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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12 hours ago

**Seventh Sunday of Easter**

**May 16, 2021**



*Acts 1: 21-26*

So one of the followers who have accompanied us during

all the time that Jesus went in and out among us,

beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us

—one of these must become a witness with us to Christ’s resurrection.”

So they proposed two,

Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus,

and Matthias.

Then they prayed and said,

“God, you know everyone’s heart.

Show us which one of these two you have chosen

to take the place] in this ministry and apostleship

from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”

And they cast lots for them,

and the lot fell on Matthias;

and he was added to the eleven apostles.

*Prayer*

Sometimes, O God, it feels as if fate is decided arbitrarily,

that life is decided by casting lots,

that we are destiny’s children, and

that this is one big crap shoot.

Creator of the Universe,

why are some born with silver spoons,

and others are beaten with wooden ones?

Holy Mystery,

why do some escape poverty and war in rickety row boats,

and others sail through life privileged and unscathed?

Source of Love,

why do some exist in peaceful, pastoral bliss,

and others fall victim to a mass shooting?

Architect of Life,

why are some able to cope happily with COVID,

and others are overwhelmed and descend into anxiety and sadness?

My God, my God,

why does the colour of one’s skin determine, in so many cases,

expectations, outcomes, and interactions?

Creator, Mystery, Source of Love, Architect of Life, our God,

you call us to make responsible choices in the face of so much suffering and sorrow.

And so, we pray,

looking for guidance,

hoping for clear direction,

longing for grounded wisdom.

Help us to acknowledge our blessings with humble thanksgiving.

Lead us outside ourselves and our circles with active intercession.

Enable us to discern right choices that address injustices.

Empower us to listen and learn and love.
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**Seventh Sunday of Easter**

**May 16, 2021**

 

*Acts 1: 21-26*

So one of the followers who have accompanied us during 

all the time that Jesus went in and out among us, 

beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us

—one of these must become a witness with us to Christ’s resurrection.”

So they proposed two, 

Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, 

and Matthias. 

Then they prayed and said, 

“God, you know everyone’s heart. 

Show us which one of these two you have chosen 

to take the place] in this ministry and apostleship 

from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 

And they cast lots for them, 

and the lot fell on Matthias; 

and he was added to the eleven apostles.

*Prayer*

Sometimes, O God, it feels as if fate is decided arbitrarily,

 that life is decided by casting lots,

 that we are destiny’s children, and 

that this is one big crap shoot.

Creator of the Universe,

why are some born with silver spoons,

 and others are beaten with wooden ones?

Holy Mystery,

why do some escape poverty and war in rickety row boats,

 and others sail through life privileged and unscathed?

Source of Love,

why do some exist in peaceful, pastoral bliss,

 and others fall victim to a mass shooting?

Architect of Life,

why are some able to cope happily with COVID,

 and others are overwhelmed and descend into anxiety and sadness?

My God, my God,

why does the colour of one’s skin determine, in so many cases, 

expectations, outcomes, and interactions?

Creator, Mystery, Source of Love, Architect of Life, our God,

you call us to make responsible choices in the face of so much suffering and sorrow.

And so, we pray,

 looking for guidance,

 hoping for clear direction,

 longing for grounded wisdom.

Help us to acknowledge our blessings with humble thanksgiving.

Lead us outside ourselves and our circles with active intercession.

Enable us to discern right choices that address injustices.

Empower us to listen and learn and love.
2 days ago

Tomorrow -- May 10 -- DOTAC hosts the second in our Seminar Series on Diakonia -- Mondays in May. Dr. Sister Dottie Almoney will present on "Reclaiming the "D" Word -- Diakonia in the Church" 1 PM Central Daylight Time
If you aren't yet on the list, send an email to teddodd@live.com to be added and receive the Zoom link.
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Tomorrow -- May 10 --  DOTAC hosts the second in our Seminar Series on Diakonia -- Mondays in May.  Dr. Sister Dottie Almoney will present on Reclaiming the D Word -- Diakonia in the Church  1 PM Central Daylight Time
If you arent yet on the list, send an email to teddodd@live.com to be added and receive the Zoom link.

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4 days ago

Join us for the second in our series
# **Mondays in May:**
# **A DOTAC Seminar Series on DIAKONIA**
## *“Reclaiming the “D” Word -*
## *Diakonia in the Church”*

**Monday, May 10 at 1 pm Central Daylight Time**

*If you are not already on the list send an email to *

*teddodd@live.com *

*to join.*

Sister Dottie Almoney is a member of the ELCA Deaconess Community and a rostered deacon in the ELCA. She currently works at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA as the Director of Education and Outreach. She is also a member of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania and POWER. She will be graduating May 8th from the Lancaster Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program with her final project, Understanding Diakonia in the ELCA. (Congratulagtions, Sister Dottie!)
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Join us for the second in our series
# **Mondays in May:**
# **A DOTAC Seminar Series on DIAKONIA**
## *“Reclaiming the “D” Word -*
## *Diakonia in the Church”* 

**Monday, May 10 at 1 pm Central Daylight Time**

*If you are not already on the list send an email to *

*teddodd@live.com *

*to join.*

Sister Dottie Almoney is a member of the ELCA Deaconess Community and a rostered deacon in the ELCA.  She currently works at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA as the Director of Education and Outreach.  She is also a member of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania and POWER.  She will be graduating May 8th from the Lancaster Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program with her final project, Understanding Diakonia in the  ELCA. (Congratulagtions, Sister Dottie!)

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