A.M.E Trivia Pursuit

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Bing the pastor of a new A.M.E Church is exciting and I learn so much from my congregation. It is wonderful to see the joy on their faces when they learn about our denomination. I need your help, I love playing games with the congregation. And I want to do "A.M.E Trivia Pursuit" this would be great during fellowship time and an opportunity for the congregation to learn about our denomination. Will you please post a question(s) and answer regarding some aspect of our denomination. ie. history, choirs, Bishops, and don't forget questions about the name of your pastor, then that way we can learn about you church. Thanks everyone. God is so good all the time.

-- Anonymous, November 23, 2002


OK, I'm game. Here is my entry. What was the name of Richard Allen's first wife? The first person to email me or post the correct response will receive a prize :-) QED

-- Anonymous, November 25, 2002

Congrats to Barbara of Ann Arbor, MI for submitting the fastest correct response. The first Mrs. Allen was named Flora. I suppose Barbara had a quick emotional healing from the Wolverines humiliating loss to arch-rival Ohio State in the Big Horseshoe last weekend :-) Now here is another entry. Name the AME Bishop who as born in India. Due to their exhaustive AME knowledge, R. Matthews and Barbara are ineligible to receive gifts from this trivia pursuit game :-) QED

-- Anonymous, November 26, 2002

Who is the AME Bishop that met with two American Presidents in the White House and dined with two senators who eventually becane Presidents? He stated the following....."I found the President easy and urbane in manner, but not fluid in conversation, with a very careworn appearance and the countenance and expression of one who thinks deeply. The weight of the war was even then resting heavily upon him. He told me that he felt as though Providence had guided him, and enabled him to accomplish what he had accomplished."

-- Anonymous, November 26, 2002

OK Mary you have posed a very challenging question. Fortunately you do provide some clues so let me take a shot at it. Three 20th century Presidents previously served in the US Senate - JFK, LBJ and RMN (Richard Nixon). The "weight of the war" you refer to is probably the Vietnam War which produced a political chasm both domestically as well as internationally. LBJ declined to seek re- election as President principally because of the stress of Vietnam, Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, the embarrament of General Westmorland, college protests, agony of the Tet Offensive, etc. The Bishop in question most likely served while LBJ was President (1963-69)so that would probably mean someone like Bishop Hildebrand or Bishop Murph. I will take an educated guess and say Hildebrand assuming of course Hilderand was elected in 1964 or 68. QED

-- Anonymous, November 26, 2002


I can think of several bishops in modern times to whom your question might apply. Since Bishop Nichols is now 102 years young he is the first who comes to mind. But I am going to assume this question is historical and guess the bishop you have in mind was Henry McNeal Turner.

Now my question is this:

What A.M.E. Bishop never held an Annual Conference, never ordained a minister--not even a deacon? He traveled to only one series of Conferences at which he sat quietly as an observer while another bishop presided. In the second year after his election he requested the Annual Conference to which he belonged to locate him. Even after his consecration he pastored a circuit. In the eighth year of his episcopacy he resigned all episcopal authority and returned to the rank of Elders until his untimely death. This occurred a few weeks after some white men (who it was believed intentionally) overran him with their horse and buggy as he stepped from the curb in the city where he lived.

-- Anonymous, November 27, 2002

I am enjoying this!!!!! I cannot I stumped you two. The Bishop is Payne who was speaking of Abraham Lincoln. Bishop Payne also met with President Tyler when he did the funeral for Tyler's body servant. He dined with Senators Andrew Johnson and J.A. Garfield who later became American presidents.

-- Anonymous, November 27, 2002

I apologize (even though I am still gloating). The first line should read I cannot believe I stumped you two.

-- Anonymous, November 27, 2002

Great job Mary!! Thanks for the information and the "stumping" :-) The answer to Bob's question is Bishop Edward Waters. It helps being a member of the 11th District to know that answer. QED

-- Anonymous, November 27, 2002

Thanks Mary. This is fun.

-- Anonymous, November 27, 2002

Brother Matthews:

Was Bishop Quinn born in India? Thanks.

-- Anonymous, November 27, 2002

Yes, Bishop Quinn was born in Calcutta, India. Rev. Coleman provided the quickest response to this question on yesterday. Now here is another entry. Name the state which has two (2) Episcopal Districts and name each District. QED

-- Anonymous, November 27, 2002

Brother Dickens,

Do you know if Bishop Quinn was Indian? I don't know much about him and would like to know more. Thanks.

-- Anonymous, November 27, 2002

Since for some reason we seem today to have an obsession with age,at what age did Richard Allen become bishop and how long did he serve in that capacity?

-- Anonymous, November 27, 2002

The state is Pennsylvania and the Districts are #'s 1 & 3!

-- Anonymous, November 27, 2002

Robert: Richard Allen was consecated as bishop of the AMEC in 1816 at the age of I believe 54 and he served fifteen years until his transition from the Lord's Labor to the Lord's reward in 1831. I know Mary in Philly beat me to the answer :-) QED

-- Anonymous, November 29, 2002

Here is mine. Name the city that is home to 4 Presiding Elder Districts and 2 Annual Conferences? There are two other cities in the US that have 2 Annual Conferences, name them. Hint: One is a "large" city the other not nearly as large.

-- Anonymous, December 01, 2002

Hi Myron:

This is a very interesting question. Since I was visiting the Palmetto State over the Thanksgiving Weekend I will go out on a limb and say the answer to your question is Charleston, S.C. and Philadelphia, PA. QED

-- Anonymous, December 05, 2002

The answer for the 2 conferences, 4 PE District's question is CHARLESTON, SC, nicknamed the Holy City. It has two annual conferences (Palmetto & SC) and 4 PE Districts (Mt. Pleasant & Kingstree in the Palmetto and Edisto and Charleston in the SC). The churches in the Mt. Pleasant District in the city of Chas. are Morris Brown (the largest AMEC in SC), Ebenezer, St. Philip, St. Barnabas- St. Paul, Calvary and Progressive. Kingstree's lone church is Greater St. Luke, although St. Peter's, St. Paul and Bethel are located in nearby N. Chas. Edisto's churches are Mother Emanuel and located across the state Macedonia, Beard's Chapel, Nichols Chapel, Shiloh, Graham, James Chapel and Emanuel, West Ashley. Charleston's churches are Mt. Zion (where the first AME Annual Conference in the South convened), Trinity and Mt. Carmel.

The trival thing is this: that churches in close proximity of each other are in different PE Districts and Conferences. For example, Ebenezer (Mt. Pleasant District/Palmetto Conference) is on Nassau St and right behind it, the next street over, almost in Ebenezer's back yard is Beard's Chapel (Edisto District/SC Conference). Morris Brown (Mt. Plesant District) is two blocks from Shiloh (Edisto District).

As for the other answer, the two I had on my mind at the time of writing this trivia were Birmingham, AL (West and North Alabama Conferences) and Sumter, SC (Northeast and Columbia). There are several others like Bishopville, SC (Northeast and Columbia), Monticello, GA (Macon and Atlanta North) Lake City, FL (Florida and East Florida) Orlando, FL (Orlando and Central FL). Atlanta has some southern suburbs that have some churches in the Macon Conference, but are closer to Atlanta. But, Charleston holds the distinction of having two annual Conference and four PE Districts. There are more AMEs in Charleston and Georgetown, SC (the birthplace of Bishop D. Ward Nichols and Bishop Harrison J. Bryant) than any other city in the US. Both of these cities are in the Palmetto Annual Conference.

-- Anonymous, December 05, 2002

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