The Rev. Michelle Dayton

Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:

As a newly ordained transitional deacon, I am serving as the Deacon in Residence at Trinity, Newark. This parish has not had full time clergy for some years, and so we are learning together what my service here looks like, in addition to the regular worship services. Within the diocese, I previously served on ECSF, and currently I am engaged in the Justice Circles and Way of Love rhythm of Becoming Beloved Community.

Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?

During the last convention, I spent numerous hours watching on my laptop, and now that I am out of seminary, with my feet in full-time ministry, I would love to be a part of the new Episcopal Church that is emerging as a result of COVID. The cycle of change and death and resurrection has been present throughout Christian history, and this invitation to transformation is particularly evident as we consider how to serve our communities and the world, with attention to restrictions and orders that guard the health of our most vulnerable siblings.