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Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME Church)

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Creator:Hatfield, Edward A.
Title:Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME Church)
Date:2007 Nov. 8

Encyclopedia article about the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME Church), formerly the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, which is a historically African American denomination with more than 800,000 members in the United States. Formed in 1870 in Jackson, Tennessee, as a separate black denomination by the Methodist Episcopal Church South, the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church was the first African American denomination established in the South. In 1956 the name change to the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church not only signaled the church's repudiation of Jim Crow-era racial subordination but also highlighted a more ecumenical emphasis on religious, rather than racial, identity. Thereafter, the church became more active in the civil rights movement. Church polity and theology are consistent with other major American Methodist denominations, and the church participates in such ecumenical organizations as the National Council of Churches. The CME Church supports four colleges, including Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, and maintains missions in Ghana, Haiti, Jamaica, Liberia, and Nigeria.

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Subjects:Hollowell, Donald | Johnson, Joseph A. | Robinson, Ruby Doris Smith, 1941-1967 | Christian Methodist Episcopal Church | Christian Methodist Episcopal Church--Political activity | African American churches | Churches--United States | African Americans--Religion | African American universities and colleges | African American universities and colleges--Georgia--Augusta | Universities and colleges--United States | Universities and colleges--Georgia--Augusta | Paine College | National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America | Methodist Church--United States | Methodists--United States | African American Methodists | Ecumenical movement--United States | Interdenominational cooperation--United States | Church--Unity | Social problems--United States | Social justice--United States | Social action--United States | Political participation--United States | African Americans--Politics and government | Social participation--United States | Community life--United States | United States--Politics and government--20th century | United States--Social conditions--20th century | United States--Race relations--History--20th century | Race relations | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Civil rights--United States | Civil rights--Georgia | African Americans--Civil rights | African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia | Church work--United States | Politics, Practical--United States | Theology, Practical--United States | United States | Southern States | Georgia | Augusta (Ga.) | Richmond County (Ga.) | Atlanta (Ga.) | Fulton County (Ga.)
Collection:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Institution:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Contributors:New Georgia Encyclopedia (Project) | Georgia Humanities Council | University of Georgia. Press | Merrill-Hall New Media | GALILEO (Georgia statewide project)
Online Publisher:[Athens, Ga.] : Georgia Humanities Council and the University of Georgia Press | 11/8/2007
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