Resolutions and courtesy resolutions will be posted here as they are submitted.
Resolved, by the 224th Convention of the Diocese of Virginia, that Convention adopt, as the primary focus of our Diocesan ministry until General Convention 2021, the three priorities set forth by our Presiding Bishop and General Convention as the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement for the next three years:
- Racial Reconciliation
- Care of Creation; and be it further
Resolved, that Convention acknowledge and celebrate the good work of the Diocesan Racial Reconciliation Committee and the Diocesan Care of Creation Committee; and be it further
Resolved, that we recognize that The Episcopal Church (TEC) has prepared excellent resources, entitled the Way of Love Rule of Life, available for use throughout TEC as an effective means to equip us better for more effective Christian ministry, including evangelism, racial reconciliation and care of creation; and therefore, be it further
Resolved, that in order to carry out these priorities more effectively than we have to date, Convention recognize that each lay and clergy leader in our diocese must model Christian discipleship more intentionally and help our people and congregations live more fully into the robust practice of our Christian faith; and be it further
Resolved, that Convention ask that each parish vestry member, lay and clergy diocesan convention delegate, rector and vicar:
- Make a signed public commitment to follow the Way of Love Rule of Life set forth by our Presiding Bishop, and endorsed by General Convention, with copies of the signed commitments sent to the Office of Bishop;
- Make education about and training of their congregations about practicing this Rule of Life a primary focus of their congregational work and ministry in the coming year, doing so by means best adapted to the needs of each congregation; and be it further
Resolved, that the Office of the Bishop is asked, by November 16 to publicly designate a person on Diocesan staff to respond to requests for assistance in helping congregations as they work to implement this rule of life and to compile written commitments to practice this Rule of Life and related reports; and be it further
Resolved, that each congregation’s rector (or vicar) and senior warden shall jointly report in writing to the Bishop and to their Regional President about each congregation’s progress in such adoption, training, and practice of the Way of Love Rule of Life, with the first report due on Ash Wednesday, and the second due by Trinity Sunday; and be it further
Resolved, that the Executive Board, and each Regional President, shall publicly report in writing by September 15, 2019 about the progress made by congregations in each region in implementing this resolution, including steps to cooperate among congregations in doing so, making recommendations for improvements and next steps in such implementation; and be it further
Resolved, that such reports shall be posted on the Diocesan website by September 30, 2019, and be it further
Resolved, that our Bishop is asked to evaluate and report in detail to the 225th Annual Convention about lessons learned and recommended next steps.
Submitted by the Diocese of Virginia's 79th General Convention Deputation:
Mr. J.P. Causey, Mr. Russ Randle, Ms. Cindi Bartol, Ms. Helen Spence, Ms. Ellyn Crawford, the Rev. Lucia Lloyd, the Rev. Dr. Robert Prichard, the Rev. Randy Alexander, the Rev. Justin McIntosh and the Rev. Jane Piver.