Discernment Workshops

Discernment Workshops

Deacon aspirants! The highly successful discernment workshops for persons wondering if they are called to the diaconate will be repeated beginning September 14, 2013 at the Church of the Epiphany in Vacaville. The Rev. David Steadman, St. Stephen’s in Sebastopol, and the Ven. Cookie Clark, Church of the Epiphany in Vacaville, will be the workshop leaders. The workshops will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participants will take turns leading worship and bringing snacks. Lunch is pot luck.

The Rev. Steadman is a graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the School for Deacons. He was ordained to the diaconate in 2004 and served at St. Stephen’s in Sebastopol. He is currently working on a book about spirituality and the arts. The Ven. Clark, Archdeacon for the Diaconate, graduated from the School for Deacons in 2004. She serves as a deacon at Church of the Epiphany in Vacaville.

The six workshops will primarily cover looking at yourself and your beliefs. It will also be a time to look at what a deacon is, rather than what a deacon does, and to talk about the ordination process. The morning will be a time for theological reflection and discussion. The afternoon will include visiting deacons sharing the stories of their call, formation and ministry.

Please contact the Ven. Clark at cookie.clark@sbcglobal.net to sign-up for workshops, or if you have any questions.

The Rev. Dave Ferrell is testing the waters regarding having these workshops in the Sierra Deanery. If you wish to discuss this with him, please contact him at xcpodave@sbcglobal.net.

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