The Right Reverend T. Larry Kirkland - Chair, Commission on Publications
The Reverend Dr. Johnny Barbour, Jr., Publisher
The Reverend Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III, the 20th Editor, The Christian Recorder

Advent begins Sunday, November 29, 2015, and ends Thursday, December 24, 2015

--- This is a modified version of TCR Online:

My computer is still not in my possession, hopefully next week and fully operational.  Thank you for being patient with me.

I received a request for comment on the use of anointing oil and decided to republish the TCR Online Editorial that was published on August 15, 2006.


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

I believe that most churches and ministers base the anointing with oil on James 5:14 which says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

In looking at this issue, I have tried to do a simple exegesis (critical analysis of what the text meant to the biblical audience) and a straightforward hermeneutic of the text (How the text applies to us today).

In the gospels we observe that Jesus commanded all believers to lay hands on the sick, but Jesus never commanded us to anoint anyone with oil. There is no record of Jesus ever anointing anyone with oil and there are no descriptions of the apostles or other Christians anointing anyone with oil after the day of Pentecost. Therefore, anointing the sick (or anyone else) with oil is not an unwaiverable religious requirement like Holy Communion or Baptism.

Anointing with oil is not condemned or forbidden; so no one can dogmatically or theologically espouse the position that it would be wrong to anoint or not anoint someone with oil.

However, upon care analysis of James 5:14, the scripture clearly states that "people can ask for some of the elders of their church to come to them and pray for them and to anoint them with oil: "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint [aleipho, "to rub, cover over, besmear"] him with oil in the name of the Lord." (James 5:14)

Bible scholars are not certain, in the verse above, whether James was referring to the first-century practice of rubbing oil on the sick, or whether James was implying some kind of "sacred" anointing.

Upon closer analysis, It is important to note that James used the Greek word for the common, everyday type of "anointing," not the Greek word for a "sacred" anointing in which the Holy Spirit is involved, and James wrote that a sick person "should," and did not say, "must" call for the elders.

In other words, James was not giving the church a command and telling us that the only way divine healing will work is if church elders anoint a sick person with oil and pray for the person.

If we follow James’ statement literally; anointing should not be done without a person’s request and if we follow that notion literally, it might be presumptuous of pastors to “spread oil” on everybody during an altar call or even when visiting members and anointing them without being requested to do so.

The scripture says, “They should call for the elders of the church, and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.” (NRSV).

Presbyteros is the Greek word used in the James passage for “elder’ so it would seem to me that any anointing must be done by ordained clergy. I have seen licensed ministers in the AME Church and in other denominations anointing people with oil freely.

Neither Jesus nor the apostles, after Pentecost, are recorded as using oil for healing, nor did they ever command anyone else to use oil for healing or for any other situation in which prayer is needed.

Therefore, we should be careful not to take James 5:14 as a dogmatic statement of how healing works. The best balance seems to be that anointing with oil can be helpful, but it is not a requirement for healing, or for any other purpose.

Anointing with oil has gained popularity in the church. I suspect that its popularity may be tied in with the Pentecostal, neo-Pentecostal and the charismatic movements and people may see anointing as an innovative approach to liven up traditional worship. There is no harm in anointing, but I believe that we should remain as faithful to the biblical passages as possible.

My personal observations

If you are going to use olive oil in worship or when making pastoral calls, please put the olive oil in a sacred looking vessel and take it out of the Bertolli or Crisco bottle that you picked up from the supermarket.

Let’s be faithful to the book of James and not be presumptuous and anoint everybody, especially if the anointing has not been requested. And it would be appropriate to ask a person if they would like to be anointed. 

If you are going to use oil, take a moment and bless the oil.  What I am trying to say is, do something to distinguish the bottle of oil on the supermarket shelf from the oil you are using to anoint persons as part of a religious rite.

The Rev. Arthur Jensen, a Presbyterian Army Chaplain announced during altar call, “If anyone would like to be anointed, please raise your hand when you want to be anointed.”  Some parishioners would raise a hand while kneeling at the altar because they wanted to be anointed and others, who did not want to be anointed, did not raise their hands.

Your comments are invited.


--To the Editor:

RE: Preaching in the 19th Episcopal District and labeling “low” church vs. “high church”

Allow me to great you in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In the 19th Episcopal District we have finished with the sessions of annual conferences and I have to say the AME Church has some great preachers.

The Rev ZM Qokela is one of the great preachers in the Church; he was preacher of the Sons of Allen service on Saturday. The Rt. Rev. D.R. Daniels, Jr. was the preacher for the Ordination Service (God bless the Bishop).

The Rt. Rev PJM Kawimbe was the preacher for the closing service. He is a blessing to the 19th Episcopal District with his preaching and a good biblical scholar as evident by the way he navigates the Old Testament in his sermons.

I want everyone to know that in the AME Church, we have the “low church” and the “high church.” A 'low church' would be a church that does not use a lot of liturgy that and the worship is much more contemporary.

A “high church” uses liturgy a lot and utilizes a more traditional way of worshiping.

I ask the with that observation that in some of our churches some feel do their services with a
Contemporary feel while some have a traditional feel.

Would this way of classifying churches based on the worship styles being used in the AME church. The use of the terms “high church” and “low church” seems appropriate.

KA Moloi   

-- To the Editor:

RE: Wilberforce University accreditation announcement

That is wonderful news.  Congratulations to the Third Episcopal District and their tireless efforts.

Dr. PAM DeVeaux, Episcopal Supervisor, the 2nd Episcopal District


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The Illustrious Dr. Solomon Wallace, 33° Sovereign Grand Commander of The United Supreme Council Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation Northern Jurisdiction USA, Inc. has appointed the Rev. Dr. Wilton E. Blake, I, 33° as the Grand Prior for the Council.

Dr. Blake is a Sovereign Grand Inspector General (Active) and is the Presiding Elder of the Cincinnati District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  This is the first time that an AME Minister has been appointed to serve in this Holy position. The Northern Jurisdiction is comprised of 18 States, Canada, Bahamas, Europe and the Far East.                             

Dr. Blake is a Past Grand Master in the Jurisdiction of Ohio, is a retired Chief of Chaplain Service for the Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Dr. Blake is the President of the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, and the second AME Minister to be elected as President.  Dr. Blake is a proven national and international leader and is proud to be an AME doing the Lord's work.


*The Rev. Janet Habersham

Several years ago, Bishop Vashti McKenzie opened a sermon with these words “Memory is a marvelous gift from God. And if memory is a marvelous gift from God, then amnesia must be straight from the pit of hell.” 

Recently, like so many AME’s, I contemplated my relationship with the denomination and decided that I needed to take some time to determine if it was time to “exit.” 

On June 17, 2015 my contemplation was abruptly interrupted and replaced instead with a sense of righteous indignation.  History is one of my least favorite subjects; however, I knew the history of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church. I remembered!

Our lives, our nation, our world has lost sight of what it means to "love thy neighbor as thyself," let alone "love the Lord thy God with all that heart and all thy soul and all thy mind." 

As a denomination, we may be more infatuated with arguments about tradition (for and against) while in a state of “amnesia” about our roots.  At our core, we are a prophetic voice crying out, in word and witness, against the systems that make the Word of God abased.

Prophetic voices collide against, not collude, condone or compete with dominant culture. 

Prophetic voices understand that the Decalogue is beyond rhetoric, but a blueprint for communal engagement, a way of life and at its core the fulfillment of the Decalogue is complete in one word: love. 

Isn’t it time to energize and equip the saints of God with vision and plan of how to craft a better world, not just a better personal life or even a better “church.”

My prayer is that we go into July of 2016 with full memory of who we are; but more importantly, we exit July 2016 with a vision and a strategy of who we shall become.  On June 17, 2015, I remembered and decided to stay AME. 


*The Rev. Ayisha Benham

A wonderful Social Justice Education two-day mini conference was held at Bethel AMEC San Francisco on Saturday, October 17, 2015, featuring Joanne Bland, the founder of the Voting Rights Museum, Civil Rights Worker, and she was on the Edmund Pettis Bridge on that Bloody Sunday. Phil Hutchings former president of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was also a panelist. Additional social justice workshops were held.  On Sunday, October 18, 2015, Ms. Bland and Justin Gomer, UC Berkeley lecturer & scholar on Media and Film narrated segments of the film “Selma” at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland.  The mini conference attracted students, teachers, and community members of all ethnicities.

Avi Black of the Alameda County Office of Education and Director on the Board of the California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS), lived in Birmingham during the civil rights era and was a friend of civil rights worker Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, spearheaded the collaboration of Wright Chapel AME Church of San Francisco, Bethel AME Church San Francisco, the Bay Area Council for the Social Studies (BACSS), the University of Calif. Berkeley History Social Science Project, Cal State University-East Bay, CCSS, and the New Parkway Theater (Oakland, CA).

The Rev. Ayisha Benham, pastor of Wright Chapel and executive board member of BACSS and CCSS stated that the purpose of the conference was to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the March from Selma to Montgomery, which led to the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Rev. Benham stated “It is important to share our oral history in order to carry the social justice torch forward to the younger generation, as well as preserving our AME history relative to the 1960’s voting rights movement, because the nonviolent civil disobedience training was led by and held at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama”. 

Special thanks to Rev. Phillip Cousin, former pastor of Bethel SF, Rev. Tyrone Hicks, current pastor of Bethel SF for hosting the mini conference at Bethel, The Selma to the Bay mini conference will be available for viewing via web streaming: Buzzing around the Bay with Dr. Annette Shelton.

Bishop T. Larry Kirkland is the Presiding Prelate of the 5th Episcopal District

*The Rev. Ayisha Benham, pastor of Wright Chapel AME Church in San Francisco, CA. 


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

Based on Biblical Text: Jeremiah 18: 6 KJV: O House of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in Mine hand, O House of Israel.

We learn from this very short passage of scripture in the Book of Jeremiah that God speaks to His appointed spokesman and secondly that God can sometimes give orders that seem a bit strange and even irrational.

The Bible tells us that God once told Noah to build an ark in the middle of a desert because rain was coming. The orders were a bit strange and even irrational as Noah had never seen rain and certainly had no reference from which to understand the amount of rain it would take to flood the earth. However, Noah obeyed the strange orders from the Lord.

The Bible records the time when God ordered Abraham to leave the comforts of Ur and venture out. The orders were a bit strange and even irrational, as God never told Abraham where he would be going or what he would be doing. Yet the servant of God, Abraham, obeyed. He left the comforts of his current situation and headed toward anywhere.

Our text tells us that God orders his servant Jeremiah to stop what he was doing to make his way to the Potter’s house on the other side of town. God instructs Jeremiah, to watch the Potter create useful vessels out of broken pieces of clay. This was indeed a strange order, however Jeremiah obeyed.

 The fact of the matter is God uses a variety of methods, circumstances, and surroundings to convey His messages to His preachers, who in turn, deliver the message to the people. The message is delivered through the observation of a skilled Potter who is reworking the broken pieces of a clay vessel into a new and useful work of art. God was, and God still is - in the business of picking up the pieces of our broken lives - even those shattered beyond recognition.

The Lord takes our broken lives into His loving, caring and skillful hands and begins to remold, reshape, remake and remodel us, until He has created a new vessel in which He can house His Holy spirit. In fact, that is the message of the entire Bible; God specializes in picking up the pieces of broken lives and molding them into subjects fit for His Kingdom.

The Potter, who created the pieces himself, knew just what those pieces of clay should look like. He knew just what had to be done to reshape them into service, once again. The fact is that only he knew what a vessel should look like. Only he had the skill necessary to put the pieces back together again.

Jeremiah now had a fresh message for the people. The message for the people over 2000 years ago and for us today is that the Lord is the God of a second chance!  Our lives may have been tossed to and fro leaving us broken and marred. We may even be lying in pieces, praying for a miracle to solve all of our life’s problems. Clearly the Word of the Lord encourages us, “I’m in the restoration business. Give me the shattered and broken pieces of your life. I know what you should look like; I know how you were created to walk, to talk, and to live. I remember how you looked when you sprang from the seed of Abraham. I remember how you walked by faith through the parted waters of the Red Sea. I remember how you marched around the walls of Jericho. I remember how you looked as obedient servants under King David and King Solomon. And I remember how you looked on the day of your birth, before you became hardened by the sin of the world. I am your Creator! Trust me to remold and remake you into a new vessel, fit to serve and to do My Will”.

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


*Brother Bill Dickens

Key Verse: For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, “To an unknown god.” What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. Acts 17:23.


November 22, 2015 is the last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King.  History records few men or women who fundamentally changed the world, as we know it.  Some scientists have the distinction of being change agents.  Galileo, Newton and Einstein immediately come to mind.  Some world leaders fit the mold:  Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela.  The defining quality of a change agent is the replacement of the status quo paradigm with a new paradigm.  The new paradigm is the tool for change.

Sunday’s lesson in Acts 17 describes how the message of Jesus changed the world and in the process turned the world upside down.  Paul, the original globetrotter, takes his message about the salvific work of Jesus in the cities of Thessalonica, Berea and Athens.  Every city Paul visits where he has a preaching/teaching opportunity he explains how his life has been eternally changed.  Change is not always good.  There is no denying however the change discussed in Acts 17 is good for the mind, body and soul. 

Bible Lesson:  “Let’s Take A Road Trip”


Paul’s missionary journeys continue to the city of Thessalonica.  While visiting the city Paul participates in temple worship.  He uses this as an opportunity to teach about Jesus from the Jewish Scriptures.  Many of the synagogue attendees become believers based on Paul’s teachings (v 4) including a number of Greeks and prominent women.  Some of the Jews in Thessalonica were less impressed with Paul’s revolutionary teachings.  They organize a mob and plan a riot as a sign of protest.  Their nefarious plot included bringing Paul and Silas out to the marketplace, where they would likely be punished by the mobsters (v 5).  The plot fails and Paul and Silas set sail for Berea.


The citizens in Berea are far more hospitable than the rabble-rousing Jews in Thessalonica.  Paul continues his preaching and teaching.  One noted difference is the men of Berea were found to be serious Bible students.  They searched the Scriptures on a regular basis as a “fact-check” to make sure Paul’s teaching was confirmed in the Holy Writ (v 11).  The fact-checking Bereans concluded that Paul was correct and many Greek men and women were saved and became followers as well as some of the Jews.  When the Thessalonian Jews heard about the success of Paul’s ministry they attempted to import their riotous habits to Berea.  Some of the apostles stayed in Berea (Silas and Timothy) but Paul was instructed to travel to Athens (v 15).


The city of Athens was home to first century cosmopolitan Greeks.  The city was a hub for commercial and cultural activity.  Paul was distressed to see that Athenians were polytheistic (worshippers of many idols) (v 16).  Paul used this as a teaching opportunity and lectured in the local synagogue why Jesus supersedes yet fulfills the Law of Moses.  He extended this message by preaching in the marketplace where many Greek citizens were able to gain access to the new revolutionary ideas.  Athenian Greeks greatly enjoyed discussion and debate.  They were consumers of ideas and spent much of their time in this area (v 21).  Paul reasoned with the Athenian citizens by noting that they were very religious.  In fact one worship artifact contained a message that read: To an Unknown God (v 23).  Paul uses this inscription as a segue to teach about the reality of Jesus.  Paul explains that Jesus is not unknown because his resurrection makes him very real.  God works in humankind by sending Jesus so that we may be able to see thru him we “live, move and have our being” (v 28).  This latter comment provides something for the Athenians to think about in their quest for truth.

Bible Application

The idea of something being “upside-down” defies logic and natural law.  A person walking towards you with his/her feet in the sky and head perpendicular to the pavement would be interpreted as an extraterrestrial visitor rather than your neighbor in Peoria, Illinois.  When Fred Astaire was “dancing on the ceiling “in the 1951 movie The Royal Wedding, movie viewers were mesmerized by the trick photography that gave the appearance Mr. Astaire actually repealed the law of gravity. 

A fundamental idea or event can have an upside-down effect.   Music historians suggest that the Beatles turned the world upside down through their new form of rock and roll.  Economists (like your author) argue that the publication of Adam Smith’s magnum opus, The Wealth of Nations in 1776 turned the world upside by showing that the source of wealth is captured in production activities guided by an invisible hand or market forces and not by government fiat.  It takes something really special to result in an upside-down effect.  The evidence of human history confirms that such events are truly rare.

A political or economic revolution can fundamentally change outcomes or alter the course of history.  The French, American and Bolshevik Revolutions created profound changes in France, America and Russia.  Devout followers of ISIS seek fundamental change but as we witnessed with the human carnage in Paris, their means do not justify the ends.  The effect of social revolutions is seen in its ability to change the way things are done and turning everything around from the old order to the new order.  Paul was committed to preach a revolutionary Gospel, which would cause the existing world to be turned upside down.  Jesus was not an unknown God but made alive thru the preaching of the Gospel.  The evidence of Jesus’s resurrection is indisputable.  The German existentialist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche advanced the thesis that God Is Dead.  Nietzsche was a cynical atheist and a liar as well.  God is very much alive now and forever!  A stand for Jesus means a stand for change and true spiritual liberation.  QED

*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 week’s meditation in the wake of a horrific tragedy - the deaths of over one hundred innocent people at the hand of terrorists in Paris, France.  That tragedy has been met with prayerful courage and resolve by the people of France and by supportive people of good will around the world - with the exception of some American politicians.

Those politicians want to bar Syrian refugees seeking a safe haven from coming to America - unless they’re Christians - and call for America to wage war against “radical Islam.”  I find their words to be shortsighted, mean-spirited and ironic - especially given the culture and religion of many mass murderers who engaged in acts of American terrorism. 

In places like Charleston, SC; Newtown, Connecticut; Oak Creek, Wisconsin and Aurora, Colorado, the mass murderers were Americans who were probably raised to be Christians.  By that measure, we should also wage war on “radical Christianity” and on terrorist groups like the “Christian” Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

I’m a thoroughly and totally committed Christian who has learned to respect those who don’t share my faith, but are still people of faith who try to love our Creator and love others as they love themselves.  I’ve learned - and history has taught us - that those who wish to do evil sometimes cloak their deeds in the cloth of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and all major world religions.

We’d do well to remember that when it comes to people of faith, the old saying is true – “There’s good in the worst of us and there’s bad in the best of us.” 

When we practice the love of Jesus, seek the human worth in all of those around us and walk in the footsteps of the Savior who reached out to those beyond His religious culture’s “comfort zone,” we can change lives for the better, reach new understanding, find common ground and purpose and celebrate what AME Bishop Frederick C. James once called, “The diversity of our unity and the unity of our diversity.”

Let the love of Jesus direct the way that you interact with others - regardless of their faith or lack thereof.  You’ll have a broader perspective, a greater appreciation for how God can reach and bring together all humankind, and a new understanding of why my ancestors, who were enslaved by those who called themselves “Christians,” first sang “Walk together, children, don’t you get weary; there’s a great camp meeting in the promised land.”

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


-- Good news from the Bright family

I would like to share some good Bright Family news. 

On the November 3, 2015 in the Philadelphia General Election, after having served 20 years as judge on the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District, Pennsylvania, I was elected to serve another 10 year term.  I was blessed to have been the top vote-getter among the judges up for retention.  

I am thankful for the support of Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram, Pastor Mark Tyler and the AME Church Family, which I am sure helped to propel me to such an awesome outcome. 

Also, our family was blessed on October 16, 2015 to celebrate the retirement of Bishop and Mrs. John Bright’s nephew, Rear Admiral Sinclair M.  Harris who retired after 34 years of service in the Navy, which occurred at The Sail Loft, Washington Navy Yard.
Judge Gwendolyn Bright 


The Third Episcopal District regretfully announces the passing of Ms. Sherry Roberts a member of St. Mark, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania and sister of the Reverend Dr. Samuel Ware, pastor of St. Paul, Washington, Pennsylvania. 

The funeral service is scheduled as follows:

Viewing:  Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
White Memorial Chapel
72504 Thomas Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Homegoing Celebration:  Saturday, November 21, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church
1409 Montier Street
Wilkinsburg, PA 152251

The Reverend Arthur E. Doctor, Pastor
The Reverend Dr. Samuel Ware, Eulogist

Final Arrangements Entrusted to:

White Memorial Chapel
72504 Thomas Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Telephone:  (412) 241-7998
Fax:  (412) 241-4741

Condolences may be sent to
The family of Sherry Roberts
St. Mark AME Church
1409 Montier Street
Wilkinsburg, PA 152251

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We regret to inform you of the passing of Brother Alex Murphy, husband of the Rev. Claudine Murphy, St. Luke AME Church, St. Louis, MO.

The services for Brother Alex Murphy are as follows:

Visitation:  Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Time: 4-7:00pm
Place: St. Luke AME Church
9634 Meeks Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63132

Homegoing Celebration:

Date: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Visitation Hour: 10:00 am
Funeral Service:  11:00am

Place: St. James AME Church
4301 St. Ferdinand Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63113

The Rev. Willie Marshall, pastor

Cards and other expressions of Christian love may be sent to:

The Rev. Claudine Murphy 
c/o Mrs. LaJuan Williams
13606 Mason Meadow Court
St. Louis, Mo.  63131


We regret to announce the passing of Sister E. Celita Duckett, the sister of Leroy Duckett and sister in law of Wanda l. Duckett, General Board member of the AME Church and 2nd Vice President of the First District Lay Organization.  Sister Celita was a member of the Women’s Missionary society and the Lay Organization.  The following information has been provided regarding funeral arrangements.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Viewing and Masonic Services 

Friday, Nov.20, 2015  
Viewing – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Service of Celebration - 11:00 a.m.  

All services will be held at:
Campbell A.M.E. Church
220 Park Avenue
Woodbury, NJ 08096

Professional services provided by: 
Carl Miller Funeral Home
831 Carl Miller Blvd
Camden, NJ. 08104

Expressions of kindness can be sent to: 

The Duckett Family
370 Grove Avenue, #125  
West Deptford, NJ. 08086

Telephone: (609) 315-3711 (Wanda Duckett)
Telephone: (856) 848-8171 or 856-848-6315 (Leroy Duckett)
Fax: (856) 845-7242


It is with deepest sympathy and regret we announce the passing of Mrs. Carolyn Brown Parker, mother of the Reverend Keith A. Parker, Sr., pastor of Spring Hill AME Church in Sheldon, South Carolina.  Mrs. Parker, 90 years of age lived in Burton, SC and was the widow of the Reverend Carl Parker, died Sunday, November 15, 2015 at her residence.

Wake Service for Mrs. Parker:

Thursday, November 19, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Jericho AME Church
342 Broad River Blvd.
Beaufort, SC 29903

Celebration of Life Services:

Friday, November 20, 2015
10:00 a.m.
Bethesda Christian Fellowship
36 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Drive
St Helena Island, SC 29920

Telephone: (843) 838-4410

Burial will follow in Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary St., Beaufort, SC 29902

Services Entrusted to:

Marshel's Wright-Donaldson Home for Funerals, Inc.
1814 Greene St.
Beaufort, SC 29902

Telephone: (843) 525-6625

Condolences may be sent to:

The Rev. Keith Parker
16 Still Shadow Dr.
Beaufort, SC 29906

Telephone: (843) 846-6680


We regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Juanita Griffin, the mother of the Reverend Leo Griffin, pastor of Wesley AME Church, Houston, Texas. Mrs. Griffin passed on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

Services for Mrs. Juanita Griffin:

Family Visitation:

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Battle Memorial Funeral Home
1123 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Panama City, Florida 32401 

Funeral: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
Allen Chapel AME Church
1318 Mississippi Avenue
Lynn Haven, FL 32444

Telephone: (850) 265-8682

Services are entrusted to:

Battle Memorial Funeral Home
1123 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Panama City, Florida 32401

Telephone: (850) 763-4951
Fax: (850) 785-8222

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

The Reverend Leo Griffin and Family
Wesley AME Church
2209 Dowling Street
Houston, Texas 77245

Or emailed to: sgO541@aol.com 

This comes to share that Mrs. Elise Wilson has passed.  Mrs. Wilson is the mother of the Reverend Shalane (Samuel) Jenkins, pastor of Tyree Temple AME Church in Dumas, Arkansas.

Arrangements have be entrusted to:

Cromwell Funeral Home
600 East Lewis Street
Hamburg, AR  71646

Telephone: (870) 853-5000

A Celebration of her life was held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Fountain Hill, AR, the Reverend Jesse Washington, pastor.

Condolences may be sent to the family:

Mr. Willie Earl Wilson
P.O. Box 47
Fountain Hill, AR  71642

Telephone: (870) 853.5831 or (870) 940.0639

The Reverend Shalane & Mr. Samuel Jenkins, Jr.
420 West Jefferson
Hamburg, AR  71646

Telephone: (870) 940.0639


This notice is to inform you of the passing of Brother Elmer Young, the husband of the Reverend Gloria Young, Local Deacon at New Bethel A.M.E. Church, Rosston, Arkansas on the Young Circuit, the Rev. Larry Ross, pastor.

Brother Elmer Young was a life-long member of New Bethel AME, in Rosston, Arkansas. Brother Young served as Steward, Treasurer and Class Leader.

He is the father of three sons and one daughter, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family hour is Friday, November 13, 2015 from 5-6pm at Brandon Funeral Home, 2912 Hwy 29N, Hope, AR.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
at New Bethel AME Church in Rosston, Arkansas

The Third Episcopal District regretfully announces the passing of Miss Margaret Ann Fields, former President of the Third Episcopal District Lay Organization and former Connectional Director of Lay Activities. We unite in prayer with Jeani Gray, William Fields and other family members in the loss of their loved one.

The Homegoing Celebration is as follows:

Calling Hour: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 12:00 noon
Funeral: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm

St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church
7700 Crosswoods Drive
Columbus, OH 43235
Telephone:  (614) 888-0894
Fax: (614) 885-8145

The Reverend Jermaine Covington, pastor

The Reverend Dr. Otis J. Gordon, Jr., Eulogist

Final Arrangements Entrusted to:
Rutherford Corbin Funeral home
515 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085
Phone 614-885-4006
Fax (614) 885-5111

Condolences can be sent to:

William A. Fields
5652 Turnberry
Westerville, Ohio 43082
Phone No.: 614-818-3667
Email Address: Waf-jr@sbcglobal.net

Please keep the family in prayer.

Third Episcopal District Office
288 South Hamilton Road
Columbus, OH  43213
Telephone: (614) 575-2279; Fax: 614-575-2375; email:

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


The Chair of the Commission on Publications, the Right Reverend T. Larry Kirkland; the Publisher, the Reverend Dr. Johnny Barbour and the Editor of The Christian Recorder, the Reverend Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III offer our condolences and prayers to those who have lost loved ones. We pray that the peace of Christ will be with you during this time of your bereavement.

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