Ye Olde Hermeneutic XI #12

Ye Olde Hermeneutic

?Deacons are not to serve us, the church, but to show us how to serve the world.? Paraphrase of Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, from address to his diocesan convention.

News for the Weekend of May 14-15, 2016

(Written by Rod Dugliss, edited by Rebecca Morehouse)

0ur Saturday Deacon is The Rev. Nancy Key

Nancy graduated a year ago and was ordained last August. As a deacon in the Diocese of San Joaquin, she participates in a new model for ministry that makes best use of a scarcity of ordained leadership. It also fosters an awareness among the faithful that they are part of more than one community hunkered down on a Sunday morning. She is one of two deacons and three priests that move about among the Episcopal Church of the Savior (ECOS) in Hanford, St. Paul?s in Visalia, and St. John?s in Tulare. Of this she says, ?This covers the liturgical serving piece, but also ? as I have learned ? what I do with that is develop relationships with the folks in the church. These relationships have/will become the basis of other ministry in the community.  At St. Paul?s, I am involved in vestry, ministry in the community (mostly this is homeless ministry for me), and our discernment of who/what/where we are ?called to be? (Bishop David?s theme). The Hub vision also includes using the gifts of each of us (three priests and two deacons) in each congregation, rotating among the communities. ?
Always Learning (Are we seeing an end-of-year theme here?)
?What I?ve learned is that we?re doing a new thing here in San Joaquin, and it probably looks more like church development than I anticipated. But our bishop, and our diocese, is exploring what church in the community could be ? and that?s deacon leadership work! I?m on the diocesan Standing Committee, so we are very much exploring what things will look like ? beyond buildings and properties!?

In her spare time, and amid her day job, Nancy has done Spanish language study in Cuernavaca, Mexico, a two-week Spanish immersion on the Diocese of LA, and was recently trained and licensed as an ?Advanced Care Planning? facilitator.

Welcome Nancy and ask about any of the many dimensions of innovative ministry in which she is involved.


0ur Saturday Presider is The Rev. Patricia Starrs Cunningham

Tricia Cunningham is the Priest-in-Charge of the combined congregation of Trinity-St. Peter?s in San Francisco. Trinity is the oldest Episcopal parish in the state, and now the Diocese of California. The building that houses the people of Trinity, who, a few years ago, were joined by the people of St. Peter?s [whose building was destroyed by the Loma Prieta earthquake] is an imposing, historic building. It was damaged by the same earthquake and so space use is limited. However, within this there is a congregation striving to be the Good News in their part of the city. We are delighted to have Trish with us.


The Changes and Chances of this Mortal Life

Unexpected Death: This week we learned of the death, over Mothers Day weekend, of Jim Moloney, a graduate with the Class of 2013.  Jim and his wife, Leslie Watson, began the School for Deacons together. Leslie determined that it was not her calling but continued to take some classes. Jim was elected and served as the student member of the board of trustees in his final year. He and Leslie served briefly on the board after his graduation. If you would like to send a note to Leslie, her current address is:
Leslie Watson

340 ? 29th Avenue, Unit 306

Oakland, CA 94601


School for Deacons registrar and director of admissions, Mary Louise Hintz, is wrestling with a number of debilitating symptoms of something that an array of doctors has not been able to diagnose. She was admitted to hospital and the ICU over Mothers Day weekend. We think modern medicine can figure things out pretty readily with all the diagnostic tool s and accumulated knowledge at hand. Well, not every time. It adds anxiety and frustration and suffering to all the other painful symptoms. We are hoping something is resolved for Mary Louise soon. Prayers always welcomed.


The ?Process? and Its Processing

For all current students, that which can be done has been done. Others, we hope, are pursuing what is needed to get themselves to Vocations Conferences etc. that are coming up in the fall?which looks a long way off today, but will be here before you know it.


Traffic and Craziness

This weekend will not only be Pentecost (bring something red to wear on Sunday) it is also the annual Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. For most of the day that means that one can not get from one side of the city to the other and seriously affects access to the Bay Bridge. Anyone coming from or through the city on Sunday will need to make alternate plans.
Also, traffic billboards are telling us that I-80 at San Pablo will be closed Saturday May14, from 11:00 pm to 7:00am. I don?t know if and how this will affect people coming from north of the campus either because of the community dinner or just to class.


Books, Books, Books!!

The Rev. Frank Sterling, SFD graduate and member of the Board for many years, just dropped off several boxes of books. A quick peek indicates that there is a great selection to choose from.  They will be displayed on a table in the Commuter Room for your browsing pleasure. Help yourself to those that appeal to you.


Anti-racism training at Holy Cross, Castro Valley??
Anti-racism training is required for anyone preparing for Holy Orders. It is also expected for non-ordained persons in positions of leadership. It is a good and necessary thing for everyone in TEC. These trainings are scheduled in various dioceses at various ties. What follows is a description of an upcoming training in , but not exclusively for, the Diocese of California.


How do you respond to the Presiding Bishop?s call to evangelism and racial reconciliation? Do you seek a stronger toolbox to engage in your ministry? What is the Christian response to the polarized secular world? The Diocese of California is pleased to offer Anti-racism training in the weekend format at Holy Cross, Castro Valley. This is a small group curriculum that covers the core elements of the required Anti-racism training. This training is required or recommended for all clergy and lay leaders in The Episcopal Church.
When: Friday May 27 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.?
WhereHoly Cross Episcopal Church, 19179 Center Street, Castro Valley?
Cost: $50 (includes materials and lunch), scholarships are available?
Registration: the Rev. Eric Metoyer,, 415.869.7810?
Deadline: May 25


Scholarship Information

The Deadline is tight, but this is worth repeating.

Because of the generosity of others in previous generations the Diocese of California has funds for scholarship for Postulants who are engaged in theological education and seeking to be ordained as deacons or priests. The largest of these funds is the Eastman Fund which is available to postulants in the Diocese of California and the Diocese of San Joaquin. There is also the Monteagle Deaconess Fund which is available to any women postulants for the diaconate in any of the four dioceses served by The School for Deacons.


Rebecca has further information on obtaining the right forms and making application.


Save this Very Important Date

It may seem a long way off, but the dates have been set for the triennial Province VIII Deacons Conference. [If your don?t know what Province VIII is, ask one of the faculty discretely so as to protect your cover.] The last conference was 2014 in Vancouver, WA. It had an amazing program with great opportunities to come to know and network with deacons from all over the U.S. west. The next one will be NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV hosted by the great deacon community in the Diocese of Nevada. Get it on your calendar now. Start setting aside some funds for travel and registration. It is NOT to be missed!!



The 35th-ish graduation of The School for Deacons will be held Sunday May22, 2016.

We are in yet another new venue this year. The graduation ceremony will be held in All Saint?s Chapel of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific at 4:00PM. There will be a reception immediately following in the St. Margaret?s Courtyard.


Dates of Note

Before we get to the dates for the beginning of the next academic year, we have the ordinations of all the 2016 graduates over the summer.  First up is Robin Poppoff on Saturday, June 4; next is Alberta Buller on Saturday, June 11.  And all the rest on Saturday, August 13 ? that is Beth Gaines, Pam Gossard, Babs Haggenjos, Patty Park, and Kate Sefton. Note that Mara Arack and Anne Pierson will be ordained with them.  Alleluia!


The 2016-17 academic year begins with New Student Orientation on Saturday, August 20th with the first School for Deacons weekend being August 27th & 28th.