"We are the best vehicle for salvation that God has planned for this earth! Let us now take these winds and somehow funnel them, and in funneling, help cause them to blow away all of the dirt and all of the things that would destroy us. And help us to grow and become what God would have us be."
– Bishop Philip R. Cousin
Bishop Cousin (center) at the 47th quadrennial
meeting of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2004