• 2021 Lancaster Theological Seminary DMin Symposium

    Monday, March 22, 2021

    Symposium presentations will be conducted online using Zoom.

    Schedule of Events
    Time Presenter Topic
    8:30-9:20 a.m.   Anita Wood  "The Spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin: Transformation Through Group Engagement in Evolutionary Process"
    9:30-10:20 a.m.   Susan Claytor  "Hospitality to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their Families"
    10:30‑11:20 a.m.   Dottie Almoney  "Reclaiming the 'D' Word: The Ministry of Diakonia in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America"
    11:30 a.m.‑12:20 p.m.  Linda Moore  "Pastor Can We Talk? A Retrospective Study of How the Black Church Fails to Support Sexually Abused Black Women"
    12:20-1:00 p.m.  Lunch Break  
    1:00‑1:50 p.m.   Tracy Mooney  "Cultivating a Culture of Electronic Evangelism"
    2:00‑2:50 p.m.   Dan Jurman  "When Did We See You Hungry: Saving the Church by Serving the World"
    3:00‑3:50 p.m.  Celestine Fields  "Black Pastor, White Church: Using Positive Psychology as a Mission-Driven Strategy for Building and Sustaining Diverse Multicultural Congregations"
    4:00-4:50 p.m.  Patricia Prendergast  "Once upon an Agency: Faith Led the Way"
    All times are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4:00)

    Presentation Details for Current DMin Students and Guests

    • Presenters are listed below in schedule order
    • Expand the presenter's section to find:
      • Supporting documents provided by presenter (if applicable)
      • Online evaluation form (made available at the time of presentation)
      • Recorded presentation (available starting March 23, 2021)

  • Reclaiming the “D” Word:  The Ministry of Diakonia in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    Time: 10:30-11:20 a.m.


    The role of the diaconate is at the same time misunderstood and the most promising ministries of the church. Diakonia is a service ministry that has been in existence since the early church. Throughout history, deacons and deaconesses carried out the ministry of diakonia in both the church and secular arenas. While most of our congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have different types of service ministries, most do not grasp the full understanding of diakonia. The role of the deacon in the church remains elusive to many congregations and many synods and bishops have not supported the deacons in the way pastors are supported. This project is an exploration of the total expression of the ministry of diakonia and the role of the professional deacon as it pertains to this important service ministry. The final chapter will also give resources to use for educating on diakonia, how to put diakonia into action and the role of the professional deacon.

9:30 a.m. - Susan Claytor11:30 a.m. - Linda Moore