ASSOCIATION FOR EPISCOPAL DEACONS

The Association for Episcopal Deacons is a member-funded association of persons and dioceses in The Episcopal Church whose mission is to increase participation and involvement of all baptized persons in Christ’s diaconal ministry, especially by promoting and supporting the diaconate.   AED began in 1986, following the revision of the Book of Common Prayer in 1979, in which the understanding of baptism and the diaconate were revised to bring them in line with the church in the first three centuries.   AED began as the North American Association for the Diaconate and included Episcopal deacons as well as deacons in the Anglican Church of Canada.   In 2013, the name was changed to the Association for Episcopal Deacons as the ACC deacons had created their own organization, which works very closely with AED.

Over the years AED has played a major role in the revival of the Episcopal diaconate as a full and equal order.   In our denomination priests are required to be ordained as deacons before their priestly ordination and it used to be very unusual for person to live out his or her ordained ministry in the diaconal order.   Now there are over 3000 “vocational” deacons in TEC.   AED has worked on the creation of the canons governing and defining the formation and ministry of deacons and has provided support and community for deacons in The Episcopal Church.

The majority of Episcopal Deacons are not paid for their work in the church.  Episcopal Deacons are bi-vocational, earning their livings outside the church and working inside the church to connect the church to the world.   The job of a deacon is to speak to the church about the needs, concerns and hopes of the world.  

Because there are so many deacons, AED has a strong focus on communication among members of our order.  An extensive website shares news and resources.  Monthly news updates by email are posted.  A quarterly journal – Diakoneo – offers deacons reflective articles on the diaconate.  

Every year diaconal leaders who are in charge of formation – which is based in each diocese rather than in a seminary – meet to discuss concerns and share resources and ideas.   This group has created competencies which define the necessary skills fora deacon that can be used by any diocesan program.  

in June, 2019 a triennial Diaconal Assembly was held in Providence, Rhode Island.   250 deacons were able to attend this four day event.   Our keynote speaker was The Most Rev. Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.  

Despite our challenges,  the diaconate is growing in The Episcopal Church because our ministry touches the strong desire of many Christians and would-be Christians to do Christ’s work of service in the world.   The call of AED is to encourage, engage and enable that growth. 

https://www.episcopaldeacons.org/

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2 months ago

# **2022 Mondays in September:**
# **A DOTAC Study Series**
# **on the World Council of Churches document**
# **“Called to Transformation:**
# **Ecumenical Diakonia**
# On August 31-September 8, the World Council of Churches will meet in Karlsruhe, Germany. The important document “Called to Transformation: Ecumenical Diakonia” will be presented for discussion. DOTAC has decided to offer an on-line Zoom study group of the report. We have asked three presenters to begin each of our three sessions. All of them will attend the Assembly: Matthew Ross as WCC Staff and editor of the report, Marianne Uri Øverland as representative of DIAKONIA World Federation, and Hyuk Cho as a delegate of the United Church of Canada.

September 12: **Reverend Dr. Matthew Ross**

September 19**: Reverend Marianne Uri Øverland**

September 26: ** Reverend Dr. Hyuk Cho**

To register, send an email to teddodd@live.com

You will be sent a Zoom link closer to the time of the event.

All sessions will last just slightly over an hour and

begin at 1 pm Central Daylight Time.

(Check an on-line time zone converter for local times.)
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# **2022 Mondays in September:**
# **A DOTAC Study Series**
# **on the World Council of Churches document**
# **“Called to Transformation:**
# **Ecumenical Diakonia**
# On August 31-September 8, the World Council of Churches will meet in Karlsruhe, Germany. The important document “Called to Transformation: Ecumenical Diakonia” will be presented for discussion. DOTAC has decided to offer an on-line Zoom study group of the report. We have asked three presenters to begin each of our three sessions. All of them will attend the Assembly: Matthew Ross as WCC Staff and editor of the report, Marianne Uri Øverland as representative of DIAKONIA World Federation, and Hyuk Cho as a delegate of the United Church of Canada.

September 12: **Reverend Dr. Matthew Ross**

September 19**: Reverend Marianne Uri Øverland**

September 26: ** Reverend Dr. Hyuk Cho**

To register, send an email to teddodd@live.com

You will be sent a Zoom link closer to the time of the event.

All sessions will last just slightly over an hour and

begin at 1 pm Central Daylight Time.

(Check an on-line time zone converter for local times.)

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3 months ago

Here is an opportunity you may be interested in.LC† Wise Ones and Wisdom Seekers
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays
July 22nd - August 29th

Who is Wisdom?
Throughout the biblical story, this dynamic figure seems to be both human and divine. She is a person we might meet and know, and the symbolic metaphor of all we yearn for. Wisdom embodies all that is good in the essence of how God made us, and she is also elusive, far wiser than we could ever be. In the Wisdom of Solomon, Wisdom becomes identified with Jesus and in other contexts she is associated with Creation.

Join us Fridays through Mondays every weekend from July 22 to August 29, as we delve into the identity and meaning of biblical Wisdom. Along the way we will also explore the wisdom figures of other cultures and traditions. This summer, let's search together for the wisdom that feeds our souls and stirs our hearts into mission. May the wisdom of the Holy Spirit guide us as we go.

(For those who are new to Lutherans Connect devotions, you can find them posted to the Lutherans Connect Facebook page and on Twitter starting July 22nd. Or, write to lutheransconnect@gmail.com and ask to be put on the email list.)

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2 months ago

DOTAC holds a Monthly Prayer Gathering on the first day of every month. Members of the ecumenical and international diaconate join together in this reflective, holy time of shared conversation and prayer.

On even months (e.g. August, October, December) we meet at 5 pm Central Daylight Time; on odd months (e.g. September, November, January) we meet at noon pm Central Daylight Time.

Join us on Monday, August 1 at 5 pm Central Daylight Time.

Send an email to teddodd@live,com to be added to the list.

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DOTAC holds a Monthly Prayer Gathering on the first day of every month.  Members of the ecumenical and international diaconate join together in this reflective, holy time of shared conversation and prayer. 

On even months (e.g. August, October, December) we meet at 5 pm Central Daylight Time; on odd months (e.g. September, November, January) we meet at noon pm Central Daylight Time.

Join us on Monday, August 1 at 5 pm Central Daylight Time.

Send an email to teddodd@live,com to be added to the list.

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