"Since 1963, the diaconate has featured in many reports and ecumenical agreements, including 'Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (1982)', and the Lutheran-Anglican Report, 'The Diaconate as Ecumenical Opportunity (1996)'. Today the diaconate is an escalating phenomenon. It is integral to the nature of the Church and its ability to transcend divisions makes it one of the most important sources of ecumenical potential today. This volume, which is the first result of the Anglo-Nordic Diaconal Research Project. explores the different ways in which the ministry of the deacon has developed in the Church of Sweden, Church of Norway, Church of England and Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland. It also sets them in their wider ecumenical context and invites the churches to consider seriously the role of the deacon in the worship and witness of the Church". -- back cover.
Contents: Contributors -- Preface dated Uppsala, Feast of St. Laurence the Deacon, 10 August 1999/ Gunnel Borgegard, Director, Nordic Ecumenical Council -- An Escalating Phenomenon: The Diaconate from an Ecumenical Perspective / Sven-Erik Brodd -- Researching the Diaconate: An Anglo-Nordic Project (1997-2002) / Christine Hall -- The Deacon in the Church of Norway / Roar Meland -- The Deacon in the Church of Sweden / Sven-Erik Brodd -- The Deacon in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland / Terttu Pohjolainen -- The Deacon in the Church of England / Christine Hall -- Appendix A: Anglo-Nordic Diaconal Research Project -- Appendix B: Bibliographies -- Index.
Colophon: Printed by Fyris Tryck AB, Uppsala, Sweden 1999.