Sunday, June 6, 2021

United Methodist Deacon 25th Anniversary

Congratulations to the United Methodist Deacons on their 25th Anniversary.  

Please check out the celebrations of the Anniversary shared from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary

Inaugural Crain/Seymour Lecture: Mary Elizabeth Moore

Lecture by Margaret Ann Crain

Service of Celebration

Social Justice Panel


United Methodist Office of Deaconess and Home Missioners

The United Methodist Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner welcomed 15 new deaconesses and 2 deaconesses transferring their relationship to the United States from the Philippines in a virtual service of welcome and dedication on May 3, 2021. 

The candidates who were welcomed to the Order on May 3 had met every requirement to be deaconesses and home missioners.  

Originally, these deaconesses were to be consecrated in-person at General Conference in September, which had been postponed from 2020.  While everyone would have loved to together in-person, our virtual service allowed guests who would not have been able to travel to General Conference to be included.  Each candidate shared their name, location, and ministry.  Several who are already deaconesses created videos of welcome, which were shared as a part of the service, and that added an extra layer of love and support for these individuals.  

Congratulations to the following Deaconesses! 

Anti-Racism Programming 2021

The World Council of Churches has awarded DOTAC a grant from their “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace” program.  The WCC PJP is focused on North America for 2021.  The programs address racial justice and/or indigenous rights (see link for more detail).

Registration is free.  To register for any of these programs send an email to

DOTAC Racial Justice Journey

Working and learning together to be anti-racism advocates and allies. 

Thursday, June 17 and Thursday, July 15 

noon—1:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time

KAIROS Blanket Exercise 

Building understanding about the history of colonialism and its impact on Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada 

Monday, August 9

1pm- 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time 

or 6pm- 8:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Exploring the Missing Chapter

Raising awareness of the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the United States.

Monday, October 18

1pm- 3:00 pm Central Daylight Time 

or 6pm- 8:00pm Central Daylight Time

Non-Violence Training

Exploring with Christian Peacemaker Teams, the basic tactics for social change and de-escalation skills.

Monday, November 2 Central Daylight Time

Noon—3 p.m.


Mondays in May: A DOTAC Seminar Series on DIAKONIA

DOTAC seminar series featuring scholars who have written and conducted research related to diakonia began on May 3.  They have been a rousing success.  Almost 200 people have asked to be on the registration list, and we have averaged about 80 for the live sessions.  The speakers’ presentations have been recorded and made available to the registrants, (see the links to the first three below) on our Facebook page, and will be uploaded to our website.  

See more:

May 3:  Reverend Doctor Carlos Emilio Ham

“Diakonia in Times of the COVID Pandemic: Are We Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?” 

May 10:  Sister Dottie Almoney

“Reclaiming the “D” Word -Diakonia in the Church” 

May 17:  Deacon Dionata Rodrigues de Oliveira

“Brazilian Perspectives on the Diaconate: Empowerment, Diaconal Methodology and Transformation”

May 24:  Reverend Doctor Margaret Ann Crain

“Full and Equal Order: 25 Years of the United Methodist Order of Deacon”

May 31:  Reverend Canon Deacon Michael Jackson

“The Diaconate: Seeking an Ecumenical Consensus”


The Deaconess Community/ELCA

The theme of the 2021 ELCA Deaconess Community Assembly was “Love, Walk, Flourish.” Sister Noreen Stevens was re-elected to her second four-year term as directing deaconess at the 2021 Deaconess Community Assembly, held April 7-10. “As a Community called to prophetic diakonia and compelled by the love of Christ, we will continue to listen and act on the Spirit’s disruptions that open our hearts and minds to the broken, beautiful world and faithfully act on new opportunities, build on the strength of partnerships, work for justice and the flourishing of all God’s creation,” said Sr. Noreen.

The Assembly was held electronically this year, which enabled many of the Community's partners to attend. 

The Community welcomed guests: 

Diaconal Minister Ted Dodd, President of DIAKONIA of the Americas and the Caribbean; 

Deaconess Lisa Polito, Executive Director of the Lutheran Diaconal Association; 

The Rev. Crista Schrauf, general secretary of Kaiserswerth General Conference, Kaiserswerth Germany, 

members of the Maine Poor People’s Campaign and 

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis to lead us through a study of Micah 6:8 at a pre-assembly learning event.

“We seek to practice the best of Community as we celebrate our faithful, intentional connections with one another and our partners,” said Sr. Noreen.

This Zoom event enabled many Sisters, Candidates, and guests to attend for the first time in years. Days filled with worship, plenary sessions, breakout room discussions, elections, resolutions that call for intentional engagement of our vision, and celebrations, ended with social events, such as an interactive CLUE game, pub-style trivia, and BINGO, designed to cultivate community time for those who attended.


DOTAC Monthly Zoom Prayer Meetings

This DOTAC group meets on the first of every month for a time of check in, reflection, and prayer.  We met on April 1, which this year was Maundy Thursday, and focused on the footwashing story in John.  On May 1 we considered the Easter Appearance stories from the gospels and our experiences of resurrection hope.  

We meet on the first day of each month. Even months (June, August, October, etc.) are held at 5 pm Central Time and on odd months (July, September, November, etc.) at noon Central Time.  If you are not already on our list, send an email to and a reminder and the Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date.

Centre for Christian Studies

The Centre for Christian Studies celebrated graduation with a series of online events this spring. The Centre, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba focuses on formation for Anglican Deacons and United Church of Canada Diaconal Ministers.

Taking advantage of the online format of their learning circles, an open session was held Saturday April 10th, and members of the community joined students to hear biographical profiles of diaconal ministers, deacons and deaconesses. Some of the people profiled were in attendance! That morning also featured conversation with 2021 Companion of the Centre Anne Manikel.

The following weekend continued the celebrations with an online worship service and online tea. Highlights of the worship service included a reflection by Companion Anne Manikel and communion. Updates to the zoom software enabled guests are the online tea to ‘wander’ from room to room, visiting with graduates and friends.

Although in person gatherings are greatly missed, online celebrations have allowed participants far and wide to celebrate together. The graduation events at the Centre honoured diaconal ministry of the past and present while looking forward to a transformative future of graduates who are imagining church differently.