Resolution Results

Resolutions Report: August 2014

 

R1: Add Charles Gillette to Holy Women, Holy Men
Referred to the Diocesan Historiographer and Committee on Race & Reconciliation

Resolved, that application be made from the Diocese of Virginia to the 78th General Convention to designate March 6 as the annual commemoration of the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Charles Gillette, missionary, in the liturgical calendar, Holy Women, Holy Men.

R2-a: Appoint a Task Force to Address the Name of Annual Council
Adopted; text pending final review

Resolved, that this 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia asks our bishop to appoint a Task Force, and that he invite the bishops of the Diocese of Southern Virginia and the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia to appoint additional members, and to consult with other dioceses including, for example, the Dioceses of Nebraska and Mississippi in order to address whether changes in nomenclature for each of our annual legislative assemblies, currently referred to by the term “Council,” may be in order for the sake of consistency with the wider Church, which uses the term “Convention,” as well as consistency with our original nomenclature, which used the term “Convention,” and with the objective of racial reconciliation; and be it further

Resolved, that this 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia requests any such Task Force present its written report, including any recommended canonical and constitutional changes, for posting on the Diocese of Virginia website by October 1, 2014.

R3: Toward a Just and Reasonable Reform of Immigration System
Adopted; text pending final review

Be it resolved, that the 219th Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
• Affirms that immigrants are children of God made in God’s image, created with inalienable dignity and intrinsic worth;  
• Affirms the labor and struggle of undocumented workers, recognizing their contribution to the creation of wealth and a high standard of living in our communities;
• And asserts that immigrant children, regardless of status, have the right to be educated and to access such basic services as may be available in our communities; and be it further

Resolved, that the 219th Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia stands against all forms of oppression and prejudice, and will work through the Committee on Race & Reconciliation to eradicate racism, intolerance, and prejudice in the context of immigration reform; and be it further

Resolved, that the 219th Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia urges all local congregations and institutions to oppose unjust local and state ordinances that seek to deprive undocumented persons of basic services, including access to adequate housing as well as equal protection under the law; and be it further

Resolved, that the 219th Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia urges the United States Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes family reunification, access to post-secondary public education at in-state rates, fair and just treatment of laborers, and a reasonable path to citizenship for all law-abiding and hard-working immigrants; and be it further

Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent with  a letter to the President of the United States and the United States Congress, urging them to work towards the passage of a fair and just comprehensive immigration bill.

R4-s: Prayerfully consider the merits of “Green Church” initiatives
Adopted; text pending final review

Resolved, by the 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia, that Council recognize and recommend the use of the Stewardship of Creation Committee (SoCC) as an important resource for congregations seeking to make their operations environmentally benign, or more “green,” as well as less costly; and be it further

Resolved, that Council recommends that congregations study and prayerfully consider the “green church” initiatives recommended by SoCC, including resources from other denominations, and be it further

Resolved, that Council recommends that congregations implement appropriate affordable measures to make their operations more environmentally benign.

R5-s: Virginia Legislation To Assist Immigrants
Adopted; text pending final review

Whereas, our Baptismal Covenant calls upon us to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being” and Scripture teaches us (Ex. 23:9) to extend hospitality and assistance especially to immigrants living among us; now therefore be it,

Resolved, that the 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia, call upon our elected officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia to enact legislation in the Virginia General Assembly which would help alleviate the oppressive conditions faced by many immigrants in this Commonwealth, and be it further

Resolved, that Council encourage all members of our Diocese to support such legislation, including:
1.    legislation popularly known as “Dream Acts” which would permit undocumented students, popularly known as “Dreamers,” who would otherwise meet Virginia residency standards if they were American citizens or permanent resident aliens,  to pay in-state-tuition rates at public institutions of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and
2.    legislation such as that adopted in other states which would expand access to driver’s licenses for all Virginia residents, regardless of “legal presence” or immigration status, without invalidating Virginia licenses as a form of federally acceptable identification.

R6-a: Sponsoring and Supporting Scouting Units
Adopted; text pending final review

Resolved that Council commend those parishes and missions which sponsor Boy Scout units, as well as those adults who help lead and supervise such units; and be it further

Resolved, by the 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia, that Council recommend that Virginia vestries and clergy in charge of congregations:
1)    Sponsor or continue to sponsor scouting units (packs, troops, posts and crews), especially those units recently displaced by decisions from other denominations to cease sponsoring scouting units as a consequence of the BSA’s recent change to a non-discriminatory membership policy concerning sexual orientation;
2)    Strongly consider, at the time they charter or renew the registration of their Boy Scout unit, writing to the Boy Scout Council for that unit, making it clear that The Episcopal Church strongly disagrees with the BSA’s policy of discriminating against qualified adult leaders based on sexual orientation; and
3)    Encourage qualified adults to volunteer as leaders and otherwise to support the BSA work with youth in their communities; and
4)    Engage in educational programs within their churches to inform members and others about these issues; and be it further
Resolved, that the Diocese of Virginia present the attached resolution for consideration by the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

Proposed General Convention Resolution Text:
Resolved, The House of _____ concurring, that the 78th General Convention:
Congratulate the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for over 100 years of fine work with American youth, teaching leadership, cooperation, team work, and ethics in a non-sectarian program emphasizing outdoor and life skills, a program which has reached millions of boys;
Commend the BSA for its recent change to a non-discriminatory membership policy, welcoming all youth to be scouts, irrespective of their sexual orientation, a change consistent with Resolution C031 adopted by the 73rd General Convention;
Recognize that sexual activity has never been part of the BSA program and that BSA requires its adult leaders to complete thorough youth protection training;
Continue to encourage the BSA, consistent with C031 adopted by the 73rd General Convention, to change its membership policy for adult leaders, especially with regard to scouting units sponsored by Episcopal congregations, so that all qualified adults are welcome to serve, regardless of their sexual orientation, and
Recommend that vestries and clergy in charge of congregations:
1)    Sponsor or continue to sponsor scouting units (packs, troops, posts and crews), especially those units recently displaced by decisions from other denominations to cease sponsoring scouting units as a consequence of the BSA’s recent change to a non-discriminatory membership policy concerning sexual orientation;
2)    Strongly consider, at the time they charter or renew the registration of their Boy Scout unit, writing to the Boy Scout Council for that unit, making it clear that The Episcopal Church strongly disagrees with the BSA’s policy of discriminating against qualified adult leaders based on sexual orientation; and
3)    Encourage qualified adults to volunteer as leaders and otherwise to support the BSA work with youth in their communities; and
4)    Engage in educational programs within their churches to inform members and others about these issues; and be it further
Resolved, That the 78th General Conventions recommend that the Office of General Convention send a copy of this resolution to the BSA’s National Office and to seek discussions with the BSA National Office about ways to avoid requiring scout units sponsored by Episcopal congregations to discriminate against qualified adults based on sexual orientation.

R7: Task Force for South Sudan
Adopted; text pending final review

Resolved, by the 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia that we send greetings and assurances of our fervent prayers for peace and protection for our friends and colleagues in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan in this difficult time in the new nation of South Sudan, and that we ask our congregations to start or continue such public prayers; and be it further

Resolved, that the Bishop is hereby asked to appoint a task force to help our congregations and individuals in our diocese effectively respond to requests for help from South Sudan;, and be it further

Resolved, that the task force study the means by which our Diocese can become a more effective partner with Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (AFRECS), and with US AID in addressing the requests for relief and development assistance to our partners in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan.   The task force shall report its finding and recommendations to the Executive Board by June 1, 2014.

R8: Strategic Re-visioning and Repositioning Process for the Diocese of Virginia
Referred to Executive Board

Resolved, that this 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia in recognition of our responsibility as stewards of those human, physical, and structural resources entrusted to us by God, calls for a complete study of the property held by the Diocese. This study is to include a review of locations and values of property, the size and location of congregations, a review of demographic trends throughout the Diocese and the identification of underserved areas of the Diocese and the over-served areas of the Diocese; and be it further 

Resolved, that this work make a systemic evaluation and recommendations developed for the strategic utilization of resources and the development of innovative mission initiatives; and be it further

Resolved, that this study be completed and reported to the 220thAnnual Council of the Diocese of Virginia.

R9-s: Resolution regarding investments and purchasing electronics
Adopted; text pending final review

Whereas, the ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed millions of people in the last fifteen years; and

Whereas, the extraction of minerals from the DRC to obtain tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (conflict minerals), vital in the manufacture of electronics and other industrial products, is believed to contribute significantly to such violence by putting large sums of money into the hands of the warring factions; and

Whereas,  in 2012, The Episcopal Church adopted updated investment guidelines in 2012 addressing conflict minerals, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted  conflict mineral rules (17 C.F.R. Parts 240, 249b) in 2012 for publicly traded companies to include in their annual reports specific information about their use of conflict minerals, and

Whereas, reputable non-profit organizations are publishing and updating information as to which publicly traded companies are doing most to reduce or eliminate the use of conflict minerals in making electronic and other products; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, by the 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia, that the Executive Board  instruct Diocesan investment advisors that the Diocese, in its purchase or retention of securities in publicly traded companies, has a strong preference for companies which act promptly to reduce or eliminate the use of conflict minerals in the products they make, distribute, or sell; and be it further

Resolved, that Virginia Episcopalians are encouraged to exercise a similar preference in their investment and purchasing decisions, including decisions for congregations and related organizations, using appropriate published guidance such as that noted above, and be it further

Resolved, that the Executive Board, The Trustees of the Funds, and congregations are encouraged to continue the longstanding tradition of the Episcopal Church to engage in stockholder resolutions and conversations with corporations to adopt socially responsible policies.

All Courtesy Resolutions adopted. Text pending final review.

CR1: Mr. Richard Shirey

Whereas, Richard (“Dick”) Shirey, a lifelong Episcopalian, joined St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Ashland, in 1972 and has been immersed in the mission and ministry of that parish since; and

Whereas, Dick joined the diocesan Committee on Congregational Missions in 1999 and became chair of that Committee in 2002; and

Whereas, Dick has faithfully served the mission churches of the Diocese with Bishops Suffragan David Jones and Susan Goff, beginning with his cherished Calvary Church, Hanover, and continuing on to every mission in the Diocese (and he visited them all); and

Whereas, his faith, wisdom, good humor, unflappability and sensitivity benefits mission congregations whether thriving or in crisis; and

Whereas, Dick led the Committee on Congregational Missions with grace and skill through a period of self-examination resulting in its becoming a more effective steward of diocesan resources; and

Whereas, Dick made valuable contributions to the Diocese during his three-year term on the Standing Committee; and

Whereas, Dick also served as chair of the Hispanic/Latino Task Force, spearheading the development of a Five-Year Strategic Plan to expand the work of the Diocese in the Hispanic/Latino community; and

Whereas, Dick continues to contribute his insight to the Dayspring Team as a member of the Vision Team; now therefore be it

Resolved, that this 219th Annual Council express its utmost thanks for Dick’s ministry to the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia; and be it further

Resolved, that this 219th Annual Council asks the cecretary to provide a copy of this resolution to our dear friend in Christ, Mr. Richard Shirey.

CR2: Mrs. Joan G. Ogilvy Holden

Whereas, Joan G. Ogilvy Holden earned degrees from Tufts and Harvard Universities and subsequently served at St. Paul’s and Groton Schools; and

Whereas, Mrs. Holden came to St. Agnes School as Head of School in 1984, at age 32, where she led St. Agnes to prominence among girl’s schools and impressed all by quickly knowing and greeting every child by name; and

Whereas, Mrs. Holden became the first head of the merged St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in a time of controversy and great challenges, confronting and overcoming each; and

Whereas, Mrs. Holden leaves St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes after 30 years as one of the largest, strongest and finest Episcopal Schools in the United States; and

Whereas, Mrs. Holden has established a culture of lifelong learning at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School and has tirelessly advocated and provided for the continuing education of the faculty; and

Whereas, Mrs. Holden has often reminded all of us that her students are each a child of God, unique and precious and that we aspire for them not excellence only, but goodness; and

Whereas, Mrs. Holden has strengthened both Episcopal and other independent schools through her leadership with state, regional and national associations; and

Whereas, Mrs. Holden was named a “Distinguished Education Leader” in 2009 by the Washington Post – an award given annually to only one private school educator; and

Whereas, Mrs. Holden was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2011 by the Virginia Theological Seminary for leadership and commitment to education and the Episcopal Church; and

Whereas, Mrs. Holden is a Dean among Episcopal School leaders, a true daughter of the Episcopal Church, a tireless advocate for young people, and beloved by those who know her; therefore be it

Resolved, that the 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia joins the Trustees of Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia and the Board of Governors of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in offering sincere appreciation to Joan G. Ogilvy Holden and her husband, John, for their years of service among us, and our hope that they will enjoy a well-deserved retirement; and be it further

Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to them and be printed in the Journal of the 219th Council.

CR3: The Rt. Rev. H. Coleman McGehee

Whereas, the Rt. Rev. H. Coleman McGehee, a former rector of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, died in Pontiac, Michigan on March 14, 2013, at age 89; and

Whereas, he was a 1957 graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary; and

Whereas, he was rector of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill from 1960 to 1971; and

Whereas, he served as the beloved pastor and shepherd to the numerous parishioners, both past and current, of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, including the late President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford; and

Whereas, his deep and lasting commitment to respecting the dignity of every human being set a standard for active and loving outreach to the community of Alexandria, Virginia, which continues today at Immanuel; and

Whereas, we Immanuelites continue to celebrate and embrace his bold and caring welcome to all the diverse members of our community, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation; now therefore be it

Resolved, that we the vestry, on behalf of ourselves and all parishioners of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, celebrate the committed and dedicated life of the Rt. Rev. H. Coleman McGehee as a Christian and Episcopal priest; give thanks for his life and works; and express condolences to his widow, June, and all his family; and be it further

Resolved, that the register of the vestry send a copy of this resolution to his surviving wife, June McGehee.

CR4: The Rev. Cuthbert H. Mandell

Whereas, the Rev. Cuthbert H. Mandell began his tenure as rector of Aquia Episcopal Church in Stafford, Virginia, on March 1, 2001; and

Whereas, his ministry at Aquia Church helped to bring parishioners closer to our Lord Jesus Christ and closer to one another; and

Whereas, his ministry at Aquia Church helped to strengthen this parish and to revive its spiritual health in many ways; and

Whereas, his ministry at Aquia Church involved leadership in various initiatives with outreach, including the formation of a welcome ministry group and the formation of the Aquia’s Table ministry group for serving hot, freshly prepared meals to anyone present; and

Whereas, his ministry at Aquia Church is likewise recognized for improvements in such areas as education and fellowship; and

Whereas, his ministry at Aquia Church is likewise recognized for faithfulness in the proclamation of the Word of God and in the administration of the holy Sacraments; and

Whereas, his ministry at Aquia Church included service as a mentor to younger members of the clergy and as a colleague with others in Region I and around the Diocese of Virginia; and

Whereas, his ministry at Aquia Church received faithful and commendable support from his wife, Jane Mandell, who used her own gifts for ministry widely and well; and

Whereas, following the Mandells’ decision to retire from the hectic life of our part of Virginia to the peaceable region of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Rev. Cuthbert H. Mandell successfully concluded his tenure as rector of Aquia Episcopal Church on June 30, 2011; and

Whereas, the Mandells have remained connected with this parish, interested in its well-being, and supportive of clergy transition for leadership in this parish, as indicated by their attendance at Aquia Church’s Celebration of a New Ministry on June 25, 2013, and as indicated by the warm reception they received on that occasion from grateful parishioners here: now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia commend the Rev. Cuthbert H. Mandell and his wife, Jane Mandell, for their over 10 years of faithful, fruitful ministry in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ at Aquia Episcopal Church in Stafford, Virginia, and for the lasting legacy that they have left behind as they begin their new adventures in retirement; and be it further

Resolved, that the secretary of the Diocese is requested to forward the Mandells a copy of this resolution and to record it in the Journal of this Council.

CR5: 160th Anniversary of Calvary, Front Royal

Whereas, Calvary Episcopal Church (Newton Parish), Front Royal, was chartered in 1854 as the first Anglican church in Warren County, Virginia, to affirm our baptismal covenant by proclaiming through word and example the Good News of God in Jesus Christ both in Front Royal and the larger community of the County of Warren; and

Whereas, for 160 years Calvary Church has sought to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving neighbor as self; and has striven for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being; and

Whereas, having adopted the Vision Statement, “Welcoming All as Neighbors,” Calvary Church endeavors to: share the reconciling Gospel of Jesus Christ through worship and outreach; nourish those in need through its feeding programs: engage in ecumenical involvement locally; sustain both domestic and international missions; practice sustainability throughout its physical plant; open its facilities to numerous community organizations; and embrace the diversity of all persons; now therefore be it

Resolved, that this 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia joins with the clergy, laity and staff of the Diocese of Virginia, of Region XIV and the entire community of Front Royal and Warren County, Virginia in congratulating and celebrating this milestone of achievement by the vestry and congregation of Calvary, Front Royal.

Background:    
Calvary Episcopal Church (Newton Parish), Front Royal, was chartered in 1854 as the first Anglican church in Warren County, Virginia, and
a)    endeavors to affirm the reconciling Gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed by providing a ministry of worship and fellowship for our local parish family and neighbors;
b)    nourishes those in need through its Tuesday’s Table and Backpack Program (weekend after school) feeding programs;
c)    engages in ecumenical involvement through the Front Royal/Warren County Ministerial Association, joined with Front Royal Presbyterian Church for an annual Vacation Bible School, and initiated an Ecumenical Youth Ministry with Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church, Front Royal Presbyterian Church, and the Asbury and Linden United Methodist Churches;
d)    supports the Congregational-Community Action Project (C-CAP) of Front Royal/Warren County with volunteers and financial resources;
e)    sustains both domestic and international missions through the Native American Lakota Pilgrimage and development of a parish partnership with St. Paul Parish in the Diocese of Ibba, in South Sudan;
f)    employs sustainability practices by recycling throughout its physical plant in support to the Stewardship of Creation initiative;
g)    opens its facilities (without any charge) to numerous outside organizations’ use, including the 12-step groups of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Codependents Anonymous; Batterers Intervention, Girl Scouts and Brownies, Garden Club, Retired Teachers, Free Clinic, and Reiki groups; and
h)    embraces diversity through the presenting of the Diocese of Virginia Committee on Race and Reconciliation’s “Meet Me in Galilee” racial reconciliation workshop and conducting two services of Celebration and Blessing of Same-Gender Unions during the last two years.

Council would be advised to recognize and congratulate Calvary for its past and ongoing accomplishments.

CR6: The Rev. Dr. Howard Frederick Kempsell

Whereas, the Rev. Dr. Howard Frederick Kempsell is retiring after 34 years of devoted, ordained service to our Lord and His church; and

Whereas, he is retiring as rector of St. John’s, Centreville, to follow God’s calling in ministering to those with special spiritual needs; and

Whereas; he has, since his ordination masterfully and unselfishly applied his clerical skills to promote the Episcopal Church and its spiritual mission in Georgia, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Virginia; and

Whereas, he received a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation in 1992; and

Whereas; he has, for nearly two decades, focused his ministry primarily as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Centreville, Virginia, and

Whereas, he and his wife, Anne, have been responsible for inspiring St. John’s parishioners by modeling the finest examples of Christian living and service; and

Whereas, he has brought a truly ecumenical spirit to the Centreville area, welcoming six other congregations – four Protestant, one Catholic and one Jewish – to worship God regularly in St. John’s facilities; and

Whereas he has promoted quality Christian education by ensuring classrooms were available for Ad Fontes Christian Academy elementary students; and

Whereas, he has faithfully ministered to those beset by economic, emotional and physical misfortune; and

Whereas, he has been responsible for the maintenance and continuous improvement of St. John’s facilities; and

Whereas, he has forsaken his own financial gain to St. John’s financial advantage; and

Whereas, he has raised St. John’s parishioners to a higher understanding and relationship with God through his teachings, sermons and home visits; and

Whereas, he has been called by God to minister to those with special spiritual needs in Northern Virginia and elsewhere; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia honor the Rev. Dr. Howard F. Kempsell’s’ inspiring career, and especially his last 19 years at St. John’s, Centreville, by adopting this resolution; and be it further

Resolved, that copies of this resolution be promulgated in honor of the Rev. Dr. Howard Kempsell, and that prayers be offered in support of the new ministry he pursues for God’s glory.

CR7: Dr. Kenneth G. Cook

Whereas, Dr. Kenneth G. Cook , a long-time member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia, died on October 28, 2013, at his home in Arlington, Virginia; and

Whereas, Ken Cook was born and reared in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he was a graduate of Penn State University, earning BS and MS degrees in Industrial Psychology. He received a PhD in Psychology from American University; and
Whereas, Ken Cook was on the staff of AARP for 21 years, retiring in 1996 as Director of the Andrus Foundation. He continued volunteering at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education for 12 years. He was past president of the Southern Gerontological Society; and

Whereas, Ken Cook was active in the Diocese of Virginia serving on the Committee on Aging for numerous years and in this
capacity he volunteered at Fall Camp, the annual Celebration of Longevity service, and the annual Celebration of +50 Years of Marriage. He shared his technology skills to create a webpage for the Committee on Aging as a resource for the diocese. He helped to create and edit the document “Are Your Affairs in Order”. He was a faithful participant on the committee, encouraging churches in the diocese to participate in ministries for and with aging members of their church and community; and

Whereas, Ken Cook was a faithful member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, where he sang with the choir; he led Lay Readers; he served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister; and he dedicated himself for decades to ministry with those who are aging as an integral part of the Nursing Home Ministry of St. Michael’s. He designed and hosted the first website of St. Michael’s and served as the talented parish photographer; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 219th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia celebrates the long, committed and dedicated life of Kenneth Cook as a Christian, a Virginia Episcopalian and as a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, gives thanks for his life and works, and expresses condolences to his family; and be it further

Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to his wife, Mrs. Jane Cook, and his children, Kenneth, Jr. and Sara “Sally,” and be printed in the Journal of the 219th Council.

CR8: Mr. Mike Kerr

Whereas, Michael J. Kerr, known as Mike to his friends, joined the staff of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in 1993 as assistant to the treasurer; and

Whereas, Mike went on to become treasurer of the Diocese of Virginia, the Diocesan Missionary Society, the Trustees of the Funds, Shrine Mont, Inc., and supported the financial management of the Virginia Diocesan Center at Roslyn; and

Whereas, Mike has provided exceptional and exceptionally discreet service to the clergy of this diocese in myriad ways, including guidance in financial and personal matters; and

Whereas, Mike has provided counsel to parishes and institutions in the Diocese of Virginia in all matters of business management with the keenest of perspicacity; and

Whereas, Mike has supported the ministries of many bishops of Virginia – Peter  Lee, Bob Atkinson, Clay Matthews, David Jones, Frank Gray, Shannon Johnston, Ted Gulick, and Susan Goff – with energy, faithfulness and vigor; and

Whereas, Mike ably guided the finances of this diocese during the property recovery litigation and the Dayspring initiative, all while the economic crisis of 2008 and its aftermath put extraordinary stresses on the diocesan budget; and

Whereas, Mike has traveled thousands of miles to every nook and cranny in this diocese, serving every church and mission, large and small, with tireless enthusiasm; and

Whereas, Mike has served the wider church as a member of the board of directors of the Church Insurance Company and, more importantly, as cartoonist for the Center Aisle at every General Convention since 2000; and

Whereas, Mike has continued to support the ministry of clergy across the Church as a member of the CREDO faculty, where his outstanding leadership skills earned him the rare distinction of leading a clergy CREDO team as a lay person; and

Whereas, Mike is a lifelong Episcopalian, having grown up in the Diocese of Pennsylvania where his late father, the Rev. Norman Kerr, was rector of Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, and having graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; and

Whereas, Mike’s competence, judgment, and good humor have been a mainstay on the diocesan staff for two decades; and

Whereas, Mike’s annual reports to Council have, with regularity unheard of elsewhere in the Church, caused this Council to rise to its feet to commend his work with standing ovations; and

Whereas, the Trustees of the Funds have appointed Mike as Chief Executive Officer, where he will continue to use his considerable talents to grow and safeguard the assets of this diocese and its parishes for mission and ministry; now therefore be it

Resolved, that this Council expresses its deep appreciation for Mike’s service to the Diocese of Virginia as its treasurer; and be it further

Resolved, that this Council expresses its pleasure that Mike will continue to serve this diocese as Chief Executive Officer of the Trustees of the Funds; and be it further

Resolved, that this Council directs the Secretary to present a seal-affixed copy of this resolution to Michael J. Kerr and his family with profound thanks for his service to his church.