226th Annual Diocesan Convention Moves Online
Our Annual Diocesan Convention, originally scheduled for November 12-14, 2020 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington is moving online. Anticipating that it will not be safe or wise, due to the novel Coronavirus, to gather over 600 people in a hotel ballroom across three days this fall, we will hold a one-day virtual Convention instead. The date is Saturday, November 14.
Your Diocesan Staff, the Bishops, the Executive Board and Chancellor are working together to plan a stimulating Convention experience that meets canonical requirements and allows us to be in community with each other even when we are practicing distancing. Our staff will also provide technical guidance to those who can’t easily access online platforms. Details will be sent to you in the early fall. In the meantime, I invite lay delegates and all clergy to reserve November 14, 2020, on your calendar for the 226th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia.
Fall Clergy/Spouse/Lay Professionals Conference Moves Online
The Fall Conference, originally scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, October 19-21, is also moving online, anticipating that a large gathering at Shrine Mont on those dates will not be safe or wise. The three Bishops of Virginia will offer teachings and reflections on our three diocesan priorities - reconciliation across differences, creation care and evangelism. The sessions will take place via ZOOM on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, October 20 and 21. You will receive more details soon. In the meantime, I invite clergy, lay professionals and spouses to reserve those mornings on your calendar.
Almighty God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with us in the Diocese of Virginia as we plan to gather virtually in the fall for Convention and Conference. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Collect for a Church Convention, adapted).