What does one do with all those “gems” from forty years of ministry when retirement comes? We have chosen to create this MYSTAGOGY website and to offer to anyone who is interested some of the articles and handouts that persons in our congregations and in our college and seminary classes have found useful. We offer them freely with the hope that they will spark new ideas and raise important questions in the minds of those who enter here!

Deacons have been present in the church from its earliest days. In the New Testament, deacons were to be “the eyes and ears of the bishop.” They were to be servants who looked after the widows, orphans and the poor. There are a number of excellent resources on the history of the diakonia. This section offers some resources for contemporary United Methodists who find themselves with a new permanent order of deacons (instead of the earlier practice of having persons entering ministry be ordained as a transitional deacon enroute to becoming ordained an elder). Linda is a deacon while Dwight is an elder and we are committed to recognizing these two orders as parallel rather than hierarchical. It is our hope that together elders and deacons can engage in mutual ministry as they share in liturgical leadership and justice ministry.

 

ABOUT DEACONS

Deacons as Sacraments of the Table
On Elders Becoming Deacons

Linda understands her call to be a teacher. As a deacon and as a seminay professor she is as passionate about the process as she is about the content being taught. And her first commitment is to the students. She knows that “the space teaches” and that teaching/learning is really one word! Christian teachers seek to engage learners in exploring and experiencing faith and life. Teaching is about journeying together with others toward God’s kin-dom. What we have included here are some of the resources that we have found helpful on our journeys with our students as we explored the connections between worship and Christian education.

TEACHING RESOURCES

Alternative Models for Children and Worship

Current Themes in Theology of Worship

Guidelines for Designing Rituals

Images of the Atonement

Kin-dom Teaching and Learning

Liturgy as Art – the Art of Liturgy

Mystagogy – Reflecting on the Easter Vigil

Sensing the Sacred: Church Architecture Outline

Theological Foundations for Worship with All Ages

Dwight’s graduate work was in theology but from early in his teaching career he developed a passion for liturgical theology, worship and music ministry. He is convinced that the “depth dynamic” of Christian worship is found in the paschal mystery (our participation in Christ’s acts in creation, incarnation, living, dying, rising, and coming again). You will find here resources for creating liturgies and leading corporate worship.

WORSHIP RESOURCES

A Dialogical Great Thanksgiving Expanding Congregational Participation
A Great Thanksgiving for Elder and Deacon
A Great Thanksgiving with Lament
Eucharistic Circle at Pilgrim Place