[The Living Church] The Bishop of Southern Virginia, David C Bane, decided to take action when he realised that the clergy in his diocese didn't know each other very well. He began a series of gatherings, called "Noon to Noon with the Bishop", to bring up to a dozen clergy together for an informal time with the Bishop and his wife, Alice.
There is no timetable for the sessions, but the opportunity is taken to get to know colleagues, share something of their life stories, and enjoy some good food. The following morning, the participants chat about their work and congregations, and finish up with Eucharist and lunch.
"We all feel more connected and less lonely," says the Bishop, who intends to continue the gatherings, known affectionately as "David's Pajama Parties", as long as the clergy are willing to attend.