Deacons Talking 


Prayer, Community & Evangelism


Brenda Hoffman & Maureen Otwell


Monday, September 14, 2020 from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM EDT
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This is an online event via Zoom. 
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Julie Lytle 
Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary and the Association for Episcopal Deacons 


Have you wondered how we, members of the Jesus Movement, are to proclaim the gospel in ways that we meet our neighbors where they are in the 21st century?

Deacons Brenda Hoffman and Maureen Otwell did.

Join us as they share stories from two Minnesota churches: Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Stillwater MN and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, MN 

One is a large city church; the other is a small town church. Each initiated an action plan that visibly shares resources for food and warmth, and offers requests for prayer.

Hear the story of their “prayer and pantry” and learn what worked, what didn’t, and ways they have needed to adapt.




Following a career in community health and non-profit management, and 28 years as a lay reader and youth and adult formation leader, Brenda answered the call to the Diaconate, ordained June 27, 2013. She has served in a rural church, St. Mary’s of Basswood Grove and a suburban church, Ascension, Stillwater. Her outreach, assessment, and teaching experience are useful as a Deacon, finding ways to integrate the Way of Love into church and community. She is married to John, has three adult children, and one beautiful(!) granddaughter.

Maureen Otwell worked in the museum field for over 30 years. As Assistant Director forMuseums at the Minnesota Historical Society, she was on the management team that supervisedthe Society’s $25M annual budget. Otwell supervised five departments at the Society:Educational Services, Exhibitions, Public Relations & Marketing, Museum Collections andMuseum Evaluation. In retirement, Maureen has become a deacon in the Episcopal Church inMinnesota, currently assigned to St. Mary’s Church, Basswood Grove,


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Deacons Talking on the Road to Emmaus is a web-based way for deacons to walk with each other and share their stories in hope of inspiring, supporting and renewing diaconal ministries. It is inspired by the story of Cleopas and another disciple who, after recounting all that they had experienced while walking on the road to Emmaus with a stranger, recognized Jesus in their midst (Luke 24:13-32). Jesus' presence led them to release their fear and grief, to return to Jerusalem to share their experience of the resurrected Christ with the gathered community, and to renew their ministry with confidence.

Now sponsored by Bexley Seabury Seminary and the Association for Episcopal Deacons, these free, live, interactive web conferences occur monthly on the second Tuesday at 8:30 pm ET and feature deacons sharing stories from their ministries, exploring case studies, offering peer wisdom and feedback, and exchanging mutual support. The Reverend Connie Campbell-Pearson,  Deacon & Accompanist at St. James Episcopal church, Bozman and The Venerable Roxanne Klingensmith, Archdeacon for the Diocese of Montana, join Dr. Julie Lytle, Bexley Seabury Seminary's DIrector of Distributive and Lifelong Learning, in ihosting the webinar and in dentifying deacons to share their stories.  We hope you will join us for our upcoming conversations.


You can still join us if you miss our live session! Previously sponsored by the New England Deacons Network and Province I, Deacons Talking maintains a video archive of previous programs on the Province 1 website.  Find the recording here.   (NOTE: Newer programs are posted asap.  Thank you for your patience.)

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  • May 11, 2020 - SPECIAL EDITION - Deacons' Responses to the Pandemic with Jan Grinnell and Connie Campbell-Pearson
  • April 20, 2020 - SPECIAL EDITION - Deacons' Responses to the Pandemic with Jan Grinnell and Connie Campbell-Pearson
  • April 16, 2020 - Dismantling Racism and the Beloved Community with Janet Tidwell
  • April 6, 2020 - SPECIAL EDITION - Deacons' Responses to the Pandemic with Jan Grinnell and Connie Campbell-Pearson
  • Mar 23, 2020 - - SPECIAL EDITION - Deacons' Responses to the Pandemic with Jan Grinnell and Connie Campbell-Pearson
  • Dec 19, 2019 -  Responses to Oppression with Robin Hollis and Scott Deasy
  • Nov 21, 2019 -  Food Scarcity with Phina Borgeson
  • Oct 17, 2019 - Faith Behind and Beyond Walls with Ellen Adams
  • May 5, 2019 - Rock Point's Pollinator Project with Jackie Arbuckle and Lucy Pellegrini
  • Mar 21, 2019 - Ministry Along the Border (AZ) with Rodger Bobnew
  • Feb 21, 2019 - Jerusalem PeaceBuilders with Jack Karn
  • Nov 16, 2018 - AED and The Fund for the Diaconate with Lori Mills-Curran and Keith McCoy 
  • Sept 20, 2018 - Post-General Convention with Stan Baker & Jan Grinnell
  • May 18, 2018 - General Convention with Stan Baker & Jan Grinnell
  • Apr 20, 2018 - The Episcopal Church and the Latino Community with Ema Rosaro-Nordalm
  • Mar 15, 2018 - Dementia with Jerry Jacobs 
  • Jan 18, 2018 - Tuberville Farm Coop with James Ballard and Ralph Perkins
  • Dec 18, 2017 - Supporting Women Leaving Prison with Ellen Adams
  • Nov 16, 2017 - The World is Our Mission - Regional Diaconal Ministry with Tom Mariconda
  • Oct 19, 2017 - Refugee Resettlement with Grace Sawicki and Christine Cassels
  • Apr 20, 2017 - Diaconal Ministry and Haiti with Leroy "Buck" Close
  • Mar 16, 2017 - Talking About the End of Life with Lucy Pellegrini
  • Feb 16, 2017 - The Hungry Soul Breakfast with Don Burr 
  • Jan 19, 2017 - Foot Care Ministry with Bonnie Matthews 
  • Dec 15, 2016 - Preaching with the Bible in One Hand and the Newspaper in the Other with The Rev Deacon Sudie Blanchard 
  • Nov 17, 2016 - Rebirthing Campus Ministry with The Venerable Jan Grinnell  
  • Oct 20, 2016 - Laundry Love with The Rev Deacon Jane Griesbach and the Rev Meredyth Ward 
  • May 28, 2015 - Stan Baker Talking about General Convention
  • Jan Grinnell Talking about the RI Center for Reconciliation