By Neva Rae Fox Correspondent More than five decades ago, while studying anthropology in college and attending the school’s Canterbury Fellowship, Priscilla Jean Wright felt a call to servant ministry. Now, at age 87, she is still active as a deacon. Sister Priscilla is the last of the deaconesses. With a wide smile and a quick wit, Sister Priscilla is happy to share her … [Read more...] about Sister Priscilla, the Last Deaconess, Still Active at 87
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Correspondent In the Diocese of Kentucky, congregations depend on deacons to tweak consciences and inspire ministry in surrounding neighborhoods burdened by poverty. Kentucky deacons also play liturgical roles from bidding prayers to delivering homilies. And they don’t get paid, which helps preserve funds in tight budgets. But more than half of … [Read more...] about Deacons Play Evolving Role
The Rev. Bobbe Fitzhugh reports for the Diocese of Wyoming: Bishop John Smylie has announced the appointment of the Rev. Jill Zimmerschied of Wheatland, a long-time Deacon in the Diocese of Wyoming, to serve as the Archdeacon for the Diocese of Wyoming. Jill replaces the Venerable Dick Naumann of Laramie, who has announced his retirement from active ministry. In the Episcopal … [Read more...] about Wyoming’s New Archdeacon
Dual Call | Episcopal Church The Task Force to Study Dual-Call Couples has released Dual-Call Couples: Gifts & Challenges for the Church, a 24-minute video that will inform its report to the 79th General Convention. The Church Pension Group estimated in 2013 that the Episcopal Church is home to approximately 428 dual-call couples and that about 14 percent of active … [Read more...] about Equally Yoked?
Adapted from a Bexley Seabury announcement Bexley Seabury has announced a Diaconal Enrichment Program designed to supplement and build upon diocesan training programs. The program is for persons preparing for ordination to the permanent diaconate and for currently ordained deacons seeking to enrich their ministries. The program offers a low-residency, graduate-level, … [Read more...] about Diaconal Studies in Chicago
By John Martin A consultation is studying whether Church of England clergy can be freed from requirements to wear traditional clerical dress. It is the first formal step toward easing dress requirements in order for churches to be seen as more relevant in contemporary culture. Opponents of relaxing clergy dress believe it could leave leaders looking slovenly. While canon … [Read more...] about U.K. Clergy Might Dress Down
Adapted from an announcement by the Fund for the DiaconateThe Fund for the Diaconate of the Episcopal Church’s annual meeting marked a year of changes. Members gathered Sept. 30 at the Church Pension Group office.The Rev. Edwin F. “Ted” Hallenbeck (Diocese of Rhode Island) stepped down as president of the fund after serving for four years, and after 25 years as a board … [Read more...] about Diaconate Fund’s New Leaders
The Fund for the Diaconate in the Episcopal Church re-elected several officers during its annual meeting October 7 at the offices of the Church Pension Group in Manhattan:The Rev. Edwin F. “Ted” Hallenbeck of the Diocese of Rhode Island, presidentThe Rev. W. Keith McCoy of the Diocese of New Jersey, vice presidentThe Rev. Ellen Ross of the Diocese of Nebraska, secretaryAllerton … [Read more...] about Deacons’ Fund Grows