Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Saint Paul's College holds open house for prospective students

Prospective and accepted students and their families are invited to an Open House at Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville on January 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will enjoy a campus tour and the opportunity to speak with administrators, department chairs, and representatives from Admissions, Student Affairs and Financial Aid. Additional Open House opportunities will be held on March 24, April 14 and May 5. Please call Admissions, 434-848-1877, to reserve your spot.

Recasting of building assets

The Episcopal Church Building Fund is has openings for 2-3 congregations to join a consulting process in Virginia aimed to help congregations who have building space but who are struggling financially to make ends meet. The process forms a learning community that meets three times together and five times through Webex meetings over the course of a year with facilitators and peer accountability with the aim to effect change directed at earning income through the building, creating a greater relationship and sense of relevance to the community through their programming and building use, and ultimately looking at doing church differently so that they are not obsolete. If your congregation is interested contact Sally O'Brien at the Episcopal Church Building fund at 804-893-3436 or get more information from their website at You may also contact the Rev. Canon Jeunee Cunningham to explore options for some diocesan financial aid toward the consultation fee,

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Talbot Hall Property Update

The Talbot Hall Property sub-committees (Conveyance Committee and Location Committee) held a joint meeting on January 5. The committees are engaged in continuing the process of discerning the future of the Talbot Hall property and the location of the diocesan offices. 

What’s happened so far? 

In April 2011, the Talbot Hall Task Force - charged by the diocesan Property Committee and Bishop Hollerith to receive and recommend proposals regarding the property - concluded its work and made its report to the diocesan Property Committee. After reviewing that report, along with prior property assessments, the Properties Committee voted to recommend to the Executive Board the sale of the Talbot Hall property and the relocation of the diocesan offices to a more demographically central location. This recommendation was presented at the Executive Board's June 2011 meeting. 

In response, an ad hoc committee of the Executive Board was then appointed to determine what further information was needed in order to move forward. The committee reported its findings to the Executive Board at its September 2011 meeting. The following resolution was approved: "Be It Resolved that the Executive Board authorizes the Properties Committee to explore* the sale of Talbot Hall and to explore* the most feasible location for the Diocesan Office, continuing to respect the neighbors of Talbot Hall and the history of the property." In response to the resolution, the Executive Board established two new sub-committees, a Conveyance Committee and a Location Committee, to gather further information. 

The Talbot Hall Property sub-committees held an initial joint meeting on October 26, 2011. Bishop Hollerith attended this meeting of the Conveyance and Location sub-committees and gave an overview of the historic functions of the Talbot Hall property, in this order of priority: to supply the administrative offices; to provide housing for the Bishop and one staff person; and to provide a diocesan conference center. The sub-committees were charged to gather information and make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding how these needs can best be met. 

Where are we in the process? 

The committees are now in the process of gathering information. In order to move forward, the Executive Board and Standing Committees have submitted a resolution to the 120th Annual Council which seeks support of their already existing canonical authority to make decisions about Talbot Hall and the possible relocation of our diocesan center. The full text of the resolution will be available in the delegate packets distributed prior to Pre-Council Convocation meetings.  

*Exploring the possible sale of the property will include inquiries into: cost effectiveness, cost comparisons, diocesan demographics, possible locations - including the present location at Talbot Hall, facility use requirements, input from various regions of the Diocese, and other data.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Convocation Pre-Council Meetings Scheduled

Convocational Pre-Council Meetings have all been scheduled. This is your opportunity to get information on nominations, resolutions and participate in the Executive Board elections prior to Annual Council which is Feb. 10-11 at the Williamsburg Lodge. You can get all the current information on Annual Council at our website,

Convocation 1 - January 29, 6 p.m. at St. George's Pungoteague
Convocation 2 - January 29, 4 p.m. at Old Donation Virginia Beach
Convocation 3 - January 29, 4 p.m. at Ascension Norfolk
Convocation 4 - January 25, 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Suffolk
Convocation 5 - January 24, 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Hampton
Convocation 6 - January 24, 7 p.m. at Christ & Grace Petersburg
Convocation 7 - January 31, 7 p.m. at Manakin, Midlothian
Convocation 8 - January 28, 10 a.m. at St. Paul & St. Andrew's Kenbridge
Convocation 9 - January 31, 7:30 p.m. at Trinity, South Boston