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Deacon Dialogue 2017: Deacons as Emissaries, Sent by the Spirit

Image of a cloudy sky at sunset with a dove and words Deacon Dialogue 2017 Deacons as Emissaries, Sent by the Spirit

June 28, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Loyola University Lakeshore Campus | Simpson Meeting Room (Building 34)
6333 N. Winthrop, Chicago, Illinois 60660

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Join United Methodist deacons at this afternoon event on the eve of World DIAKONIA Assembly. At Deacon Dialogue 2017, you’ll meet other deacons, learn about each other’s ministries, and receive both encouragement and challenge for your ministry.

Dr. Ben Hartley, a United Methodist deacon, will lead us in an exploration of emerging interpretation of the Greek word diakonos. While we think of it as meaning “servant,” research suggests that “emissary” or “spokesperson” are primary aspects of its definition. We’ll explore how these meanings may shape the imaginations as well as the ministries of today’s deacons.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ben Hartley

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ben Hartley, Deacon and Professor at George Fox University

Benjamin L. Hartley joined the College of Christian Studies as an associate professor of Christian mission in 2016. He arrived from Palmer Theological Seminary, the Seminary of Eastern University in the Philadelphia area, where he was associate professor of Christian mission and director of United Methodist Studies since 2005.

His published books include Evangelicals at a Crossroads: Revivalism and Social Reform in Boston, 1860-1910, which received two awards. He has also coedited Transforming Teaching for Mission: Educational Theory and Practice and co-authored The Deacon: Ministry through Words of Faith and Acts of Love.

Hartley received a ThD at Boston University School of Theology in missiology and church history. He also has an MDiv degree from Boston University and an MS in international development from Michigan State University. His undergraduate years were spent at Wheaton College in Illinois. Hartley is an ordained deacon in the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church and is appointed to Mountain Home United Methodist Church between Sherwood and Newberg.

Lodging and Meals


A limited amount of housing is available the evenings of June 27 and 28 at Loyola University’s Santa Clara Hall, 1000 W. Loyola Avenue, Chicago (facing the lakefront).

Two-bedroom apartments for up to 4 guests in each apartment

Wireless Internet Available: $10 per device for full stay

If you will be staying for DIAKONIA World Federation Conference, please call 773.508.8090 and your accommodations will be placed in Regis Hall for both events.

To reserve a room:

Visit and use promo code: UMCDeacon17

Fee: $75 (plus tax) for one person per bedroom or $55 (plus tax) per person for two in a bedroom.

If you will be sharing a bedroom, note the name of the person with whom you will be sharing. Another person(s) of the same gender may be assigned to the other bedroom.

Deadline for Booking: May 27, 2017

Find a list of nearby hotels here.


Meals will be on your own. The Loyola cafeteria will be open during the event. Loyola University has also provided a list of nearby restaurants.

"Keep Calm and Call a Deacon" T-Shirt

Order a "Keep Calm and Call a Deacon" T-Shirt from the North Carolina Conference Order of Deacons

Red "Keep Calm" Gildan 5.3 oz. Adult (unisex) 100% Cotton Short Sleeve Tee Shirts, available in Adult sizes S - XXXL.

Cost: $15. (For size XXL, add $2/shirt. For XXXL, add $3/shirt. For long-sleeved shirts, add $4; make a note in your order if you want long sleeves.

Order Deadline: May 10, 2017

Orders are accepted through PayPal (or mailing a check). Be sure to choose "send money to family or friends" or your full amount will not be sent.
1. Log in to PayPal (new accounts are easy to set up)
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Registration Fee: $25 | Registration Deadline: June 1, 2017

No refunds after June 1, 2017

Travel Scholarships: A limited number of travel scholarships are available, on a first-come, first-served basis for United Methodist participants. Please complete and submit this downloadable PDF.

Cosponsored by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in conjunction with the World DIAKONIA Assembly.