Rev. James Ford has a nice short post up today (and promised perhaps more later) about the tradition of observing communion at his UU church, a topic that has been raised on this blog before. Rev. Ford also mentions deacons, indicating that this is something else that is not very common in UU churches. Of course there are UU churches with deacons, such as the Universalist Church of West Hartford, but as Rev. Ford observes it doesn’t seem to be all that widespread a practice. At the same time, there are other, somewhat similar models that some churches have adopted, such as the lay chaplaincy program at the First Unitarian Congregation of Waterloo.
What about your church: does it include deacons? What steps does one take to become a deacon, and what responsibilities do they hold? Are you a deacon, and if so, what has the experience been like? If your church doesn’t have deacons, is there a specific reason that you are aware of? Perhaps deacons are mainly confined to the older UU congregations; indeed, are there any congregations from the Fellowship Movement that have deacons?