Mark Emory Graham Chapter

VGEC Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri

Charles Dale

MEG Chapter was well represented at

VGEC 27th Annual Conference

October 1-4, 2015

Mark Emory Graham Chapter representatives are: Back row (l-r) Chuck Dale (St. Augustine’s - Morrow), Phillip Knight (St. Teresa’s - Acworth) and David Neville (St. Simon’s - Conyers);  Front row (l-r) Yolande Collins (St. Simon’s - Conyers), Mary Nimsgern (St. James’ - Marietta), Lorie Tola (St. Patrick’s – Dunwoody), Cheryl Josephson (St. Martin's - Brookhaven), and Ruth Anne Tatum (St. Martin’s - Brookhaven). 

Mark Emory Graham Chapter representatives are: Back row (l-r) Chuck Dale (St. Augustine’s - Morrow), Phillip Knight (St. Teresa’s - Acworth) and David Neville (St. Simon’s - Conyers);  Front row (l-r) Yolande Collins (St. Simon’s - Conyers), Mary Nimsgern (St. James’ - Marietta), Lorie Tola (St. Patrick’s – Dunwoody), Cheryl Josephson (St. Martin's - Brookhaven), and Ruth Anne Tatum (St. Martin’s - Brookhaven). 

Over 160 vergers and guests from the United States, Canada, and England attended the 27th annual conference of the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church (VGEC).  Eight vergers from the Diocese of Atlanta, along with two spouses (the largest delegation from any chapter) gathered for four days of sharing, learning, networking, and worshiping. 

The conference kicked off Thursday evening with a Choral Evensong and concluded Sunday with a Festival Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis.  Morning Prayer was offered every morning.  Sessions included “The Theology and Practical Use of Incense,” “The Role of Cathedrals,” “The Partnership between Vergers and Clergy,” “Using Social Media to Spread the Word,” “Philip Quage and the Early History of Black Anglicanism.”

One verger was quoted upon their return from the National meeting:  “I realized that we vergers have come a long way toward understanding our purpose.  The modern verger is tasked in countless ways, with assuring access to holy things, places, and liturgy for all the people we encounter.  Instead of erecting barriers, we are called to tear them down. Rather than chasing the 'undesirables' away with our sticks, we turn that hateful weapon into a baton to lead the Church into fuller communion with God. Our role has evolved into a ministry of welcome and inclusion - sounds a little bit like Jesus to me.”

The VGEC has over 1700 members worldwide.  The next conference will be in Spokane, Washington starting September 22, 2016 and will include a cruise on Coeur d’Alene Lake and a stop at a northwest winery. Registration for the 28th conference will begin in

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Vergers enjoying the St. Louis Champaign Skirt

Vergers enjoying the St. Louis Champaign Skirt