28 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Diaconal Education & Formation

The following article was written by Deaconess Diane Marten. How do you become a deaconess or deacon? How does the LDA prepare people for diaconal ministry? Well, there’s history and context to that question. Throughout early...
24 Oct 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “Calling the Father”

“Then you when call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.” (NRSV)  Jeremiah 29: 12 What are the first words you hear when you awaken each morning? For me, they are those of my child coming through the baby monitor....
23 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Rev. Dr. Kenneth Korby

The following article was written by Deaconess Edie Eickemeyer, with input from "my classmates, more seasoned deaconesses, a couple of theology department colleagues of Professor Korby, the wife of a former theology professor, the...
17 Oct 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “Celebrating the Prayers of the Faithful”

Is any among you sick? They should call the elders of the church and have them pray over them. … The prayer of faith will save the sick... James 5:14-15 Following the celebration of the 10th anniversary of my consecration, several of...
14 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – “Guidelines for Those Employing Deaconesses”

Last week we read a document from the 1950s for deaconesses about to start in their first ministry call.  We had a request to see the document sent to churches and organizations that were going to employ these deaconesses to see what the...
10 Oct 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “I Can Feel It”

Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you...cure the sick who are there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you'. Luke 10:8-9 My son lay comatose in the hospital, not expected to survive the night. The call...
8 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – “Guidelines for Deaconesses”

The following was taken from an LDA “Manual for Deaconesses”, written in the 1950s and given to those who were preparing to enter their first call after graduation.  This manual also included “Guidelines for Those Employing...
3 Oct 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “Continuity of the Cross” Deaconess Debbie Rank Speer

This cross standing before me has a history. The image is not unfamiliar -- a Chi Rho cross, a basin on one arm to represent the image of foot washing.  But this one has a history.  It was created from the pews that once filled...
2 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – The Diaconal Litany

(Thank you to Deaconess Norma Cook Everist who provided the background information for this post) As the LDA celebrates its 100th anniversary, we also mark the 60th anniversary of one of our essential documents, the Diaconal (Deaconess)...
26 Sep 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “Our Father’s Voice”

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out… and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. John 10:3-4 My daughter was born into a room of caring...