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DIAKONIA offers an international and ecumenical community of diaconal friendship, connecting us in diversity and commonality. 

DIAKONIA broadens our worldview and deepens our sense of diaconal vocation.  

DIAKONIA reminds the church of God’s call to service, justice, compassion, and peace for creation, and assists us in living out our ministries in the world with vision and hope. 

The church is not the church without diakonia.


World Assembly Update

The plans to hold the DWF Assembly in Darwin in 2021 were disrupted by the COVID pandemic, and and it was postponed to 2022. But it is clear that it will still be sometime until international flights resume as they had been pre-COVID and that 2022 will be too early for all our member associations to attend. A small Task Group of the DWF Executive will begin planning for a virtual World Assembly in 2022. More information available in the coming months. 


DIAKONIA E-NEWS #9

DIAKONIA NACHRICHTEN NR.9

This edition is full of news from around the world including information about this year’s DIAKAID Grant Announcements. 


DIAKONIA E-News #8

DIANKONIA Nachrichten Nr.8

This edition is full of news from around the world including information about this year’s DIAKAID Application process.


4 days ago

**Sixth Sunday of Easter**

**May 22, 2022**

*John 5:1-9*
After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool,

called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes.

In these lay many ill, blind, lame, and paralyzed people.

One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him,

“Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered him,

“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up;

and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.”

Jesus said to him,

“Stand up, take your mat and walk.”
At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a sabbath.

*Prayer*

Today, Jesus, we long for your holiness in our worship.

Reveal the divine, for us.

Heal us with your presence.

Show us your compassion,

that we might know blessing.

In the face of the seemingly endless news of

violence and hatred,

war and mass migration,

poverty and oppression,

ecological emergency,

Incarnate One, you would do well to ask us,

“Do you want to be made well?”

Showing compassion, ask us the tough questions and offer us healing grace.

*(silence)*

Jesus of Nazareth, who lived among us,

be alive in our midst this day.

Son of David, who envisioned God’s reign,

may we be part of your kin-dom come.

Rabbi and Teacher, who shared the Spirit’s wisdom,

nurture us in your Way.

Healer, who brought wholeness and health,

restore our integrity and faith

that we might stand up and walk out into the world to

listen to the lost and lonely,

learn from the broken and poured out,

address the fear and sense of quiet desperation,

name evil and societal sin,

offer hope and healing and hospitality.

Photo by [Ante Gudelj](unsplash.com/@antegudelj?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on [Unsplash](localhost:3000/s/photos/healing?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText)
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1 week ago

**Fifth Sunday in the Season of Easter**

**May 15, 2022**

*Revelation 21:1-6*
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;

for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“See, the home of God is among mortals.

He will dwell with them as their God;

they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said,

“See, I am making all things new.”

Also he said,

“Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Then he said to me,

“It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.”

*Prayer*

You are Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End.

We, however, are in the middle –

in the middle of global devils and destructive forces

of personal deaths and desperations.

We are in the “not yet” of your kin-dom, longing

to see the “yet” of your kin-dom,

to have a vision of your reign in the present,

to experience the revelation of heaven here on earth.

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

your home is among us;

you stand with us;

you are in solidarity with our suffering.

Your intention is the healing of all creation.

Make our gardens green.

Your intention is for reconciliation and restoration.

Lead us to harmony and hope.

Your intention is for renewal and transformation.

Reflect your grace and holiness

in our communities, our cities, and our churches.

Your intention is to dwell with your people.

Wipe away every tear.

Give the water of life.

Make us your people.

*“John Beholds the New Jerusalem” by Lucas Cranach*
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2 weeks ago

David Clark started off DOTAC’s Seminar Seried on Diakonia with his presentation **The Prophetic Vocation of a Diaconal Church**

**and of a Renewed Diaconate. **He was articulate, insightful, and prophetically challenging — with a deep passion for diakonia, and a learning and listening community. The presentation can now be found at

[youtu.be/8CCymcdcg9c](nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2F8CCymcdcg9c&data=05%7C01%7C%…)
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2 weeks ago

David Clark started off DOTAC’s Seminar Seried on Diakonia with his presentation **The Prophetic Vocation of a Diaconal Church**

**and of a Renewed Diaconate. **He was articulate, insightful, and prophetically challenging — with a deep passion for diakonia, and a learning and listening community. The presentation can now be found at

[youtu.be/8CCymcdcg9c](nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2F8CCymcdcg9c&data=05%7C01%7C%…)
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2 weeks ago

**Fourth Sunday of Easter**

**May 8, 2022**

white book page beside green potted plant

*Psalm 23*

God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through
Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.

*The Message*

*Prayer*

Gracious God,

**you care for me; I need nothing more.**

We confess that we colour our lives with want.

Some of us long for more possessions;

others strive for more privilege or power.

Some of us seek greater productivity and output;

others want their perspective to prevail.

Teach us the way of “I shall not want.”

**You lead me into a haven of peace and rest.**
Today, may we live as non-anxious presence,

may we reflect a prayerful engagement,

may our conversations and interactions be blessed with spirit-filled breathing.

**You breathe new life into me and lead me in new ways.**

Restore our souls.

Lift our vision.

Guide our lives.

**You** **are with me, and comfort me,
even when the way of the world seems lost.**

In the midst of war reports from around the globe,

with the headlines composed of libertarian protests and escaping refugees,

with the news detailing the horror and trauma of mass shootings and racial injustice,

with the numbing, painful reality of creation in crisis,

you call us to compassionate change and committed peace-making.

And so, we pray for the planet,

its leaders,

those on the frontlines,

those running,

those grieving,

those afraid,

those alone.

**In the face of those who trouble me
you provide for me and pour out your blessings.**

Grant us steady patience.

Grant us holy impatience.

Grant us the discernment to know when calm tolerance is the loving responses,

and the wisdom to know when prophetic outrage is loving faithfulness.

**God of justice and compassion you are with me always
and have promised to sustain me all my life.**
Gratitude for all the blessings.

Appreciation for all that is sacred.

Thanksgiving for this life.

*photo:Chris Gallimore on Unsplash*
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