From the Principal's Desk. . .
I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:3-7
I had tea with Ann Naylor this week, exceedingly grateful to have time with her before leaving Winnipeg. Ann reminded me how with immersion in diaconal community, and through learning our diaconal history, our diaconal identity is formed. Diaconal formation was a hot topic of conversation in this week’s mentors gathering as well. This passage from Timothy – naming faith and leadership transmission through generations of women always speaks to me of the diaconate. While our membership is not gender-limited, it is rooted in traditions (expansive and limiting) of women’s ministry. Diaconal education continues to fan into flame the gifts of God.
Weaving in the ends of my time on staff at the Centre, there have been tears, joy and prayers. I feel sustained by the community, and know that the work will continue to be sustained by the community after my departure. DUCC’s Statement of Vision speaks strongly to me:
This vocation is a journey
involving Spirit-filled enrichment and learning,
requiring humble offering of self,
demanding prayerful discernment and courageous risking,
exercising visionary and communal leadership,
promising joy and meaning,
and daring to imagine God’s abundance
in a world of love and respect.
I am so grateful for this part of my journey, serving as the Principal at CCS. This time, the work and especially the relationships have been a blessing to me. As I move to a different place in the circle of diaconal community, I’m excited to see who is called to join the communal leadership of CCS in the coming year. I am certain God is fanning discernment into flame for someone amazing. The work certainly fulfills the promise of joy and meaning.
Thank you all for the companionship on this part of my journey. I thank God, whom I serve, as did our ancestors, as I remember you.
Michelle Owens, Principal