I’m thrilled to announce our next national deacons’ conference! It will be on 16 May 2020 at the same venue as this year, the Frances Young Centre at Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham.
The speaker will be the Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, and Chair of the Church of England Ministry Council.
His theme will be:
‘Towards a Flourishing Diaconate: Theological, Pastoral and Formational Perspectives’.
Some time next year we will once more put up the booking details on Eventbrite, but obviously it’s a bit too early at present!
I realise that some people might be feeling a bit disappointed that it seems so far away. I’d like to encourage you to see 2019 as a way of preparing for the conference. There are 3 regional deacons’ conferences that I know of next year:
- in York 22-24 March:
2. 19-24 June: FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS in Edinburgh with Diakonia Region Africa Europe (DRAE) in Edinburgh
3. 6 July at Buckfast Abbey in Devon: CHRIST’S SERVANTHOOD AND OURS with Rev David Runcorn
ALL THE DETAILS OF THESE CONFERENCES ARE ON THE DEACONS’ FACEBOOK PAGE
If you can’t get to any of these, please consider getting together with deacons nearby: either in your own diocese, or, if you’re on your own, in nearby dioceses. It doesn’t have to be big or posh or even a conference: it could be an informal lunch, diaconal chat and time of prayer.
Think through the three issues that +Martin will be addressing. What are our hopes for the diaconate? How do we want it to flourish? What is involved with making it flourish, in theology, in pastoralia and in training and formation?
But most of all – just enjoy being with other deacons! Feel the love – of like-minded others, and most of all, of God for you and of you for God.