Council Results

Standing Committee Election

The following were elected for the Standing Committee Class of 2019

Clergy

  • The Rev. Randy Alexander
  • The Rev. Elaine Thomas

Lay

  • Ms. Helen Spence
  • Mr. Steve Wachenfeld

Resolutions

R-1s: Justice, Pay Equity, and Leadership

Resolved, that this 221st Council of the Diocese of Virginia supports pay equity and equitable hiring practices for all women clergy in the Diocese of Virginia; and be it further

Resolved, that the Bishop is hereby asked to establish a task force to examine best practices in calling clergy, including associate clergy, and recommend before our next annual diocesan meeting ways for our diocese and our parishes to improve our collective record in deploying and paying female clergy as we work to overcome the residual effects of past discrimination.

R-2: Support for Syrian and other Refugees

Resolved, that The Diocese of Virginia commend Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement service of the National Episcopal Church, for its response to the refugee crisis in the Middle East, particularly its leadership in prayer and advocacy for and resettlement of refugees in this country, and be it further

Resolved, that this 221st Annual Council urge the Bishop of Virginia to appoint a diocesan liaison to Episcopal Migration Ministries to begin a process of discernment about growing our ministries to refugees including prayer, advocacy and resettlement within the Diocese and elsewhere, and be it further

Resolved, that this Council urge interested parishes of the Diocese of Virginia to provide support to assist existing and possible future local resettlement agencies with the integration of Syrian and other refugees being resettled within the Diocese of Virginia, and be it further

Resolved, that the Diocese of Virginia encourage interested parishes to support and, as appropriate, partner with the Episcopal Church in Jordan (part of the Diocese of  Jerusalem) in its efforts to support Syrian and other refugees temporarily within     Jordan including, as appropriate, preparation for their integration and resettlement     within the Diocese of Virginia and elsewhere.

R-3s: No Guns in God’s House

Resolved, that the Diocese of Virginia continues to support the strengthening of measures that address the reduction of gun violence; and further,

Resolved, that lay and ordained leaders in each parish in the Diocese of Virginia be aware of the statutes regarding weapons in places of worship, educate their parishioners regarding the issue of gun violence, and prayerfully consider how they can work to reduce the possibility of gun violence through measures such as the creation of “safe spaces” on church property; and further,

Resolved, that the 221st Diocesan Council recommends that no firearms of any kind or other dangerous weapons shall be permitted during worship services or meetings for religious purposes in the facilities of any church or diocesan institution in the Diocese of Virginia except for law enforcement purposes, humane animal control, and other circumstances as determined by lay and ordained leaders.

 All Courtesy Resolutions adopted. Text pending final review.

 Constitutional and Canonical Amendments

C-1  Amend the Constitution to Implement R-2

NOTE: The amendment was adopted on first reading at the 2015 Annual Council.

RESOLVED, that the Constitution of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia be amended by striking the word “Council” wherever the same appears therein referring to the annual meeting of the Diocese, and by replacing it with the name “Convention.”

Submitted by: 

220th Annual Council Constitution and Canon Committee of Council

C-2 Canonical Amendment Implementing R-2

RESOLVED, That the Canons of The Episcopal Church in The Diocese of Virginia be amended by striking the word "Council" wherever it appears therein referring to the annual meeting of the Diocese and by replacing it with the name "Convention."

Submitted by: 

Mr. J.P. Causey Jr., Chancellor

C-3 Amendment to Article XIII of the Constitution

Adopted on first reading; text pending final approval

Article XIII. The Chancellor of the Diocese.

Section  1.  A Chancellor of the Diocese shall be appointed by the Ecclesiastical Authority or by the Standing Committee, if it is at the time the Ecclesiastical Authority. He The Chancellor shall, upon qualification, continue in office at the pleasure of the Ecclesiastical Authority. The Chancellor shall be a confirmed adult communicant in good standing, as defined in General Convention Canon I. 17., of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia, and a member of the Virginia State Bar. He The Chancellor shall be the legal advisor of the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese, and of the Council of the Diocese, and to the Executive Board of the Diocese.

Section 2.  The Ecclesiastical Authority may, in consultation with the Chancellor, also appoint one or more Vice Chancellors, who shall continue in office at the pleasure of the Ecclesiastical Authority.  Vice Chancellors shall be confirmed adult communicants in good standing, as defined in General Convention Canon I. 17. of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia, and members of the Virginia State Bar.  Vice Chancellors shall serve at the direction of the Chancellor and shall assist the Chancellor in the performance of the Chancellor’s duties.  Vice Chancellors shall have seat and voice at the Annual Council, but shall not have a vote unless the Chancellor does not attend a meeting of the Annual Council and certifies to the Secretary of the Diocese that a Vice Chancellor will attend the meeting of Annual Council in the place and stead of the Chancellor, in which case, the certified Vice Chancellor shall have a vote.

Rationale:  This is enabling legislation to allow the Ecclesiastical Authority to appoint one or more Vice Chancellors, if such is deemed necessary and appropriate.  Many Dioceses have one or more Vice Chancellors to provide legal expertise in specific fields of the law or to assist the Chancellor in performing his duties.  This amendment (a) would not increase Diocesan expense, since the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor(s) provide their services pro bono, and (b) would not increase the size of Annual Council since only the Chancellor, or a Vice Chancellor certified to act in place of the Chancellor, would have a vote at Annual Council.    

Submitted by:
J. P. Causey Jr., Chancellor

 Budget

The Annual Council adopted this budget for 2016.

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