Posted on: November 29th, 2016


More than three decades ago, the first known cases of HIV/AIDS sparked an epidemic in the United States — ushering in a time defined by how little we knew about it and in which those affected by it faced fear and stigmatization.  We have made extraordinary progress in the fight against HIV since that time, but much work remains to be done.  On World AIDS Day, we remember those who we have lost to HIV/AIDS, celebrate the triumphs earned through the efforts of scores of advocates and providers, pledge our support for those at risk for or living with HIV, and rededicate our talents and efforts to achieving our goal of an AIDS-free generation.   My Administration is committed to ending the spread of HIV and improving the lives of all who live with it. 

President Barack Obama, 2015 Proclamation

On Thursday, December 1, 2016 the world pauses to recognize World AIDS Day.  Its too important of a day to go by without an appeal.  Therefore, we offer a few reflections on the significance of the day and ways you can still become involved.   As requested by President Obama in 2015, let us pay tribute to those whom HIV/AIDS took from us too soon, and let us recognize those who continue to fight for a world free from AIDS.  Let us also recognize researchers, providers, and advocates, who work each day on behalf of people living with HIV, and in honor of the precious lives we have lost to HIV.  Together, we can forge a future in which no person — here in America or anywhere in our world — knows the pain or stigma caused by HIV/AIDS.

Five (5) Ways You Can Become Involved:

(1) Know your status: The only way to know your HIV status is to be tested. Locate testing sites in your area by accessing the CDC’s Get Tested interactive website. Here, you can find information on HIV, STD and Hepatitis testing sites near you.

(2) Select your words carefully-Avoid using language that has a negative connotation. Consider using preferred terms listed in this guide to do your part to reduce HIV-related stigma.

(3) Address bias and misinformation head-on. Bias towards HIV-infection can stem from lack of knowledge and awareness, or the desire to disassociate from those who are at high risk for getting HIV. The Body an online resource guide, provides tips and strategies to reduce bias and misconceptions associated with HIV/AIDS.

(4) Learn more about innovative strategies and biomedical advancements to reduce HIV-infections: Online prevention tools are available to increase your level of knowledge about HIV-prevention efforts, PrEP and research findings. Evidence-based, online educational tools such as Be-PrEPared offer relevant information about new strategies for preventing HIV-infection.

(5) Go beyond December 1 – Be persistent. Pledge to disseminate information about HIV/AIDS beyond World AIDS Day.   For tips and ideas, check out these infographics you can download and post to social media sites.


Posted on: November 22nd, 2016

Metropomessiah2016litan A.M.E. Church’s Music and Worship Arts Ministry and guests will present George Frideric Handel’s classic oratorio, Messiah, for the 40th time on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  in the sanctuary of the church. The guest conductor is Dr. Roland M. Carter, professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and founder of and CEO of MAR-VEL, a publisher specializing in the music of African American composers and traditions.  This year’s soloists will include: Brandie Sutton, Soprano, Brittany Johnson, Mezzo Soprano, Devin Mercer, Tenor and Andrew Phillip-Xavier Smith.

In 1976, members of Metropolitan’s Cathedral Choir united their gifts and love of music to present Handel’s Messiah.  The purpose was to celebrate the birth of Christ and raise funds for the continued work and mission of Metropolitan.  Forty years later, this inspired tradition continues.  In addition to the presentation of the Messiah, this year’s presentation will include Rejoice: Hymns, Spirituals and Gospels to reflect the African American cultural traditions.

The presentation is open to the public.  As you consider supporting this year’s ministry of The Messiah, we ask that you review the various ways you can support our efforts to continue this tradition. Your monetary contributions will assist Metropolitan in continuing her legacy of offering meaningful ministry to the Washington, DC area. You may make a contribution through Eventbrite:

Thank you for your continued support, prayers and generosity.

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016

Please join us on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24, 2016 for our Thanksgiving Day service. This one-hour service will be held at 10 am.  Start your morning by thanking God for the many blessings in your life. No need to dress up–you can come casual.

Posted on: November 16th, 2016

Media Contacts:  Dakarai Aarons, (901) 491-7511,   Jewel Jones Truxon,   (571) 201-7532 Church Office: 202-331-1426  Church Fax: 202-331-0369

Trailblazing journalist Gwen Ifill will be remembered and celebrated tonight at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20005.

Ifill, a Metropolitan member since 1989, passed away Monday at 61. She was the co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour and moderator of WashingtonWeek with Gwen Ifill, the longest-running primetime news and public affairs program on television. A lifelong AME, she is the sister of Presiding Elder Rev. Earle Ifill, president of the Connectional Presiding Elder’s Council, and Presiding Elder of the Atlanta East District-Atlanta North Georgia Conference of the AME Church’s Sixth Episcopal District.

Community Tributes: Friday, November 18, 2016 6 PM – 10 PM
Family, friends and colleagues will gather at Metropolitan AME Church for community tributes to Ifill. The Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Presiding Elder of the Potomac District, Washington Conference and a former pastor of Metropolitan, will preside over the tributes.

Parking will be available in the PMI garage located on the north side of M Street between 16th and 17th Streets, one block from the church. Guests may park free of charge on Friday between 6 pm and midnight, and on Saturday between 8 am and 5pm, with validation. Guests should bring their parking tickets with them to the church, so that they may be validated upon departure.

There is also a parking garage immediately adjacent to the church that guests may access on Friday between 5pm and midnight, or on Saturday between 8 am and 5 pm, for a flat fee of $8.

Street parking in front of the church will not be permitted. Due to the expected large crowds, guests should consider using car sharing services or Metro.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to establish a Memorial Scholarship fund at Metropolitan AME Church. Checks should be made payable to: Metropolitan AME Church, memo line: In memory of Gwen Ifill.”  Mail to: Metropolitan A.M.E. Church 1518 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20005 or Rev. Earle Ifill,  P. O. Box 92485 Atlanta, GA 30314 Cards and messages of condolence may be sent to the address above.

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About Metropolitan

Metropolitan was founded in 1838 when two existing churches—Israel Bethel A.M.E., founded in 1821 and Union Bethel A.M.E., also founded in 1838— combined, and has a long and storied history of being a proponent of change, social activism and advocacy locally and internationally.  

The Metropolitan A.M.E. Church was a safe haven to runaway persons who were enslaved; pioneered the Bethel Literary Society which enriched the civic, cultural and intellectual lives among African American citizens; has featured prominent persons over the years such as Frederick Douglass, and was the site of the Washington, DC memorial service for Rosa Parks.  In addition, President Barack Obama and the First Family have worshipped twice at the Metropolitan, including the Sunday of his second inauguration.


Posted on: November 14th, 2016



 Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church

The National Cathedral of African Methodism

November 14, 2016

Contact: Dakarai I. Aarons;  (901) 491-7511


Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Comments on the Passing of Member and Noted Journalist Gwen Ifill

Washington, D.C.—the following is the statement of Rev. William H. Lamar, IV, Pastor of Metropolitan A.M.E. Church on the passing of journalist Gwen Ifill, a longtime member of Metropolitan.

“Metropolitan A.M.E. Church mourns the passing of our dear sister Gwen Ifill, a member since 1989. Gwen, the co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, was a lifelong AME, a woman of deep faith and a trailblazing journalist. Despite her busy schedule, she could be found in worship on Sundays when she was not traveling. She engaged visitors and members who approached her about career or who just wanted to take a picture and she found time to speak when asked or narrate a special program like the church’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah.

Working first for newspapers and later on television, Gwen brought a still all-too-rare sight into the homes of all Americans: a black woman delivering the news and sharp insight on our nation’s political process.  Gwen covered more than a half-dozen presidential campaigns and her success inspired us all, inspiring a generation of aspiring young black journalists and young female journalists to follow the path she boldly blazed forward, no matter how many racist and sexist attacks she faced.  She used her platform to mentor countless young people and her fame to give back to her beloved church and community. When Gwen published the best-selling The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama in 2009, she donated some of the proceeds to help restore Metropolitan’s historic building.

Gwen has been awarded some of the journalism industry’s highest honors, including most recently the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from Columbia University and the First Amendment Award from the National Press Club.   But may she be remembered most for being unbought and unbossed and using her platform to improve the lives of others. While Gwen is no longer among us and has gone to be with the Father, her legacy of service, deeply rooted in her Christian faith, will live on.”


About Metropolitan

Metropolitan  was founded in 1838 when two existing churches—Israel Bethel A.M.E., founded in 1821 and Union Bethel A.M.E., also founded in 1838— combined, and has a long and storied history of being a proponent of change, social activism and advocacy locally and internationally.  

The Metropolitan A.M.E. Church was a safe haven to runaway persons who were enslaved; pioneered the Bethel Literary Society which enriched the civic, cultural and intellectual lives among African American citizens; has featured prominent persons over the years such as Frederick Douglass, and was the site of the Washington, DC memorial service for Rosa Parks.  In addition, President Barack Obama and the First Family have worshipped twice at the Metropolitan, including the Sunday of his second inauguration.




Posted on: November 14th, 2016


Join Pastor Rev. William H. Lamar for a special Advent Bible Study Series reading Jesus and the Disinherited by renowned theologian Howard Thurman. In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1900-1981) demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised.

The Bible Study will take place every Wednesday at 7 p.m. from November 30 through December 16 at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.

You can purchase the book via Amazon here:





Posted on: November 14th, 2016

On  Saturday, December 3, 2016, the Moneywise Wealth, Health and Digital Empowerment Tour returns to Metropolitan.  The event will be held  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Education Association, across the street from Metropolitan.  In addition to the regular tour, the day will include a Special Film Screening and Panel Discussion of the film: “Soul Food Junkies”.   You will also receive a free ebook with your registration: “What It’s Worth: Strengthening The Financial Futures of Families, Communities, and the Nation”
 Register at:  

The Moneywise Wealth, Health and Digital Empowerment Summit


Saturday, December 3, 9am to 5pm (doors open at 8:30am)

Location: National Education Association, 1201 16th Street NW (directly across from Metropolitan AME Church)

Highlights: Kelvin Boston, Host of PBS-TV’s Moneywise with Kelvin Boston Show; Deborah Owens, Author, A Purse of Your Own; Rev Dr. Jonathan L. Weaver, Pastor, Greater Mt Nebo AME Church; Brent Neiser, National Endowment for Financial Education; Nicole Sanchez, CEO, eCreditHero; Tujanna Williams, VP Fannie Mae; Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Author, How Exceptional Black Women Lead; Gospel Recording Artist Doreen Vail

Special Film Screening and Panel Discussion “Soul Food Junkies”

Free e-book with online registration: “What It’s Worth” courtesy of CFED

Free Health Screenings from Howard University

Free Allergy Screening Clinic

Career Fair

Youth Entrepreneurship and STEM Programs

Free (validated) parking at PMI Garage at on M Street at 16th | Free refreshments | Door prizes

Presented by: The Moneywise Foundation and PBS-TV’s Moneywise with Kelvin Boston Show

Hosted by: Metropolitan A.M.E. Church and Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation

Sponsors: The National Endowment for Financial Education, Fannie Mae, Metro DC Chapter of the Links, Incorporated

Community Partners: Percy L. Julian STEM Institute (STEM and Robotics); The Washington Informer, WHUT-TV; UDC-TV; DCTV; Howard University Hospital

REGISTER: or call the church at 202.331.1426 TO REGISTER, SPONSOR or PARTNER


8: 30 am-9:30 am        Registration, Career Fair, Medical Screenings and Exhibits

9:30 am-10:00 am       Welcome and Remarks

  • Rev. William H. Lamar IV, Pastor, Metropolitan AME Church
  • Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn, Chair, Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation
  • Tujuanna B. Williams, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Fannie Mae


10:15 am-10:45 am     Conference Overview: Kelvin Boston, Host of PBS-TV series Moneywise with Kelvin Boston: Connecting the Disconnected, Neglected, And Unaffected     

                                    Videos:  You Can Make a Difference: African Americans and Clinical Trials”

                                    Musical Performance: Doreen Vail, National Gospel Recording Artist


10:45 am-11:15 am       Thought Leader: Deborah Owens, America’s Wealth Coach, Author of “A Purse of Your Own:

An Easy Guide to Financial Security

11:15 am-12:00 pm       Panel 1:  Savvy Money Moves (Saving, Managing and Investing Your Money)

  • Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Director, Racial Wealth Divide, CFED
  • Nicole Sanchez, Founder, eCreditHero (FinTech startup)
  • Brent Neiser, CFP, National Endowment for Financial Education
  • W. Walter Booth Sr., Financial Advisor, Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas (Confirmed)
  • Tahir Johnson, SunTrust Bank

12:00 pm-12:30 pm     Panel #2: Home Buying Strategies

  • Charmine Brown, Vice President, Fannie Mae
  • Emerick Peace, President, National Assn of Black Real Estate Professionals
  • Representative, DC Housing
  • Representative, Industrial Bank

12:45 pm-1:15 pm       Lunch Break: (Career Fair, Health Screenings, Book Signings, Exhibits Open

Panel #3: Financial Success Strategies for Families: From Babies to Boomers

  • Leroy Nesbitt, Executive Director, Black Student Fund
  • Harrine Freeman, Author, “How to Get Out of Debt and Get and A Credit Rating for Free;”

Member, Appeal, Inc. (black credit union)

  • Antonio Harrison, Youth Entrepreneurship Leader, Metropolitan AME Church

1:15 pm-1:30pm          Musical Performance: Doreen Vail, National Gospel Recording Artist

1:30 pm-2:30 pm            Panel #4: Being Healthy and Wealthy

Documentary Screening: Soul Food Junkies, by filmmaker Bryon Hurt

  • Medical Professionals
  • Robert Ferguson, Author, Diet-Free Life

2:30 pm-3:15 pm         Panel #5: Powering Up Your Career

Video:  African Americans in Tech

  • Nat Alston, Chairman, African American Human Resource Professionals (AAHRP)
  • Karen Wishart, President and CEO, Curzon Staffing; former TV One and RevoltTV executive
  • Career Q and A

3:15 pm-4:00pm          Panel #6: Entrepreneurship Panel

  • Hon. Vincent B. Orange, President, DC Chamber of Commerce (Invited)
  • Courtney Snowden, Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity
  • Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D, Author, How Exceptional Black Women Lead; former Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women
  • Derrick McDaniel, Mr. Elder Care 101

4:00 pm – 4:30pm       Thought Leader:  Bridging the Wealth, Health, Digital Divides in African American Families

  • Rev. Dr. Jonathan Weaver, Pastor, Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church; President, Collective Empowerment Group

Closing Comments:

  • Kelvin Boston, Host, PBS-TV’s Moneywise with Kelvin Boston

4:30-pm-5:00 pm         Exhibits Open Networking, Career Fair, Health Screenings, Book Signings


  • Howard University Hospital – Health Screenings
  • Howard University Middle School for Mathematics and Science/Luma Labs
  • FannieMae
  • National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
  • Flu shots $20/shot
  • Allergy-All (Free Allergy Screening Clinic (screens for 75 allergies))
  • Moneywise Foundation/Moneywise with Kelvin Boston
  • Ms. Doreen Vail, National Gospel Recording Artist
  • Folger Nolan Fleming and Douglas
  • PNC Bank
  • Industrial Bank
  • SunTrust Bank
  • MetroDC Chapter of The Links Incorporated
  • District of Columbia, Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking
  • Deborah Owens, America’s Wealth Coach, Author of “A Purse of Your Own: An Easy Guide to Financial Security
  • Avis Jones-DeWeever, How Exceptional Black Women Lead
  • Derrick McDaniel, Mr. ElderCare 101
  • Metropolitan AME Church
  • Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation
  • Black Student Fund
  • Rev Jonathan Weaver, The Collective Empowerment Group; Greater Mt Nebo AME Church
  • eCreditHero
  • Aziza Wholistic Wellness
  • International Business Kids
  • DC Chamber of Commerce
  • African American Human Resource Professionals
  • Curzon Staffing, Inc
  • Harrine Freeman, Author, How to Get Out of Debt and Get an A Credit Rating for Free
    • o   Appeal, Inc. (Black Credit Union; Buy Black Initiative)
    • Nutritionist – Aziza Caines, Aziza Wholistic Wellness
    • Robert Ferguson, Author, Diet-Free Life
    • NCNW, NAACP, Operation Hope, CAAB, CFED, CFSI, NEFE

Posted on: November 10th, 2016

“Sovereign God, the nations and rulers of the earth are in your hands. The election is over. Some are mourning. Some are jubilant. Raise up a prophetic, justice-seeking people in our midst who will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Allow us to grasp leaves from the Tree of Life so that this nation, and all nations, may be healed. Grant this through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.”

-Pastor William H. Lamar, IVpreaching

Posted on: November 10th, 2016

Metropolitan A.M.E. Church will observe Homecoming on Sunday, November 3, 2016 during one service at 10:30 am.  This year’s theme is “Metropolitan Imagined”; the Scripture is taken from Isaiah 51:1. We are pleased that the First Lady of the Potomac District and our former assistant pastor, Rev. Dr. Marie Phillips Braxton has agreed to join us as our speaker of the day.

Homecoming is a day to invite persons who have grown up in Metropolitan but are not longer members, to invite members we have not seen for a while, and to invite guests and persons looking for a church home.  We look forward to a day of spirited worship as we celebrate Homecoming, and pray for the future of this country.  A fellowship hour is being planned for immediately following the service in Douglass Hallrev-marie.

Each member who is able is asked to make a sacrificial offering of $200, over and above your regular giving, so we can reach our budget goals for the year.  We look forward to seeing you.

Posted on: October 20th, 2016


On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Metropolitan AME will sponsor Ready! Set! Vote!, a Community Forum from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm in the church sanctuary.  Please join this non-partisan discussion on voter education, co-moderated by WJLA-TV Anchor Maureen Bunyan and The Hilltop Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Paul Holston.   The Panelists include:

Colbert I. King, Washington Post
Terrance L. Johnson, PhD, Author & Professor, Georgetown University
Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center, Howard University
Keneshia Grant, Ph.D., Political Science Department, Howard University

This is a voter education program designed to inform residents of the District, Maryland and Virginia about issues relative to voting in general. covering topics such as:

  • The potential impact of the 2013 Supreme Court decision (Shelby v. Holder) on voting rights protections during the 2016 Presidential Election
  • How & why should we encourage people to vote
  • How will voting or not voting impact us individually and as a community
  • Is there apathy among millennials?  What will move millennials from apathy to showing interest in the voting process ?
  •  What issues do returning citizens face?
  • What documents are necessary to have with you when go to the polls?
  • What local issues on the ballot should we be especially concerned about?