola: Navigating Global Health Crises.”  I will serve as one of the expert panelists to cover topics that range from- virus infection, clinical protection procedures, West African culture and anthropology and computer predictions of Ebola spread- to how we can prepare better for future outbreaks.  The roundtable will be live-streamed at www.ii.umich.edu. Questions or comments can be sent in real time to the Twitter feed #BeyondEbola. Your engagement is invited and welcomed.

The take home message

Presence of Ebola virus infection in the USA and Spain, in addition to the ongoing crises for people in the epicenter, reminds us of the interconnected world of 2014. We must remain mindful and responsible “global citizens.”

No person or country is an island or a fortress unto themselves. We are in and must effectively move to halt the 2014 Ebola infectious disease epidemic, as with many other ongoing crises - together.

*The Rev. Dr. A. Oveta Fuller is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Faculty of the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan and Adjunct Faculty at Payne Theological Seminary. An Itinerant Elder in the 4th Episcopal District, she conducts HIV/AIDS prevention research in Zambia and the USA. She lived in Zambia for most of 2013 as a J. William Fulbright Scholar.


*The Rev. Dr. Charles R. Watkins, Jr.

Based on Biblical Text: Psalm 33:12:"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."

I had the pleasure of attending a “Get out to vote rally” on the campus of Allen University. We heard from leaders of the Democratic Party informing us of our choices and reminding us of our rights and responsibilities. Finally the state president introduced United States Representative the Honorable James Clyburn (a member of Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston) and the crowd exploded. What a blessing he is! What service he has rendered.

Representative Clyburn spelled out the successes we have made, highlighting the leaders who have fought to continue our fight. He also clearly pointed out what we have endured statewide and nationally at the hands of political adversaries whose agendas seem intent to thwart any positive movement, moral improvement or ethical advancement for what appears to be no more reason than they don’t care for our President.

I am sure some view all that has transpired over the past six years as party politics and merely "business as usual," however, we who understand God’s admonition to “love our neighbors as ourselves" are aware that God cannot be pleased with how we have separated ourselves along any line that lifts any category of people over another. God cannot be pleased with any attempt to deny any of God's people of the basic opportunities and advantages enjoyed by those who are more influential. God is concerned that all are treated fairly and that favor and advantage be equitably divided among all races and classes regardless of financial status.

It is my prayer that God continues to bless us as a nation. I hope God will look down on us with favor, and that He will find some good in us. I want the Lord to bless us with His divine protection. However, I am so vividly aware that our God of mercy and justice must not be pleased with the shameful manner that those who represent the people in Washington are conducting themselves. In fact God cannot approve of their actions any more than He approves of our sins.

And yet, thanks be to God almighty, he has not yet removed His hand of divine protection from us altogether. I believe that is in part due to the fact that there is still some good permeating our society. Thankfully we find God’s laws still make up the foundational principles of our land. We can still find evidence of God’s loving influence in our charitable giving and our compassion. And hallelujah the Sabbath is still sacred.

Christians we are called to return America to God. We must lead the way in the march steering America to repentance. We must galvanize the movement by uniting our churches and strengthening our faith commitment that seems to be dwindling every year. It is up to us to restore our nation to the point where once again it is “in God we trust.”

When David penned the words in our text, it is obvious he knew something about God. David knew that God was his protector and his provider and that He who would deliver him from the hands of an angry King Saul. David knew that God was with him in his fight against his enemies. But David also knew that this protection and this provision would come at a price. The price would be that the nation he governed must have God as its Lord.

Under David’s administration we find that a new religious era began, and a service of praise was introduced into public worship. David ruled Israel at a time of great promise and with God’s help he had been able to reunite Judah and the Northern Kingdom as one.

David prayed that his people would wait in hope, asking that God’s unfailing love would rest upon them. David also prayed that the people would rejoice in the Lord whom they trusted. And, by faith, he understood that if they would accomplish these things the Lord would complete His plan of salvation. David knew that then he could count on the Lord to protect and provide for Israel. And when David asked the Lord for His blessing, his Lord never said no.

In spite of all that is happening to dispute it, the fact is that we are still able to be a “blessed nation whose God is the Lord.” If our elected and appointed leaders are men and women after God’s own heart, and who are determined not to be negatively influenced by the immoral and unethical minority, then this nation can still find favor with God.

When we are led by humble leaders, with repentant spirits moving them to say "yes" to the will and direction of God, we will find, like David, God will never say "no," as He is true to His promise, "If His people, who are called by His name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

*The Rev. Dr. Charles R. Watkins, Jr., is the pastor of Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina


*Bill Dickens

Job wanted God to vindicate him in the eyes of his friends. People ridiculed him (30:1, 9) and ridicule can be hard "pill to swallow."

When Elihu began to answer Job on behalf of God in Chapters 32 through 37, he pointed out that Job had been wrongly-focused during much of his trial. In Job 33:12–22, Elihu explains that God instructs and chastens in various ways.

God has His reasons for how He deals with us; and sometimes they are beyond our understanding.

Job was so certain of his innocence and of the injustice of his afflictions that for a long time he was unable to see beyond his perceived injustice. He tried to defend himself from the false conclusions of his friends and in so doing was unable to see areas of needed growth in his life.

God has reasons for allowing whatever happens—though we are often at a loss to fathom God's wisdom and God's actions.

In our trials and tests, James encourages us to ask God for wisdom (James 1:5). If we do so in faith, God will surely give it. Whatever the trial or test, there is always growth that can be achieved. God wants us to grow. Therefore, we must undergo periodic "pruning" to stimulate that growth (John 15:2).

The 1958 movie “The Defiant Ones,” starring Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis, tells the story of two escaped prisoners, one white and one black, who were shackled together and who needed to co-operate in order to survive.  Despite their mutual loathing of each other, they were forced to cooperate because they were chained together. At first their cooperation was motivated by self-preservation, but gradually, they began to respect and like each other.  If two convicts can ultimately cooperate, why can’t the wealthy and/or wicked cooperate with the poor?

Sometimes it seems as though the wicked people in the world get all the breaks and cannot be stopped from doing terrible things. How can this picture be changed?

Job 24 complains that God supports the evil ones, but only for a while; however, Job 5 and the psalmist affirm that, even so, God saves the needy and gives the poor hope in the battles they are waging. 

This is the type of “defiant faith” Job communicates in our lesson.  When your "back is up against the wall" like Job, it requires some form of reaction.  In Job’s case the reaction was positive, not negative.

*Brother Bill Dickens is currently the Church School Teacher at Allen AME Church in Tacoma, Washington.  He is currently a member of the Fellowship of Church Educators for the African Methodist Episcopal Church


*The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Darby

I’m writing this meditation after successfully resolving an unexpected problem.  I routinely plug in my portable electronic devices at night so that they’ll be ready for use the next day, but when I unplugged and turned on my cell phone this morning, I got a “low battery” warning.

I immediately “mentally rearranged” my day, so that I could visit my local Apple Store and see if I’d have to replace the battery - which ain’t cheap - or replace my phone months before I planned to do so when another idea came to mind - to try using the cable that I keep in my vehicle instead of using my regular charging cable.

I retrieved that aforementioned cable, and when I plugged it in, the phone’s battery immediately began to charge.  I avoided my “worst case scenario” - and probably saved some time, expense and inconvenience - by doing something so simple that I almost overlooked trying it.

Remember the successful resolution of my unexpected problem as you travel life’s journey.  Life in this world is filled with challenges - some easily met and addressed and others that are complicated, confusing, demanding of immediate attention and so dangerously troubling that we struggle to address them and seek ways to immediately address life’s “worst case scenarios.”

This world’s trying and troubling challenges are unavoidable, but when we remember that God is able to address life’s challenges in simple ways that we’d never come up with on our own, we can face them with faith - knowing that when God leads, guides and directs us, we’ll find simple solutions to complicated situations with the assurance that, as the Apostle Paul said, all work together for good for those who love the Lord.

Trust in the Lord, even in your most trying times, and you’ll find the strength to press on and discover simple but wonderfully blessed solutions that come from the God who empowered those who wore the insurmountable chains of American slavery to sing, “Whenever you pray let Him have His way, Jesus will fix it for you.”

This Meditation is also available as a Blog on the Beaufort District’s Website: www.beaufortdistrict.org

Get Ready for Sunday, and have a great day in your house of worship!

*The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Darby is the Presiding Elder of the Beaufort District of the South Carolina Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church


-- Congratulations to Mr. Jerrell and Mrs. Valencya Thompson on the Birth of their Son, Justice Elijah Thompson

Congratulations to Mr. Jerrell and Mrs. Valencya Thompson on the birth of their blessed son, Justice Elijah Thompson, born, October 3, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Valencya is a former 7th Episcopal District YPD Communications Secretary. Justice is the grandson of Dr. Wilma Broughton former Big Mak and YWI Chairperson, and former Columbia Conference DMC Commissioner; great grandson of Mrs. Wilhelmenia Broughton, 7th Episcopal District WMS Treasurer; great grandson of the late Rev. Dennis W. Broughton, Sr.; grandnephew of Ms. Yvette Broughton and grandnephew of the Rev. Dennis W. Broughton, Jr., pastor, 7th Episcopal District.


It is with saddened hearts that the Sixth Episcopal District shares the news that Mrs. Helen Davis, a faithful and dedicated Mother of Saint Paul AME Church on Pryor Road in Atlanta passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Sister Davis is survived by her two sons: The Rev. Michael Davis, pastor of Saint Philip AME Church in Culloden, Georgia and Greenville AME Church in Forsyth, Georgia and her son, Brother Andrew Davis, Jr.  Please keep the Davis family in your prayers.

The Homegoing Celebration for Mrs. Helen Davis will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church
1540 Pryor Road, Southwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30315

Telephone: (404) 622-9711
Fax: (404) 627-4188

The Rev. Doctor Gregory V. Eason, Pastor
 The Rev. Doctor Thomas Bess, Eulogist

Her remains will be placed in state at 10:00 a.m. in the church on the morning of the service.

Homecoming Services Entrusted to:

Carl M. Williams Funeral Home
492 Larken Street
Atlanta, GA  30313

Telephone: 404-522-8454
Fax: 404-522-5751


Greenwood Cemetery
1173 Cascade Avenue SW
Atlanta, GA 30311

Words of Comfort and Encouragement can be sent to:

The Rev. Michael Davis
524 North Hightower
Thomaston, GA 30286

Telephone: (706) 646-5647
Cell: (706) 601-7006
Email: revmmd@yahoo.com 


The Fourth Episcopal District is saddened to announce the passing of Mr. Larry Venable, the brother of Ms. Mary Vaughn and brother-in-law of the Rev. Emmanuel Vaughn, pastor, Grant Memorial AME Church.  Mr. Venable's funeral will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at:

St. Paul AME Church, 1825 E. 25th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Visitation is from 9-11 am and the service time is 11:00 a.m. 

Stuart Mortuary on 2163 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN will handle the arrangements.

Expressions of condolence may be emailed to:

Mr. Venable's wife, Donna Venable: shellbb1@aol.com 
Ms. Mary Vaughn: maryv24@sbcglobal.net


The Passing of Former Connectional WMS Leader, Dr. Sallie Polk

We regret to share news of the Dr. Sallie Polk who peacefully transitioned to the next life on October 13, 2014.  She attended Industrial High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and graduated from Lane College in Jackson in Tennessee where she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Dr. Sallie P. Polk completed her graduate and doctoral studies at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in the field of Education. Dr. Polk was employed by the Detroit Public School Board 1960-2006 and held the position of Teacher, Department Head, Assistant Principal and Principal in schools throughout the city to include Denby, McKenzie, Southwestern, Cass, Murray Wright High Schools and Drew Middle School. Dr. Polk was active member of African Methodist Episcopal Church community where she served as First Lady for 40 years alongside her late husband, The Rev. Armistice R. Polk, and work with various Missionary efforts on a Local, National, and International level.

Dr. Polk is survived by her daughters, Valerie Polk Phillips and Cherise Polk Simms, her son, Duane Polk; her grandchildren, Garrett Osumah, Kyle Polk, Carmyn Polk, Ashlyn Polk, Ross Simms, III, Kendra Polk, Danesha Simms, and Jordan Polk; and her great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Osumah, Garrett Osumah II, Gavin Osumah, Windsor Polk and Grayson Osumah. She is survived by her brother, Joseph Parrish (Tuscaloosa, AL) and her sisters-in-law Mary Daniels (Memphis, TN) and Carrie Powe (Jackson, TN). She also leaves rejoicing, a host of nieces and nephews.

The Celebration of her life will be held at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 2260 Hunt St. in Detroit, MI. on Monday, October 20, 2014. The family will receive visitors on Sunday, October 19, 2014 also at St. Paul A.M.E. Church from 5:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Polk, a member of the Emily Vernon Women's Missionary Society of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Detroit, MI, served for more than 50 years in the Women's Missionary Society and was installed as a Life Member during the 12th Quadrennial Convention. Dr. Polk served under several District Supervisors and Connectional Presidents in various capacities to include; two terms as Chair of the Connectional Nominating Committee; 4th District Interim Supervisor; two terms as 4th District President; and various Conference and Area offices to include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and local Supervisor.

Dr. Polk left her "Mark of Excellence" in the Civic, Social and Local communities as a long term member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and a retired educator/administrator with over 40 years of service. Dr. Polk was the widow of the late Rev. Armistice R. Polk, the Mother of 3 daughters and 1 son, the Grandmother of 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Email condolences may be sent to the family via: havenpolk@gmail.com, Haven Polk.


"To Be Absent from the Body Is to Be Present with the Lord” We are saddened by the passing of Sister Lizzie Fitzgerald, the mother of the Rev. Lee Williamson, pastor of White Cross AME Church in Efland N.C.  Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Please keep the Rev. Williamson, his wife Carolyn and his family in your prayers.

Words of comfort correspondence can be sent to:

The Rev. Lee Williamson at:
1602 Sir Galahad Road
Greensboro, NC 27405

Telephone Contact information:

Home Telephone: (336) 621-1463
Cell: (336) 456-0550


We regret to inform you of the passing of Sister Mattie Stafford, the spouse of the late Reverend Stafford. She was an inspiration to the Alabama River Region Conference and the 9th Episcopal District. She was a steadfast servant for the Lord.

Celebration of Life: Sister Mattie Stafford
Saturday, October 18, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Saint Paul AME Church
894 Prater Street
Sylacauga, Alabama 35151
The Reverend Ruby Heard-Bustamonte, Pastor/Eulogist

Friday, October 17, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Professional Services Entrusted to:

Community Funeral Home
15 North Hightower Avenue
Sylacauga, Alabama 35150
(256) 245-5201


Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
Talladega Highway
Sylacauga, Alabama 35150

Words of Comfort may be sent to:

The Family of Sister Mattie Stafford
411 East 4th Street
Sylacauga, Alabama 36150


From the office of the Eighth Episcopal District

It is with heartfelt sympathy that we inform you of the passing of Vincent Edwards, the son of the Rev. Sherry Tillman, pastor of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Biloxi, Mississippi and the grandson of the Rev. Artimise Clemons, pastor of Doughty Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Covington, Louisiana.

Visitation: Saturday, October 18, 2014
2 P.M. - 4 p.m.
St. John A.M.E. Church
551 Division Street
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530

Funeral Service: Saturday, October 18, 2014
4 p.m.
St. John AME Church
551 Division Street
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530


Following the Service
St. John AME Church
551 Division Street
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530

Professional Services Entrusted To:
Marshalls Funeral Home
825 Division St.
Biloxi, MS 39530
Telephone: (228) 432-2495

Condolences and Expressions of Sympathy:

The Reverend Sherry Tillman
313 A 42nd Street
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507


Ora L. Easley, Administrator
AMEC Clergy Family Information Center
Email: Amespouses1@bellsouth.net    
Web page: http://www.amecfic.org/  
Telephone: (615) 837-9736 (H)
Telephone: (615) 833-6936 (O)
Cell: (615) 403-7751


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