Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland

Call 2 Worship – January 4

Watts Area Ministers hosts their Pre-Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration on Jan. 6, at 11 a.m., at the Martin Luther King Shopping Center, 103rd St. and Compton Ave., in Los Angeles, said the Rev. Dr. Reginald Pope, WAM president. The theme is “Fighting to Fulfill the Dream.” The celebration includes a peace march led by the Black Diamond Drill Team, scholarships presented to students, music and refreshments. Pastor John Hopkins of the True Vine Baptist Church of Lynwood will be the keynote speaker. The public is invited to attend. Call (213) 713-7108 for information. Crenshaw United Methodist Church welcomes

Faith Community Sees Many Memorable Moments in 2016

Several memorable activities occurred in Los Angeles’ faith community during 2016. The following lists some of the news reported in the Sentinel Religion section. Notable News February 2 – The U.S. Postal Service dedicated the Richard Allen stamp. Known by many as the founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Allen was also a successful businessman, civic leader and social activist as well as a preacher. This year is the 200th anniversary of his founding of the AME Church. LL Cool J, Dr. Kenneth C. Ulmer, Verdine White and Israel Consul General David Siegel attend the The

Brookins-Kirkland AME Holds Dedication Service

Pastor Mary S. Minor and the members of Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church (BKCAMEC) dedicated their new edifice on Dec. 4.   The joyous service featured a sermon Bishop Clement W. Fugh, presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District of the AME Church and retired Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland, Sr., the first pastor of Brookins. Also, the church received congratulations from U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, retired U.S. Congresswoman Diane Watson on behalf of U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, 8th District Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson and District Director Sydney Kamlager-Dove on behalf State Senator Holly Mitchell. BKCAMEC is located at 3719 W. Slauson Ave.,

Fugh Assigned as New Bishop of AME 5th District

The Right Rev. Clement W. Fugh is the new bishop of the 5th Episcopal District of the AME Church, which encompasses 14 states west of the Mississippi River. He succeeds Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Sr., who retired after fifty years of active ministry. The assignment was announced July 13 at the close of the 50th Quadrennial Session and General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A welcome reception for the Fughs is set for Friday, July 22, at the First AME Church Allen House, 2249 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles. A native of Memphis,

Local Faith Leaders Respond to Orlando Tragedy

The mass murders of 49 people in Orlando, Florida on June 12 prompted a strong response from faith leaders throughout the nation. In the greater Los Angeles area, clergy of all faiths shared the following comments. Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland, presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church: “I extend my prayers and condolences to the victims and loved ones of this senseless tragedy. Clearly, we need a spiritual revival in this country because it is all a part of a dearth that we have spiritually. We trust that people will have this revival and can be renewed.

Kirkland headlines SCCLO revival

Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland, Sr., will headline the 6th Annual Community Revival sponsored by the Southern California Conference Lay Organization (SCCLO) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The worship takes place on Thursday April 7, and Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m., at Price Chapel AME Church, located on 4000 West Slauson Avenue in Los Angeles. The theme is “Laity by Grace: Saved Through Faith.” Kirkland, who is celebrating his 55th year in ministry, is the presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church. Previously, he served as bishop of the 9th and 17th Episcopal Districts as

Following God’s Move Opens Doors for Pastor Baskin-Bell

Being open to the move of God works well for the Rev. Carolyn Baskin-Bell and has led to great experiences throughout her ministry. As the pastor of Second African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, she serves as the first female spiritual leader in the congregation’s 108-year history. Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland, presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church, made the significant appointment in October 2015. Her assignment is just one of many memorable moments since she accepted the call to preach in 1996. Ordained an itinerant deacon in 1999 and an itinerant elder in 2001,

District Endorses Brookins for Bishop

The Rev. Francine Brookins received a big endorsement in her campaign to become a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Sixty-seven of 100 delegates in the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church voted for her during a primary election held at the district’s Mid Year Convocation on March 10-11. “This is historic on many levels, one of which is that the Fifth District has elected a woman to represent it as its endorsed candidate for bishop at the bicentennial celebration of the African Methodist Episcopal Church,” said Brookins. The AME Church will elect six bishops at its General

Recent Events in the Local Faith Community

  L.A. Community Celebrates Bishop Kirkland’s Retirement Hundreds of people attended the retirement celebration for Bishop Theodore and Episcopal Supervisor Mary Kirkland on March 11 at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) was among the many elected officials on hand to present commendations. (photo by Clayton Everett/FAME Church)   L.A. Councilman Curren Price and U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass presented proclamations to Bishop Kirkland during the celebration. (photo by Clayton Everett/FAME Church) Bishop and Supervisor Kirkland pose with their daughters, grandson and sons-in-law. (photo by Clayton Everett/FAME Church) Holman United Methodist Welcomes Attorney General Harris The Rev. Kelvin Sauls,

Kirkland to Retire as Bishop, Not as Preacher

The Right Rev. Theodore Larry Kirkland, Sr., will soon enter a new phase of his ministry as a preacher of the Gospel. Currently, he serves as the presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which includes 14 Western and coastal states. However, due to the denomination’s mandatory retirement age, the bishop will officially retire in July 2016 at the AME Church’s General Conference. Members of the Fifth Episcopal District plan to salute his accomplishments during the district’s Mid-Year Convocation at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel. The convocation’s opening worship service on Wednesday, March

Kirkland convenes 91st Annual Conference

More than 5,000 members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will convene for the 91st Session of the Southern California Conference (SCC). The gathering takes place Sunday, October 19 through Sunday, October 25, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 W. Century Boulevard in Los Angeles. Following the conference, the Fifth District Planning Meeting will be held on Monday, October 26 to Tuesday, October 27. The Right Reverend Theodore Larry Kirkland, presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District, will lead both sessions. Pastor J. Edgar Boyd and the members of First AME Church of Los Angeles will serve as hosts.