Methodists make final payment to fund for black, Hispanic clergy

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2002

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The United Methodist Church has made its final payment from a $23 million fund created to address pay inequities between the denomination's white and minority clergy.

The Temporary General Aid Fund was created in 1964, as Methodists planned for the integration of white and racially segregated sections of the denomination, which occurred four years later.

The money was used to increase pension and minimum salaries in the former Central Jurisdiction and the Rio Grande Annual Conference, the divisions for black and Hispanic members respectively, which were formed in 1939.

The final payment of $11,000 was made at the end of last year, marking the dissolution of the Temporary General Aid Fund.

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