The Diaconate in Ecumenical Perspective: Ecclesiology, Liturgy and Practice

by D. Michael Jackson (editor)

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Format: Paperback (216 pages)

Publisher: Sacristy Press

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ISBN: 978-1-78959-035-7

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Synopsis

Christian Churches, East and West, especially in the past fifty years, have revived the diaconate as a permanent form of ordained ministry rather than a brief stage on the way to the presbyterate.  The essays which follow examine this development from the perspectives of history, theology and practice, showing ecumenical convergence on the renewal of an ancient order. Contributors from Anglican, Roman Catholic, Ukrainian Catholic, Lutheran and Methodist perspectives explore and emphasize the relevance and potential of deacons for the Church today. As well as significant differences, there is much common ground between the traditions. The essays explore subjects such as the retention of the transitional diaconate, women deacons, the prophetic ministry of the diaconate, as well as the liturgical role of the deacon.

Contributors from the UK, the US and Canada engage on constructive ecumenical theological discussion that offers a fresh and important contribution not only to the study of the diaconate but to ecumenism in general.

About the Editor

Ordained to the diaconate in 1977, D. Michael Jackson is the longest-serving deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada. He is author of two studies on the diaconate, The Diaconate Renewed: Service, Word and Worship and The Deacon in the Worshipping Community, coordinates an international network of Anglican and Roman Catholic deacons, and is a frequent reviewer of diaconal publications.  He serves as a deacon at St Paul’s Cathedral in Regina and is a canon of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle.

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