Australia and New Zealand made their synodal wishes known: the Church can and should restore women to the ordained diaconate. The historical facts of women deacons are well known. They ministered in different ways in different places during differing eras. In 2016, the International Union of Superiors General asked Pope Francis why, given that so many women were already performing diaconal ministry, women could not be ordained as deacons today. Since then, two commissions presented private reports to the pope.
The Instrumentum Laboris for the Synod on Synodality reports: “Most of the Continental Assemblies and the syntheses of several Episcopal Conferences call for the question of women’s inclusion in the diaconate to be considered. Is it possible to envisage this, and in what way?” What are the arguments for and against women ordained as deacons? What will happen in October? .”
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Leading Presbyterian liturgist Arlo Dean Duba passed away on June 27, 2023 at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife Doreen and his four children and seven grandchildren.
Duba was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1955. He completed his divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as a PhD there on the nature of theological languages. He was chaplain and associate professor of religion at Westminster Choir College. He did post-doctoral research at the Institut Liturgique in Paris. In 1969, he returned to Princeton Theological Seminary as director of daily chapel worship and lecturer in worship and liturgical studies. In 1982 he was called to be professor of worship and dean at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
Duba was active in the North American Academy of Liturgy, of which he was a founding member; Societas Liturgica; and the Association for Reformed and Liturgical Worship.
Duba served on the Psalter Committees of both the United Methodist and the United Presbyterian Churches, and was the Presbyterian observer/participant on the Rejoice in the Lord Committee of the Reformed Church in America.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arlo Duba Fund at Princeton Theological Seminary at giving.ptsem.edu or at P.O. Box 821, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.