Not Just for Deacons: The History of Christian Diakonia and the Challenge of Loving Our Neighbors as Ourselves in a Teeming, Technological, Urban World
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the ECMN Retreat Center in Faribault, MN
9:30am – 3pm (Join us for Morning Prayer at 9am! More about the Pre-Lent Clergy Retreat schedule here.)
Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the history of deacons and Christian diakonia, to the diaconal challenges of industrialization and urbanization in the last 200 years, to the 19th Century deaconess movement and the 20th Century revival of the diaconate, particularly in the Episcopal Church.
Required Text: Susanne Watson Epting. Unexpected Consequences: The Diaconate Renewed. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2015.
Please read the whole short book before the workshop. Every ordained leader in the church needs to know this book, and you may have already worked with it. If you cannot read the whole thing before we meet, please examine the chapter titles in the Table of Contents and read the Preface and Chapters 1, 8 and 9.
One additional short reading, the preface, introduction and first chapter of Jeannine Olson’s Deacons and Deaconesses through the Centuries, Revised Edition, will be distributed electronically to those who register. Its use falls under fair use copyright concerns. If time is short, give priority to the Prefaces and Introduction and then just the headings of Chapter 1.
Bradley Peterson, PhD, is a historian of Christianity who teaches history of Christianity for the Episcopal School for Deacons and for the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, both in Berkeley, California. He specializes in the 16th Century Reformation. His additional interests include monastic life, ordained ministry, liturgy and, more recently, Christianity’s theological and practical responses to the economic and social changes of the 19th Century.