Sunday, June 6, 2021

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.


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