Ye Olde Hermeneutic XII #9

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 March 11-12, 2017

(Written by Rod Dugliss, edited by Rebecca Morehouse)

Welcome our Guests for Inquirers’ Day

On Saturday 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.


And Lunch for All

We provide a simple lunch—probably pizza & salad—for those attending Inquirer’s Day. A key part of the day for our guests is the chance to meet and talk with the students. They can then provide the real story of the life and labor of the school that the Dean has cavalierly glossed over in his enthusiasm.

So, FREE LUNCH for students and any faculty who can participate. In the Refectory, Saturday noon,


The Annual Thief of Time:
Daylight Savings Weekend

This is when we arbitrarily take back the extra hour we gave you in the fall to get all your homework done. With superbly bad planning the “leap forward” will occur between Saturday and Sunday of this school weekend.

Your cell phone, your computer, your iPad, and fitness watches all know how to do this automatically. You need to take action for yourself to be sure alarms or other means that get you up are set for the new time in order to arrive ON TIME for liturgy rehearsal on Sunday.


The Changes and Chances of this Mortal Life

For this edition we can again report that all is well.


A Great Conference on Food Justice

On the afternoon of Saturday, March 21 the Interfaith Sustainable Food Cooperative is holding a major conference at The First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley. The topic for the day is Faith, Farms, and Food Access. Faculty member Phina Borgeson will be leading one of the panels (on Food Waste Reduction and Recovery) and student Jennifer Nelson, along with members of her sponsoring congregation—St. Bartholomew’s, Livermore—will be participating.

Food Justice is a global issue with many, concrete local applications that any deacon should be conversant with. This is a great opportunity to learn and add to your diaconal toolkit.

For more information and to register go to: ‪<>


Words to the Wise from Rebecca
I’m looking forward to seeing you all Saturday morning. Since I’m no longer here on the weekends, Rod has been giving me some feedback about what works and what doesn’t food and quantity-wise.  I would love to hear from you all as well about that or anything you would like added to the ‘menu’.  I will leave a notepad in the kitchen for you to jot down things for my next shopping list.


Dates/Events of Note
Copies of the Revised academic schedule for Fall 2017, and thereafter, are in every student and faculty box. Get yours. Adjust whatever calendaring you have already put in your devices. 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.


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 Skype in for the annual meeting of the Board of the Association for Episcopal Deacons, which follows immediately. Brad is one of two Lay members of the AED board.