Wednesday, February 15, 2017

125th Annual Council: Stewardship resources; Bishop's address; elections; resolutions

Southern Virginia's 125th Annual Council convened February 10-11 at the Williamsburg Lodge.

Timothy Dombek
Keynote speaker
The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek, Canon for Stewardship in the Diocese of Arizona, shared his wisdom, experience and vision in two presentations and his sermon at the Council Eucharist. Canon Dombek's presentations and handouts are available on the Stewardship page of the diocesan website.

Bishop Hollerith's Address to Council
Bishop Hollerith addressed Council on Friday morning. He remarked on the tumultuous and unsettling events of the past year and what that could mean for the Church - "I sense us entering a period when more and more people will be turning to the church for answers and for meaning and for community." He also spoke about the Executive Board's Social Justice Task Group, Chanco on the James, and announced the addition of the Rt. Rev. James Magness to the diocesan staff beginning in late March. Bishop Magness is the retired bishop of the Armed Forces & Federal Ministries. He will assist, part-time, with visitations and explore the possibility of a new church plant. Click here to read Bishop Hollerith's address.

Bishop Hollerith with members of the Youth Delegation to Council

The following elections were made by Council. For more information about these positions and the nominees who were elected, go to the Annual Council page of the diocesan website.

Standing Committee:  
Lynn Farlin, Ascension, Norfolk 
The Very Rev. Susan Grimm, St. Timothy's, Clarksville & Trinity, South Boston
Disciplinary Board:  
John Rector, St. Paul's, Suffolk 
The Rev. Ronald Ramsey, St. Cyprian's, Hampton 
The Rev. Stewart Tabb, Ascension, Norfolk
Provincial Synod: 
Gay Forloine, Hickory Neck, Toano
General Convention: 
Lay Deputies: Sam Webster (Head of Deputation), Ascension, Norfolk; Alice Webley, All Saints, Virginia Beach; Toni Hogg, St. John's, Hampton; Isabel Burch, Bruton Parish, Williamsburg. 
Lay Alternates: Matthew White, St. David's, Chesterfield; Cara Kinsey, Emmanuel, Chatham 
Clergy Deputies: Julia Messer, Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach; Willis Foster, St. Stephen's, Petersburg; Samantha Vincent-Alexander, St. John's, Hampton; Cameron Randle, St. George's Parish on the Eastern Shore 
Clergy Alternates: Dale Custer, St. John's, Chester; Ronald Ramsey, St. Cyprians', Hampton; Jennifer Andrews-Weckerly, Hickory Neck, Toano; Mark Wilkinson, St. Aidan's, Virginia Beach 


For more information on these resolutions, go to the Annual Council page of the diocesan website.
Resolution C-1, Parishes at Risk, PASSED 
Resolution R-1, Changes to Rules of Order - WITHDRAWN 
General Convention Resolutions - PASSED AS READ 

Go to the diocesan Facebook page, or search #Diosova125, to find lots of pictures from this year's Annual Council.