‘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
I'm delighted to welcome you to our next national conference! The theme is 'The Place of the Diaconate in the Diocese', and our speaker is the Rt Rev James Newcome, bishop of Carlisle and patron of the CofE Network of Distinctive Deacons.
We would honour you, Messiah who healed,
with the hem of your garment
with the crumbs under the table,
with the loaves and fishes banquet.
Holy One, it is good for us to remember these things: our story enfolded in your story.
It would be an asset to Anglicans if there were more deacons employed by the Church, contributing a diaconal perspective and countering the notion that the only “real” ministers are priests.
Only Connect: residential weekend for distintive deacons. 4-6 March, Wydale Hall, Scarborough
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But God is at work in and through all our circumstances. Although the frustrations and sometimes the depressions have been many and various, there are unexpected blessings which have come our way, moments when we have become wonderfully aware of God's presence. It is part of the call of distinctive deacons to be 'expectant and watchful for the signs of God's presence', and to have the freedom to respond to those signs, to reflect and adapt.
Under the patronage of St Philip the Deacon, who brought the Ethiopian eunuch to faith, the Warden of the College of St Philip the Deacon is responsible for the past oral care and support of his fellow deacons.
A reminder that this fascinating-looking zoom discussion, Deacons Interrupted, is happening this coming Wednesday ie 10 November. Tickets are going fast! Do book on Eventbrite.
I'm delighted to say that we are offering DEACONS INTERRUPTED, an autumn zoom for distinctive deacons - and anyone interested - to discuss the diaconal elements of Al Barrett's and Ruth Harley's best-selling book, Being Interrupted. This book is making waves this year, and is a radical look at how we do mission. It's a long time since I was so excited by a book ! - because so much of it turns out to be diaconal.