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. 


The newly formed DIAKONIA Justice Committee is inviting responses to a survey towards an overview of the social, economic, and environmental justice issues in which our member communities are engaged. 

Individuals and member associations access the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/ 1FAIpQLSc9rhmG22LD6mQXkhs5C6gzV4RG1huP2jCptGYAmNyDJrAmgA/viewform

Please respond by 15 September.

Committee concerns revolve around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Its work is founded on the theological and spiritual quest for peace, justice and reconciliation. Members are:

  • Eric Tusz-King- DOTAC, Canada (covenor)
  • Megan Hale- DOTAC, USA
  • Dionata Rodrigues de Oliveira – DOTAC, Brazil
  • Leah Wandera- DRAE, Kenya
  • Sophia Lizares – DAP, Australia
  • Emma Cantor- DAP, Philippines
  • Sandy Boyce – Ex-officio DWF, representing Executive Committee, Australia
  • Gwynne Lawlor – Member of Volunteers Nomination Committee, South Africa

To better represent more parts of the world, the Justice Committee is seeking a member from Europe.  Individuals volunteering or nominations from European associations with a letter of introduction would be welcome.

For queries, please contact Eric Tusz-King, convenor, erictuszking@gmail.com


DIANKONIA Nachrichten Nr.8

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



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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Scripture: Mark 9:30-37
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;
for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them,
“The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him,
and three days after being killed, he will rise again.”
But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.
He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them,
“Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”
Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,
“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me,
and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
New Revised Standard Version

Crucified One,
like the twelve,
we do not want to know about suffering and betrayal,
we have no desire to hear about torture and abuse,
we do not even begin to understand execution and needless suffering.
Sometimes, we are afraid to ask.
Often, we are too confused to accept.
Frequently, we are unable to see the scandal of your cross,
let alone the modern-day crucifixions that fill our world.
Instead like the disciples,
we busy ourselves with questions of
insignificance and status,
recognition and influence,
competition and prestige.

Resurrected One,
remind us, again, about what truly matters.
Teach us once more about your refracted vision,
where first is last and last is first,
where dominating power is reversed,
where values of privilege are unhinged,
where imperial norms are challenged and let loose.
And help us to see that this is
a liberating word,
a freeing message,
a blessing of good news.
Enable us to live our gospel as a gift and not
an onerous demand,
a duty to begrudge,
one more task on the “to do” list.
Enfold us in the bold truth that
welcomes the children,
receives the vulnerable, and
loves the marginalized.

Crucified and Resurrected One,
when we embrace the lost and lonely
we embrace your divinity in our midst.
when we include the hurting and homeless
we include your holiness in our lives.
when we generously share our resources and lives
your sacred grace breaks into our worlds.

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