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November 22, 2022 | by Bob Nelson

Most everyone in the San Diego area knows the Marine Corps motto: “Semper Fi,” always faithful. Some know the Coast Guard motto: “Semper Paratus,” always prepared. From my experience as a deacon, I suggest that the motto for the diaconate should be: “Semper Gumbi,” always flexible. What I thought I would do as a deacon […]

November 22, 2022 | by Susan Miller

Though the subtitle is tongue in cheek, one of the concepts we learn in Cursillo to help maintain our spiritual life in Christ is summed up in those three words: Piety, Study, and Action. The simple activity of reading the Bible daily to another person has strengthened me in those three disciplines. It has impacted […]

October 25, 2022 | by John-Luke Addison

When the Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch first approached me about leading the music for the Good News Festival Revival Service with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, you can imagine the excitement I felt about this great honor and opportunity. Having seen Bishop Curry speak at the Royal Wedding and other occasions, I knew what a wonderful […]

October 10, 2022 | by Charlette Preslar

International Day of Peace or “Peace Day” is celebrated annually on September 21. It was established in 1981 by a unanimous vote to a resolution in the United Nations. Peace Day provides a shared date globally for all of humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of […]

October 4, 2022 | by Patricia Underkofler

I have always known myself to be an encourager, helping people recognize the hope and love of God in their lives, as He had shown me. During seminary and later in a hospital residency Clinical Pastoral Education clarified that call for me. I discovered I was at ease talking to new people, offering prayer and […]

September 20, 2022 | by Dawn Stary

For five days in late May of this year, I had the privilege of gathering with other seminarians at the annual Preaching in Excellence conference hosted by the Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EPF). For 35 years, the EPF has been educating Episcopal seminarians and clergy on the benefits of great preaching. Four of my fellow Sewanee […]

August 29, 2022 | by Daniel McMillan

As a deacon, I am one who serves. And pastoral care has been a big part of that. Currently, I have been seeing parishioners on a one-on-one basis for coffee. I hear about spiritual journeys, and I always marvel at how God brings people from sometimes radically different backgrounds into our church. For me, this […]

August 23, 2022 | by Diane Lopez Hughes

As summer heat recedes and autumn breezes begin to cool, we are drawn into this annual time of harvest and hope. “What a timely opportunity to connect with the presence of God through the unique beauty of our local chaparral and to deepen our relationship with the place that we all call home!” said the […]

August 16, 2022 | by Cindy Campos

On August 1, the EDSD News presented an article entitled “What Does It Mean to be a Deacon,” the first in a series that provides a snapshot of who a deacon is, what a deacon does, where a deacon ministers, and when does one discern a call. This week’s article provides a snapshot of the […]

August 1, 2022 | by Cindy Campos

What does it mean to be a deacon? The diaconate is one of the three ordained ministries in the Episcopal Church. The diaconate is a full and equal clergy order. It is a unique calling, different from the call to become a priest.   Has anyone ever told you you’d make a good deacon or […]

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