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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.

Lay Candidate - Elect 1 Priest Candidate - Elect 1
Bradley A. Peterson The Rev. Kate Harrigan
Deacon Candidates - Elect 3 Bishop Candidates - Elect 1
The Rev. Mary Lynn Adams The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner
The Rev. Douglas Argue The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel
The Venerable Elaine Bellis  
The Rev. James L. Brown Vice President/President Elect Candidates - Elect 1
The Venerable Genevieve M. Grewell
The Venerable Janice L. Grinnell The Rev. Maureen-Elizabeth Hagen
The Venerable Carole Maddux
The Rev. Tracie Middleton The Rev. Janet L. MacNally
The Venerable Mark D Sluss  
The Rev. Helen C. Trainor  

Thank you to all the candidates.


2015 Archdeacon & Deacon Director's Annual Conference

Thursday March 19 - Sunday, March 22, 2015
Holiday Inn Downtown Market Square, San Antonio TX

If you are responsible for deacon formation, supervision or pastoral care in your diocese, the 2015 Archdeacons and Deacon Directors’ Conference is for you. Every year, AED hosts Deacon Directors and Archdeacons ... read more.

Check out other events on the Events Calendar, below.

OpenSpace Notes

2014 Archdeacon/Deacon Directors' Conference

Many topics were discussed in March at the Conference. To learn more, these OpenSpace notes from the discussions are available to download.  

The Role of the Deacon in the 21st Century
Alternatives to CPE in Diaconal Formation
Deacon’s voice in a Bishop Search
What might a healthy relationship look like between a Seminary and Diaconal Formation?
Difficult Placement of Deacons
Human Awareness and Understanding Competency
Ministry Development & Lifelong Formation
Non-Parochial Diaconal Ministry
Spiritual Practices and Disciplines

Learn more about OpenSpace Technology.

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!

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.

When the Design Team began its work about two years ago the first thing we needed to do was to choose a theme. There was much discussion about this. There were emails and phone conversation for several weeks. It was a time when our churches were worried about declining budgets and attendance. The economy was worsening and we saw the way in which more and more people were seeing life out of a place of fear, misinformation, anxiety, and timidity. We began to talk about helping people develop a new outlook, weaving a new worldview.


You may read Tina's entire sermon, here

Assembly Logo

Then we needed to create a logo. Again, lots of conversation and email. We went through two artists! But eventually we got to a logo we liked. We wanted something that represented wholeness, hence the circle. We wanted something that reflected the diversity in our Church and in our communities, hence the colors. We wanted to show the weaving, hence the lines. And we wanted to show the deacon on the midst of it all, hence the figure. . .

"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.

Sarah Eagle Heart came here and noted how deacons seem to "get it" and how we share a passion on the same issues as she. She is even setting up a special online course for deacons so they can become facilitators and raise awareness about the Doctrine of Discovery.

2013 Assembly

"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.

Continue reading . . .

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.

Continue reading . . .

Calendar of Events

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
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