Canon Dr Anne Tomlinson is Principal of the Scottish Episcopal Institute. She is also a deacon, and oversees Scottish Episcopal Church deacons through their training. Here's a fascinating video of her conversation with two deacon ordinands regarding their experiences of discernment and formation.
I am grateful for the generosity of resources, hospitality and welcome that the Methodist Diaconal Order offered to us as guests from different denominations: for their openness to listen to the ‘outsiders’ voices, and for the treasures gathered.
place of the diaconate in the diocese.
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The dark nails pierce him and the sky turns black We watch him as he labours to draw breath He takes our breath away to give it back, Return it to its birth through his slow death.
The overlooking of the particular ministry of deacons is
almost certainly due to a particular kind of clericalism – the
association of ‘priesthood’ with ‘leadership’, and the propensity
to collapse general talk of vocation into the particular calling
to the ordained ministry of priest.
We deacons get used to people questioning our identity and purpose. It's not only individuals who fail to understand: sometimes a diocese will simply ignore our vocation and seem unable to fathom it or understand how it fits in with other ministries. It can be upsetting and distressing.
All this is far too common in the life of the #distinctivedeacon. To counter it, we've asked Bishop James Newcome to tell us how he sees the place of the diaconate in the life of the diocese.
What does seem to be clear, however, is that there is a definite need
and place within the emerging Church for bridge-builders and ambassadors, for prophets and activists, for servant ministers and community healers and for those who are prepared to step into the ambiguity and “liminality” of the spaces where “Church” and “World” may intersect or be in dialogue with each other.
And this is exciting.
‘Only Connect’ Distinctive Deacon Conference, Wydale Hall, Diocese of York 4-6th March 2022 Wydale, near Scarborough, was a beautiful setting for our first face to face gathering for two years. It was a joyful occasion shared by 26 participants including 5 enquirers and 1 ordinand. We were joined by deacons from Dioceses as far apart … Continue reading Only Connect: distinctive deacon conference
The in-church hospitality aspect of diaconal ministry holds a particular value to me. Understanding hospitality as an expression of love, care and welcome has been foremost in my mind when being ‘at the door’ of my own home and the church building.