129th Annual Council
Annual Council Week: Thursday, Feb. 25

Complete information about Council Week, and delegate materials, can be found at www.bit.ly/diosova129.
Today’s Reports

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Click here for a video report from the diocesan youth.

College Ministries

The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia is lucky to be the home of a diverse group of colleges and universities. Currently, we have three chaplains working with college students and are partnering with an Ecumenical minister at CNU. While we are currently working on building relationships between the different programs, each program looks and functions differently.

  • The program at Old Dominion University, has its own Canterbury house on campus where students can come to cook, play video games, and worship in their Chapel. The Deacon Genevieve Nelson has been working with churches throughout Norfolk to help support their program. Watch video.
  • Bruton Parish homes the Canterbury program of William and Mary. Father Charlie Bauer helps guide their students through prayer services and other church activities during the school year. Watch video.
  • In Farmville, Helen Pemberton works with students from both Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College with the support of John’s Memorial Church. Watch video.
  • We have recently been partnering with the United Campus Ministries at Christopher Newport University as Methodist minister Michael Burnett leads students through Bible studies and prayer services. Watch video.

While each program looks different and has a different relationship with the Episcopal church, each of these programs have been able to continue to gather in some form during the pandemic and is able to help students grow in their faith lives. 


Happening is a Christian experience presented by teenagers, for teenagers with the help of clergy and lay adult leadership. The Happening program is meant to be a weekend in which teens can experience the Anglican Tradition and may more readily respond to the Church’s call to spread the Word of God throughout the world. It seeks to achieve this purpose by bringing youth and adults to a better understanding of the Church and to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord. While we were unable to hold any normal Happening programs during COVID times in 2020, we have had several prayer gatherings to continue to be in community with one another throughout this time. Please take a second to watch our video on Happening through the years. 

Tonight’s Live Events

Tonight's events are for youth and college students only - contact Youth Missioner Megan Dern for log-in information, mdern@diosova.org.
  • EYC Hang Out: Council 101 and Compline, 5 p.m.
  • College Ministry Gathering: Council 101 and Compline, 7 p.m.
If you missed it...

If you were unable to attend this week's open live events (Budget Q&A, Spotlight Focus on Formation, and Chanco on the James: Your Camp & Retreat Ministry), recordings will be available on the diocesan YouTube channel and on the diocesan website.
Coming up during Council Week
Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m.
"Rooted in Love" - Keynote speaker Jerusalem Greer

Everyone is invited to join us via Zoom on Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m. for “Rooted in Love: Where Good News, Spiritual Practices and our Baptismal promises meet” -- How does our baptism inform our ministries and our lives? What does Good News sound like? What exactly is the purpose of formation? Join Jerusalem Greer, Staff Officer for Evangelism for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, as she shares about the Way of Love, Episcopal Evangelism, Discipleship, and why our "why" matters most of all. Jerusalem Greer is the Staff Officer for Evangelism for The Episcopal Church in the Office of the Presiding Bishop. She is also a member of the Way of Love creation and leadership team and serves on Episcopal Relief & Development’s Council of Advice. 

Log-in information will be provided in Friday's Council email and on our website. This presentation will be recorded for later viewing.
Council Business Meeting
Saturday, February 27

The business meeting of the Annual Council, convenes at 9:30 a.m. Log-in will open at 8:30 a.m. and delegates should plan to be logged into the digital voting system by 9 a.m. to assist in the determination of a quorum. Zoom log-in information and digital voting log-in will be sent to you by email. The Zoom meeting is limited to registered clergy and lay delegates. All others can watch the meeting live-stream on the diocesan YouTube channel.
Delegate Materials

Delegate materials are available here. Prior to the convening of the Council business session on Saturday, Feb. 27, delegates should take the time to review ALL delegate materials. This includes important material that will be voted on during the meeting: Rules of Order, Bishop’s Nominations & Appointments, Order of Business, nominations for elections, and minutes of the 128th Annual Council.

Virtual Exhibit Hall

Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall which features links to some of our favorite Annual Council vendors.