AMEC bishops encircle democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illin prayer, laying their hands on him. Among the active and retired prelates assembled are Bishop McKinley Young (far left, partially obstructed), Chair of the AMEC General Board; Bishop Paul J. M. Kawimbe, Chair of the AMEC Council of Bishops (second from L); Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Chair of the General Conference Commission; and Senior Bishop Philip Robert Cousin Sr. ( right of Sen. Obama) during the 48th Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Louis, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Wiley Price