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130th Annual Council (2022)


I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)

The business meeting of the 130th Annual Council was held on February 26, 2022 and was livestreamed to our diocesan YouTube channel. Click here to view the recording of this meeting.

Click here if you would like to read the text of Bishop Haynes' Address to Annual Council. Click here to watch the recording of the Bishop's Address.

Saturday’s business meeting included the presentation of the portrait of the Rt. Rev. Herman “Holly” Hollerith, 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Click here for a video of the presentation.

Council Election Results:

  • Standing Committee: Kathy Wootton (Lay); The Rev. Grant Stokes (Clergy)
  • Disciplinary Board: Albert Banwell (Lay); The Rev. Donna Hines and The Rev. Grace Rigby (Clergy)
  • Provincial Synod: Helen Sharpe-Williams (Lay); The Rev. Marc Vance (Clergy)
  • Constitutional Resolutions CON-1 and CON-2, first reading - approved
  • Canonical Resolution C-1 – approved
  • Proposed 2022 Diocesan Budget – approved


Council Week Schedule - February 22-26

Each day during Council Week an email will be sent from the diocesan office with both on demand reports that you can watch or read at your convenience, and an invitation to join us for one of that evening's live virtual events on Zoom. The live virtual events will begin at 7 p.m. and are open to everyone (unless otherwise noted), and will be recorded for those unable to attend live.

Tuesday, February 22 - Click here for today's Council Week email

Live Events:

  • Zoom and Digital Voting Practice Session, 6 p.m. - for registered clergy and lay delegates only.
  • 2021 Financial Review and 2022 Proposed Budget Q&A, 7 p.m. - with Diocesan Treasurer John Fogarty and Comptroller Judy Dobson. Click here to watch a recording of this event.

On Demand Reports:

Wednesday, February 23 - Click here for today's Council Week email

Live Events:

  • Racial Diversity and Justice, 7 p.m. - join us for a panel discussion exploring ways we are seeking to repair the breach of racism and become beloved community in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Panelists include Ms. Nellie Adkins, consultant to Chanco and the Matoaka Covenant Committee; Mr. Charles Farrar, member of the Repairers of the Breach Commission; Padre Mario Meléndez, Chaplain for Latino/x Ministries; and Ms. Helen Sharpe-Williams, President of the James Solomon Russell Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians. Click here to watch a recording of this event.
  • Evangelism: Telling Your Story, 7 p.m. - The Episcopal Youth Board of the Diocese of Southern Virginia has spent this past year exploring what Episcopal Evangelism is in our world and are excited to share what they have learned. While evangelism can be a scary word for many of us, we are called as Christians to share the good news of Jesus Christ with all whom we encounter. The EYC board invites you to join us for a discussion about evangelism as we seek, name, and celebrate Jesus’s loving presence in the stories that we tell. Click here to watch a recording of this event.

On Demand Report:

Thursday, February 24 - Click here for today's Council Week email

Live Events:

  • What is DCDI?, 6 p.m. - Our diocese is launching the Diocesan Church Development Institute (DCDI), which is a leadership-training program that will help congregations focus on developing their spiritual community and organizational leadership skills. Join us for a lively discussion to learn about this program that can be the means for transforming your congregation. Click here to watch a recording of this event.
  • Chanco on the James, 7 p.m. - Join us for a live Zoom event and hear about our camp programs, Happening, youth and Cursillo retreats, and more. Learn how these events bring our community closer to one another and to Christ in God’s great outdoors. Hear how our scholarships provide opportunities to those who would not otherwise be able to experience Chanco. Living in Christian community at Chanco, hear personal experiences where Chanco’s ministry brought one closer to God, or found Him for the first time. Click here to watch a recording of this event.

On Demand Reports:

Friday, February 25 - Click here for today's Council Week email

Keynote Speaker: The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, 7 p.m.

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The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright became the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta in 2012. Since his election, he has been a vocal and active leader in the community, addressing Georgia legislature about gun control, advocating against the death penalty, and supporting programs for underprivileged youth. He teaches about the importance of love and of justice and continues to lead the diocese to be one of service and faith and always on the mission for the Kingdom of God.

Click here to watch a recording of this event.

Saturday, February 26 - Click here for today's Council Week email

The business meeting of Annual Council convenes at 9:30 a.m. Registered clergy and lay delegates will participate via Zoom. Click here to watch the recording of the Annual Council business meeting.

Click here for the order of service for Opening Worship at Saturday's Annual Council business meeting.

Delegate Materials for Annual Council (2022)

Delegate materials are posted here as they become available.


Pre-Council Convocation Meetings (all meetings were virtual)

Convocation 1 - Sunday, February 6, 4:00 p.m.

Convocation 2 - Sunday, February 6, 4:00 p.m.

Convocation 3 - Sunday, February 13, 2:00 p.m.

Convocation 4 - Sunday, February 6, 4:00 p.m.

Convocation 5 - Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m.

Convocation 6 - Thursday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.

Convocation 7 - Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m.

Convocation 8 and 9 Joint Meeting - Sunday, February 13, 4:00 p.m.


Annual Council Registration is Now Closed

Click here for registration information.


Nominations for Elections at Council are Now Closed 

We will elect people to serve on these bodies:

  • Standing Committee (1 laity and 1 clergy)
  • Disciplinary Board (2 laity and 2 clergy)
  • Provincial Synod (1 laity and 1 clergy)

Click here for information about these positions and click here for the nomination form. Self-nominations are welcome. Please send completed nomination forms to Leah Sicignano at lsicignano@diosova.org.


Certificate of Lay Delegates & Alternates for 2021-2022

Churches must submit a Certificate of Lay Delegates and Alternates in order for their lay delegates to be eligible to register for Council. Certificates were due by September 1, 2021. Click here for the Certificate form for the 2021-2022 conciliar year.

Disclaimer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia reserves the right to cancel any event. In the event of cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund. We also reserve the right to substitute event presenters and modify dates and programs.

Special Needs: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia serves the entire community and welcomes people with special needs. Please contact Susan Allen at sallen@diosova.org or 757-213-3391 at least one week prior to the event with special needs requests.


Last Published: February 19, 2023 10:08 AM