Images of Diakonia: Interpreting the Sacred in Church and World

January 16, 2017 - March 6, 2017

CALL Online Winter 2017


At ordination, deacons are charged to “interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.” In this course, students will explore five key images from Christian scripture that make the connection between the Church and the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. Using readings, tools, and processes, both on-line and off-line, such as theological reflection, journaling, case studies, group work, social analysis, community mapping, facilitation and discussion, you will strengthen your awareness of the sacred in Church and world, deepen your understanding and practice of ministry, and gain confidence in engaging others to do the same. The course will aim to develop competencies in the canonical areas of diakonia and diaconal ministry, and practical training and experience. It is suitable for anyone in discernment or formation for the diaconate, or for anyone committed to lifelong learning as deacons, mentors, or co-workers.

This course is offered in partnership with the Centre for Christian Studies (
January 16 – March 6, 2017

Instructor: The Rev. Maylanne Maybee

For the past five and a half years, Maylanne has served as Principal of the Centre for Christian Studies, an Anglican-United Church theological school based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, committed to forming individuals for ministries of education, pastoral care and service, all key elements in diaconal work. Her previous experiences included working for The Anglican Church of Canada in the areas of peace, justice and ecology, coordinated diaconal ministry for the Diocese of Toronto, staffing a national ecumenical network of in inner city parishes and organizations, starting a foundation for nonprofit housing, and working as chaplain and educator in private girls’ schools. She was educated at Trinity College, The University of Toronto and Oxford University, and has pursued a theological interest in the areas of ecclesiology and mission as a long-time member of the Council of Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission. She edited and contributed to All Who Minister: New Ways of Serving God’s People, a collection of case studies of innovative models of ministry.