In honor of the Church’s commemoration of Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe on October 25, we’ve posted below an excerpt from Cynthia Lumley’s essay, “Phoebe: A Role Model for Deaconesses Today,” as found in Women Pastors? The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective.
Deaconess Cheryl D. Naumann presents a rich and insightful look at the deaconess vocation and its blessing to the LCMS. Using primary documents, personal recollections, and interviews, In the Footsteps of Phoebe fills a significant gap in the annals of synodical history. Collected in this one volume is a record of events as well as the thoughts and actions of deaconesses during every era of the Synod’s history. We offer this excerpt from In the Footsteps of Phoebe as the Church commemorates Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe. [Read more…] about Commemorating Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe