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Clergy Conference
Information about the two clergy conferences held annually.


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.


2018 Fall Clergy Conference

My Story, Our Story, The Story
The Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor

October 30-31 at Chanco on the James
Optional Quiet Day on October 29

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Registration deadline is Oct. 21, 2018. Cancellations after Oct. 22, 2018 will NOT be refunded.

Scholarships are available. Please contact Susan Allen, sallen@diosova.org or 757-213-3391.

Human beings make meaning through stories. Jesus answers questions with stories because narrative or metaphor is the primary way to articulate our deepest faith. To share our faith is to tell our story. Bishop Taylor will focus on the skill of personal storytelling and how to focus the stories of our faith around such themes as surrender, wonder, resurrection, and forgiveness.

Bishop Porter TaylorThe Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor is the retired bishop of Western North Carolina and holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Literature from Emory University. He joined the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University in 2017 to initiate an Episcopal Studies Program. He has taught homiletics classes at Virginia Theological Seminary and The Theology School of the University of the South. Before being ordained, Taylor taught American Literature at Belmont University. As a consequence, he has a passion for using stories, novels, and poems as a theological lens. He is trained as a Spiritual Director by the Shalem Institute.





Last Published: August 23, 2018 9:20 AM