Aileen Urquhart – DUCC

Commissioned 1994, Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario (Morden, MB)

Program of Formation Western Field-Based Diaconal Ministry and Lay Professional Training Program (WFBDM) out of St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton

Describe some of your experiences of ministry

  • Advocacy and community development in the inner city of Winnipeg – an important piece of that was connecting and working with other ministries: Oak Table, St. Matthews-Maryland Community Ministry, North End, Inner City Volunteer Program
  • Congregational ministry – Both times as the only minister, and both in small communities.
  • Field placement – West Broadway Community Ministry (social justice component) and Riverview United Church partnering with Sunday School Superintendent Mary McNairny (congregational – education and pastoral care – component)
  • Settled into congregational ministry in Fisher River Cree Nation – part of All Native Circle Conference
  • Co-Director – Teaching and administration – at Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Resource Centre
  • Congregational ministry at Sioux lookout – More inner city connection with Out of Cold programs
  • Retired and still connected to the community

How I explain Diaconal Ministry to others …

It is those areas of ministry which focus particularly around supporting people to find their spiritual path and to discover their spiritual gifts – and particularly working more outside or at the edges of the institutional church.

What gives you the most satisfaction, reward, sense of fulfilment from the ministry you do?

Things that I enjoy and find most fulfilling – experiential worship, working intergenerationally with others, social justice work (especially healing and reconciliation, homelessness and poverty), exploring ways to connect art and spirituality.

16 January 2011