World Federation of Diaconal Associations and Diaconal Communities (DIAKONIA)

Fédération mondiale d'associations et de communautés diaconales
Weltbund von Verbänden und Gemeinschaften der Diakonie

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History

Founded Oct 1947, Copenhagen (Denmark), as World Federation of Deaconess Associations, following discussions, 31 Aug-6 Sep 1946, Amsterdam/Utrecht (Netherlands), when an interim committee was formed, and a meeting of this committee was held Apr 1947, Riehen (Switzerland). Constitution adopted 1947, Copenhagen; revised: 1966, Edinburgh (UK); 1979, Manila (Philippines); 1992, Wolfville NS (Canada); 2005, Durham (UK); 2009, Atlanta GA (USA). Name changed to World Federation of Diaconal Associations and Sisterhoods Alliance oecuménique des communautés et des associations de diaconesses -- Weltbund von Schwesternschaften und Verbänden der Diakonie in 1979. Full official title: Foundation DIAKONIA World Federation of Diaconal Associations and Diaconal Communications (Foundation Diakonia) -- Stiftung DIAKONIA Weltbund von Verbänden und Gemeinschaften der Diakonie (Stiftung DIAKONIA). Also referred to as DIAKONIA World Federation. Registered as a foundation under Netherlands law.

Aims

Called by Jesus Christ to the service of reconciliation in the world with the world of faith and the action of love: further ecumenical relationships between diaconal associations and diaconal communities; reflect on the nature and task of diakonia in the New Testament sense; further a sense of diakonia in Churches and congregations; strengthen a sense of community among the associations, render mutual aid, and undertake common tasks.

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Activities

Events/meetings; financial and/or material support.

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Languages

English, German.

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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 32 countries
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Subjects *

  • Religious Practice
    • Priesthood
    • Orders, Secular Institutes

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

UIA Org ID

C1316

Last News Received

11. Jan 2015
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