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.

2023 is the year of Regional Conferences/Assemblies
DOTAC August 14th – 18th, 2023 Minneapolis MN (USA) DOTAC website
DRAE September 6th – 10th, 2023. Neuendettelsau (Germany) DRAE Facebook
DAP October (dates tbc) Philippines
More information on links and on this page on the DIAKONIA website.

DIAKAID Grants 2023
DIAKAID is a program of DIAKONIA World Federation (DWF) that seeks to fund special diaconal projects and emergency responses of member associations and communities throughout the world. Applications are now open for 2023, with applications due NO LATER than Friday April 21st, 2023.
More information on the introductory letter and application form below.

NEWSLETTER in German and English
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E-News December 2022

2023 MONTHLY PRAYER LETTER in German and English
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To Claim Healing for Ourselves

A series of Spring 2023 ZOOM Gatherings on Wellness!

April 19- “Guided Meditation” 1 pm Eastern Time

With Sister Davia Evans, The Deaconess Community of the ELCA

Blessings and greetings! For us, meditation of any kind is simply and primarily another way to sit with God. Oh yes, there are physiological and psychological benefits, but our only purpose is to spend time with God. As our world rages and spins out of control, what a wonderful treat to sit and relax in the presence of our creator. While you need nothing to fully participate in this time of reflection, it will help to sit in a comfortable chair. Also, if you wish, you could have a focus object available: a candle, a shell, a turtle, a rock, etc. It may help for our particular guided meditation to have 3 pictures, one of someone you love very much, one of someone you have trouble getting along with, and one of someone you hardly know. Don’t worry if you don’t have pics, you can bring the person to your mind’s eye. I look forward to sitting with you and God in holy space. Sister Davia Evans has been a Lutheran Deaconess seemingly since forever. She has served congregations in the inner city, suburbs and the rural area of Central Pennsylvania. She has worked as a surgical intensive care registered nurse and more recently a rural parish nurse and choir director. With a Master of Sacred Theology Degree specializing in Lutheran Spirituality, for the past 25 years she has focused her ministry on spiritual direction, prayer, and wellness coaching. Free time is spent reading, enjoying nature, knitting, and any other craft activity that comes by.

The past several years have been difficult for many of us, due to the challenges of a worldwide pandemic, the rise in civil unrest, the increasing urgencies brought about by climate change, not to mention the usual stresses of everyday life today…the list seems endless. To help us cope with some of the tensions we all may be feeling, and to promote health and well-being for all within DOTAC and beyond, a series of ZOOM gatherings will be held in the Spring of 2023 to equip participants with some tools to address the pressures of life in the past few years, for the wellness of all. Presented by talented and experienced DOTAC members, topics include: Mindfulness (April 19,) and Trauma Release Exercises (May 17.

To register to receive the link for this presentation, please email Deacon Dave Hellerich: dave@hellerich.com

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