- The Program
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 September 17-18, 2016
(Written by Rod Dugliss, edited by Rebecca Morehouse)
Welcome Our Saturday Deacon, The Rev. Alberta Buller
It seems as though Alberta was just here; and, indeed, she just was. Alberta graduated in May and was ordained in June. It was determined that her first congregational placement would be at St. Francis, Novato, but the rector was on sabbatical until sometime this month and did not want Alberta to start without her.
Not one to let grass grow under her feet, Alberta continued with her chaplaincy work a Marin General Hospital, served, preached, and cajoled at her sponsoring parish [St. Stephen’s, Belvedere] and went about to other congregations to promote the diaconate!! Way to go, Alberta.
If there were a bit more diaconal horn tooting about the dioceses, any number of folk might “get it” that that undefined urge or tug they sense is, in fact, a nascent call to radical servant leadership.
Be sure to give Alberta a warm welcome home.
We Seem to be Surviving the Changes
As announced in the first Hermeneutic of this formation year, Rod and Rebecca began August first working on a limited schedule. Rebecca normally works one day a week in the office—typically Wednesday. She will be on campus part of the Friday before a school weekend to set up the coffee, etc., but she will not be on campus for the weekends themselves.
On our recent, first school weekend, students pitched in to support ‘hospitality’—or our endless caffeine and carb needs. Everyone is eager to help, so this will sort itself out. The general school phone number rolls over to Rebecca’s cell phone and she checks email regularly so you can always reach her if you need to on other days.
Rod is on campus Wednesdays, along with Kate Salinaro, teaching the CDSP Field Ed Seminars. Rod will usually be on campus on Tuesdays and on some Thursdays or Fridays by appointment.
The school office is now back to the space where we began nearly 20 years ago when we moved on campus. It is the curtained glass enclosed space at the north end of the refectory. The move is taking place in slow motion, in part because we had to sift and sort through twenty years of files that mostly needed to visit a shredder. It is a cozy space. The shakedown cruise continues.
The Changes and Chances of this Mortal Life
The Rev. Bob Ribicki, who has been seriously ill—but improving—for some time, died suddenly Labor Day weekend. Bob was recently received to function as a priest in The Episcopal Church but had a long life of service in and beyond the Roman Catholic Church, especially in mobilizing responses to the AIDS crisis. He was known to and worked with several of the deacons in the Diocese of California. He has been the senior staff person for management and oversight at CDSP—in particular planning and executing the move from Shires to Parsons and the development of so many parts of the campus. In all this he was a particular friend of the School for Deacons. He looked out for us, and often would drop by to catch up and learn more about the ever-evolving diaconate in this part of the world. His is a great loss to us all. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
The Rev. Don Callison deacon extraordinaire at St. Mary’s, Napa, has a new right hip. No longer will he seem to totter. And he won’t hurt any more.
On a more positive note---
The Rev. Jon Owen, formerly of the Diocese of California and one time member of the Board of the School for Deacons is a diaconal house-afire. He is working with the AED group of “Young Deacons” that was formed at the June triennial gathering in Minnesota. They are actively seeking to generate younger vocations and as part of that, Jon’s “witness” of her personal story is now going viral on Facebook. Then, last week, he was appointed to a position on the zoning board of the community in which he lives (while he also serves as deacon at St. Luke’s, in Fr. Lauderdale. [Diocese of SE Fla] All this while he works on a Master’s.
Mary Louise is doing better. She is undergoing a lot of assessment and evaluation to ascertain possible options—which sounds a bit bafflegabish but you get the point. To complicate matters further, her husband Greg—stalwart caregiver—had an emergency gall bladder failure with surgery.
The “Process” and Its Processing
Mary Taggart and Donna Arellano are now Candidates for ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons.
Getting Political in an Election Year
We have already called attention to the election guide that comes from our Governmental Relations of The Episcopal Church [i.e. our lobbying presence in Washington, DC, which brings us the Episcopal Public Policy Network online (EPPN)] has issued its quadrennial guide for voting. No endorsements, but a rehearsal of principle, values, and Gospel imperatives. It can be found at:
Available on Facebook, and ENS, and the AED website is Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s statement on the election and that voting is a Christian obligation. Good for us to hear. Good for us to encourage the baptized to hear. He has just named a new head for Office of Government Relations, Rebecca Linder Blachly,who brings mighty credentials indeed.
And Another Thing. . .
A good friend has recommended to me a “program” [site?] created by Parker Palmer and sponsored by TEC called “Bridging the Divide.” It is an attempt to help us find common ground for the common good in the midst of the current Gilbert & Sullivan tragicomic opera called, The Election. Check it out at: https://www.churchnext.tv/library/bridging-the-political-divide/
Deacons Stephenie Cooper, Annette Rankin, andKate Sefton, along with Archdeacon Gary Brown have joined the Board of Trustees for the school. The dean is delighted.
Dates of Note
The triennial Province VIII Deacons Conference will be NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV hosted by the great deacon community in the Diocese of Nevada
Words to the Wise from Rebecca
From all reports every thing went smoothly last weekend in regards to coffee, tea, and other nourishment. Thank you. I encourage any and all of you to take the initiative to check the kitchen for edibles and supplies to replenish as needed. Also, if you have any suggestions about what you would like available to nosh on, please send them to me. I’m going to move the Keurig from the office to the kitchen and supply some decaf pods for those who don’t need or can’t have the ‘real’ thing.
The Venerable Cookie Clark writes that she is bringing various clerical garb (shirts, albs, etc.) that will be up for grabs. Be on the look out.
That’s it for the moment. I look forward to seeing you all at the community dinner.