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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.

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.

2019 Fall Clergy Conference

The Fall Clergy Conference will be held October 29 & 30 at Chanco on the James, with an optional Quiet Day on Monday, October 28. Registration is closed.

Click here for the conference schedule.

The Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts will share mission trends insights

Eileen Shanley-RobertsThe featured speaker for this year's conference will be the Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts, who is a faculty member at Bexley-Seabury Theological Seminary. Eileen will share insights on contemporary mission trends and fresh expressions and lead a broader conversation inviting us, as leaders, to conceive new possibilities for the ministry of congregations and deaneries, stimulating bold thinking about the future of the church. Her visit will afford us the opportunity to learn about the innovative directions in which Bexley-Seabury is preparing clergy to enter our current context and be ready for the future, as well. 

Eileen is the Assistant Director of Formation and Contextual Learning at the seminary and a Lecturer in Practical Theology. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Notre Dame, has served as campus minister at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and after earning her M.Div. at Episcopal Divinity School served Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, Ohio, before becoming Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Waukegan, Illinois.

Spring Clergy Day - May 2019

Leading in Uncharted Territory
Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains, was the featured speaker at a diocesan program on Saturday May 11. Click here for his presentation slides and a study guide for his book.




Last Published: October 28, 2019 7:35 AM