Meet Ministers of Diaconia

People are engaging in the ministry of the diaconate in many ways. Check out these stories to learn more and to be inspired!

Ted Dodd
Diaconal Minister, United Church of Canada
“Enabling and empowering nurture, growth-oriented and prophetic questioning, non-hierarchical inclusivity, consultative collegiality, mutuality in accompaniment are articulated faith values of the diaconal community,” observes Ted Dodd. “These attributes are not, of course, unique to the diaconal community.  But the diaconal community offers accountability to these values and I continue to long to be officially a part of this kind of ongoing, intentional feedback and responsible discerning.” Ted transitioned from pastoral ministry to diaconal ministry. Read his story.

 

The Ven. Beth Mallon
Archdeacon, The Episcopal Church
“The best way I can describe it is to ask you to think of the church as a big circle. The priest stands right at the middle of that circle, drawing people into the church and meeting them there to nourish and teach. If you had to find a place in that circle for the deacon, though, you’d have to put us on the very edge of the circle. We have one foot inside the circle – inside the church – and the other foot firmly planted in the world,” says Beth Mallon.  “At our ordinations, we deacons promise to always keep the poor, the sick, the weak, and the lonely in the forefront of our minds. Not only that, but we promise to keep these same people in the minds and hearts of the Church as well.” Read her story.

Rev. Megan Shitama
Deacon, United Methodist Church
“We hold together inward piety and outward justice,” says Megan Shitama. This retreat program coordinator at Pecometh Camp on the Maryland coast found her call to ministry outside the church walls. She is most passionate about ministry when sharing the beauty of God’s creation, helping people “experience God with their hearts as well as all of their senses.” Her hope for the future of the church is simple. “It’s about loving people for who they are, caring about their needs and becoming a part of their community. That’s church.”  Read her story.

 

Rev. Jon Owens, deacon at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, tells his story.

 

 

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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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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.

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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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