In the 8th District: Our African - American Church Communities in Southern Anne Arundel County
Elinor Thompson, Feb 1, 2013 - 237 pages
Thursday, October 27, 1864 .Bishop Levi Scott appointments, Bishop Scott briefly addressed the Conference as it follows. He stated that this was an interesting time in the history of Methodism among the colored people of the State of Maryland. For the first time, a regular Annual Conference for Colored Preachers had met, with a Bishop of The Methodist Episcopal Church to preside. The first secretary Benjamin Brown born on December 25, 1819 in Queen Anne?s County, Maryland had been elected. The first Presiding Elders were to be appointed; the first Preachers were sent to work in this old Commonwealth. He stated for the first time the Colored Preachers had exercised the functions of a conference. The conference had elected men to their orders and admitted Preachers on trial and had in their presence. The first Transferred Colored Preacher. They had at their first session provided for the purchase of a Journal and a Conference Trunk and for the publication of their Annual Minutes, and had, for the first time, as a conference, reported a Missionary Collection, and that collection came from ?The Ancient City of Annapolis, The Capitol of the State?. The beginning of the Washington Conference, it is true, it is small, but who can tell what by the blessing of God, it may become. Today it is asked, ?Why do we hold onto the past and not release it to embrace our future?? ?Will the generations to come care?? ?Will they even get a chance to know our past?? We praise and worship in the sanctuaries of our choice to a person, being, or Spirit that we have not seen, but have only felt within our heart, mind, body, and soul. We feel his ?Almighty presence? and we know that each and every one of us came from the body. Where did your ancestors come from? So, I will honor their descendants with historical documentation that has been hidden far too many years so that they will never be forgotten. So, when I become older and wiser, I can say, ?I did!? instead of saying, ?I wish!?
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