Social Justice is not something you can do on your own. It takes a community to do it. That is another huge reason I want to become part of a community that is dedicated to and excited about social justice.

— Hospice Chaplain and Deaconess Community Candidate, Katie Thiesen

A Deaconess (known as a Sister) is a member of the Deaconess Community of the ELCA and rostered in the ELCA as a minister of Word and Service.

The Deaconess Community is a community of womxn* who are compelled by the love of Christ and called by God to service with and through the Church. A Deaconess is trained vocationally, theologically and professionally for work in her specific field.

Accompanied by the Deaconess Community and the larger church, she is approved for public ministry to engage the church and the world together – often through a context in the church or the community focused in areas of prophetic servant leadership.

A Deaconess seeks to equip all people to live into their baptismal identity as God’s beloved, bringing the needs of the world into the church’s awareness, and equipping the church to serve God’s creation.

We are dedicated to:

  • Prophetic Diakonia
  • Intentional Community
  • Accountable servant ministry


If you would like more information about the Deaconess Community, who we are and what we do and are about, please contact Sr Liz Colver.


*We are an RIC community, meaning, we extend gracious hospitality and radical welcome to all womxn gender identities. To know more about our intentional welcome, read our Statement of Welcome.