in a world antithetical to people of faith, deacons have deep experience of negotiating the 'majority view' ie those who claim to have no religion.
Distinctive Deacons work in liminal spaces, making connections, building bridges, relationally pioneering initiatives. How can we develop the new opportunities God is giving us in this situation? Ann Morisy will suggest ways forward.
Since September 2019 I have been working with Louise McFerran, senior statistical researcher at Church House, to find a way of ensuring that #distinctivedeacons are held separately as a distinct body in the CofE stats of ordained clergy. This is something we've been asking for, for at least 25 years. It seems that now new … Continue reading IMPORTANT: INCLUDING ‘DISTINCTIVE DEACON’ IN YOUR DIOCESAN DATABASES
As warden of the college of St Philip the Deacon in Exeter diocese, I work to a diocesan steering group who recently asked me to provide a short paper on how long people who have been ordained distinctive deacon should spend in the diaconate, before they could start candidating for priesthood. Most deacons will be … Continue reading HOW LONG IN DISTINCTIVE DIACONATE BEFORE EXPLORING PRIESTHOOD?
I have found that the more this work is visible, hearts are changed and more people want to join in with diaconal ministry. Encouraging and enabling others in their diakonia is simply wonderful.
I am absolutely delighted to offer our first-ever Deacon podcast! Last weekend, Canon David Kennedy from Durham was main speaker at the deacons' annual conference at Wydale Hall. His three talks took the themes of the deacon as groundbreaker, as angel and as icon, and the second two talks were recorded. Enjoy listening to his … Continue reading FIRST DEACON PODCAST: the deacon as angel
I am delighted to announce that the new Church of England vocations webpage now offers a brief description of the Distinctive Diaconate that does reasonable justice to our unique vocation and ministry. It is the fruit of much inter-diocesan discussion amongst deacons and the short text reflects the remarkable unity of vocational understanding in deacons … Continue reading DISTINCTIVE DEACONS ON NEW C of E WEBSITE