“This office of the diaconate – what is it? What is its purpose, what is its character, what are its functions? What change will it make in my thoughts, in my habits, in my manner of life? What shall I be tomorrow that I am not today? What shall I do tomorrow that I am not required to do today?”
These were the words of Joseph Barber Lightfoot , Bishop of Durham, in an ordination address in 1883.
The Centre for Christian Studies is offering a course of study starting this fall, to explore these questions and the answers they invite: Ministering by Word and Example: An Exploration of Diakonia in the Anglican tradition.
The course will be of interest to those preparing for ordination to the diaconate, to deacons, or to anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of ministry.
The course will be held at the Centre for Christian Studies, 60 Maryland St., Winnipeg, on the third Saturday of the month on September 21, October 19, November 16, 2013; January 18, February 15, and March 15, 2014. The day-long sessions will run from 9 AM to 12 noon, and from 1 to 4 PM.
The course will use a seminar format to equip students for diaconal ministry, with an emphasis on developing competencies through a process of action and reflection. The themes and topics are drawn from the Ordination of Deacons in the Book of Alternative Services: Interpreting the Needs, Hopes, and Concerns of the World to the Church; Ministering through Service; Looking for Christ in All Others; Making Christ Known; Assisting in Public Worship.
The application deadline is
September 3, 2013 extended to September 10. Tuition is $600 per person for all six sessions.