Lutheran — Anglican — Roman Catholic — United Methodist Conference of West Virginia
LARCUM 2023 gathers 8-10 May 2023, at John XXIII Pastoral
Center, Charleston, WV, under the title, "Evangelism?"
This title should give you a clue that this will not be
your typical evangelism conference. Rather than focusing
on the how of evangelism—there are plenty of other
conferences and events that do that—we will be focusing on
the why of evangelism.
As with most of out WV LARCUMs, each tradition will bring
its own presenter, and each presenter will be given
two-three hours in formal session. Outside of formal
session, there are meals, social hours, and free time for
more conversation among participants (or, as in the case
of free time, a chance for private prayer, refreshment,
study, etc.). There is also worship, with each
tradition taking its turn leading services from its own
Details are still being worked out—this is our first
LARCUM since the pandemic began. We will be providing
updates on this page and on our Facebook page. We will
convene in the afternoon on Monday, May 8, exact time TBD.
We wrap up with lunch on Wednesday, May 10.
Meals and socials are included in the registration.
You have the option of lodging at St. John XXIII or arranging for your own lodging off-site. Charleston has many hotels scattered across the price spectrum.
The registration fee schedule has not yet been set.
We will announce once on-line registration is open.
Keeping Up with Updates
There are four ways to keep up with updates as our
planning process develops the details.
Spread the Word
How appropriate for a conference on evangelism! Invite a
friend, tell a co-parishioner, reach out to your
ecumenical counterpart. Don't hesitate to share on social
media. Ask information to be placed in your congregation's
newsletter or Sunday bulletin.
What Is LARCUM WV?
LARUCM WV is a four-partner conference held annually
(except when there is a pandemic) in WV. The partners are
It's origins are rooted in the ARC (Anglican-Roman
Catholic Dialogue) in West Virginia more than four decades
ago. The Lutherans were invited to join, making it LARC,
the longest running LARC at that time in the USA, at three
decades. Roughly ten years ago, the United Methodist were
invited to join.
LARCUM planning is a joint activity of the four
traditions. The topic for each LARCUM Conference is
selected by the participants of the preceding LARCUM
Who Can Attend LARCUM?
One does not need to be a member of the participating
judicatories nor even the traditions more generally. If
you are interested in the topic, want to enjoy
conversation with folk from different traditions, or look
forward to experiencing another tradition's worship, you
are most welcome. LARCUM is open to laity and clergy.
LARCUM is also open to folks from outside WV.
LARCUM and Social Media
Yes, we do have a social media presence. Check out out "WV Larcum" Facebook page—follow
and/or like us while you are there. Lutherans can even
join Team Wittenberg,
a subgoup attached to the page—if you are jealous,
convince your tradition's planners to set up a
tradition-specific group. We also create Facebook events
for specific conferences, e.g., "LARCUM 2023."
Since we have a social media presence, don't be shy about
If you have any quesitons or would like to speak to
someone about LARCUM, call West Virginia-Western Maryland
HQ at 304-363-4030 or email Bishop@WV-WMD.org.
|Last update: 10 February
Maintained by the WV-WMD Synod, ELCA