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A Message to Our Youth and Young Adults
From Your Servant Bishop, James Levert Davis, Second Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Dear Youth and Young Adults,

Greetings to you in the Name of Him whose name is above all names in heaven and earth; and the One to which every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord!

I must begin, by addressing the violence and the senseless shootings perpetrated against our children and our youth. Please know that I, the Presiding Elders, the Pastors and the entire Second Episcopal District stand in solidarity with you as you support and advocate for strong, safe schools in our local communities and all across this nation. 

You stand on the shoulders of giants! Bishop Richard Allen and others who joined with him in founding the AME Church validate your protest against the injustices you face. Our founders left us a legacy. We are to ensure Christian principles including justice, economic and political equality are upheld as the fundamental building blocks of our democracy. We thank you for taking up that charge!  

I am extremely excited and blessed to be your Servant Bishop. First, let me express my sincere thanks to each of you who attended the Mid-Winter Gathering (Founder’s Day and Mid-Year Convocation) in Greensboro, North Carolina. I appreciate the powerful and exemplary way in which you led us into the worship experience on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

We celebrate you and are especially proud and thankful to God that you are a part of the body of Christ called AMEs. We need more of you! Our church needs your energy—your transparency— your spiritual gifts— your professional skills—your natural talents. We need you to help us transform our world by igniting a passion for God and by empowering all our people for leadership, advocacy, and service.

I’m looking forward to you being more involved in the life and work of the Second Episcopal District. There is a place for you at the table. Will you join us? I believe that we as a District are ready to not only hear from you but also to act on what we hear. We promise to engage with you openly, respectfully, honestly and practically, so that we can forge a path that has all of our fingerprints on it. We hear it echoed over and over again in our local churches, conferences, and District meetings-we must do better and now is that time! But we can’t do it by ourselves, we need you to be present, to be vocal and to do the work with us.

I’m thankful for all the occasions I’ve met and talked with you over the past two years-at our district meetings, annual conferences, and at your churches. At the 2017 Summer Summit in Hampton, Virginia your leadership enhanced the ways that we worshiped, studied and played. And I want to continue that process by getting to know you: what you are doing and thinking.

You are not the Church of Tomorrow; you are the Church of Today – Living! Breathing! Inspiring! Enriching! You excel in school—work in all sectors of society-serve courageously in the military. You represent a whole new generation of leaders within our Church. We need you to help us retool African Methodism and the world for 21st Century challenges. We are encouraging you to galvanize your spiritual gifts and acquired talents for the cause of Christ. Let us link intergenerational arms and throw our full weight against the forces that try to separate us. Together we can courageously move forward with God’s Power to meet today’s challenges head-on, while covered by the Whole Armor of God.  

We are blessed to have two strong and dedicated individuals working with you on the Episcopal District level, Rev. Akil Dickins, coordinator for Youth, and Rev. Vernon Ware, coordinator for Young Adults. They keep us on our toes and they want to partner with you to produce change.  

At the Mid-Winter Gathering Rev. Ware presented a profound paraphrase of Matthew 16:13-16, “But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am” (Matthew 16:13…). Rev. Ware’s paraphrased Remix, puts in context perhaps many of your feelings and gives greater clarity to our previous question, “What’s the best way to do this?   

THE YOUNG ADULT REMIX (Matthew 16:13-16):
13 When Young Adults came to the Church, they asked the Church, 
“Who does the world say that we are?”
14 “Well,” the Church replied, “the world says that you are selfish, 
some say you are irresponsible, and others say that you are disrespectful, 
entitled, and don’t care about anything.
15 Then the Young Adults asked the Church, “But who do you say I am?”
16 Then the Church answered, “You are our bright future and our powerful
present, you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God in the image of God,
to give honor and glory to God, through your God given gifts and talents.
You are our blessing, our hope and necessary for our survival.

Rev. Dickins and Rev. Ware will be at each of the five (5) Annual Conferences to conduct interactive sessions with church leadership to assist them in preparing to incorporate your greatness into the church. And they will also meet with you to give you strategies to navigate and overcome the challenges that church change requires. Rev. Dickins and Rev. Ware have been constantly advocating and working on your behalf and will continue to do so.

Thank you for supporting the AME church’s legacy of spiritual growth, justice, and economic opportunity. Thank you for all you do for the Second Episcopal District, your church, your community, your world. Thank you in advance for what we will do the next year, and the next, and the next as we work together with one voice to positively “Empower the People.” Thank you for being YOU!

I look forward to seeing you in action at our upcoming Annual Conferences and the Summer Summit in Hampton, Virginia! We invite you to get more details on the ministry, mission, and collaborative efforts of the 2nd Episcopal District on-line at or by emailing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We want to hear from you!

My prayer for you: May God bless you and keep you as you grow more and more in the likeness of Christ; and in His witness in sharing the Good News of salvation, justice and equality for all people.
James L. Davis
Your Servant Bishop

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