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Clergy Conferences and Retreats
Information about the two clergy conferences held annually.

Relax, Reconnect, Refresh - Spring Clergy Day 2022

May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Chanco on the James

It’s been a challenging span of time for all, especially clergy who have faced new challenges amidst the heavy load of pastoring to a community. With that in mind the focus of our spring clergy day will be YOU! The day has been arranged to provide opportunities to relax, connect or reconnect with colleagues, and hopefully will allow you to leave the day feeling refreshed.

Attendance is encouraged though not mandatory; Bishop Haynes looks forward to interacting with you at this event. Please confirm your attendance by registering here. The cost is $25, payable in advance via check or credit card at checkout. Please register by Sunday, May 1.

In addition to structured program offerings and worship times there will be opportunities to experience a Tai Chi class, prayer stations, free time, as well as waterfront options (canoe, paddle board, kayak). Please note if you envision taking advantage of waterfront opportunities, we strongly suggest bringing a change of clothes and a towel.

If you will be participating in waterfront activities, please bring with you a completed Chanco Release Waiver (click here).

For driving directions to Chanco on the James click here.

If you wish to consider overnight accommodations at Chanco either before or after clergy day, please contact Marjorie Gay at www.chanco.org or 757-294-3126.

Contact Susan Allen at sallen@diosova.org or 757-213-3391 if you have any questions about the event or need assistance with registering.

Click here for our Diocesan Event Registration, Payment & Refund Policy.

Scholarship funds are available. Contact Susan Allen, sallen@diosova.org or 757-213-3391.

If your attendance requires you to arrange for childcare you may submit a reimbursement request for those costs to Diocesan Comptroller Judy Dobson at jdobson@diosova.org.


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.

Last Published: May 2, 2022 1:08 PM