Diocese of Southern Virginia Annual Council Meeting: Read Bishop Hollerith’s address to Annual Council here: Address.
Dining with the Washingtons – Friday – April 27 – 6:00 p.m. – St. Paul’s, Petersburg: In commemoration of the 1781 Battle of Petersburg, fought on April 25, 1781, St. Paul’s will present a multi-course Federal Period dinner prepared by the church’s chefs. The meal will feature recipes from Dining with the Washingtons, hosted by the book’s co-author, culinary historian Nancy Carter Crump. Ms. Crump specializes in Chesapeake regional foodways and has lectured on various aspects of Virginia & North Carolina food history at sites that include Monticello & Colonial Williamsburg and is the author of Hearthside Cooking, a history of Virginia foodways. St. Paul’s is located at 110 N. Union St. Dinner is $45 person, with cash bar. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hope Center located on Commerce Street and may be tax deductible. Reservations will be taken until Thursday, April 12 and can be made online at www.stpaulspetersburg.org or by calling the church office at 804-733-3415.
Go Golfing for the Kids to support the children of Jacksonfeild, May 7, 2018: At the Country Club at the Highlands, Chesterfield, VA, play golf, organize a team, be a corporate sponsor, donate a raffle prize, or make a cash donation. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 804-354-6929. www.jacksonfeild.org
ECW Annual Spring Meeting – Saturday, May 19 – Virginia Beach: Domestic violence is a hidden plague on our families and communities. Find out more at the ECW Diocesan Annual Spring Meeting, Saturday, May 19. Leslie Ludwig, a former student at Jackson-Feild will speak. The ECW of St. Francis, Virginia Beach, will host the meeting (509 S. Rosemont Rd., Virginia Beach). Registration and coffee at 9:00 a.m. Meeting at 9:30 a.m. The cost of $20 includes registration and lunch. Please RSVP by May 12, and include any dietary requirements, to Tia Morings, ECW Corresponding Secretary, 2031 Indian Point Road, Suffolk, VA 23434, 757-934-6108 (home phone). NOTE: Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m., not 10 a.m. as reported in The Grapevine.
Prayer Book Revision: Join the conversation: Through resolution A169, the 2015 General Convention directed the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) “to prepare a plan for the comprehensive revision of the current Book of Common Prayer and present that plan to the 79th General Convention.”
At the outset, it’s important to remember that General Convention did not ask the SCLM to begin revising the Book of Common Prayer! Rather, it asked for the construction of a plan for revision for the 79th General Convention (2018) to consider. The request was for a thorough and linear process. No efforts to revise the Book of Common Prayer took place this triennium, because that was not what the SCLM was asked to do. The Episcopal Church, through General Convention, has yet to decide whether to revise the prayer book. It will have that conversation this summer at the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas (July 5-13, 2018)
The SCLM report to General Convention proposes two options: a) a comprehensive plan for full-on prayer book revision, and b) a plan for a deeper, church-wide engagement with our existing prayer book, which includes a proposal for translations in Spanish, French, and French Creole. The considerations of the SCLM Report on Prayer Book Revision are plentiful and varied.
The SCLM hopes that you will take the time to read the report, and use the SCLM blog to ask questions as well as offer your insights and opinions. Welcome to the conversation!
Good Book Club – Sunday, February 11, 2018 through Pentecost, May 20, 2018: Movement is excited to announce the Good Book Club – a church-wide invitation to all Episcopalians to read Luke and Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Participants in the Good Book Club will begin reading Luke the Sunday before Lent, February 11, 2018, and finish up the Book of Acts on the Day of Pentecost, May 20, 2018. We hope you’ll join us, and the many churches, individuals and organizations who will be a part of this special project.
The Good Book Club website (goodbookclub.org) lists the daily readings, as well as available resources to support people as they read the scriptures. Resources also will be available in Spanish at clubbiblico.org. For now, you can sign up for updates or learn more about partnering with us at goodbookclub.org. We hope you’ll read along with us, and Episcopalians around the globe!
Presiding Bishop Curry: Easter 2018 message from the Holy Land: “Hatred does not have the last word,” the Presiding Bishop said. “Violence does not have the last word. Bigotry does not have the last word. Sin, evil do not have the last word. The last word is God, and God is love.”
Filmed on Palm Sunday during his visit to the Holy Land, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry delivered his Easter 2018 Message while standing outside of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. You can watch video of Bishop Curry’s message here and read the full text here.
Southern Virginia’s Bishop Search – An update from the Standing Committee: During this time of transition, the Standing Committee has committed itself to regular updates to the Diocese. We hope that this will help you stay abreast of the developments in our Bishop Search process. In the meantime, please keep the Standing Committee, Bishop Hollerith, and the Diocese in your prayers.
On Feb. 28, the Standing Committee met with Bishop Todd Ousley from the Presiding Bishop’s office to train us in how to set up a Bishop search. (Click here for more information about the process.) Over the next several months we will be working on the following high level goals:
- Hire a search consultant to guide the Standing Committee, Search Committee, and Transition Committee through the process.
- Establish a timeline for major events.
- Designate persons to work on the Search Committee and assign a chair.
- Designate persons to work on the Transition Committee and assign a chair.
Thank you and God’s Peace, Standing Committee
Diocesan ECW’s Newsletter
The Spring 2018 edition of the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women’s newsletter, The Grapevine, is now available on our website here.
Diocese of Southern Virginia on Instagram: The Diocese of Southern Virginia is now on Instagram! Follow us @Diosova.
Richmond Center for Christian: Part-Time Position: The Study Center is currently seeking to establish a new part-time Development Director position. We are looking for someone who enjoys meeting with people over coffee or lunch, believes in the work of the Study Center, and might organize informational gatherings once or twice per year. Applications can be requested by calling the Study Center office at 285-5802. (6243 River Road, Suite #1, Richmond, VA 23229)