Former L.A. pastor presides over district
first pastor of the Brookins Community AME Church, 4831 S. Gramercy Pl., has been assigned the presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District
The first pastor of the Brookins Community AME Church, 4831 S. Gramercy Pl., has been assigned the presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District. The Rt. Rev. T. Larry Kirkland, the pastor of Brookins for more than 20 years, is the chief pastor of the Fifth Episcopal District, which includes California.
Bishop Kirkland was assigned at the close of the 48th legislative session of the General Conference of the AME Church in St. Louis, Mo., on July 11. He succeeds the Rt. Rev. John R. Bryant, who was assigned to the Fourth Episcopal District. More than 30,000 delegates, members and friends witnessed the session, July 4-11.
Elected and consecrated the 114th bishop of the AME Church, Bishop Kirkland comes to the Fifth after serving the Ninth Episcopal District, (Alabama), his home state, and at the same time served as the ecumenical officer of the church. Following his election to the highest office of the church, he was assigned and presided over the 17th Episcopal District which includes the countries of Zaire, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Bishop Kirkland was elected while serving Brookins Community AME Church, where he was known throughout the district and nation as the “down home preacher with the uptown message.” He led this congregation of 12 members to more than 8,000, and was highly sought after for speaking engagements. He was instrumental in leading the congregation in several ministries providing for the members and the community, which included radio and television ministries.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Bishop Kirkland received his early education in the Jefferson County Public School System. His preparation for ministry began under the tutelage of his father, the Rev H.E. Kirkland, an AME pastor. He received his bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University, where he was an All-American football player, and a master’s degree from Mississippi State University. Further study was done at the School of Theology in Claremont.
Married to the former Miss Mary L. Simon, they are the parents of three adult children and a grandchild. Mrs. Kirkland, the new Episcopal supervisor, received her bachelor’s degree in education at Jackson State University. Additional study was done at Delta State University, California State University, Dominguez Hills and Pepperdine University.
Let me first say that I believe a woman should have the right to an abortion. It is the law, and each person has his or her own decision to make. However, since the court decision, Roe v. Wade, the amount of abortions in this nation have been on a steady rise. Black abortions are now at an epidemic rate, and a lot of God’s children are being snuffed out without a chance of life.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Prominent Los Angeles religious leaders throw their support behind Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, saying they sent a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and urged him to approve a $3 billion deal between McCourt and Fox.
“As religious leaders in the Los Angeles community and lifelong fans of the game of baseball, we are writing to express our sincere displeasure with the manner in which the Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt have been treated by Major League Baseball,” according to the June 3 letter.
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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.—Woodland Hills-based Health Net Inc. announced today that several server drives containing personal information about members and employees are "unaccounted for'' from its data center in Sacramento County.
The company launched an investigation after being notified by IBM, the vendor responsible for managing Health Net's IT infrastructure, that it could not locate several server drives from the data center in Rancho Cordova.
While spending some leisure time surfing the net, I recently came across an article entitled, “8 Reasons to Date a White Man” by LaShaun Williams, which was clearly directed at Black women, as an alternative choice to dating Black men.
In most cases I would just bypass this type of article, but decided to see what all the hoopla was about. The reasons, quite laughable at first glance, actually had a twinge of truth in many of them. They are as follows: