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J-Term 2020

J-Term 2020

January 5-11, 2020
Mount Olivet Retreat Center
Farmington MN

Always wondered what it means to be called a deacon?  What do deacons actually do?  Where did they come from?  How are deacons important to the future of co-creating a Gospel-centric world with God?  We invite you to accompany others interested in learning more about the diaconate through our January-term elective course.

For over a decade, the Deaconess Community has been sponsoring a seminary J-term course titled Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation, and Spirituality. With one week of online engagement and one week immersed in community at a rotating retreat center, participants get a well-rounded education in the diaconate throughout history, and community spiritual formation practice.

The Course:

  • offered through Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Meets the ELCA candidacy manual requirement of a Diaconal Formation Event
  • Introduces the historical, theological and social contexts of diaconal (Word and Service) ministry throughout history.
  • Provides opportunity for discussion on vocation and diaconal calling.
  • Affirms and encourages recognition of the importance and knowledge of the Lutheran Confessions as theologically and spiritually foundational writings.
  • Awards three hours of academic credit.

There may be an opportunity to take this course as an Independent Study undergraduate course in partnership with your college/university.

Cost $400

The Deaconess Community offsets the cost of housing and food for all participants as a way to make this experience more affordable to a wider audience.

The additional cost of tuition, books and travel are the responsibility of each student.

Deaconess Community representatives are in residence as resource staff during the on-site component of the course.

Registration opens October 22, 2019 through Luther Seminary.  A link will be posted here when open.

For further information regarding travel and housing please contact Sr. Liz Colver.