Want to help out?

For those interested in helping create the great conferences we have, here’s how:

Since the 1980’s there have been periodic regional gatherings to provide education, support and fellowship for deacons, deacons in formation, and those family, friends and colleagues who support deacons and diaconal ministries in New England and neighboring dioceses of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church in Canada.  Since 2004, there have been three 2-3 day regional gatherings planned and conducted by volunteer Design Teams led by a Convener or Co-conveners and in coordination with staff and administrative support from Episcopal Province One.  The Design Teams seek widespread representation from across the New England dioceses and welcome participation by laypeople and clergy.

Given the geographical distance, the Design Team communicates most effectively using teleconferencing and web-based technology.  On average there are bimonthly conference calls for Design Team members with subsequent follow up email communication and information/document exchange.  Design Team participation is generally self-directed and flexibly scheduled.  We are in the process of exploring the feasibility of using interactive web-based communication for conference planning.  Key roles and responsibilities for the various Design Team functions are listed below.

Convener or Co-conveners:  provide overall leadership to the conference planning process

  • Convene the conference design team and facilitate ongoing communication among all design team members through electronic communication, teleconferencing, and face-to-face meetings
  • Assure effective coordination and communication with Province One staff, conference facility and/or hosting staff, and any other key personnel
  • Facilitate, support and/or assure effective communication with key diocesan personnel
  • Represent the New England Deacons Network to Province One

Program (leader and workgroup)

  • Develop all aspects of conference program and present to Design Team for review and implementation
  • Recruit speakers, workshop leaders and other participants
  • Coordinate site logistics as related to programming in collaboration with the Convener/Co-convener, Province One staff and conference facility and/or hosting staff

 Budget/Finance (individual or leader and workgroup)

  • Manage and review all aspects of conference budget and communicate with convener/co-conveners
  • Coordinate and financial arrangements with Province One Treasurer

Communications (individual or leader and workgroup)

  • Design and prepare PR materials for conference, including conference description, registration information, reminders, press-releases, etc.
  • Coordinate and follow up with diocesan and other communications personnel to assure effective communication of conference information.

NEDN Conference 2012

Come join us at the Sheraton, Framingham, MA on September 28-30, for Crushing Poverty: Service and Solidarity With Those on the Edge.  We’re thrilled to have plans for the following guest speakers: 

Beth Mattingly is director of research on vulnerable families at the Carsey Institute. Her interests center on women, children, and family well-being. Her work at the Carsey Institute examines child poverty and how different family policies influence rural, suburban, and urban families and how families adjust their labor force behavior during times of economic strain. She also examines poverty-related issues, how families cope with economic distress, childhood maltreatment, and foster care across states.

The Hon. Byron Rushing was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1982. He came to the House with a work background of community organizing and of Afro-American history.  In the legislature, Byron’s priorities are human and civil rights, and the development of democracy; local human, economic and housing development; and housing and health care for all. Byron is a member of St. John’s, St. James Parish in Roxbury. He has been an elected lay deputy to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church since 1973; he was the chaplain to the House of Deputies at the 1994 General Convention–the only layperson to hold this position; he is an Adviser to the President of the House of Deputies. He is a founding member of the Episcopal Urban Caucus and serves on the boards of the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice and of The Episcopal Church Archives. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. He is a popular speaker and preacher on the ministry of all the baptized and on politics and faith.

Professor Willis Jenkins.  Professor Jenkins’s research focuses on environmental ethics, sustainable communities, global ethics, and theological ethics. He is author of Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology, published in 2008, editor of The Spirit of Sustainability, and co-editor of the forthcoming Bonhoeffer and King: Receiving Their Legacies for Christian Social Thought. Professor Jenkins previously taught at the University of Virginia and at a rural campus of Uganda Christian University. He has significant international experience in community development initiatives, was co-founder of the Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps, and served on the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on World Mission, 2000–2006.

Hello world!

Welcome to the new blog site of the New England Deacons Network!  This site can be used to share information, sermon ideas, and news about upcoming events, like the New England Deacons Network Conference 2012, this September 28-30, in Framingham, MA.  Be sure to join the site and learn more as news becomes available!