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About the Order of Deacon
In 1996, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted to create a permanent Order of Deacon. Previously, the church only had a transitional diaconate, with an office for deaconesses and others consecrated as diaconal ministers. This momentous step was made possible through years of advocacy and tireless work by many who published and shared their thoughts and research. This guide contains many of the resources that were instrumental to the creation of the permanent diaconate, and it contains many resources that continue to inform the current understandings as well. The guide is organized based upon the significant time periods within the history of the diaconate in Methodism and Christianity in general. The last tab contains information about the diaconate in other Christian traditions and connected Biblical research. Join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of this full and equal order!
Celebrating 25 Years of UMC Deacons Virtual Event
During the month of April, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will host a series of virtual events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Order of Deacon in the United Methodist Church and launch the inaugural Crain-Seymour Endowed Lecture. See the links below to register and for more information about these events.
The Inaugural Crain and Seymour Endowed Lecture
We are proud to welcome Rev. Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore for the inaugural address. An ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church, Moore serves as Professor of Theology and Education, Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology, and Dean Emerita of the School of Theology at Boston University. The inagural address will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 11:10 a.m. (CDT), and available for all via Zoom.
Lecture by Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann Crain
"Already but Not Yet: How Inspiration, Persistence, Genius, and Intrigue Set Us on the Road to a Full and Equal Order!"
Featuring Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, Garrett-Evangelical Theologicial Seminary
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. (CDT) | Via Zoom
A Service of Worship
Saturday, April 17, 2021 | 11:00 a.m (CDT) | Via Zoom
Held in conjunction with the Inaugural Margaret Ann Crain and Jack L. Seymour Endowed Lecture Series and in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Order of Deacons in The United Methodist Church (UMC), this service of worship will feature deacons from across the UMC connection. The service will be held via Zoom and all are welcome to attend.