Diocesan Visioning Tour 2020

Dates and Locations/Registration 

Small Group Discussion Guide

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

During the Pastoral Address at our Diocesan Convention last month, I articulated my vision for our Diocese for the next few years. At the end I said, "If the vision belongs to the bishops alone, it will never be ours. So let's continue this address as a conversation. I invite the people of the Diocese to come together in a series of vision gatherings during the season of Epiphany."

This communication is your invitation to take part in our Diocesan Visioning Tour. Below are the dates, times and places of six gatherings across our Diocese. I hope you will mark your calendar to attend one near you. More details will be provided after Christmas. The questions we'll discuss will be publicized before the sessions, so that participants will have a chance to give them some thought, and so that people who can't attend might have a chance to submit their thoughts.

God bless us all as we seek to: Be Light, Have Life, and Share Joy. And all so that the Love of Jesus may be manifest in the world.

Faithfully yours,

The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff

Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority 

Visioning Tour Dates and Locations

Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 p.m. 

Christ Church, Glen Allen

Thursday, January 16, 3:30 p.m. 

Christchurch School, Christchurch

Thursday, January 23, 7:00 p.m. 

Aquia Church, Stafford

Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. 

St. Paul's, Ivy

Saturday, February 8, 1:00 p.m. 

Calvary, Front Royal

Saturday, February 15, 1:30 p.m. 

Good Shepherd, Burke

Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m. NEW

St. Peter's, Arlington*

Click here to REGISTER for a Visioning Session near you.

Small Group Discussion Topics

Our small group discussions will focus on four ministry areas identified by diocesan membership as priorities. Bishop Goff elaborated on the ministry priorities in her Pastoral Address to Diocesan Convention. The four areas are:

Healing across differences and including all, particularly in the face of the sin of racism that infects our souls as a nation and as a Church, and with regard to the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in every aspect and on all levels of diocesan life. 

Strengthening our financial health in order to resource the mission to which God has called us.

Sharing the Faith of Jesus with youth and others in such ways that they will hear a message of hope in a difficult and challenging world, and so that we all will take part in God's work of transforming the world. 

Honoring and caring for God's creation, particularly in this era when changes in weather patterns threaten vulnerable human communities as well as vulnerable non-human species.

Those who attend a Visioning Session will be invited to choose one of the four areas for small group work.  A trained facilitator will lead each group to help ensure that everyone has a chance to speak and that all engage in active listening to one another and to the Spirit. 

The questions in each small group will be:

  1. What do you think is God’s vision for this area of ministry in the Diocese of Virginia?
  2. How might you imagine our working together on this? For example, what is your congregation doing/passionate about in this area?  How can that action/passion be a part of our our wider work?  What do you need from others to live more fully into this ministry?

Participants may have thoughts to share in more than one of these areas.  They’ll be invited to write those thoughts, suggestions and questions on a response sheet.  Additional thoughts may be written and sent to vision@thediocese.net

We are a large diocesan family made up of interwoven congregations and communities, all bound together by God’s love.  We look forward to seeing what the Holy Spirit is up to in us through these sessions.