Saturday, November 6, 2010
AME keeps its focus on community with Rosa Parks Villa in South LA
Since the African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in Pennsylvania during the 18th century by Richard Allen, social engagement and economic development have been central themes for the denomination. During its rich history, the AME church has fought slavery and prejudice, founded colleges and seminaries and supported community development projects throughout the country.
One of the most recent examples of the AME church's focus upon civic development has been the recent $17-million Rosa Parks Villa, overlooking 10 Freeway and Crenshaw Blvd., in Southern Los Angeles.
The New York Theological Seminary is an institution dedicated to multiculturalism, diversity, social justice and religious tolerance. The mission of the seminary is to prepare men and women, from every background, for careers in ministry.