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Islamic Traditions in the African-American Community Introduction

Islam in the African-American community is as old as the United States itself. Islam came to the United States on slave ships, and the first Qurans (the Islamic holy book) to be …

Black Interdenominational

To be interdenominational, a church or organization subscribes to no particular Christian denomination, but incorporates religious rituals and expressions stemming from several denominations. This is similar to being nondenominational, and some use …

Black Episcopalians

People of African descent have a long heritage in the Episcopal Church. Over the past 130 years there have been 38 Black bishops consecrated in the Episcopal Church. These bishops hail from …

Report Summary

This report provides information about the largest religious traditions and denominations in Black communities, providing a basic understanding of how these denominations operate, how the leadership structure is organized and how their …

Catholicism

Orientation/Classification: Catholic Adherents Consider Themselves: Catholic/Christian House of Worship: Church/Parish/Cathedral First Point of Contact: Priest, Sister, Bishop or lay leader Women are not ordained in the Catholic Church. Population: Approximately 800 of …

African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

POPULATION There are roughly 7,000 AME congregations globally and an estimated 2.5 – 3.5 million members. GOVERNANCE The AME Church is organized in a hierarchical structure, in which each district is presided …

National Baptist Convention

Orientation/Classification: Protestant/Baptist Adherents Consider Themselves: Christian House of Worship: Church Religious Leader: Pastor, Minister, Deacon Population: 31,000 congregations and 7.5 to 9 million members OTHER (GENDER, DRESS, ETC.) The convention does not …

Church of God in Christ (COGIC)

Orientation/Classification: Pentecostal-Holiness / Protestant Adherents Consider Themselves: Christians House of Worship: Church Religious Leader: Chaplain, pastor, bishop, ordained elder, apostles. COGIC does not ordain women as elder or bishop. Women do serve …

Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church

POPULATION In 2006, there were an estimated 850,000 members in 3,500 churches. GOVERNANCE Like the AME Church and AMEZ Church, the CME Church is hierarchical, with each district presided over by a …

African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church

POPULATION An estimated 1.4 million members globally, with 3,200 congregations and roughly 3,700 pastors GOVERNANCE Like the AME Church, the AMEZ Church is hierarchical, with each district presided over by a bishop, …

African Methodism

Three of the largest denominations within African Methodism are the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church and the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church. While their histories …

Relationship-Building: Community, Not Clientele

As NAREB explores creating networks within faith communities to further its 2Mn5 program to increase homeownership in the African-American community, it should orient itself toward a relationship-building mode. Realtists should not approach …

Overview of Religious Competency

Religious competence, not unlike cultural competence, is the level of knowledge-based skills of individuals or organizations required to provide effective engagement to individuals of a particular religious group. Religious competence is not …

Journalist Fellows for the Spiritual Exemplars Project

National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) Religious Literacy Primer 2019

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement created this religious literacy primer for the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), in an effort to help members of the organization engage …

September 1, 2002: “It Ain’t About You, Brother or Sister” — Rev. Cecil Murray

“Put God first, put your neighbor second and yourself third,” Rev. Cecil Murray says in this sermon about resisting the natural temptation to always put yourself first. Self-surrender leads to self-discovery. Self-surrender …

October 31, 2004: “God Shows Up, God Shows Out” — Rev. Cecil Murray

“When you are outside of you comfort zone, God sees you. God not only sees you outside the comfort zone, God saves you,” Rev. Murray tells his congregation. When nothing is working …

October 29, 2000: “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” — Rev. Cecil Murray

In this sermon, Rev. Murray preaches on learning how to cultivate “the inner eye.” The inner eye allows you to see past surface judgements and see people for who they really are …

October 24, 2004: “When This Tent is Taken Down” — Rev. Cecil Murray

In this sermon, Rev. Murray reminds us that God will always be here for us, even when we lose what we have. He says the difference between a house and a home …

October 22, 2000: “He Knows How Much We Can Bear” — Rev. Cecil Murray

In this sermon, Rev. Murray addresses hard times when it can seem like God is very distant. Rev. Murray encourages his congregation to continue to trust in God while rediscovering the older, …