Seeking Conviviality, Re-formation of Community Diakonia in Europe
This consultation process organised by the Lutheran World Federation in partnership with interdiac ´Seeking Conviviality: Re-forming Community Diakonia in Europe´ was launched in December 2011. The so called solidarity group, the pan – European gathering of pastors, deacons and social or diaconia workers, students and teachers are exploring their work in diverse local contexts across Europe and in training and support for diaconia.
This process started with thematic discussions on:
- How Diaconia combats inequality and injustice.
- How Diaconia opposes the consuming society and market driven economy.
- Diaconia as a faithful response to God´s call through the ‘other’.
- Diaconia as an approach to life in community.
Following these discussions, the first three year reflective process ended with the identification of the most relevant key issues in participant’s regional contexts, which were worked out in the following three years and resulted in the following collective publications:
- Seeking Conviviality: Reforming Community Diakonia in Europe. (Basic document available in English, German, Estonian, Norwegian and Russian versions. More language versions are in preparation.)
- Convivial Life Together. Bible studies on the theme, available in English.
- Towards a Convivial Economy, available in English.
- Seeking Conviviality, Evaluation and Commentary from the European Solidarity Group, available in English.
The meetings took place in Järvenpää (Finland), Odessa (Ukraine), Rummelsberg (Germany), Manchester (Great Britain) and Tallinn (Estonia). The representatives of solidarity group were invited to the Lutheran World Federation European regional church leaders meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The outcomes of the consultation process were presented at the LWF pre-Assembly meeting in Höör (Sweden) and the LWF Assembly meeting in Windhoek (Namibia) May, 2017.
The Kick-off meeting of the third phase of the process took place in November 2017 in Balatonszárszó (Hungary) and the group will focus on Faithful Living in a Diversifying Europe. The first pan European meeting will be in Sibiu, Romania in 2018.