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Wheeling faith leaders to hold summit Sunday afternoon to discuss racism

File Photo Temple Shalom Rabbi Joshua Lief, right, and Ron Scott Jr., the Wheeling YWCA’s Cultural, Diversity and Community Outreach director, discuss similarities between the black and Jewish communities during a discussion in January.

A coalition of local interfaith clergy will convene a Summit on Faith and Racism in the Ohio Valley at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7.

The event, “Together for Hope: A Conversation on Faith and Racism in the Ohio Valley,” will take place in The Vineyard church’s production studio on Warden’s Run Road, but due to social distancing concerns, the public should not attend. Instead, the event will be broadcast online through The Vineyard’s Facebook page, and will also be carried live on radio on 1170 AM.

Participants will include the Rev. Chris Figaretti of The Vineyard; the Rev. Darrell Cummings of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple, the Rev. Ken Hardway of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ; the Rev. Jacob Steele of Christ United Methodist Church; the Rev. Erica Harley of Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church; and Rabbi Joshua Lief of Temple Shalom. Special guests will include Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott, and Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger. Additional participants may also be added.

The program will include prayers on a variety of pressing issues, followed by a conversation on how the community can move forward positively.

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