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Author: Dani Gabriel

Diakonia: Jess the bridge builder

The Rev. Jess Elfring Roberts is talking to me with a four-year-old yelling in the background. She is a deacon in Chicago. She wants to be that bridge between young people who see themselves left out of the church and the church as she knows it to be: empowering, supportive, and liberating.

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Living with Jesus

He has led me to a place I had absolutely no intention of ever setting foot in: the Episcopal Church. And he has led me right into the middle of this thing called “diakonia,” serving God in serving others. He has introduced me to the order of deacons, ordained to bring the church within the walls and the church outside of the walls together.

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