“A Century of Commitment, A Legacy of Love” was the theme of a joyous celebration of the former Delaware Annual Conference on May 30, 2015, the segregated but beloved conference of black Methodists in the region from 1864 until it merged in 1965. Philadelphia-born Bishop Gregory Palmer, Rev. Herbert Palmer (his Dad ), Bishop Ernest Lyght of New Jersey, the Rev. David Briddell, all sons of the old Delaware Conference remembered highlights, honored heroes and challenged attendees to continue building the “beloved community” and making disciples of Jesus Christ.

The Rev. Fred Day, General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church also brought greetings. At the event, held at the historic Tindley Temple in Philadelphia, Bishop Peggy Johnson welcomed hundreds of members and guests to this momentous event. – Excepts from Eastern PA Conference, NewsSpirit Digest, March 11, 2015 issue


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