Ye Olde Hermeneutic XI #9

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 March 12-13, 2016

(Written by Rod Dugliss, edited by Rebecca Morehouse)

Welcome our Saturday Deacon, The Rev. Tim Smith

Tim Smith graduated from The School for Deacons last May?remember last May? ?and was soon thereafter ordained. He has returned to the congregation from which he was sponsored for the diaconate and is now one of two deacons active at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco. Tim has already gotten the congregation involved as a distribution point for a food bank. He personally stays involved with some of the elements of his field education placement with The Night Ministry?most recently participating in the community protests of the shooting of young men of color in the Mission by the San Francisco Police Department.
Less that six months after starting at St. Mary?s the rector?who had seen in Tim leadership for a much greater social ministry and justice engagement by the parish--abruptly retired. Tim now works with an interim team and will see ministry opportunities unfolding as the parish goes through a detailed search process.
Ask Tim if it was worthwhile studying Title IV in the Senior Seminar.


The Changes and Chances of this Mortal Life

Kate Salinaro has been dealing with a ?thing? that put her into the hospital last weekend. She is now doing some IV antibiotics and hopes to get this thing finally put to rest in a week or so. She will be at school this weekend but will defer Sunday Deacon duties to Dean of Chapel David Stickley.


The ?Process? and Its Processing

It?s official. Alberta Buller will be ordained at Grace Cathedral on Saturday, June 11, 2016

Robin Poppoff is indeed a candidate for Holy Orders.

The Crazy {Christian} Eight of the Diocese of Northern California are actively planning their collective ordination at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento for Saturday, August 13th.


Inquirer?s Day is Here!!

Saturday morning we will be hosting our annual Inquirer?s Day. Folk are invited to join us for worship at 7:45, but they also know the program starts at 9:00, so they will be joining us as the day begins. We have a pretty good crowd coming and one of the things they are told is to ask questions of students to learn about the school program and experience from their perspective.
At Lunch, we encourage all students to bring their lunches to the Refectory and mingle and munch with our enquiring inquirers. You all can give a much better picture of what student life is like than can the Dean.


Messin?With the Clock

With depressing regularity, the semi-annual changing of the clock to accommodate the leisure industry and other essential economic entities occurs on a School for Deacons weekend. There is some justice in this in that the powers who conspire to muck around with the clock gave us all an extra hour for sleep, or homework, or carousing in the fall. But there is always a price. So they are taking back that hour between Saturday and Sunday of this weekend. The Mnemonic tells us ?to Spring forward? with the hour hand. If you are totally digital in your timepieces, push the appropriate button.
So remember to set your clocks, especially your get-up-in-the-morning alarm clock, ahead one hour before you drift off to sleep Saturday night. Otherwise you will show up for Eucharist and find yourself helping the assisting sacristans pick up the chapel after the service.


A New ?Must Read?

A new non-fiction work that focuses on an ongoing but overlooked element of what make for poverty in the US has been getting a lot of strong reviews.

The book is, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. In the New York Times of Monday, February 22, the reviewer said, ?Like Jonathan Kozol?s ?Savage Inequalities,? or Barbara Ehrenreich?s ?Nickeled and Dimed,? or Michelle Alexander?s ?The New Jim Crow,? this sweeping, yearlong project makes us consider inequality and economic justice in ways we previously had not.? That puts this volume in very distinguished company of absolutely must read books for Deacons [and all the Baptized who know that justice work is Gospel work]. The following Sunday, Barbara Ehreriech herself write a powerful review as the front page item in the Sunday NYT Book Review. It was also the lead review for the Sunday S. F. Chronicle.

I know current students have plenty to read while in study, but this book goes on a ?must read? list for after graduation along with any of the seminal works cited in the quote from the initial review, above. For graduates reading this newsletter, it goes on your list right now.

I have a photocopy ready original of the first review, if anyone wants a copy. Ask.