Resolutions - Results

 

CR-1: The Very Rev. Randall Prior

Adopted as submitted.

Whereas, the Rev. Randall L. Prior came to St. Andrew’s in October 1974 as the first full-time vicar of a new congregation and, in 1990, the first full-time rector, and, for 36 years, served the church and the Diocese of Virginia faithfully and well, and very often above and beyond the call of duty; and

Whereas, under Mr. Prior’s strong leadership and spiritual guidance, the parish has grown to include nearly 400 households and 2,000 baptized persons; andWhereas, Mr. Prior has successfully managed growth and change at St. Andrew’s through careful planning, collaboration and outreach; and

Whereas, Mr. Prior has mentored scores of Virginia Theological Seminary students and seminarians and numerous assistant and associate clergy over the years; and

Whereas, Mr. Prior has served as dean of Region VII on four different occasions during his ministry; andWhereas, Mr. Prior has served on a variety of diocesan committees, including the Sexual Misconduct Response Team and the Commission on Congregational Missions for the Diocese of Virginia; and

Whereas, helping the neediest among us has been a constant passion in Mr. Prior’s life, as evidenced by his active leadership in Habitat for Humanity and in St. Andrew’s strong support of outreach programs including Fairfax County’s Hypothermia Prevention Response Program; Ecumenical People Helping Others; FACETS; Five Talents; outreach ministries for the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Diocese of Western Tanganyika; and many others; and

Whereas, the St. Andrew’s Preschool he founded in 1985 is considered a leader in early childhood education within the community and continues its mission of enriching the social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual lives of  young children; andWhereas, Mr. Prior exemplifies the attributes of the good shepherd and inspirational teacher, ministering to the spiritual and personal needs of his flock, visiting the sick and the dying, praying for those in need, and modeling Christian love; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 216th Council of the Diocese of Virginia joins with the clergy, laity and staff of the Diocese of Virginia in expressing its sincerest thanks and appreciation for his ministry among us; and be it further

Resolved, that the secretary of this Annual Council sends a copy of this resolution to Mr. Prior.

CR-2: The Rev. Frederick Rhue Trumbore
Adopted as submitted.

Whereas, The Rev. Frederick Rhue Trumbore, a graduate of Lehigh University and Philadelphia Divinity School, was ordained deacon June 16, 1960, and priest December 22, 1960, by the Rt. Rev. Frederick Warnecke in the Diocese of Bethlehem; and

Whereas, during his active ministry he served churches in Pennsylvania and Florida before receiving a call to the Diocese of Virginia where he served at Christ Church, Luray as Vicar from 1984-1989 and Rector from 1989-2000; and        

Whereas, since his retirement he has served as Interim Rector at St. Andrews, Mt. Jackson and Emmanuel, Woodstock; interim supply priest at Meade Memorial, White Post; and supply priest for a number of our churches in Region XIV; and

Whereas, during the past five years has been a treasured presence at Calvary, Front Royal, serving as Retired Priest in Residence; and

Whereas, Fritz and his wife, Jean, have recently made their home at the Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in Winchester, now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 216th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia joins Region XIV in giving thanks for and honoring the Rev. Frederick R. Trumbore for his 50 years of service as a priest; and be it further

Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Rev. and Mrs. Frederick R. Trumbore.    

CR-3: Ms. Peggy L. Hombs
Adopted as submitted, text pending final approval.

Whereas, Ms. Peggy L. Hombs served faithfully on the bishop’s staff at the request of the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, joining the staff in 2003 as Coordinator of the Ordination Process; and 

Whereas, during her time on the staff of the Diocese, Peggy helped grow and shape the discernment and ordination processes in the Diocese of Virginia and helped bring to fruition the Diocesan Discernment Retreat, the Episcopal Leadership Institute and the vocational diaconate; and

Whereas, Peggy’s colleagues on the diocesan staff hold Peggy in high esteem, and celebrate her faithfulness, wisdom, industriousness, experience and great good humor; and

Whereas, prior to joining the bishop’s staff, Peggy was a member of the Commission on Ministry for 13 years, volunteering her time and serving as chair; and

Whereas, Peggy helped oversee the implementation of the Fresh Start program in the Diocese of Virginia, one of the first dioceses to use this program to support clergy in transition; and

Whereas, on the national level, Peggy has been an active participant in General Convention meetings; andWhereas, Peggy and her husband, Steven van Voorhees, are longtime members of Holy Comforter, Richmond, and have contributed to the life of the Church through their collective good cheer, civic-mindedness and dedication; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 216th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia thank Peggy for her years of loyalty and remarkable service; and be it further

Resolved, that the 216th Council asks the Secretary of the Diocese to provide Peggy with a copy of this resolution.

CR-4: The Rev. Grant R. Sherk
Adopted as submitted, text pending final approval

Whereas, the Rev. Grant R. Sherk Jr., the founding rector of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, McLean, died on April 9, 2010, at age 90; and

Whereas, the Rev. Grant Sherk Jr. as a seminarian in 1956, was assigned by Bishop Goodwin to start St. Dunstan’s Mission in the Chesterbrook area of McLean; and

Whereas, he became the founding rector of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church and was instrumental in getting the church and parish hall constructed in the mid-1960’s; and

Whereas, the Rev. Grant Sherk Jr., as a faithful example of Christian discipleship serving the larger community helped to establish outreach ministries such as SHARE of McLean, Alternative House and Samaritan Ministries; and

Whereas, he faithfully served the congregation of St. Dunstan’s, the Diocese of Virginia and the community of McLean for 30 years until his retirement in 1986; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 216th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia celebrates the long, committed and dedicated life of the Rev. Grant Sherk Jr. as a Christian, an Episcopal priest and as the founding rector of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, McLean; gives thanks for his life and works; and expresses condolences to his family; and be it further

Resolved, that the Secretary of this Annual Council send a copy of this resolution to his surviving wife, Polly Sherk.

CR-5: The Rev. Robert Johnston Boyd Jr.
Adopted as submitted, text pending final approval.

Whereas, the Rev. Robert Johnston Boyd Jr., died at Westminster Canterbury in Richmond on September 20, 2010, at age 79; and

Whereas, he was a graduate of Davidson College, and Union Seminary in Richmond, and received a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the University of the South, and did post-graduate study at Salisbury and Wells Theological College in England; and

Whereas, he was ordained an Episcopal priest by Bishop Angus Dunn in Washington on 1957; and

Whereas, he served as chaplain at Trinity Pawling School in New York and St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, and as chaplain and assistant headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg; and

Whereas, he served as rector a the Church of the Epiphany in Richmond and as senior assistant at St. Stephen’s in Richmond; and

Whereas, he faithfully served the congregation of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg as rector for 24 years, until his retirement in 1995; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 216th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia celebrates the committed and dedicated life of the Rev. Robert Johnston Boyd Jr. as a Christian and Episcopal priest, and gives thanks for his life and works; and expresses condolences to his family; and be it further

Resolved, that the secretary of this Annual Council send a copy of this resolution to his surviving wife, Shirley Gibson Boyd.

CR-6: The Rev. Linnea Ann Summers Turner 
Adopted as submitted, text pending final approval.

Whereas, The Rev. Linnea Ann Summers Turner, a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary was ordained to the Priesthood on June 10, 1989; and

Whereas, she was called to Leeds Church in Markham, Virginia in the spring of 1993, where she imparted to her flock a love of history and a devotion to mission, especially to our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Toungoo in Myanmar; and

Whereas, during the past 17 years she has served people of Leeds and the community of Markham and Hume with warmth and humor as she led our walk in ministry; and

Whereas, upon her retirement on August 22, 2010, she left us a strong example of a faithful loving pastor; now therefore be it

Resolved, that this 216th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia joins Leeds Parish, Fauquier County, Virginia, in affirming these sentiments and offering sincere thanks to the Rev. Linnea Ann Summers Turner for her years of service and ministry among us, and our hope that she and her husband, Michael will enjoy a well-deserved retirement; and be it further

Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Rev. Linnea Ann Summers Turner and printed in the minutes of the 216th Annual Council.

R-1a - Caring for Creation
Adopted as amended, text pending final approval

Resolved, that the 216th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia asks each parish of our diocese to designate an individual to serve as their stewardship partner to consult with the Stewardship of Creation Committee on environmental issues including energy and water conservation, and forward the name of the stewardship partner to the chair of the Stewardship of Creation Committee.; and, to guide their parish to work with other denominations, churches and faith traditions in their communities in jointly caring for God’s creation

R-2a: Blessings of Same-Gender Unions
Adopted as amended, text pending final approval

Resolved, that the 216th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia thanks Bishop Shannon Johnston and the diocesan team for the very fruitful "Listen ... And Be Heard" sessions in 2010, and urges our Bishop to “provide a generous pastoral
response" by moving forward with guidelines with regard to public blessings of same gender unions.

R-3a: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Adopted as amended, text pending final approval

Resolved, that the 216th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia heartily recommend that individuals, parishes and
local-community ministry groups discover and implement ways of participating in the “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” which occurs annually between the feasts of The Confession of St. Peter and The Conversion of St. Paul. 

R-4a: End Bullying - Living Into Our Baptismal Covenant
Adopted as amended, text pending final approval

Whereas, this 216th Annual Council affirms our baptismal covenant to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; that we are to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves; and that we shall strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being; therefore be it

Resolved, that this 216th Annual Council joins with those proclaiming the extravagant love of Christ to all persons who call for an immediate end to the epidemic of bullying, particularly of those perceived as being “different”; by virtue of economic, ethnic, racial or physical characteristics, religious status, sexual orientation or gender identity; whose precious lives are being squandered by failing to affirm the dignity and worth of all persons as children of God or offering support to the victims of bullying (both verbal and physical); and be it further

Resolved, that this 216th Annual Council requests the Rt. Rev. Shannon Sherwood Johnston and the Standing Committee to direct the appropriate committee(s) or task group to collect, assemble and offer resources to support local parishes and individuals affected by the ongoing scourge of bullying.

R-5: Sudan Peace Resolution
Adopted as submitted, text pending final approval.

Whereas, our Presiding Bishop has called for a season of prayer for peace in Sudan,
http://www.episcopalchurch.org/Sudan/pb_letter_en.html, in accordance with Resolution D-007 of the 76th General Convention; and

Whereas, Pursuant to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005, southern Sudan is voting in January 2011 on whether to become an independent country; andWhereas, there are four million Episcopalians in Sudan, members of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS); and

Whereas, our ECS church partners report that there is grave danger of a return to war in connection with the vote and its aftermath in 2011; and

Whereas, over two million people perished in the prior civil war in southern Sudan, over five million people were displaced and the Church and Christians were severely persecuted; andWhereas, the Diocese of Virginia and many of our parishes, clergy and lay people have entered into strong partnerships with dioceses, parishes, bible translation projects, schools, clergy and people in Sudan to advance the Gospel; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, by the 216th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia, that our bishops, parishes, missions, clergy and people are:

  1. Urged to make prayer for peace in Sudan and for the protection of the church there a regular part of public liturgies and private devotions in 2011.  
  2. Urged to continue their ongoing work with our Sudanese partners in the several dioceses, schools and bible translation projects with which Virginia churches are currently engaged.  
  3. Urged to pray about and consider expanding such work and entering into additional mission partnerships with colleagues in the Episcopal Church of Sudan.  
  4. Asked to contact their elected representatives to make clear that the U.S. government’s continued strong diplomatic efforts and generous aid assistance are critical to preventing the recurrence of a ghastly genocidal war threatening the people of Sudan in general and our mission partners in particular;

And that the Secretary of the Diocese is asked to convey this resolution to our ECS partners and to post appropriate links to prayer and education resources on the Diocesan Web site.

R-6a: On Political Civility
Adopted as amended, text pending final approval.

Whereas, this 216th Annual Council notes with regret and concern the decline of personal civility among participants in the political process; be it therefore

Resolved, that this 216th Annual Council prays for civility in the electoral process and honor towards our elected political leaders and honor and respect for those willing to serve in public office; and be it further

Resolved, that this 216th Annual Council invites the 217th Annual Council to hold a workshop to sharpen our discernment about negative political advertising and ways to address it.

R-7a: A Resolution to Enhance the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia's Relationships with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Our Time and Place
Adopted as amended, text pending final approval.

Resolved, that the Bishops of the Virginia Synod and the Metropolitan Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (E.L.C.A.) be invited to name a member of their respective synods as a liaison to the following committees of the Diocese of Virginia:

  • Committee on Aging
  • Committee on Campus Ministries
  • Committee on Parish Youth Ministries
  • Committee on Church Planting
  • Committee on Congregational Missions
  • Committee on Stewardship
  • Committee on Congregational Development
  • Committee on Liturgy and Church Music
  • Committee on World Mission
  • Committee on South African Partnership
  • Committee on Human Need
  • Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
  • Committee on the Stewardship of Creation
  • Committee on Race Relations
  • Committee on Mental Health
  • Committee on Parish Nursing

R-10a: Diocesan Funding
Adopted as amended, text pending final approval.

Resolved, by the 216th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia, that the bishop is requested to appoint a study group to examine all pertinent issues on diocesan funding based on parish giving, and to recommend appropriate canonical changes for the 217th Annual Council.

R-11: Parish Health Ministry
Adopted as submitted, text pending final approval.

Be it Resolved, that the 216th Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia urges the congregations of the Diocese, which have not already done so, to explore and implement health ministry as an organizing concept or vital component of outreach and pastoral care of the congregation by 2012, and be it further

Resolved, that the Annual Council encourages congregations to raise awareness of health ministries and promote the understanding that health includes body, mind and spirit.

R-12s: A Call to Prayer
Adopted as substituted, text pending final approval.

Resolved, that the 216th Annual Council request the members of the Diocese of Virginia, corporately and individually, to pray regularly for God's guidance for the resolution of the property issues in the Diocese that are presently the subject of litigation.

 

SCR-1: Resolution of the Standing Committee
Adopted as submitted, text pending final approval.

Whereas, the Right Reverend Shannon Sherwood Johnston, Bishop of Virginia has called for the election of a Bishop Suffragan; and 

Whereas, Bishop Johnston has referred this call for an election of a Bishop Suffragan to the Standing Committee of the Diocese which has concurred with the Bishop’s request; therefore be it

Resolved, that the 216th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia, in response to the request of the Bishop of Virginia, hereby expresses its desire to carry out the request of the Bishop by the election of a Bishop Suffragan; and be it further

Resolved, that such election be held on April 21, 2012 at a location to be determined; and be it further

Resolved, that the Standing Committee proceed to obtain the consent of a majority of the Bishops having jurisdiction and of the several Standing Committees to the holding of such election; and be it further

Resolved, that the Bishop in consultation with the Standing Committee appoint Nominating and Transition Committees for the election of a Bishop Suffragan of Virginia; and be it further

Resolved, that the 216th Annual Council delegates unto the Standing Committee and the Bishop the authority to prescribe such rules and procedures as may be necessary for the election of a Bishop Suffragan according to Canon III.11.1(a).