The following descriptive account was written by Reverend Peter Perowne, the first minister assigned to the Rio Abajo Methodist Church, who has graciously given us permission to publish here this account. We are delighted that we are able to provide for our readers this historical, as well as cultural and spiritual view of the Silver People of Panama and for their descendants and our friends all over the world. As Reverend Perowne informed, the original of this narrative was published in the publication The Methodist Recorder last week’s issue, for those of you who are subscribers to that publication. Continue reading
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This September will mark the 50th year anniversary of the Rio Abajo Methodist Church with a unique history linked to Panama’s West Indian community. Continue reading
We cannot leave the history of the Methodist Church movement in Panama without including the account of Bishop Ephraim S. Alphonse whose story has not been given its due importance. Bishop Alphonse is a true icon of the Silver People of Panama as his tireless work and unbounded love have left its imprint for all eternity for all people who profess to spread the spirit and word of Christ Jesus. Continue reading
During the 1960s, after the Methodists of Latin America expressed their wish to have more freedom to make their own decisions, a special work team was formed by the Church of the United States that found a solution: autonomy. You can read about The United Methodist Church of the U.S. (UMC) here and about Methodism’s peppered history and how, at one point, it had strong ties with the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920’s. Continue reading
In light of the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebrations of The Methodist Church of Rio Abajo, we’ve taken the time to focus on yet another major church group founded by the West Indians in Panama.
The Methodist Churchof the Caribbean and the Americas has long considered the British Church as their mother church. It was the enigmatic figure of Mother Abel, an immigrant from the Antilles, who came to Panama via the United States of America, who first introduced Methodism to the inhabitants of the Island of Bastimentos in the province of Bocas del Toro and then in other parts of the country. Continue reading