AED Board Nominee - 2018 Election
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Lay Candidate - Electing 1
Bradley A. Peterson
Diocese of California
Present Employment: Church Admin, Old First Presbyterian Church, San Francisco
Current Ministries: Episcopal School for Deacons (faculty), CDSP’s Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (faculty), Diocesan Commission on Ministry, Lay Eucharistic Minister
Current Church Assignment: Parishioner at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, San Francisco
Education: PhD Graduate Theological Union (church history, theology), MA Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Christian formation, education), MUP University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (public policy and administration)
Prior Board Experience: Serving out first four-year term on AED board
Skill sets: Skills and experience in administration, non-profit organization, budgeting, bookkeeping, project planning, parliamentary procedure, ecumenism, formation and education of deacons, group process
Question #1 How do you envision contributing to the AED Board? What are your special talents and gifts?
I hope to expand my contribution to the work of the AED Board by participation in financial oversight and budgeting, by fostering responsible non-profit business practices particularly around AED staffing, by assisting with fund raising, by promoting awareness of and membership in AED, and by making connections between AED and other institutions and leaders with common interests.
Question #2 What is your vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons?
I see an AED ever better positioned to support deacons in their vocation generally and in their daily leadership roles particularly. I see an AED providing 1) an engaged community of deacons for networking and collaboration; 2) advocacy for deacons in their dioceses, at General Convention, with the Church Pension Fund and with the Fund for the Diaconate; 3) an exchange for sharing skills, practices, and common interests in leading the church’s diakonia – everything from empowering parishioners in undertaking charitable work to organizing diocesan public witness around government policy; 4) guidance and networking for programs of deacon formation; 5) education in the wider church of the leadership role of deacons; and 6) contact with deacons and diaconal ministers among the Episcopal Church’s ecumenical partners and neighbors.