The Deaconess Community of the ELCAThe deaconesses of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) are characterized by the sisters’ commitment and call to support and motivate one another, especially through prayer, assemblies, shared learning, and advocacy. As a separately incorporated ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), they serve, across the continent, as deacons in the ELCA and as diaconal ministers in the ELCIC.

The community has worked to foster intentional community, leadership development, and strategic partnerships within the church and the world.  This community of 81 womxn seeks social change that restores, reforms and transforms.  They have used their financial and human resources to support, and stand along side, partners in justice and advocacy work.  Drawing on the community’s core values, mission grants have been provided, and partnerships developed, that take risks, provide innovative services, and build bridges for the healing of the world. In 2019, 16 grants were provided. In the last three years, our community has shared over $350,000 in grants; since 2004, over $2 million has been provided for national and international grants .

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Description automatically generatedAs a Reconciling in Christ community, they have examined their use of language and welcoming presence.  With DIAKONIA World Federation, the community has engaged in the global movement Thursdays in Black, toward a world without rape and violence.

The community has embraced the 2017 roster changes in the ELCA and continues to provide diaconal formation for the greater church.  Currently, 20 candidates are engaged in a new formation process.  Since 2006, the community has sponsored a January elective course on diaconal ministry, history and spirituality offered through Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to which all are welcome.

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Description automatically generatedA new strategic plan to work for justice and the flourishing of all God’s creation has been adopted by the community. Emboldened by the community’s rich history, the strategic plan focuses on the group’s diaconal mission as an intentional community rooted in a living Word and love of God.  It will further cultivate opportunities to develop leaders, both nationally and internationally, and will draw on dynamic partnerships within the church and world.


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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](] 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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