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2015 Archdeacon & Deacon Director's Annual Conference

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

Registration is now open for the Association for Episcopal Deacons’ annual Archdeacon and Deacon Directors' Conference, to be held Mar. 19-22 at the Holiday Inn Downtown Market Square, in the heart of beautiful and historic San Antonio, Texas. Visit the Conference page to register.

AED's Board Meeting will follow the Conference. The meeting begins at 3 PM on Sunday, Mar. 22 and ends at noon on Tuesday, Mar. 24.

Prison Ministry Conference 2015
March 4-6, 2015 on Amelia Island

The Diocese of Florida is hosting this practical conference for those involved in Prison and Post-Release Ministries. Attendees will worship together, hear national speakers who have real world experience making change happen while gaining useful tools to make a positive spiritual difference in the lives of the imprisoned and their families. For more details or to register visit the website.

The Diocese of Rhode Island celebrates The Year of the Deacon
Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 4pm

On July 13, 1985, Bishop George Hunt ordained the first class of Deacons who completed their formation and academic preparations at the Diocese of Rhode Island School for Deacons. This was the beginning of the revival and resurrection of the vocational Diaconate not only in the Diocese of RI, but also in the Province of New England. Register for the celebration!

The Diaconate Renewed: Service, Word and Worship
by Canon D. Michael Jackson, a deacon in the Diocese of Qu'Appelle, Anglican Church of Canada. Download the full report.

Refugee Crisis: A Deacon's Work -
Deacon's Cross Artwork Red Cross jpg, Red Cross eps, Black Cross jpg, Black Cross eps

We'd love to hear from you!

Do you have diaconal ministry experiences to share? Consider sharing it. Contact for more information.

Primate pays tribute to deacons

The August conference of The Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada included workshops, discussion and an address by Archbishop Fred Hiltz. Read more.

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...

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.

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.

TinaAED'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.

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 addressing racism.

Eric Law presented his work on "Currencies", helping us see how deacons can help build the environment where God's blessings can stay in circulation.

Read more about the Assembly and download the presentations.

AED at 2012 General Convention

The Deacons' Resolved

How will what we are doing here affect or involve people living in poverty? -- The Deacons’ Resolved

At the 2012 General Convention of The Episcopal Church AED 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?" 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.” We illustrated this theme using View-Masters® with custom-made reels containing images that depict issues of poverty, hunger, natural disaster and gun violence. Learn more.

Calendar of Events

March 4-6, 2015 Prison Ministry Conference, Diocese of Florida
March 19-22, 2015 Archdeacon & Deacon Director's Conference, Holiday Inn Downtown Market Square, San Antonio, Texas (Details to come)
May 30, 2015 The Year of the Deacon, Diocese of Rhode Island
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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