At the Feet

of Jesus

Convocation and Synod 2023

What does it mean to be befriended by Jesus? How do we open our home to him? Join us as we consider the life of Mary of Bethany and her response to Jesus as she worshipped at his feet.

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Friday November 3 - Saturday, November 4

Church of the Holy Spirit

6011 Merriman Road, Roanoke, VA 24018

Join us for Convocation and Synod 2023 at Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke, VA!

Taking place the first week in November every year, Convocation and Synod is an opportunity for clergy, laity, diocesan staff, and other leaders to worship and fellowship together, engage the Scriptures, and vote on important canonical items.

We're excited for Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh and Carolyn Hindmarsh to lead us through a study of Mary of Bethany and consider what it means to befriend Jesus and be beloved by him.


College of Presbyters and College of Deacons Schedule

Check In: 3:30pm

Welcome and Vision-Casting: 4:30pm

Evening Prayer: 6:00pm

Dinner Out (together): 7:00pm

Morning Prayer: 8:30am

College Meetings: 9:00am

Lunch: 12:30pm

College Meetings: 1:45pm

Renewal of Vows: 4:30pm

Dinner (on your own)

Convocation and Synod Schedule

Check In: 7:30am - 9:00am

Morning Prayer: 9:00am

Plenary 1: 9:30am

Break: 10:45am

Plenary 2: 11:00am

Lunch: 12:15pm

Plenary 3: 1:45pm

Fellowship/Extended Break: 3:00pm

DInner: 6:00pm

Eucharist: 7:30pm

Morning Prayer: 9:00am

Synod: 9:30pm

End of Event: 12:30pm


Who Should Attend Convocation and Synod?


All domiciled clergy are required to attend and each congregation or mission sends at least two lay delegates to take part in Synod, but Convocation and Synod is open to everyone! We'd love for you to join us for a wonderful time of worship, teaching, and fellowship. 


Several registration options are available:

Full Event: $175

Convocation Only: $125

Synod Only: $50

Register now for an early bird discount! The early bird rate expires September 10, 2023!


We have a group rate at two Roanoke area hotels:

Hampton Inn Roanoke Downtown: Hotel Block Full

Home2 Suites Roanoke: Hotel Block Full

Space is limited. If one of the above options is full when you try to book, consider these other area hotels:

Other Area Hotels:



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Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh

About Bruce

Bruce Hindmarsh took his D.Phil. degree in theology at Oxford University in 1993.

His articles have appeared in respected academic journals such as Church History, the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and the Huntington Library Quarterly and he is the author of three major books. Bruce has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, research grants, and fellowships. He has also been a Mayers Research Fellow at the Huntington Library and a holder of the Henry Luce III Theological Fellowship.

He teaches the history of Christian spirituality, and speaks often to lay audiences as well as preaching in his own church and elsewhere. A former staff worker for Youth for Christ and an active lay member of an Anglican Church, he is married to Carolyn, and they have three adult children.

Carolyn Hindmarsh

About Carolyn

Carolyn Hindmarsh is a regular sessional instructor at Regent College. She has been teaching New Testament Greek since 2007 and is known as a skilled and inspiring teacher of the language. An experienced speaker, retreat leader, and spiritual director, Carolyn completed her Master of Theological Studies degree in Spiritual Theology at Regent, studied Benedictine spirituality in Rome at the Collegio Sant’Anselmo, and received training in leading the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises through the Martin Institute and the Jesuit Institute South Africa. She is currently completing a DMin in spiritual direction at Fuller Seminary. In her speaking, teaching, and personal ministry, she seeks to inspire others to follow Christ more closely through a life-changing and prayerful engagement with Scripture. She is married to Bruce, and they have three adult children.

At the Feet of Jesus:

Praying with Mary of Bethany

Join Bruce and Carolyn as they help us set aside for the moment our public roles and responsibilities to “open our home” to the Lord Jesus Christ and to consider what it might mean to invite him into this most intimate space.

What does it mean to be befriended by Jesus Christ and beloved by him in the most interior way? It is at home, behind closed doors, where we dare to voice our greatest hopes and fears, where we experience our deepest joys and sorrows.

In the Gospels, the Lord Jesus chose to visit Martha, Mary, and Lazarus in their ordinary home and to enter fully into their messy lives. On all three occasions, his presence made all the difference.

Bruce and Carolyn will consider all three domestic disciples at home in the village of Bethany, but will focus the spotlight especially on Mary and invite us to follow her in her response to Jesus. By placing ourselves there with Mary at the feet of Jesus, we can pray with Mary of Bethany and make her wholehearted response our own.

Synod Delegates

Thank you for your willingness to serve the diocese with your voice and vote!

Below you will find the Synod Document Center. There you will find all materials necessary to fulfill your duty as a Synod delegate. Please familiarize yourself with the materials in the Synod Document Center prior to arriving at Synod.

Synod Document Center