Winter Delegate Session (virtual)

February 6, 2021 // 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Called to Racial Justice

Richard EarlyDear Delegates,

Even though a screen will separate us, we look forward to seeing your faces! We look forward in anticipation to a devotion on Racial Justice from Sarah Bixler, entitled “From Servant to Friends.” We will also hear stories from other voices on this theme. We will launch the Racial Justice Initiative and will introduce the Racial Justice Task Force.

Up for delegate actions are the proposed by-law changes and approval of the Strategic Plan. Presented in the Summer 2020 Assembly, each district has now provided feedback on the Strategic Plan. The substance of the document has not changed; any edits were for clarity only. Before disseminating the updates, approval is required by Conference Council, which meets January 21. On January 22, the approved version will be sent to delegates and available on the website.

Thank you for your service on behalf of your congregations and the Conference, and for participating in our Delegate Session.

Yours in service because of Christ,

Richard Early
Moderator, Virginia Mennonite Conference


Advance registration is required with a registration fee of $20. Registration is through Eventbrite and is now open.

All registered participants will receive the password-protected Zoom link to Winter Delegate Session by email (the email address entered during registration) several days in advance.


View or download the Winter Delegate Session 2021 Documents

Winter Delegate Assembly Agenda

7:45 a.m. Prelude (Selections from Voices Together hymnal)

8:00 a.m. Welcome – Moderator Richard Early

8:05 a.m. Worship (Selections from Voices Together hymnal)

8:30 a.m. Devotion by Sarah Bixler – “From Servant to Friends”

8:45 a.m. Conference Business – Richard Early, Moderator

8:50 a.m. Summer Assembly Minutes – Jim Hershberger (Delegate Action: Approve Minutes)

8:55 a.m. Gifts Committee Action (Delegate Action: Approve VMMissions Board Member)

9:00 a.m. Introduction of Recommended Changes to Conference By-laws – Joe Longacher

  • Proposed action
  • Take the action (Delegate Action: Changes to By-laws)

9:15 a.m. Strategic Plan Introduction and Updates – Moderator

9:20 a.m. Breakout Groups Discuss Strategic Plan

  • Introductions
  • Council Members chair – breakout groups
  • Council Members Report in

10:00 a.m. Breakout Group Reporting In

10:25 a.m. Action to approve Strategic Plan and report next steps (Delegate Action)

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Welcome Back – Moderator

10:50 a.m. Introduction of Racial Justice initiative

  • Introduction of mandate
  • Introduction of Task Force Members
  • Introduction of Racial Justice Staff Position
  • 3 stories

11:20 a.m. Reflection in Silence

11:30 a.m. Guided Lament and Confession

11:40 a.m. Statement of Hope

11:45 a.m. Closing Worship (Selections from Voices Together hymnal)

Event location: Online via Zoom