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Church offers Lenten speakers series

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Five of Charleston's well-known clergymen will speak during a five-part Lenten series at St. Matthews Episcopal Church.

The series, which will be on the next five Wednesday evenings of Lent, will feature speakers from Judaism and different Christian denominations, talking about death and resurrection. Lent began Feb. 13, Ash Wednesday.

Speakers will be Rabbi Victor Urecki of Congregation B'Nai Jacob; Rev. Olof Scott, dean of St. George Orthodox Cathedral; Rev. Ron English, interim minister of the Metropolitan Baptist Church; Monsignor P. Edward Sadie of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart; and Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia.

"These are five pretty important speakers and people well-known in Charleston," said Father John Hagan, priest-in-charge at St. Matthews. "It's a wonderful opportunity for us to [learn] what five lead clergy think about death and resurrection. It is a great thing to do for Lent to help us to think and ponder and understand."

Because Christianity has its roots in Judaism, Rabbi Urecki's talk is a good place to start, Hagan said.

Each event in the series will begin with a soup and salad dinner at 6:30 p.m. The speakers begin at 7 p.m.

Each speaker will talk about his denomination's view of Jesus' death and resurrection and then answer questions.

The idea for the series came from the church's adult education committee. The committee recently offered a four-part series on church history. It also is sponsoring a trip to see a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in Cincinnati and will have a discussion series in April on the book "Proof of Heaven."

The series will be held on five Wednesday nights of Lent, beginning Feb. 20 and continuing Feb. 27, March 6, March 13 and March 20.

The program is open to all, with a $3 donation asked for dinner.

St. Matthews is located at 36 Norwood Road in Charleston. For more information, contact the church at 304-343-3837. Reach Lori Kersey at lori.kersey@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.


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