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Mae Griner consecrated as UM deaconess

Mae Griner consecrated as UM deaconess

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Mae Griner, a Registered Nurse at the North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, was among the 26 women from 18 conferences consecrated as United Methodist deaconesses during the closing plenary worship of United Methodist Women’s 19th quadrennial Assembly in Louisville, Ky., April 25-27. More than 6,000 people witnessed the consecration that culminated a conference that included workshops, a living wage protest and a Saturday address by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a lifelong United Methodist.

Deaconesses and their male counterparts, Home Missioners, are called by God to lay vocations of love, justice and service in a lifetime relationship in The United Methodist Church. Their work alleviates suffering; eradicates causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth; facilitates the development of full human potential; and shares in building global community through the church universal.