Spring 2015: April 13 – June 1, 2015
The Deacon’s Path
This continuing education experience will provide an opportunity to reflect on our vocation; what we’ve learned and where we’re still headed in ministry. We’ll consider vocational development in the form of personal assessment of our lives in ministry. Peer mentoring means that we’ll be reflecting with other participants, receiving feedback, ideas and affirmation from them. In online courses, participants meet others from many geographical areas and ministry backgrounds. As they share diaconal hearts, prophetic and interpretive roles, and serve as animators of the diakonia of all believers, it’s good to compare notes, share learning plans, and take time to renew commitments. People who have been ordained for a while often take heart to hear the fresh perspectives of those in formation, and those in formation benefit by some of the mentoring that occurs from more experienced deacons. Class size is limited to 20.
Instructor: The Rev. Dcn. Susanne Watson Epting
Ordained for 24 years as a deacon, the Rev. Watson Epting served until recently as Executive Director of the Association for Episcopal Deacons. She began her work in ministry development in 1988, was a co-designer of the watershed “Living the Covenant” Consultation in 1999, and has served on the Primates’ task force for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion (TEAC), as well as the Episcopal Church task force, “Proclaiming Education for All.”