The Deacons are the hands, feet and ears of the church. We shall spend our time considering our work as deep listeners who hear with ears and hearts. We shall reflect on the ways we respond and serve—walking the path where the Spirit leads.  We shall be naming and claiming the gentle authority of the Deacon. And we shall consider how we offer our gifts; we shall discuss the need for a Deacon to have good boundaries, excellent self-care and self-compassion.  

Presenter Rev. Dr. Stephanie Sauvé 

Rev. Dr. Stephanie L. Sauvé has been a clergy person in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. for nearly 40 years. She recently retired from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School where she served as the Vice President of Academic Life & Dean of the Faculty, Director of Supervised Ministry, Director of Lifelong Learning and an Associate Professor of Practical Theology.  She received a M. Div. from Yale Divinity School and a D. Min. from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Dr. Sauvé is a certified Spiritual Director and a trained Conflict Mediator/Transformer. She leads retreats, works with faith communities in conflict. Stephanie resides in Avon, N.Y. with her husband Gene Loriot. She enjoys kayaking, gardening, bread making, pottery, travel and mystery novels and she is a certified recreational SCUBA Diver.