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And the 2015 Faith in Action Awards Go To...

Jon Barton - Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Virginia Council of Churches will present the 2015 Faith and Action Award on May 12, 2015 during the Annual Awards Luncheon being held this year at College Lutheran Church, Salem, VA. The awards this year will go to: 

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Charles Swadley is currently working in a volunteer capacity with the Virginia Council of Churches and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy on interfaith relations with diverse faith groups and also promoting the concept of the Jubilee Assistance Fund as an alternative for churches to counter the impact of predatory lenders.

Charles is Retired United Methodist clergy, who served actively from 1975-2011 in Virginia Conference, United Methodist Church ministry for 36 years.  He is former board member and chair for Volunteer Emergency Families for Children, former Board Director and former Chair of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

He is a volunteer and consultant for Jubilee Assistance Fund, project to institute collaborative loans between church and credit union for assisting church members to secure low cost loan to avoid predatory lenders. 

Rev. Swadley serves as Chair of the Commission on Interfaith Relations for the Virginia Council of Churches, Chair of the Initiative to establish Forums of Faith Leaders for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  He is the Past Interim CEO Virginia Interfaith Center September 2011 – February 2012.

Wesley Theological Seminary
Bachelor's degree, MAster of Divinity, Cum Laude 1974 – 1979
Served in US Military in the Army Air Defense, discharged after two years at the rank of Captain USAR
Florida State University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1965 – 1969
Activities and Societies: Alpha Phi Omega Service, Eta Sigma Phi Honorary Society for Classics

Abington Ecumenical Faith in Action Ecumenical Faith in Action is a Christian mission outreach serving southwestern Virginia. Those who live in poverty or crisis can find caring, compassionate people who strive to help them in their time of need. See youtube story for more information

Charles R. Sydnor, Jr., is the son of Mary Frances Sydnor and the late Charles R. Sydnor, Sr. He married the late Maureen McRorey in 1970 and they have one daughter, Christina, and twin grandsons, Max and Charlie. Charles received his Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1970 and began his ministry as the founding priest of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Sterling, Virginia.He became Assistant Rector in 1973 and Rector in 1976 at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg. Charles initiated, with parish support, many community outreach programs including its first Hospice; Hope House, a counseling and support system for local homeless persons; and an ecumenical Community Assessment Program, administered through the Salvation Army, to provide a centralized approach to persons in crisis. He retired from St. George’s in 2003.Charles has been remarkably successful in promoting ecumenism in the Diocese of Virginia where he has served as an ecumenical officer since 1992. He is always providing informed and useful input at ecumenical events including the National Workshop on Christian Unity, the VCC Coordinating Cabinet, and the LARC Conference. Charles has served the cause of ecumenism with grace and elegance no matter what difficulties he has encountered in his ministry and life. Rev. Sydnor received the 2005  Faith in Action Award from the Virginia Council of Churches.

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