DIAKONIA OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

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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**Third Sunday of Easter****April 18, 2021****Luke 24: 13-31**The Road to EmmausGod who walks with us, journey with us this day.On this occasion, may we move knowing you are beside us.God who is revealed in the scriptures, open our hearts and minds to your word.In this moment, may we be able to say, “Was not our hearts burning within us.”God who welcomes us with radical hospitality, may we greet the people we meet this day as angels unaware.Throughout this day, may we pray for the others in our lives.God who in known in the breaking of the bread, let the ordinary moments of this day become extraordinary sacredness.During this day, may we open our eyes to recognize the Spirit. (silence)In this time of tension and turmoil, pandemic and poverty, racial injustice, and climate change,like the disciples on the Road to Emmaus,we are often a church of grieving pilgrims:Our hopes decimated.Our dreams broken.Our hearts breaking.God of hospitality,break in with your teaching and wisdom.Take.Bless.Break.Give. We lament the brokenness of our world.We wait with kingdom vision.We long for resurrection hope.We would not be foolish and slow of heart.We would believe all that the prophets have declared.We will offer our thanks and praise and gratitude.Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, we remember that: You are the creator.You are the liberator.You are the vision of justice and compassion.You are the way.Thanksgiving.Interpret to us your mystery:Your transcendent holiness,Your immanent nearness,Your steadfast faithfulness,Your infinite love,Your amazing grace.Praise.Remind us of the Messiah: His birth and embodied incarnation, His life and learning and actions, His teachings and sacred wisdom, His suffering and unjust death, His glorious Easter and re-birth of hope.Gratitude.Stay with us, O Holy One, as guest in our hearts.Stay with us as hospitable and inclusive host.*photo credit: emmausroadtrip.org/* ...
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With the ELCA Deaconess Community today, Thursdays in Black: Toward a World without Rape and Violence. ...
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We love scripture in this visual form with Rev Keith Howard's voice and are continuing to build a YouTube Playlist for Eastertide with scriptures for 2021 the Revised Common Lectionary Year B- New Revised Standard Version. We have complete two and will continue to add as they are completed. You may find these meditations helpful for your compilation or for your use in your worship. Our gift to you dear ones as we continue to move forward in this very unusual time.We have a new Scripture Resources playlist for you to explore for Eastertide. www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3ToKXMN1GJ_bGOrG8ojsSQzGJR1GZUiL ...
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Spread the word! ...
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