About Us


Statement of Welcome

Our Commitment to Oneness in Christ:

The Deaconess Community of the ELCA/ELCIC, compelled by the love of Christ and sustained by community, recognizes and affirms the beauty of the diversity of God’s image reflected in humanity. We seek to be a community that is diverse in age and body type, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicity and race, sexual orientation and gender expression, ministerial passions, and our creative ideas about how to change the world.

“In the richness of diversity, we are unified in our commitment to proclaim the Gospel and to lives of mercy and servant leadership. Our world can be one of alienation and brokenness. Christ calls us to be agents of healing and reconciliation, making us one. We better proclaim the Gospel and better serve our world when we are whole; we, therefore, are becoming a community that lifts up safety and celebration of a sisterhood for cis- and trans- women together. We commit ourselves to wholly serve all people, without exceptions.

“The Deaconess Community ELCA/ELCIC commits to consistently choose to become a safe space for our staff, board, all sisters and candidates who share this call, and all whom we serve.”


Who We Are

The Deaconess Community is comprised of women who have answered a call to serve the church and the world in ministries of mercy and servant leadership. We are a separately incorporated ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).

We are also rostered leaders with those church bodies, doing public ministry with congregations, nonprofit organizations and people on the margins of society.

Rooted in the unchanging grace of God in an evolving world and inspired by the example of deaconess forebears who courageously and innovatively carried Christ’s love and freeing word into the needy world of their day, the Deaconess Community seeks faithfully and fluidly to carry on a ministry of serving love and prophetic diakonia in the present time, so that the reign of God may flourish.

The community is committed to serving this church and the world as, through example and teaching, it fosters community and empowers others in service.