The Right Rev. Geralyn Wolf, Episcopal Bishop, to share her experiences with the homeless
Community forum to explore issue of homelessness


WARWICK – Mayor Scott Avedisian and the city’s Department of Human Services, together with the House of Hope and the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, will host a public forum to explore the issue of homelessness on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers. The Right Rev. Geralyn Wolf, Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island, will be the featured speaker.

Bishop Wolf, elected Rhode Island’s twelfth Episcopal bishop on September 30, 1995, spent a month last year as “Aly,” a homeless person, as part of a four-month sabbatical. She will share her experiences, which were the topic of a five-page article in the February 2, 2003 Providence Sunday Journal, including what the homeless endure to survive day-to-day and the challenges of being along, hungry and homeless.

Admission is free; however, a donation of a canned good for the House of Hope food pantry would be greatly appreciated.

Bishop Wolf earned her Bachelor of Science degree from West Chester University, her Master of Arts in Education from Trenton State College and her Master of Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. From there, she taught at the George School in Pennsylvania, a Friends boarding school, where she said she was influenced by Quaker spirituality, and for many years served several Philadelphia-area congregations. In the 1980s, she was vicar at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, an African-American mission in a slowly gentrifying inner-city neighborhood. There, she helped the congregation develop a soup kitchen, thrift shop, food cooperative, reading program and lay Christian community. At age 39, she was elected the first female Dean of a Cathedral, at Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville, KY.

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Sue Baker
Communications Director
City of Warwick
3275 Post Rd
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 738-2000 ext. 6200

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