Spencer Churches

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The Spencer Churches (less commonly called the "Union Churches") are the two religious denominations that resulted from a schism in the "Union Church of Africans" (also known as African Union Church), the first independent black denomination, founded by Peter Spencer in Delaware in 1813.

The two denominations created by the schism are the African Union Methodist Protestant Church and Union American Methodist Episcopal Church

In May 2012, the two denominations entered into full communion with each other and with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Methodist Church. In this, these Churches agreed to "recognize each other’s churches, share sacraments, and affirm their clergy and ministries."[1]

It is possible that these churches will reunite.[clarification needed] Various people hope it will be by the Churches' 200th anniversary in 2013.


  1. ^ Banks, Adelle M. (7 May 2012). "Methodists Reach Across Historic Racial Boundaries with Communion Pact". Christianity Today. Retrieved 11 November 2012.  (access url updated 16 June 2016)