Interfaith Press Conference to address racism from a faith perspective.

By Deborah Coble

The West Virginia Council of Churches will hold an Interfaith press conference on June 9 at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of St. John’s Episcopal Church, located on the corner of Leon Sullivan Way and Quarrier Street. 

Speakers will address the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the issue of racism and white supremacy from a faith perspective.  Follow this link for a statement from the West Virginia Council of Churches regarding these deaths.

Speakers include: 

  • Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, Bishop of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and President of the West Virginia Council of Churches.
  • The Right Reverend W. Michie (Mike) Klusmeyer, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia
  • Rev. Roberta Smith, President of the Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance 
  • Rev. Alton Dillard, Presiding Elder, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Third District
  • Rabbi Victor Urecki, B’nai Jacob
  • Ibtesam Sue Barazi, Vice President, West Virginia Islamic Association
  • Rev. Kay Albright, Pastor, Bridges of Grace United Church of Christ and Interfaith Program Unit Chair
  • Rev. Jeffrey S. Allen, Executive Director, West Virginia Council of Churches