Ye Olde Hermeneutic XII #8

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 February 18-19, 2017

(Written by Rod Dugliss, edited by Rebecca Morehouse)

Inquirers’ Day

On Saturday March 11th we will host the annual Inquirers’ Day. This is a great opportunity for anyone who might be discerning a call to ordained ministry, or who might be serving on a Local Discernment Committee, to explore what the 21st century diaconate is all about and learn how the school works to help form persons for ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons in The Episcopal Church.

People are invited to arrive at 8:30am to sign in so that we can begin at 9:00am when classes begin. There will be in conversation with the dean and others. We hope to answer all questions and to spark ongoing curiosity about this ministry which is so critical for church and world. We will end the morning with lunch and time for some one-on-one conversations—to which all students are invited. Our guests can sit in on an afternoon class if they wish.

Current students, recent graduates, deacons everywhere are the best discerners and encouragers of vocations to the future diaconate. Look about your sending congregation, your field education site, any other parts of the gathered church and see if there are folk who need to be offered an invitation to Inquirer’s Day. Simple flyers available in the office and online.


The Changes and Chances of this Mortal Life

Jan Robitscher mentioned this after the last issue of The Herm went to press, that a student at the school many years ago, Peter Menkin, had died and that she was missing part of a weekend to participate in his memorial service.


Parking . . .

Wait, wait, they don’t play football in the spring do they? No, they don’t. But there are events on campus from time to time that we need to be aware of. On Saturday, if you could seek out the “F” spaces and leave more of the Yellow Dot spaces open it would be appreciated. A young man will be claiming his spiritual adulthood in a Bar Mitzvah that will be held in Easton Hall. Some of the guests will be driving.


Words to the Wise from Rebecca
words words words – and I’m all out of them! (for now that is).


Dates/Events of Note
Because on of the six “revivals” of The Episcopal Church, led with his usual energy by our Presiding Bishop, will be held in Fresno on the original November school weekend next semester, we will be putting out a new schedule for that semester. Each student and faculty member will get a hard copy. We will change the posting on the web site.

This is the only revival being held in the west. We already know students from El Camino Real and San Juaquin are “expected” [read required] to be there and the rest of us should want to be there.


The annual Archdeacons and Deacon [formation] Directors [or A3D] conference will meet in Atlanta this year from the 16th through the 19th of March. The dean is planning to attend. Brad Peterson hopes to attend some or all of the conference and then the annual meeting of the Board of the Association for Episcopal Deacons, which follows immediately.


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