Purpose and Responsibilities
The Episcopal Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna was founded by The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston in 1991 as a way to honor the elders of our community. The first members were inducted at the Diocesan Convention held in Fairbanks that same year. The purpose of the society is to recognize, honor and celebrate the wisdom, experience, maturity and ministry of older persons in the Diocese of Alaska.
Duties of the Society
The Society is a community at prayer. Members pray daily for the Bishop, Diocese and its people.
The Society is a council of elders. Members stand ready to share their wisdom with the Bishop and others when asked.
Members offer a valuable resource and model for Christian living to the church body throughout Alaska.
All persons in the Diocese are encouraged to look to the Society for images of life that are lived in imitation of Christ.
Members shall have at least 15 years as an active Episcopalian and be 60 years of age of older.
Nominations are by Parish Vestry, Parish Council, Church Committee or comparable body and are submitted to the Deanery.
Selection of members is prayerfully made by each Deanery at their annual meeting and submitted to the Diocese for affirmation at Convention.
She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
~Luke 2:36-38 (NIV)
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.
~Luke 2:25 (NIV)