Most of the talks given or articles written presuppose that a "rejuvenation" of the female diaconate should happen. I don't think that such a direction has enough backing to warrant it nor do I think there is discernible agreement to what such a thing would even look like. Additionally, many people see this as baby steps towards a female priesthood. Whether such worries are warranted I can't say, but conferences with names like “Renewing the Male and Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church” seem less like dipping a toe into foreign waters and more like buying beachfront property site unseen.
(SVOTS) - This Pan-Orthodox Conference—dedicated to examining diaconal ministry in the Orthodox Church—will include among its presenters one trustee, two professors, and two alumni from St Vladimir’s Seminary. In four sessions, participants will hear a variety of presentations on: (1) the present state of the diaconate; (2) ways men and women are engaged in diaconal ministry today; (3) opportunities to engage with both clergy and faithful on the rejuvenation of the male and female diaconate; and (4) current challenges and future possibilities of the diaconate for the building up of the body of Christ. For more information visit the St. Phoebe Center website, or download a flyer...Complete article here.