Deacon Reflection: Are We Doing All We Can?
We need deacons in this diocese! Deacons of all shapes and sizes, all ages and ethnicities. How do we help make that happen? I believe it begins with us.
Last year I shared a story about planting my first garden. It began: In 1975, I plant...
Deacon Reflection: These Are Indeed Trying Times
These are in deed trying times and probably times that were not much different than the times when the characters in Jesus’ parable of the “Good Samaritan” were told. When Jesus told this story he was essentially asking the list...
Deacon Reflection: The Power of Spiritual Exchange
My name is Wendy Merrill, and I am a deacon serving at St. John's , Charlotte. I was ordained this January (2020) so the role of deacon is still a
bit new for me. When I was invited to write this reflection about myself as a
deacon, my react...
Deacon Reflection: The Hands and Feet of God
I believe God started tapping me on the shoulder when I was about 5 or 6 years old, when in the summers at the beach with my grandparents (all of us good Presbyterians!), we went to church every Sunday morning.The closest church was a chapel in R...
Deacon Reflection: Do Something About It!
One of the joys about being selected to lead a diocesan committee is that you get to “drive the boat,” and as the one who drives the boat, you often get to decide where the boat goes.
A few weeks ago during a Board of Directors mee...
Deacon Reflection: Evolving Ministry
By The Rev. Russell Settles On June 12, 1999, after several years of informal and formal discernment, followed by four years of deacon formation, I was ordained. Since then, I have served as a deacon on the staffs of three parishes in Charl...
Deacon Reflection: Deep like the Rivers
When I think of my journey as a deacon from my ordination on May 19, 2001 to the present, I feel the sentiment of the words of Langston Hughes’, poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers : “My soul has grown deep like the rivers.” I live near two...