AED Board Nominee - 2018 Election
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Deacon Candidate - Electing 3
Robert (Bob) Craig Mummery
Diocese of Calgary, Anglican Church of Canada
Present Employment: Retired
Current Ministries: Preaching; Anglican Chaplain, provide services to the sick, aged & dying in the Calgary region.
Current Church Assignment: Deacon, Holy Nativity Anglican; Head Deacon, Diocese of Calgary
Previous Positions: International geoscience consultant; Executive Officer Canada Geoscience Council
Education: Hon BSc (Geology) Western Univ. London ON; PhD McMaster Univ. Hamilton ON; Part time Emmanuel St. Chad Seminary, Saskatoon SK
Prior Board Experience: Several for NGOs, federal Government (Canada), technical societies, publicly traded corporations, church organizations
Skill sets: Executive Officer for large NGO; Advisory Council member for large international geoscience organization (AAPG); Treasurer for not for profit organizations
Question #1 How do you envision contributing to the AED Board? What are your special talents and gifts?
I come from Anglican roots and have always felt comfortable in our tradition. I was involved in a spiritual renewal movement over 40 years ago. Prior to my ordination to the Diaconate in 2014, I had served 30 years as a licensed lay minister in our Diocese. God has gifted me with administration skills and the ability to anticipate where organizations are heading. I have helped several organizations in their transformation process. I have served on many church and secular committees and councils including, to name a few: the Provincial Executive for the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupertsland, Warden of Lay Readers (Calgary), was twice a Director with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, served as Executive Officer for the Canadian Geoscience Council. In my Diocese, I am chair of our Bishop’s Committee on Ministry and co-chair the Board of the Calgary School of Mission and Ministry. I am an on-call Anglican chaplain in the Calgary Hospital region, the coordinator of Wardens for the Diocese of Calgary, a clergy member of the Calgary Interfaith Project with Habitat for Humanity, provide monthly entertainment to the Calgary L’Arche Society, regularly preach at a local parish and conduct services at several retirement homes and extended care facilities. My secular career was an international consulting geoscientist which allowed me to work in diverse multidiscipline, multi-faith and multi-cultural settings.
Question #2 What is your vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons?
Deacons should help “champion the church’s social responsibility toward the poor, the practice of hospitality and the need for Christians to live in simplicity” (Diana Butler Bass, 2009). AED can help communicate this challenge to return to basics by encouraging its members to set examples within their communities and disseminating those stories. I believe that it is important for the Association to define the distinct nature of the Diaconate and communicate its distinctiveness to its members and those outside. It is important to make others aware of the broad nature of the ministry of Deacons. There continues to be a lack of clarity for the role of deacons by other clergy and laity. We need to find ways to encourage those who may be called by God but thought that becoming a priest was the only way to answer that call. We need to encourage the diaconate as a valid option. AED can help provide consistency for the discernment and formation processes for Deacons. This can be achieved by helping communication between Dioceses with long histories of the Vocational Diaconate with those who are newly entering the process. The Association should continue to use social media, in all its aspects, to better communicate with it members and interested clergy and laity groups outside the membership. We need to find ways to increase our membership. I have worked with several NGOs to achieve a more significant sense of direction and revitalize their membership. I hope that I might be able to share some of those experiences with the Association to help it grow and become stronger.