Ye Olde Hermeneutic XII #12

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 May 13-14, 2017

(Written by Rod Dugliss, edited by Rebecca Morehouse)

Schedule Change

Since this is the last weekend of this academic, there is no “next weekend” Eucharist to plan for. So there will be no planning session. That means that the day will begin with the start of classes at 9:00am. If those students who have been gathering for informal morning prayers wish to meet I suggest they begin in Tucson at 8:30. I would ask the amazing coffee angels to get the caffeine, carbs, and protein out as usual so that early morning fuel and conversation needs can be met.


Because of Scott Sinclair’s incapacity to bi-locate, the third year Romans and John class is on a special schedule this weekend with the final class meeting early Sunday instead of Saturday.

As before, make mental or other notes on the experience of the service on Saturday evening so that after Morning Prayer on Sunday we can reflect on it. We should also have time to do some mutual evaluation of how the worship pattern, with the new planning component, has worked.



The Changes and Chances of this Mortal Life.

In the Diocese of California, Deacon Tricia Rosso died on May 1 after a long siege with cancer. Because of a physical limitation, Tricia worked extra hard to get about and to engage in her diaconal work. She always did so with grace and patience. For many years, she was a deacon at Holy Child St. Martin Episcopal Church in Daly City.


As we gather on Saturday, there will be a memorial service in Sebastopol for Deacon David Steadman who served at St. Stephen’s church there for many years.


The Bishop of California, The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, will be on Sabbatical for the next 6 months.


Lisa Bennett’s husband Robin will have open-heart surgery on Monday, May 15th. Prayers most welcome.


This year’s graduation occurs on Sunday, May 21 at 4:00pm in All Saints Chapel on the campus of CDSP. A reception will follow in the St. Margaret Courtyard.


All students will have some role in the event. Show up at . . and await orders, if you don’t already know your assignment for the day.


Just to make things interesting, it is also Bay to Breakers Sunday. While the race is run early in the morning, the post race frivolity goes on until evening. Some streets in and around Golden Gate Park remain closed. If you, or your guests, are coming from the city give them a heads-up to consider their route and timing. (The Bay Bridge is usually a bear.)


A Farewell
After nearly 20 years of teaching the ins and outs and interpretive approaches to the New Testament for deacons, The Rev. Dr. Scott Sinclair retires from the faculty of the school with the end of classes this weekend. He will almost immediately head out to his new home in Sewanee, TN. Scott has brought a distinctive teaching style, immense knowledge, and a distinct personality, all of which have enriched this community of formation. He has been willing to step in at the last minute to lead our Eucharistic worship when a scheduled other has been unable to come. He has worked tirelessly to be sure that each student gets as much from his courses as possible. It has been a great ride. Safe travels and a happy retirement from all whose lives you have touched in this place.


A Liturgical Resource
Jan Robitscher has pointed out that there is an online resource from a recent major conference on liturgy. It is an offering of Liturgy Online and is an article entitled “Preaching Hope in Liturgy.” It is free and can be found at; http:/


Sunday Guests
Each year, some deacons who have been “out there” meet with the final session of the Senior Seminar. It has become a tradition—of his own making—that Deacon Arthur Villerreal, a graduate of the school and a deacon in the Diocese of Atlanta, flies West to see friends in the area and come to the seminar. Also joining us will be Deacon Davidson Bidwell-Waite, a graduate of the school and currently the Diocesan Missioner for Haiti for the Diocese of California. Noteworthy will be the presence of Archdeacon Cookie Clark who will unravel all the mysteries about money, church, and deacons. She may also share her secret about where to find $2.95 clergy shirts.


Words to the Wise from Rebecca
Jasmine and I (and possibly my grandkids) are looking forward to seeing you all Saturday night. Just a quick note about graduation: My friend Mary Beth will be helping me out with the reception but we’ll need help setting up and cleaning up.  So all 5 of you who are not graduating, please plan on staying a bit later for as you know, many hands make light work! Thank you!


“The Future Lies Ahead,” Pogo
The current structure and curriculum of The School for Deacons has served the church well for nearly 40 years. In that time the renewal of the Sacred Order of Deacons in The Episcopal Church has gained traction and through the diverse leadership and lives of many, evolved, and continues to evolve. Susan Watson-Epting’s seminal work, Unexpected Consequences; The Diaconate Renewed, has developed Ormond Plater’s vivid image of “waves” of diaconal ministry and awareness up to the present day. Their research, writing, and remembering give us a clear view of how the diaconate has grown and changed and found its place in the life and work of the church. Things are not as they were in 1980, and things continue to develop, so the board and the faculty are beginning a process of reviewing and revising the program of the School for Deacons. Just to note one obvious element, modern technology has given us tools for delivering instruction that can mean a much better stewardship of the learning time and experience of students. First steps have been taken. As things develop they will be communicated.

Given this work, some of the information currently available on our web pate, like a calendar for the next two years, and the 2015 (latest version) Catalog, may well change.

Stay tuned. This is very exciting.


Dates/Events of Note
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.


And of course. . .

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