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 Application Form is to be returned as a PDF copy and signed version no later than Friday August 20 to the person from your DWF Region:

DRAE Region Member of the Committee: Ronke Oworu, ibiyemioworu@yahoo.com

DOTAC Region Member of the Committee: Dawn Livingston, dawn@hintoncenter.org

DAP Region Member of the Committee: Christa Megaw, christamegaw@gmail.com

The DIAKAID Committee will receive and review the applications at its meeting in early September and will inform applicants of their decisions by mid-September. Applications will be assessed on the anticipated outcomes of each project. An evaluation form reporting the details of how the funds have been used will need to be completed at the end of the project, and submitted to the DIAKAID Committee (E-Mail to the Regional Committee Members) no later than July 31, 2022.

The maximum grant will be € 1.000


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



We are now sending out the E-News in both German and English.  At the moment, that means you will receive both copies in your inbox.  If you will let us have a language preference, email the Editor and we will send you only that edition. 


DIANKONIA Nachrichten Nr.6

This issue includes reports from several recipients of our 2020 COVID/DIAKAID grants, as well as reports and greetings from each region.

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

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Psalm 34: 1-8

I will bless God at all times;

God’s praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in God;

let the humble hear and be glad.

3 O magnify the Creator with me,

and let us exalt God’s name together.

I sought God, and God answered me,

and delivered me from all my fears.

Look to God, and be radiant;

so your faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor soul cried, and was heard by God,

and was saved from every trouble.

The angel of God encamps

around those who fear God, and delivers them.

O taste and see that God is good;

happy are those who take refuge in God


God who is our Beginning and End,

Christ of Death and Resurrection,

Spirit who dwells in the Church and the World,

your Psalmist would have us

praise with conviction,

glorify with gladness,

exalt with exuberance.

Yet, the human condition includes affliction and anxiety.

Our communities are filled with hardship and tribulation.

The world teems with evil and violence.

The very planet is in distress and disaster mode.

The Psalmist’s invitation to joy and celebration,

this testimony to triumph and deliverance,

this music of joy and deeply felt peace,

can feel like we are being asked to

deny reality,

ignore vulnerability,

put on a brave face,

when the state of our world calls for

psalms of lament,

a groaning of creation,

searching questions.

Nevertheless, take seriously

this challenge to be heartened and encouraged,

this invitation to wonder and rejoicing,

this appreciation and intimacy with the holy.

So, magnify our souls that we can taste and see the divine,

while still acknowledging the humiliation and heart break.

Encamp in your people that we might dwell in your love.

Answer our prayers that we might share in amazing grace.

Then, might we share these blessings with all who are the poor souls, the fearful, and the broken.

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