Great name, and an amazing story. But today I want to focus on the "Deacon" part.
Some of you already know that I'm on the Board of Trustees of the School for Deacons out here. I'm the only priest (currently) on the board (I think). It's been fascinating to be an eavesdropper of sorts on the kinds of misunderstandings and prejudices deacons get all the time. They can get a bit cranky about it, but after serving on the board and hearing all the stories, I can understand why.
I am glad that by and large second-class citizenship is gone. But from my observation, the notion of the diaconate as second-class ordination still lingers. What a loss to the church, not only that we kept people out of the priesthood because of their race or gender, but that we lost an order of ministry by designating it as an inferior calling for inferior people.
Tell me something: does that deacon look inferior to you?