Originally, the DIAKONIA World Federation (DWF) Annual Executive Meeting (EC) was to take place in person in Frankfurt, July 14-18. Instead, because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, the EC met via Zoom. Time zones were a challenge: The Australians were opening their eyes to be conscious for 5:30 a.m., and the Europeans/Africans had to stay awake for a meeting that started at 10 p.m, for four days in a row. ’Time zones were a challenge with members of the Executive stretching around the globe from Fiji in the Pacific to Seattle in North America. Yet, all were in good spirits, and an amazing amount of work was accomplished. COVID 19 has had a tremendous impact globally and we had a time to share our personal experiences and how the pandemic has impacted us in our local contexts.
A Financial Futures Task Group reported to the EC making a number of recommendations that will affect the operation of the organization. As a cost-saving measure, it was agreed that the EC will meet every two years (instead of annually) with multiple meetings in between via electronic platforms. To see all of their recommendations A series of Committees will be established to further the work and deepen the networks of the Federation beyond those on the EC. By involving more people in DWF, we envision an increased investment in the organization, and an energized re-commitment to the organization’s mission.
E-News The EC was pleased with the direction of the new Enews format of our newsletter which provides regular news, updates, and resources with a wider readership in member associations. The program has a translation button which is an asset to deepen understanding internationally. Thank you to Jan Cherry for serving in the role of editor and distributor of the news. To subscribe and to send articles
Bylaws The EC continues to work on Bylaws, which will be presented for approval at our next Assembly in Darwin 2022. Thanks to Jan Cherry and Gordon Pennykid for their leadership in this area.
A new logo, for DWF and the Regions, will be adapted from the logo used at the 2013 Berlin Assembly (see above header for current design). It has been necessary to clarify copyright arrangements, and fees for the graphic designer to tailor the logo for our purposes. Stay tuned for final design.