Statement on the Death of Congressman Elijah Cummings

The servant leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Social Action Commission pray a Psalm 121 blessing on the grieving wife, family, friends, and constituents of our friend Congressman Elijah Cummings (D, Maryland-7) who departed this life on October 17, 2019, after complications from longstanding health challenges.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, his parents were former South Carolina sharecroppers who journeyed north, seeking a better life for their family. They raised their son to have and practice a strong Christian faith. On that faith foundation, Elijah built a successful life through his academic endeavors at Howard University and the University of Maryland School of Law. He was a distinguished member of the Maryland House of Delegates and rose to be one of the most influential members of the United States Congress.

Congressman Cummings’s commitment to his Christian faith, family, and freedom made him one of the leaders for honesty, integrity, and justice in the United States House of Representatives. His vocal public stand for the democratic principles of the Constitution caused him to stand against the anti-justice, anti-democracy, and anti-Constitution tyrants in Washington, DC.

The American nation and the African-American community have lost a great friend of freedom, fairness, and justice. He understood and lived 2nd Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Thank you for Christ-like nature.
Thank you for your courage.
Thank you for your compassion and kindness to others.
Thank you for being a light in a dark and terrifying time in our democracy.

Rest in the peace and power of God, our friend.

Bishop Harry Lee Seawright, President of the Council of Bishops
Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram, President of the General Board
Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr, Senior Bishop
Bishop Frank M. Reid III, Chair of the Commission on Social Action
Mrs. Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Director/Consultant, Social Action

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