About Tara Jernigan

Tara Jernigan is a graduate of Trinity School for Ministry (MAR 2000) where she serves as an adjunct in diaconal theology. She is also a graduate of Nashotah House Theological Seminary (D.Min 2010) where she serves on the Board of Directors. She is a vocational deacon in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, a Biblical Languages teacher at Veritas Scholars’ Academy, an occasional contributor to Human Life Review, and the mother of three sons.

Catechize Like a Deacon

“You have entreated me, brother Deogratias, to send you something in writing which might be of use to you on the question of instructing beginners in the faith. As you say, in Carthage, where you are a deacon, those who are to be given their initial grounding in Christian faith are often brought to you because you are […]

By |2021-10-25T09:39:12-05:00October 26th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|1 Comment

Phoebe Was a Deacon: An Exegetical Love Letter

As an undergraduate, I was first exposed to the idea that Paul was a raging misogynist. Feminist writers, mostly on the political and theological left, were happy to denounce a version of Paul that was presented as cold, hard-hearted, harsh, and hateful. Reading our way through such books, it was easy to lose track of the Paul who […]

By |2021-07-05T16:57:06-05:00July 5th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |5 Comments

Never Enough: The Beautiful Insufficiency of the Diaconate

Deacons cannot absolve, bless, or consecrate. These “ABCs” of the diaconate are often the first and most consistent way that people describe the order today, inadvertently defining the most foundational of the Holy Orders by what deacons cannot do. I have attempted to add parochial reports to the list, but it neither follows the alphabetic scheme nor works out consistently […]

By |2020-07-22T09:54:22-05:00July 30th, 2020|Categories: Theology|Tags: |5 Comments
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