Ye Olde Hermeneutic
“This is perhaps the most challenging task with which we have been charged. It is not so much about being a thorn in the church’s side or about making trouble (though we are often involved in both), it is, as Walter Brueggemann reflects in The Prophetic Imagination, about being both critical and analytical, as well as people who energize with hope.” Susanne Watson-Epting, Unexpected Consequences: The Diaconate Renewed, p.92.
News for the Weekend of April 1-2, 2017
(Written by Rod Dugliss, edited by Rebecca Morehouse)
In the rare instance of this weekend, that one of the class days falls on the first day of April, we know that all will be diligent and sober in their study and class participation and that there will be no instances of pranks or other foolishness.
Let the reader understand.
Thanks to Everyone
For helping make a successful Inquirer’s Day. We had a wonderfully diverse group of persons beginning to discern if the diaconate is what that sense of being called is all about. Everyone who came had a very positive experience and much appreciated students and faculty taking time to talk with them over lunch and during class visits. BTW, this is the first time that everyone stayed to spend some time in a class after lunch. A good sign.
Remember, the best discerners of prospective deacons are deacons. Keep your eyes, ears, and hearts open.
The A3D meeting—and Sanctuary.
The what? Every year the Association for Episcopal Deacons (AED—to which everyone is already a member; right??) hosts a conference for Archdeacons and those persons—like the dean—who are responsible for diaconal formation in the dioceses of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada. This year we met in Atlanta and the dean, Archdeacons Gary Brown, Cookie Clark, and David Stickley attended.
Lots of good information shared, key issues addressed etc.
One topic that got a lot of attention was the Sanctuary Movement—both for churches and cities. There are lots of elements that have to be thought through to be able to act as real sanctuary, and persuasive work to be done to obtain the buy-in of folk in congregations and in the community. Welcoming all as a sanctuary is much more than a slogan.
In the plenary presentation one major resource was cited. It is to let everyone reading this publication know about it that I bring it up.
The Diocese of Los Angeles has probably done more, and is further ahead than most of TEC regarding sanctuary. They have created a very substantial web site with lots of resources. If you are curious, or interested; if your field ed congregation is thinking about this or is taking some steps toward being a sanctuary; if, in your life or your congregation, there are doubters or those opposed, then go to: lasacredresistance.org to learn.
The Changes and Chances of this Mortal Life
After a good experience in Atlanta, David Stickley returned to SF to find that his beloved partner of many years, Eric, had suddenly and unexpectedly died. David welcomes your prayers.
Words to the Wise from Rebecca
For those who feel puppy-deprived over class weekends, word has it that Woody will be accompanying his human (David Stickley) to class this weekend. Give him and Veronique a pet from Jasmine and me!
Dates/Events of Note
The final Revised academic schedule for Fall 2017, and thereafter, is now on the web site. Also, if you have not already done so, calendar Saturday November 18th to be in Fresno for the 6th and final Episcopal Revival, being led by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry—and the only one being held in the West. It is expected [required] that students from the dioceses of San Joaquin and El Camino Real attend. The rest of us should try to be there too.