United Methodist Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner

While the Office of Deaconess has been a part of the Methodist tradition since 1888, the Office of Home Missioner was established at the 2004 General Conference providing lay men with an opportunity to serve in a life-time relationship in The United Methodist Church.  This has been the first opportunity for lay men to be in an official life-time relationship in ministry since the closing of the option of Diaconal Minister by the 1996 General Conference.  The Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner is the only currently active recognized office in The United Methodist Church for those called to full-time vocations in servant ministries as laity.

United Methodist Deaconesses and Home Missioners follow the following mandates which are set forth in the United Methodist Book of Discipline:

a) Alleviate suffering;

b) Eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth;

c) Facilitate the development of full human potential; and

d) Share in building global community through the church universal.

Deaconesses and Home Missioners are consecrated by a bishop to a lifetime of service under the authority of the church.  Their ministries may be in a church-related vocation or helping profession.  Current ministries include but are not limited to issues related to prison, environment, refugees, immigration, health care, education, homelessness, women and children, youth and families, senior adults, peace with justice, and a wide variety of church and community ministries. 

Together, deaconesses and home missioners form a covenant community that is rooted in scripture, informed by history, driven by mission, ecumenical in scope and global in outreach. 

Two major accomplishments occurred for the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner since our last DOTAC gathering.  At the 2016 General Conference, the office of Deaconess and Home Missioner officially became recognized as an Order of the church.  At this same General Conference, they also gained ecclesiastical support for those who work in chaplaincy.

While the United Methodist Church is struggling as a denomination, the Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner continues to grow.  Deaconesses and Home Missioners are facing new challenges with the uncertainty of the future of the UMC.  In these current times, the United Methodist Church is anything but united.  However, the Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner is committed to living into their calls to love, justice and service and will continue to be a diverse community for all laity to serve.

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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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