Log In

Reset Password

Historic AME conference ends on a high

First Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Next Last

The 126th Session of the Bermuda Annual Conference of the AME Church ended last Sunday on a spiritual high. And it has been entered in the records as being historic by virtue of the fact that it was the first ever presided over by a female bishop, the Rt Rev Carolyn Tyler-Guidry, and the host Presiding Elder being another dynamic trail-blazer, the Rev Betty Furbert-Woolridge.

The Presiding Prelate of the 1st Episcopal District of the far-flung AME Denomination is Rt Rev Richard F. Norris. The District embraces Bermuda, New Jersey, New England, Delaware, Western New York and Philadelphia. Since heading this District Bishop Norris has used the Bermuda Annual Conference as the launching pad for each of the six other annual conferences.

When Bishop Norris, confronting some medical challenges, asked Bishop Tyler-Guidry to stand in for him, she had no hesiation in accepting. She confessed to having a warm spot in her trail-blazing heart for Bermudians, as it was Bishop Vinton R. Anderson, the Bermudian-born AME’s 92nd bishop who in 1994 appointed her the first female Presiding Elder in the First Episcopal District that he headed. She went on to become the AME’s second female bishop in July 2004.

Seat of the Bermuda Conference was the Fairmont Southampton. Delegates and members of the 11 Bermuda Churches were captivated and inspired from start to finish by Bishop Tyler-Guidry’s wholly down-to-earth persona, quick wit, sharp administrative style, spirited singing and preaching.

Widowed in 2007, mother of six children and a great grandmother of two, Bishop Tyler-Guidry, doing things in her own way, said humorously she knew word would get back to Bishop Cousins that the conference had been closed “with no dignity”. However, she would be leaving Bermuda having two new words added to her vocabulary: ‘gregarious’ and ‘erudite’ that had been ascribed to her in different reports.

The conference adopted reports from the Committee on Special Resolutions, addressing several community issues of concern to the Church; and embracing reports of the Social Action, State of the Church and State of the Country Committees. Those reports had been deliberated upon earlier in the conference with the view of the AME Church becoming a more relevant influence in Bermuda.

Ministers of all 11 churches were reappointed for the ensuing conference year; as well as various conference officers.

AME closing session
Rev. Georgette Prime-Godwin below with her proud mother Mrs. Victoria Prime.?photos by Ira Philip
Bishop Carolyn Tyler-Guidry presiding, and the host Presiding Elder being the Rev. Mrs. Betty L. Furbert Woolridge. left above
Rev. Stephanie Castro, below with her husband, Vernon Temple pastor, Rev.Pedro A. Castro
Velda Smith with her Lifetime Achievement Award presented by BPWA?s President Tawana Flood and Mrs. Amecia Outerbridge.
Velda Smith with her Lifetime Achievement Award presented by BPWA?s President Tawana Flood and Mrs. Amecia Outerbridge.

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published March 17, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 17, 2012 at 8:35 am)

Historic AME conference ends on a high

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon