Backwards

Just time for a short one.

I found this image and found it amusing.

It reminds me of the current attitude that I percieve to deacons in the church of england.

The deacon is meant to be the bishop and priests right hand “man”, the people with their ear to the ground and eyes wide open to the problems in the area, all parishes should have them, whether they be part time, full time, stipended or none stipended.

Instead vocations will give superficial confirmation that the ministry of the deacon is an important one, but seem to more actively to push (and push and push) towards readership or priesthood.

The priests end up doing both their own vocation as well as trying to cover that of the deacon… and then diocese seem confused about the fact that so many priest feel unfulfilled and exausted and wonder what can be done.

so…… as a everyday deacon, enough of this backwards thinking, time to MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

 

 

Ooooooommm

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I aten’t dead!

To quote Granny Weatherwax, “I aten’t dead”.

I atent dead

Just been extremely busy with work with a colleage having moved to another department, and having to largely do the work of two people.

Well, I now have a new “partner in crime”, so should be back shortly.

The last supper, as imagined by Andrew White

Due to the time I finished work I was unable to attend any of the local Maundy meals or services this year.

I regularly change the image on the banner of my churches facebook page, and I try to keep them in sync with the lectionary period we are in, so I am always on the lookout for appropriate images.

Maundy is the one exception to this, a few years ago I came across the painting “In Memoriam; the Last Supper” by artist Andrew White.

In Memoriam of the Last Supper

This evocative image is painted to show the moment Christ declares to his disciples “This is my body, which is given for you”, the disciples eyes close in contemplation of this… except Judas lurking in the background.

The artist testimony is given on: http://www.jesuit.org.uk/blog/memoriam-spiritual-journey-painting

 

 

 

 

 

US cousins

So, our US cousins are making great strides with the diaconate:

Pro – they are now at the stage where diocese are actively encouraging churches to identify “at least two” people who may have a deaconal ministry/calling within their parish.

Con – it’s based on projects that they have been working on since literally before I was born (based on Susanne Watson Epting’s work (guess what I am current reading) on the history of the US diaconate and work begun in 1977 being the beginnings of their current renewal.)

On the plus side, if we (CofE as a national church) are normally 30 years behind behind on things, then renewal is overdue 🙂

New (church) year, new blog

So, we are about to head into the new church year.

We are in the final day, Holy week has begun.

Our year does not begin in the depth of winter as does the secular new year, but with Easter, a time of resurrection within the church of the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, and in the world for the signs of change from Winter into Spring – from a time of death and hibernation, to new life.

So, what better time to begin a new blog?

The original can be found at http://iwannadeek.blogspot.co.uk/ but I have moved it to this for reasons of hosting, and for mistakes make when the original blog was created – basically new wine in new wineskins.  I will however be moving the book reviews and quotes onto this blog as part of the intent of this blog is in showing my journey to be a deacon, both professionally (IF that ever happens) as well as in day to day life – hence the title – I aim to both be an “everyday deacon” (if there is such a thing) with the others in the Church of England and other demoninations, as well as to be a deacon day to day, whether the Church of England should chose to ordain me or not.

You may start this jouney with me at the beginning of it on this blog, or you may be reading this decades in the future when I am an old man, and hopefully deacons are better known in the contempory church and people eagerly encouraged towards it as a vocation.  Either way, I hope you will enjoy the journey, that it will bless your own, and that you will pray for me where-ever I am on the journey.