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What is the emblem for the African Methodist Episcopal Church?

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The African Methodist Episcopal Church emblem incorporates the cross and the anvil. The cross represents the resurrection of Christ and the limitless grace covering the world's sins and strengthening believers. The anvil symbolizes the AME beginnings in an actual blacksmith shop and the enduring strength of Christ.

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AME members see the anvil as a never-failing tool, one that withstands the wearing down of hammers and the passing of men; the anvil does not fail. The anvil is a metaphor for God, who, like an anvil, cannot be beaten down and is eternal. A three-point shield encompasses the cross and the anvil, with the points representing the AME motto: "God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, Man our Brother."

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