Diakonia of The United Church of Canada was formed in the early 1980s as an association of diaconal ministers.  However, diaconal ministry has roots in our church dating back to 1890s and the formation of the deaconess communities of the Presbyterian and Methodist churches.  Diaconal ministers are commissioned to a ministry of Education, Service and Pastoral Care.  With ministers who are ordained to Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care, diaconal ministers constitute one of two streams of ministry in the United Church.

In 2018, f DUCCs gathered for a national biennial meeting in Winnipeg.  The theme was taken from the DUCC Vision Statement “Courageous Risking.”   The  biennial national gathering was to be held May of 2020 in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and the focus was to be “Faith Inspiring Power and Politics.”  Instead we met by Zoom.

Work has been completed on renewing the DUCC website.  We share news in the community through regular mailchimp connections.  Our database has received much attention and now in good shape.  We have also participated in a recruitment video from the national church which highlights ministry options.

A group has met to develop Terms of Reference for an Archive Committee.  Decisions about collecting our history and documents have been reached.

DUCC is a member in Affirm United.

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Blessing for January 31, 2021Bless you in the name of the one who astonished and amazed the people with the authority and power ofhis kin-dom vision teaching andhis gracious healing.Every day and every hour,may you continue to be deeply astonished and amazed,may you know wonder and the presence of the holy,may you grow in faith and wisdom,may you live lives of service and love. ...
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Prayers for January 31, 2021Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany*Mark 1:21-28*They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.They were astounded at his teaching,for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit,and he cried out,“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?Have you come to destroy us?I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”But Jesus rebuked him, saying,“Be silent, and come out of him!”And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another,“What is this? A new teaching—with authority!He[[a](www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%201%3A21-28&version=NRSV#fen-NRSV-24240a)] commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.*Prayer*Jesus of Nazareth,Holy One of God, who came to Capernaum,come again to your people in Canada and the Caribbean, in Africa and Asia and Australia, in Europe and the United States of America.Enter our times of worship all around the globe, all across the internet, in all the modes of pandemic pivoting.Open our hearts, minds, and spirits,that we might, once again, be astonished by the power of your vision,that we might, once again, be amazed by the authority of your teaching,that we might, once again, be awestruck by the wonder of your healing grace.Holy One of God: Healer, heal us. Drive out all that is unsacred and unholy and unhealthy. Rebuke the spirits of hatred and animosity. Silence the voices of dis-ease and division. Cure the demons of indifference and apathy.Jesus of Nazareth: Teacher, teach us. Nurture us with tender mercy. Strengthen us with courageous love. Transform our lives in the vibrant truth of your kin-dom goals. Bend the arc of our ministries toward justice and reconciliation, dignity and decency, kindness and grace. ...
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