Welcome to the course.
Your reading for this paper will follow the Study Guide which I have written and I will be your tutor. My name is Anne Russell-Brighty and my role is one of support and guidance throughout the course.
My background includes community work of various kinds. For over 15 years I was involved in community development projects while raising five children. In the later years I began my tertiary education; of the 18 years I spent doing university level study, 15 were as an extra-mural student so I have some idea of the benefits and pressures involved in ‘distance’ study. I hope that by using various means of technology we can lessen the ‘distance’ – for example using the telephone, post, e-mail – so you can gain the most from this paper.
You will discover, no doubt, that I am rather passionate about the diaconate, particularly the Order of Deacons. I have been ordained as a deacon since 1997 with a special interest in elder care. Appointed as an archdeacon in the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch, I am one of a growing number of deacons in the Anglican Church and in other denominations who are helping the church and society to rediscover the ministry of deacons. This is an ongoing process that benefits greatly from students, such as you, giving some thought to this ministry, its history and relevance. I look forward to being in contact with you and hearing about the discoveries you make on your study adventure.
Anne Russell - Brighty
Telephone: 03 3848 396