2016-2020 Quadrennial Theme and 2016 Anvil

Quadrennial Theme 2016-2020

“The African Methodist Episcopal Church: A Social Justice and Liberating Faith”

“And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 (NASB)

Political Justice (2016)

Criminal Justice (2017)

Environmental Justice (2018)

Economic Justice (2019)

  • Clergy and Laity are encouraged to:
    – Incorporate the connectional theme in the ministries of your local congregations with special worships services, Bible Studies, Retreats/conference sessions, action plans and community conversations.
  • Auxiliaries, on the connectional and conference level – Encouraged to include the theme in their ministry and
  • It is hoped that these will not be just talking points but action items for our global ministry.

Political Justice – 2016

  • Voter rights
  • Voter registration
  • Voter education
  • Voter participation
  • Ethnic cleansing
  • Political prisoners
  • Global religious persecution
  • Human trafficking
  • Black Lives Matter

Criminal Justice – 2017

  • Community policing
  • Fair sentencing
  • Prison ministry
  • Prisoner/alumni re-entry
  • Incarceration policy
  • Juvenile justice
  • Violence
  • Addictions
  • Human trafficking
  • Family disruption

Environmental Justice – 2018

  • Climate change
  • Hazardous waste
  • Clean water
  • Water availability
  • Pollution
  • Sustainable development
  • Off-shore drilling
  • Fracking
  • Greening of the home and sanctuary

Economic Justice – 2019

  • Fair wages
  • Job opportunity and training
  • HBCU’s and AME Schools
  • The digital divide
  • Technical training
  • Sustainable development
  • Family economics

Quadrennial Theme Committee

  • Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Chair
  • Bishop McKinley Young
  • Bishop William Phillips DeVeaux, Sr.
  • Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland
  • Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr.
  • Bishop Sarah Frances Davis*
  • Bishop Clement Willie Fugh
  • Bishop John Hurst Adams
  • Bishop Frederick Hilborn Talbot
  • Bishop Vinton Randolph Anderson*

The Anvil 2016

The Anvil: The Spirit of African Methodism

2016 Anvil

features the Bishops and other church leaders, including The Honorable Clemente Pinckney, former pastor of Mother Emanuel AME Church talking about the future of the African Methodist Episcopal Church while reflecting on our glorious past.

The Anvil 2012-2016

Echoes from the General Conference

The Cost of Discipleship

The Goal of Discipleship

Preaching on the Front Line






The following organizations benefited from The Anvil proceeds

  • 2012-2013 16th Episcopal District ($10,000)
  • 2013-2014 14th Episcopal District ($10,000)
  • 2014-2015 7th Episcopal District
  • 2015-2016 TBD ($10,000 – Mother Emmanuel)

Proceeds from the sale of all editions of The Anvil will be distributed to causes of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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