Scottish Episcopal Deacon Chat: discernment and formation

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.

Priestliness of the Diaconate

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 don’t need deacons any more.”

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.

Back to the Future: role of deacons in post-Christendom

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

‘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