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.
The DIAKONIA World Federation of Diaconal Associations and Diaconal Communities embraces diaconal ministry in different denominations and in every continent, and it's good to be reminded that we in UK are part of a much bigger, international picture. Their website contains news from all over the world, advertises their international assemblies and posts a monthly … Continue reading DIAKONIA PRAYER OF THE MONTH
Here's a fascinating interview from Episcopal Cafe with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church in the USA about deacons. He is absolutely spot-on, and it's worth reading the whole thing as it's enormously encouraging. But there is a very different voice from a deacon who actually has a life and living in the … Continue reading DIAKONIA: INTERVIEW WITH BISHOP CURRY
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND The Diaconate A deacon is someone who has pledged themselves to the service of Jesus Christ and His Church, and has been selected, trained and ordained according to the doctrine and discipline of the Church of Scotland. The office of deacon is recognised by the Church to be a distinctive, life-long office … Continue reading THE DIACONATE, SCOTTISH STYLE
No - not the 2001 ill-fated report on deacons! This time it's the title for a conference where 200 deacons from all over the world will come together. Your idea of deacon heaven? In that case you can attend this conference: the details have been sent from Church of Scotland Deacon Gordon Pennykid. PRESS RELEASE … Continue reading FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS (2)
The World Deacons Executive changes to consensus This guest post on change to consensus is from Rev (Deacon) Sandy Boyce of the Uniting Church in Australia. Sandy is President of the DIAKONIA World Federation – http://www.diakonia-world.org The change to consensus by the Executive of the DIAKONIA World Federation has been a huge positive. Change from a traditional … Continue reading A DIACONAL APPROACH: using the tools of consensus
The Revd Canon Michael Jackson 24 January 2018 9:25AM 2 Comments Having been ordained in 1977, the Revd Canon Michael Jackson from the Diocese of Qu’Appelle is the longest serving deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada. In this blog, he explores the permanent diaconate. Our liturgies invite us to pray for “all bishops, priests … Continue reading THE DIACONATE: RENEWING AN ANCIENT MINISTRY
'It is a movement from diaconal ministry as something Deacons undertake on behalf of the church ‘out there’ to Deacons equipping and empowering the laity, the whole people of God, for diaconal ministry, and Deacons collaborating in collective action with others in the community, beyond the four walls of the church'. DIAKONIA President Rev Deacon … Continue reading DEACONS AT THE HEART