Deacons Talking 

about "Big Blue" 

with Deacon Eric Elley 

and Linda Taupier 


Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00-8:15 pm


This is an online event. You will receive log-in information once you register.

There is no cost for the event.


Julie Lytle
Episcopal Province of New England



"Big Blue" is the name of the big blue van owned by Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, MA.  Since October 2016, Deacon Eric Elley and Linda Taupier have shared Tuesday evenings November through early April in Big Blue reaching out to the homeless community.

Learn about how they started their ministry of traveling to share coats, blankets, socks, hats, gloves and what they have learned from their visits with folks where they live. You will hear about some of the people they have met, the various places they have gone and how they have  asked for and received donations to support their efforts.  

Join us to hear their story by clicking on the REGISTRATION BUTTON and completing the form to receive web conference instructions.


Province I has a new website.  It contains a special section devoted to diaconal ministry that includes links to previous Deacons Talking web conferences.  If you miss our live conversations, you can find recordings of them here. (NOTE: Newer programs will be posted asap. Thank you for your patience.)

  • Jan 18, 2019 - 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

Deacons Talking on the Road to Emmaus is a web based way for deacons to walk with each other and share 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, return to Jerusalem to share their experience of the resurrected Christ with the gathered community, and renew their ministry with confidence.

Sponsored by the New England Deacons Network and the Episcopal Province of New England (Province I), these free, live, interactive web conferences will occur monthly on the third Thursday, 7:00 -8:15 pm and feature deacons sharing stories from their ministries, exploring case studies, offering peer wisdom and feedback, and exchanging mutual support.