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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
             STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.               15

     The M. E. Church was the first to ordain a negro Bishop for
Africa.  Francis Burns, first Missionary  Bishop  for  Africa,  was
ordained by Bishop Janes, in 1858, and Rev. J. Wright Roberts,
second Missionary Bishop for Africa, was ordained in New York, in
1866.
     William Taylor was ordained the third Missionary Bishop in 1848
and was the first American white man ordained an African Bishop.
     The M. E. Church, South, was the first to prepare a catechism
for the colored children. Bishop Wm. Capers, prepared the first.
     Methodism has ordained two colored Bishops. African Method-
ism has had forty-eight (48.)
     Methodism has no colored Bishops in 1891. African Methodism
has twenty.
     I wish I had time to walk about Zion-the Zion of christianity,
of protestantism, of methodism and especially of African Methodism.
     I would survey their out-posts, martial their armies in grand
review, hear the songs of the returning veterans of a thousand battles,
see the banner of the cross waving in the light of the civilization of
the age, and join in the triumphant chorus of the sons of God and
Wesley.
    We still hear the tread of the heroes of the past, for it still ling-
ers in the valley. The music of their songs are still heard on the
mountain top of success. Their spirit of sacrifice and consecration
still hovers over us, like a cloud on the mountain's summit. It is our
bow of hope and cloud of inspiration. As we think of the heroes of the
past who followed the Lord of Hosts and gained signal victories over
the world, the flesh and the devil, they say to us, though dead, go
forward ! Go forward !! The light begins to shine !!!
    Come let us see the foundation laid by the fathers in suffering,
sorrow and tears!  Let us examine the walls built by their sons in
faith and hope and view, with pride, the moral and religious palaces
garnished by the hand, purchased by the blood and consecrated by
the tears of their daughters-the true heroines of methodism.
    Come with me and let us ascend the towers of christianity and
methodism, and view the surrounding landscape. Look eastward and




			
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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism


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