Deacons Talking 


Prisoners You Have Never Seen Before

with Roxanne Klingensmith


Monday, October 12, 2020 from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM EDT
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This is an online event via Zoom. 
The webinar link and instructions will be emailed to those who register. 


Julie Lytle 
Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary and the Association for Episcopal Deacons 


What does it feel like to spend time, weekly, responding to the call “I am in prison — please visit me!"  AND what are those inmates teaching me about the power of God’s transforming love working in their lives?  

Join Deacon Roxy Klingensmith as she shares 15 years of experience taking the good news of Jesus to inmates at the Gallatin County Detention Center in Bozeman Montana.  She will reflect on how she answered two questions:

  • "How in the world did this ordained Deacon (and a woman yet) convince the “powers that be” that she should be allowed to go in and serve?"  and 
  • "Now that I am there, just what do I do?"


Roxanne Is an ordained Deacon assigned to St. James Episcopal Church, Bozeman, and is the retired Archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Montana. Born in Duluth, MN, she was raised and educated in Minneapolis, and has lived in Bozeman since 1981. She has also called Albany, New York and Calgary, Alberta home.

Active in community organizations particularly having to do with social justice issues, she brings a wealth of experience working with the incarcerated and their families as well as other organizations.

An active volunteer at the Gallatin County Detention Center, Montana State Prison, and a member of the Friends of Treatment Court, she is the co-facilitator of the Gallatin County Re-entry Initiative Program (now called Fresh Start) and founder/facilitator of Survivors from 2007-2018, a group that embraced formerly incarcerated and/or recovering drug and alcohol addicts encouraging them to become productive, responsible community members.  She served on the State of Montana Legislative Commission on Sentencing at the behest of Governor Steve Bullock, 2015-2017.

She is the founder of Family Promise of the Gallatin Valley, a founder/member of the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association, and a member of the Bozeman Area League of Women Voters and Bozeman business and  Professional Women. She also is on the boards of Interfaith  Power and Light, Energy Share Bozeman and State of Montana.

Roxy has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota, a certificate from the School of Theology, University of the South in theological education. completed the Ministry Formation Program, Episcopal Diocese of Montana, and was ordained to the Diaconate in 1999.


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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.)

  • Sept 14, 2020 - Prayer, community, and Evangelism with Brenda Hofmann and Maureen Otwell. Go directly to last month's program by clicking here.
  • May 21, 2020 - Fostering Reconciliation and Faith in the Public Policy Arena with Kathy Shannian
  • 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