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'Time to come together'

Senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church felt 'at home' at assembly

George W.C. Walker Sr. (below), senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, thanked his Churchwide Assembly lunch table for its fellowship and "warm table talk."

He added, "I've never felt as much at home in a deliberative setting as I've felt today."

George W.C. Walker Sr.
George W.C. Walker Sr., senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

An AME Zion institution, Hood Theological Seminary, adjoins the headquarters of the ELCA North Carolina Synod in Salisbury. "What a relationship we have developed through our experience of being neighbors," Walker told the assembly, including his friendship with Leonard Bolick, synod bishop.

In dialogue for four years, the ELCA and AME Zion Church have a joint mission statement that was "unanimously approved and genuinely embraced by our board of bishops and the entire AME Zion Church," Walker said.

He shared an excerpt from the statement: "[We] believe it is time that our churches come together as communities of faith ... in order that we might be more effective as people of God."


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