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AED Diaconal Assembly 2013
Deacons from around the United States (including Alaska!), Canada, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Europe gathered together in Williamsburg, Virginia, June 13-16, for AED's Diaconal Assembly.
An opening day storm front of near derecho strength knocked out electrical power to the area for twenty-four hours and left the organizers scrambling to adjust the schedule and venue. But not even the storm could dampen the spirits of those who managed to make it there!
"So then we set out to invite leaders who would help us in this weaving of a new world view. And in doing so we learned that they said "yes" partly because of their understanding of the role of deacons in the Church."
"And we have Eric Law with his work on "Currencies", helping us see how deacons can help build the environment where God's blessings can stay in circulation...urging us to 'lead like water'."
All the presentations and other documents from the assembly were given to the assembled on an AED "Thumb Drive". This can be downloaded to your computer, here. Caution, the file is 41 MB big, and you will need a file compression software like jZip to open it. Similarly, the liturgies used during our worship can be found here.
For other impressions of the assembly, checkout the AED Facebook group.
The Deacons' Resolved
How will what we are doing here affect or involve people living in poverty? -- The Deacons’ Resolved
At the most recent General Convention of The Episcopal Church held in Indianapolis in July of 2012, the Association for Episcopal Deacons sponsored the following resolution B008 –
Resolved that the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church call upon its members to begin every meeting in calendar year 2013, whether at the parish, diocesan or church-wide level and no matter what the purpose, with this agenda item: "How will what we are doing here affect or involve people living in poverty?"
This resolution was inspired by an initiative undertaken in the early 1990’s by the late Roman Catholic late Bishop Kenneth E. Untener, who for a three month period required meetings in the Diocese of Saginaw to start with this agenda item. (See Bishop Untener’s later reflection piece in Catholic Update “How Should We Think About the Poor?”) More recently, variations on this resolution were adopted in the Dioceses of Atlanta and Indianapolis.
Looking Through a Diaconal Lens using AED’s View-Masters®
The theme of AED’s presence at the 2012 General Convention of The Episcopal Church was “Looking Through a Diaconal Lens.” One device used to illustrate this theme was View-Masters® with custom-made reels containing images that depict a diaconal view of issues of poverty, hunger, natural disaster, gun violence, and attending a convention.
While the View-Masters are fun toys that many will recall from their youth, the images on our custom reels are provocative and designed to stimulate discussion about how a deacon looks at a particular problem or need. There was also a large prop display reel with a dozen images depicting deacons and others in action.
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