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Twenty-five Years Plus Two
Download Open Space notes from the 2013 Archdeacons and Formation Directors Conference, "Twenty-five Years Plus Two", by clicking here.
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Refugee Crisis: A Deacon's Work
Deacon Wanda Cuniff, of Christ Episcopal Church, Nacogdoches, Texas, spent a week in early August on the Border at McAllen, Texas. She and others voluteered with local organizations to help respond to the refugee crisis. Read more...
Photo: Episcopal News Service
Kindling Conference - A Blog Report
Tom Lutes, an AED board member, recently attended Kindling, an Episcopal conference for leaders in ministry with Young Adults and Campus Ministry. Kindling's goal is to better equip participants to engage young adults where they live, work, and study, preparing them for leadership in the church. Read Tom's blog about his experience.
A Deacon's Experience at EYE '14
Eucharist with flashlight apps, teens from most dioceses given the opportunity to discover a much larger church, and an energy that was contagious - all part of EYE! Read more...
AED Board Elections
AED members, in preparation for voting this fall, please read these candidate bio’s and statments. Ballots will be mailed to all members around Sept. 15 and must be returned by Oct. 1st.
Thank you to all the candidates.
SAVE THE DATE!
2015 Archdeacon & Deacon Director's Annual Conference
Thursday March 19 - Sunday, March 22, 2015
AED's president, The Rev. Canon Tina Campbell, nicely summarized the team of the assembly, Jamestown: A Mere 400 Years. Weaving a New World View during her sermon on Saturday night at the historic Bruton Parish.
You may read Tina's entire sermon, here
"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."
Katrina Browne brought her film, Repairing the Breach, and spoke of how she saw deacons as people in a unique position to show leadership in these resolutions addressing racism. In fact I've since learned that Deacon Grinell, whom we saw in Traces of the Trade and who is present with us here, has been re-energized in this work and wants to take on this issue. So Katrina's hopes are already being fulfilled.
"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.
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.
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.
|Sept. 19-21, 2014||Diocese of Central PA, Deacon's Retreat|
|Oct. 3-5, 2014||Province I Deacon's Conference|
|Oct. 25, 2014||Diocese of New York Deacon's Conference|
|March 19-22, 2015||Archdeacon & Deacon Director's Conference, Holiday Inn Downtown Market Square, San Antonio, Texas (Details to come)|
|June 25-July 5, 2015||78th General Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|October 21-27, 2015||Diakonia of the Americas and Caribbean (DOTAC), in Brazil|
|June 16-19, 2016||AED Triennial Assembly, Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center, Minnesota|
|Your Event Here!||Let us know about your diaconal events!|
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