First Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic-United Methodist (LARCUM) Conference to be Held in Charleston

CHARLESTON—Clergy, religious and laity are invited to attend the first annual Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic-United Methodist (LARCUM) Conference Aug. 4-6 at St. John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston. Building on the 30-year tradition of the LARC conferences, the theme of LARCUM is “Created in God’s Image and Called to God’s Action: Life, Justice and Peace in Appalachia.”

As in years past, each judicatory has provided a speaker for this conference.

The speakers for the conference will be: Rev. Gordon Brewer, executive director of the Episcopal Appalachian Ministries, speaking on “Appalachian Context Past and Present”; Tena Willemsma, executive director of Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA), speaking on “Be Ye the Repairers of Broken Walls”; Very Rev. Brian O’Donnell, SJ, executive secretary of the Catholic Conference of West Virginia, speaking on “Appalachian Pastorals and the Church of the Poor”; and Rev. Dr. JF Lacaria, assistant to the bishop of the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, speaking on “Created in God’s Image and Called to God’s Action: Life, Justice and Peace in Appalachia from the United Methodist Perspective.”

Registration begins at 1 p.m. Monday and the conference will end after lunch Wednesday. The cost is $89 per person if sharing a room or $99 for a single room.

Those interested must register by July 25. For more information, call (304) 925-2864.