Discrepancy in the practice and understanding of the diaconate among dioceses led the Faith, Worship, and Ministry Committee to form the Task Force on the Diaconate in 2014. After a close study of existing resources, the task force released The Iona Report, which identifies knowledge and skill areas that can be adapted to local conditions while providing consistent guidelines in how deacons are selected, used,
and understood across the Anglican Church of Canada.
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One part of the motion that went through along with receiving this report was that diocese were to give feedback to the report's content. Many areas have lead workshops, discussion groups and other methods of process to review the contents of the Iona Report and give feedback. With the support of Faith Worship and Ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada, eight people from all across Canada came to the Convent of the Sister’s of St John in Toronto July 6-8, 2017. (Canon Deacon Nancy Ford, Victoria-President,
Revd Sharon Salomons, Vancouver,
Deacon Susan Page, Regina-AADC Past President,
Maylanne Maybee, Winnipeg, Deacon
Tim Spannaus, Detroit, Arch
Kyn Barker, Toronto, Deacon
Jessica Bickford, Montreal, Gordon Young, Halifax) The purpose of the gather was to collaborate so to provide many concrete examples of what it could look like when a deacon is demonstrating the competency. Acknowledging that context varies, these are not what a deacon MUST do, but be rather MIGHT do. Also the group worked on several clarifications and expansions of specific competencies.
This is a living and evolving document. Your participation will continue to improve it.
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