Deacons: Comforting the Afflicted and Afflicting the Comfortable
Fri 1 PM | Episcopal
Rev. Deacon Leeann Culbreath
Most mainline Christian denominations ordain deacons to serve in ministries of justice, compassion, and mercy. In this panel discussion, deacons from different denominations will share stories from their ministries and discuss how the renewal of the diaconate impacts the future of the church. They will then lead the group a Stations of Justice prayer procession around the tent.Leeann CulbreathLeeann is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church (Diocese of Georgia) and Co-Chair of the South Georgia Immigrant Support Network (SGISN), a grassroots humanitarian group based in south-central Georgia. SGISN supports detained immigrants and their loved ones through hospitality, friendship, and advocacy. She also leads Creation care ministry in her diocese and advocates for eco-justice in Georgia and beyond. With her husband and two sons, she enjoys outdoor adventures and backyard homesteading.
Stacey Harwell-Dye is trying to figure out the best ways churches can be good neighbors in their community. As a United Methodist deacon, Stacey stands with one foot in the church and one foot in the world, building bridges and connecting the two. She lives in Savannah, Georgia with her spouse Jonathan Harwell-Dye and dog Colby who teaches her about God’s love. She’s committed to God’s vision of shalom, figuring out how the church can be the church particularly in the areas of immigration, anti-racism, and anti-poverty. Stacey works at Trinity United Methodist Church downtown, as an Asset Based Community Development Consultant for churches, and as a disaster case manager for people recovering from Hurricanes Matthew & Irma.
152 Deacon Panel Discussion