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Clergy Conference
Information about the two clergy conferences held annually.


2020 Clergy Retreat:  Come away with me and rest a while

On Monday through Wednesday, September 28-30, the Diocese is offering a clergy retreat for a time of rest and reflection. The retreat may be experienced in person at Chanco on the James and will also offer a virtual option for those who wish to experience retreat in their homes. Bishop Haynes will offer times of meditation and times of prayer and silence. We will also offer opportunities for waterfront activities including swimming, paddle-boarding and kayaking. Compline will be conducted each night around the campfire.

Click here for retreat schedule

Attend in-person

Registration is now open for those who wish to attend the clergy retreat in person. Before registering please read Chanco's Guest Covenant, Chanco COVID 19 Policies & Help Sheet. Rooming options will be limited to single occupancy except for clergy couples or others who currently quarantine together. There is also a commuter option included for those who live near to Chanco and/or do not wish to stay overnight. Overnight attendees may check-in after 10:00 a.m. on Monday. The retreat will begin with lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Monday and will end by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Click here to register. Scholarship funds are available to assist with registration fees for this retreat. Contact Susan Allen, sallen@diosova.org or 757-213-3391, for more information.

Attend virtually

Join Bishop Haynes live via Zoom for periods of worship and meditation over the three days of the clergy retreat. The portions of the retreat which will be livestreamed are marked on the schedule with an asterisk. Recordings of the livestreamed events will also be available. Register here for the Zoom login information. There is no cost to attend virtually.


Clergy Conferences

Clergy in Southern Virginia are invited and expected to attend two clergy conferences held annually at our diocesan retreat center, Chanco on the James in Surry:

  • Spring Clergy Day - a one-day conference held typically in May.
  • Fall Clergy Conference - a two-day conference held typically in late October or early November. An optional quiet day is offered prior to this conference.

Detailed information and registration for these events are posted here when they become available.

Scholarship funds are available for both Spring Clergy Day and Fall Clergy Conference. Contact Susan Allen, sallen@diosova.org or 757-213-3391, for more information.

2020 Clergy Conferences

Fall Quiet Day and Clergy Conference will not be held this year. Conferences are planned to resume in 2021.


Last Published: September 17, 2020 2:22 PM