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United Methodists meet

Delegates to the United Methodist Church General Conference celebrated their April 30 vote to become full communion partners with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Union Methodist Protestant Church, and the Union American Methodist Episcopal Church.

The five African-American denominations broke away from the main body beginning in the late 18th century because "we have a shameful history of blatant racism," said Stephen J. Sidorak, executive for the UMC Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns.


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