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Nominations are open for delegates and alternates to the 2020 Annual Council, the two- day meeting of congregations of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. The Council meetings comprise elections and other business, worship, traditionally an address by the Bishop, and a guest keynote speaker. The 128th Annual Council of the Diocese of Southern Virginia will take place on February 28-29, 2020 at the Williamsburg Lodge Convention center.
           Bruton Parish sends six delegates to Council. The term of a delegate is three years. Every year, two delegates rotate off and normally two new ones are elected. Previously elected and attending in 2020 are Ginny Elwell, Al Louer and Alice Oates. Three new delegates will join them on this occasion, one of whom will fill out the term of an earlier retired delegate and serve for two years.
    The term of an alternate delegate is one year only, 2020. Two alternates attend Council and vote in the event that a delegate is absent. Both delegates and alternates attend an evening Convocation V pre-meeting held several weeks before Council.
    Alice Oates writes: "I was honored to attend the 127th Annual Diocesan Council in February. The Council theme was Fresh Expressions of Gospel Relationships and two speakers shared experiences of revitalizing churches with diminishing congregations. The Diocesan staff provided Council materials in advance so I felt prepared to vote on resolutions. It was uplifting to see the key roles our clergy and several lay representatives hold on various Diocesan committees. The upcoming year will present a special opportunity for delegates as we transition and elect a new Bishop for the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Participating in the Council made me proud to be a part of the important work of the Diocese. I am looking forward to the next Council.”
    For an overview of the 2019 Annual Council, visit www.diosova.org.
    To submit a nomination, please send an email to register@brutonparish.org or leave a note at the reception desk for the attention of Douglas Boller.  Due to the Bishop election in September, the date for Diocesan Council delegate nominations has now been brought forward to Wednesday, May 15. The Vestry will now at its May meeting elect delegates from the nominations received.
    With respect to qualifications, the Canons state that "All lay delegates shall be confirmed Communicants in good standing in the Parish or Mission they are elected to represent." 
Last Published: May 1, 2019 2:51 PM