Pastor of San Francisco's Oldest Black Church Reflects on Religion and Race

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 (Courtesy Rev. Philip Cousin)

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is the largest and oldest African-American church in San Francisco. Founded in 1852, it plays an integral role in the community, with its own credit union, a shelter for homeless women and an affordable housing complex. The church's leader, Rev. Philip Cousin, increasingly finds himself addressing hate crimes and race issues from the pulpit, especially in the wake of the Charleston church shooting in June. Cousin joins us as part of our First Person series, which highlights the leaders and innovators who make the Bay Area unique.


Philip Cousin Jr., pastor of Bethel AME Church in San Francisco