Maureen-Elizabeth Hagen – Deacon

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Perhaps because I grew up near the Canadian border (upstate New York), I have had a love of all things international since I was young. I traveled frequently in Europe before spending two years in Morocco (Peace Corps) and one year in Paris (Sorbonne) after college. While pursuing doctoral studies in International Relations/Middle East at Columbia, I met my husband, Rob Greene. We moved to Charlottesville so he could attend law school and then down to North Carolina; I continued to teach undergrads (NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill). We both rejoiced when we landed in Oregon, where even in July a cool breeze comes out at night.

In Oregon, I (re)discovered God. We had been out of church for decades until we decided to give it a try. The second church we entered was All Saints. So began a new chapter in my life. I began my studies for the diaconate (Tom Stanwood was a fellow student). I was ordained a deacon on 9/18/2004. I first served at Trinity as head of Outreach. I loved being there, but the position was temporary. I then became Director of Christian Formation (children and adult) at St. Paul’s in Salem where I stayed for three years. The past 5-1/2 years, I have served at St. Luke’s in Gresham, my first experience at a small church. It has been a joy and I will miss the good people there. Currently, I am the Director of The Academy for Formation and Mission for the Diocese. We offer high-quality theological education for all. Some come for one class only. Others come to enhance their leadership skills. Many come for discernment about future ministerial roles. People studying for the priesthood and diaconate form the core group. Rob and I live in Eastmoreland. For 20 years, Rob has been the Tribal Attorney at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. We share a love of traveling – Rob tends to enjoy hiking while I prefer experiencing different cultures.