The Diaconal Hermeneutic

Online with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership: April 12 – May 31
Videoconferences: This course does not include videoconferences. 

As we live into the successive waves of the current renewal of the Sacred Order of Deacons in The Episcopal Church we are gaining greater clarity about the distinctive nature of the “full and equal order,” and increasingly able and willing to invite the gift of prophetic servant leadership. At the heart of the deacon’s vocation and charism is a way of seeing the world and the church that informs prayer and action. Drawing on the concept and discipline of hermeneutics this online course will explore the components of a diaconal hermeneutic and how it shapes ministry and the deacon’s ordination charge, “to interpret to the church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.”

For this first offering of the course, readings will be excerpts from a variety of sources, provided by the instructor.

The course is suitable for the ongoing learning of deacons in ministry, persons aspiring to the diaconate or who are in formation. It will also be informative for members of congregational vocations committees and members of Commission on Ministry.

Instructor: Dr. Rod Dugliss


  • Walter Brueggeman, The Prophetic Imagination and The Hopeful Imagination
  • Excerpts posted online from N.T. Wright, Heschel, and Merton