December 7, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
After numerous conversations with leaders in our Diocese and the Presiding Bishop's Office, and with prayerful consideration of what is in the best interests of our Diocese at this time, the Standing Committee unanimously voted on December 6, 2018, to end the process for the selection of a Bishop Provisional.
The Standing Committee enthusiastically supports Bishop Susan E. Goff continuing to serve as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese of Virginia until such time as our next Bishop Diocesan is elected and consecrated. We have every confidence that Bishop Goff will effectively and creatively lead us during this time.
At every stage of the process, the Standing Committee has made decisions and conducted its work grounded in prayer and examining all known options. Throughout this process, realities have changed. We have felt the Holy Spirit moving with us and sustaining us throughout.
As we move forward, the Standing Committee will continue to work closely with Bishop Goff and other Diocesan leaders to ensure the vitality of our Diocese and our life in Christ. The Listening Sessions that Bishop Goff introduced at Annual Convention will be important as together we discern what God would have us do as we move into the Year of Our Lord 2019 and this next chapter of our shared ministry as the Diocese of Virginia. You will be receiving more information in the coming days, so stayed tuned for timely updates.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Blessings in this expectant and hopeful season of Advent.
The Reverend T. Grant Ambrose
President, Standing Committee