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Join us for the 2018 WVCC Annual Assembly:
October 15-16, 2018
Saint John XXIII Pastoral Center
100 Hodges Road
Charleston, WV 25314
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Right Relationships in Polarized World
What does it mean to live in a right relationship with God, our neighbor, the stranger, and even ourselves? In the 21th Century, the question has become even more pressing as individuals and faith communities seek to do justice and righteousness for those who are most vulnerable in a world that seems to be coming apart.
To help us explore these issues, the West Virginia Council of Churches’ 137th Annual Assembly will feature Reverend Cherisna Jean-Marie, Dean of Chapel of Bethany College and Pastor of Bethany Memorial Church, and Rabbi Victor Urecki, spiritual leader of B’nai Jacob Synagogue in Charleston. Rabbi Urecki will speak on the theme of justice and righteousness in the works of Rabbi Abraham Heschel, whose seminal work, The Prophets, was an inspiration to many in the Civil Rights Movement. The Reverend Jean-Marie, aka “Pastor J,” will speak of living with the Gospel texts and the social implications of faith in Christ. To learn more about our speakers, please see the biographies below.
Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie
The Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie serves as the Dean of Chapel of Bethany College and Pastor of Bethany Memorial Church. She is a Haitian-American born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, to the parents of Joseph (deceased) and Grace Jean-Marie. In 2001 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communications from Kean University. In 2010, Pastor J completed her Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie was awarded the coveted Florence Conwell Prize for outstanding preaching. In 2012 she was ordained into the Christian ministry by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at New Covenant Christian Church in Nashville, TN where she served as an Associate Minister.
She is a co-contributor for the African-American lectionary, a book project entitled, “These Sistas Can Say it”, and Partner Prayers for Advent 2014 with the Bethany Fellows Group (Disciples of Christ). She is a Bethany Fellow (Disciples of Christ) and a member of the National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry- Nashville Branch, and she serves as the Vice President of the Fellowship of Black Disciples Clergywomen.
Rabbi Victor Urecki
Victor Urecki has served as rabbi and spiritual leader of B’nai Jacob Synagogue in Charleston, West Virginia since 1986. He is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America, as well as the Chicago Board of Rabbis. He serves on National Council of AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and has served on the board of directors at the University of Charleston. He was the 2011 recipient of the “Living the Dream Award” and the 2014 “West Virginia Civil Rights Day Award” for his work on interfaith relations.
Rabbi Urecki is a contributing editor to the Charleston Gazette, writing frequently about religious tolerance and mutual respect. He co-founded the Root and the Branch, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for faith traditions in the Kanawha Valley to come together, dialogue, and learn from one other. He is a frequent panelist and lecturer throughout the area, explaining Judaism and expanding understanding and tolerance.
He is married to Marilyn Urecki, another graduate of Yeshiva University with a Masters in Jewish education and an English teaching degree. They have three children and proud that two have returned to work in our state and one works for our state in D.C.
We hope to see you at the 137th West Virginia Council of Churches Annual Assembly on October 15 – 16!