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“C” is for Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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  “C” is for Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. One of the seven largest African American denominations, the CME Church was originally titled the Colored Methodist Church. Founded in 1870, it amicably emerged from the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The church title was changed from “Colored” to Christian” in 1954. The smallest of the three black Methodist groups, the CME has close to a million members in the US and abroad, especially in the Caribbean and Africa. Its polity basically mirrors that of other African Methodist denominations, featuring as episcopal governance with general, annual, and quarterly conferences, and boards focused on various aspects of church life. It also shares Methodist doctrines, theology, and rituals. The South Carolina Annual Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, established in 1870, is in the Seventh Episcopal District.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.