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.

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