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Issue # 5
February 5, 2021
Welcome to our fifth edition of DIAKONIA World Federation News.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this edition. In the midst of pandemic and isolation, our communities continue strong and vital.  There are links to more detailed reports in as indicated.

This newsletter can also be reached by going to our Website: A full German Translation will be posted in the German section of our Website. Please note:  There are options to choose a language in which to read the E-News. Click on the tab on the top right of your screen when you open the E-mail, and choose your language.  Please be aware, these are the general worldwide translations, but they do enable one to read the E-News without having to be fluent in English or German. 

As we  continue in God's call, living into our new reality, note that we are endeavoring to have this E-News come out every other month, so we need your stories, even when you don't think you are doing much, you have a story to tell. 

Send articles in to Please include your name, your member organization and the region of  DWF to which you belong. News deadline for the next edition, to be sent out the first week of April:  March 19th!

Let us once again be reminded of the gift of fellowship and relationship found within this organization.   

~ Your E-News team: Sandy Boyce, Jan Cherry & Ted Dodd. 
DWF Executive Committee Meets
Your Executive Committee continues to meet throughout the year .  At our last meeting in January, we approved the latest revisions in our Bylaws.  We have been hard at work making sure the document is concise and clear.  When we are finished with it, you will be able to access in on our soon-to-be-launched refreshed Website.  Watch for news of the Website launch.

We have also begun to implement the new committee structure we have set into place.  Many thanks to Ted Dodd, DOTAC President for his hard work formulating the beginning visioning principles for these committees.  Watch for reports as we slowly begin working in this new way.  We hope that we will be able to engage many more people from more communities in visioning and carrying out the work of DIAKONIA into the future.  One of the gifts we are finding in this time of pandemic is the blessing of electronic meetings, thus enabling us to meet across the world between our quadrennial gatherings. It allows us to include more people in the planning and visioning for this Diaconal Organization. Watch for updates in this E-News as the Committee structure is lived out. 
DIAKONIA Asia Pacific (DAP)
On November 11, 2020 we have distributed the grant from Diakaid - DWF to the children's parents and teachers of Preschool/Kindergarden. 
We prepared the stable foods packages in Pematangsiantar and we brought them to Siborongborong and Tarutung by cars, the trip there from P.siantar took 5 hours. The trip and the distributions to 7 places ran well. The People came to assembly points used face mask and hand washing. They were so happy to receive the packages and went home with smile. Diakaid simple package has brought joy to the people.
We are so thankful to the Lord and to DWF Excom and DAP Excom for trust Ikadiwa to do Diakonia to the people around our mother house. 
Rev. Dr. Aunty Denise Champion (Deacon)

Aunty Denise Champion, an Adnyamathanha woman of the Flinders Ranges, and an internationally respected theologian, author and speaker, has been awarded the Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa). The Degree of Doctor of Divinity is a senior degree that is awarded only for work of considerable distinction, where the nominee has made an original and substantial contribution to the advancement of theological learning and services to theological education, the Church and the general community. She was honoured for her accomplishments as a scholar and leader, and her life’s work in reconciliation, rural and remote advocacy, education, and inter-cultural dialogue, and her extraordinary efforts towards the betterment of society. Aunty Denise is known for her generosity with her time, graciousness with her dialogue, and wisdom in her teachings. Her nomination for the award received unanimous support from the Adelaide College of Divinity Council. 
Aunty Denise is a Deacon in the Uniting Church in Australia. 
October 2nd, 2020

DIAKONIA of the Americas
and the Caribbean 

Report from DOTAC Board of Directors Meeting 
 The DOTAC Board met via Zoom the week of November 16-20.  Some highlights:
  • The representatives from the region's twelve communities and associations shared updates about the effects of COVID for their groups.  Nine projects related to the region have been funded by special DIAKAID grants; everything from food security pressures to addictions recovery support, from educational technology to sick bay construction, from resilency training to mental health first aid, from an on-line women's community to aid for migrant workers.
  • In preparation for Advent worship and check in times focused on Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  
  • A new Social Justice Committee is being initiated.  And for one of the sessions Board members attended the second Racial Justice learning and discussion group with almost 30 participants.
  • A task group to examine and imagine the future of DOTAC was commissioned.  The Board hopes to have a final report with ideas and concrete recommendations by July 2021.
  • DOTAC Monthly Prayer gathering has been happening on the first of every month since June.  Other ideas were shared and considered for supporting the spiritual practices of our communities.
  • The Board brainstormed in the area of the Theology and Scholarship of Diakonia, Diaconal Formation and Membership Connections
We all agreed that it was not the same not to be meeting in person but as a second-best meeting via Zoom enabled us to connect, make some decisions and stay safe.
DOTAC President, Ted Dodd attended along with 20 others from around the DOTAC Region,  participated in the sessions and shared this report: "On September 17, the Research Diakonia Zoom conference, offered a far-reaching range of presentations from around the globe.  The wide variety of the understanding, practice and theology of the diaconate broadened my outlook.  The rich sharing of ideas deepened my diaconal identity with intellectually stimulating ideas and studies. 
Two keynote speakers shared their understanding of the conference’s theme Diakonia as Gamechanger?: Leadership of Service in Times of Crisis, Complexity and Transformation from an Asian and from an African perspective.  Clearly, this organization was working hard to expand its horizons beyond its European origins."  To read more....


DIAKONIA Region Africa Europe (DRAE)

Installation of a new Leader
Schwesterngemeinschaft Bethesda -
On the 1st Sunday of Advent we had a very meaningful church service with the installation of our new Leader: Elisabeth Wenk-Mattmüller. This was planned to happen in April; due to Covid 19 it had to be postponed. We had planned a big feast! Then we had to reduce participation to 50 people and a few days before the date to 15 people! But the service was streamed live and many people were able to participate in this way.
Foundation of the Diakoneo Community Neuendettelsau
The diaconal communities in Neuendettelsau are setting out on a common path into the future
Bildtext zum Gruppenbild: Bei der Gründungssitzung freuen sich Rektor Dr. Mathias Hartmann und die Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der drei ehemaligen Diakonischen Gemeinschaften über die neue Diakoneo Gemeinschaft. (2. Reihe v.l.n.r.: Dr. Mathias Hartmann, Sr. Erna Biewald, Sr. Roswitha Buff, Elfriede Töpfer, Sr. Ruth Gänstaller, Bodo Steinheimer, Sr. Jutta Porep, Dr. Peter Munzert; in der 1. Reihe: Bruder Dieter Arnold)
Alle Bilder: Lukas Herbert/Diakoneo
Neuendettelsau - The Neuendettelsau Deaconess Community, the Diaconal Sisters and Brotherhood and the community of employees in the Diaconate have joined forces to form the Neuendettelsau Deaconeo Community.

Within a year, the "Working Group Future of the Communities", consisting of representatives of all three communities, developed a future-oriented concept and sustainable structures. At the beginning of October 2020, the new Diakoneo Gemeinschaft Neuendettelsau was officially founded in a meeting of the working group. "I am very pleased that this truly historic step for Diakoneo has been successful and wish the new community a bright future," said Rector Dr. Hartmann, Chairman of the Board of Diakoneo. To read the full article: 
Benefits of membership in DIAKONIA
  • 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.   
Other Ways to stay in touch with DIAKONIA round the world: 
DIAKONIA World Federation Group DIAKONIA World Federation Group
DIAKONIA World Federation Website DIAKONIA World Federation Website
DIAKONIA President Sandy Boyce's Blog DIAKONIA President Sandy Boyce's Blog
Monthly Prayers Monthly Prayers
Ways to support DIAKONIA financially
You may donate directly to DIAKONIA World Federation through the following methods.  Please specify where you wish your funds to be used, along with your contact information. You may contribute directly to the Travel Fund, which is used to help our voting members attend the quadrennial Assemblies, or to the ongoing work of the Federation.  It is also possible to make a bequest to DIAKONIA World Federation in your will. Please contact Thorsten Walter, our Representative for finances and legal support (RFL).in Germany for more information.
1) Direct wire transfer of funds:
                   Account name: Diakonia Weltbund e.V.
                   IBAN:  DE58 7655 0000 0008 9600 15
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                   Bank: Sparkasse Ansbach

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