Spring Conference - Rachel Held Evans

“Walk in Love” Bishop’s Conference for Lay Professionals, Clergy, and Spouses

Featuring New York Times Best-Selling Author Rachel Held Evans

May 1 - 3, 2017 - Registration Opens March 8
Shrine Mont Retreat Center

“Rachel Held Evans is one of the most sought-after speakers in The Episcopal Church and across the country. I am no less than thrilled that she will be with us at the Bishop’s Spring Conference - and also that we are able to respond to the clear call from our lay professionals, clergy and spouses for Rachel to come to the mountain. Rachel is a profoundly articulate and prolific voice on faith and culture in the Church today. Our conference will indeed be a special time together.”
- The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia


Join us at this year's conference!

The Walk in Love Bishop's Conference for Lay Professionals, Clergy and Spouses will be held from May 1 - 3, 2017, at the beautiful Shrine Mont Retreat Center in Orkney Springs, Virginia. The conference features Rachel Held Evans at a number of sessions, our bishops, worship, and many enriching workshop selections for conference participants. Registration begins March 8. For more information, contact Bill Martin at bmartin@thediocese.net with any questions.


  • If you want to pay with a credit card, the electronic registration can be found here.
  • If you plan on paying with a check, registration can be found here.


  • The full agenda can be found here.


  • Check out the list of activities here that are happening at Shrine Mont prior to the beginning of the Spring Conference.  You might want to make plans to arrive at Shrine Mont a little early this year to take part in some of these activities.


There will be a number of interesting workshops at this Conference. A full description of each workshop can be found here along with information about Tuesday afternoon's activities and massages.


The "train the trainer" workshops at Shrine Mont preceding the Bishop’s Spring Conference will offer an opportunity for clergy to be certified to teach the new misconduct prevention curriculum in their parish, and for lay trainers to be re-certified to teach the training.

The new curriculum affects both the Child Abuse Prevention and Adult Misconduct Prevention workshops. To learn more about the Child Abuse Prevention training, you can view the event here. Information about the Adult Misconduct Prevention workshop can be found here.

Please contact the Assistant for Transition Ministry, Vicky Bickel, at vbickel@thediocese.net with any questions. 


Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger who writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Her books include "Faith Unraveled" (2010), "A Year of Biblical Womanhood" (2012), and" Searching for Sunday" (2015). With millions of visits each year, her blog has become a renowned online hub for conversations about Christianity and culture.

Rachel has been featured on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and Oprah.com. She also served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Her popularity as a writer also keeps her busy speaking across the country. Her speaking engagements include The Festival of Faith and Writing, the Q Conference, Trinity Wall Street, Princeton University, Austin Theological Seminary, Eastern University, Baylor University, the Gay Christian Network Conference, and the Wild Goose Festival.

Rachel, her husband, Dan, and their son Henry live in Dayton, Tennessee. They worship at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Tennessee.

More about Rachel Held Evans can be found on her website at www.rachelheldevans.com.