Introduction to the interdiac medium term strategy

The strategy reflects the voices of people engaged with interdiac.

The issues which were stressed as important in the Honorary Council over recent years and especially the work of the Anniversary Conference are reflected in the priorities of our plan.

Strengthening Diaconia and Christian Social Action

It is an interdiac priority to strengthen the practice of diaconia. In particular, diaconal practice should reflect the dignity of each person and strengthen work for convivial life together. This work for empowerment and transformation requires theological reflection and clarity about values.

To reflect this priority, interdiac will develop a new learning programme which will strengthen work with people and for a socially just and peaceful future. A research project is underway which will give us a baseline understanding of the ways in which different churches understand Diaconia and a new book will be produced which will be called ‘Diaconia as Christian Social Practice - Perspectives from a Convivial Approach’

Diaconia as Christian Social Practice

 Ecclesiological and Theological Understanding of Diaconia

A Comparative Study of the Ecclesiological Understanding of Diaconia

Diaconia as Christian Social Practice - Perspectives from a Convivial Approach

Partnership and reliable cooperation with individuals and organisations is the cornerstone of all learning and developmental actions.

Conviviality and Diaconal Community Development

interdiac has prioritized local diaconia and especially the practice of diaconal community development. This implies a change of ‘service model’ both for the workers and the churches and diaconal organisations. A new learning programme on diaconal community development based on conviviality will be provided. The programme will emphasise the integration of theory, theology and practice.

Conviviality and Diaconal Community Development

Seminars and Support for the LWF European Solidarity Group on Conviviality & Community Diakonia

Participation in the international CODE Forum – researching Diaconal Community Development
Participation in ReDi (The Society for the Study and Research of Diaconia and Christian Social Practice) as the regional network for Central and Eastern Europe

Diaconia as Christian Social Practice - Perspectives from a Convivial Approach

Pedagogical material arising from the work of the LWF Solidarity Group

Partnership and reliable cooperation with individuals and organisations is the cornerstone of all learning and developmental actions.  

Working with Marginalized Young People

interdiac has prioritised the issues facing marginalized young people in the region. The situation is getting more difficult and there is a need for a deeper understanding of the situation from the perspective of young people themselves. Therefore, this is a key a theme for interdiac research and learning. Arising from the findings of the new research programme, a learning programme will be developed and the handbook for working with young people will be rewritten.

Working with Marginalized Young People

‘Youth on the Margins’

Diaconia as Christian Social Practice - Perspectives from a Convivial Approach

Handbook – Make Change Yourselves – 2nd edition

Partnership and reliable cooperation with individuals and organisations is the cornerstone of all learning and developmental actions.

Working with People on the Move

interdiac members are facing continuing pressures, often because people are leaving the region to seek a better future elsewhere. On the other hand, people are moving into the region, many of them forced to move. Many people are literally uprooted for reasons of war, civil conflict, environmental disasters or simply economic survival. interdiac has started a new research project to better understand the key issues and most effective practice being implemented. As a result of this, a new learning programme on this issue will be developed.

 

‘People on the Move’

‘People on the Move: Context, Issues and Strategies’

Report of the LWF process, ‘Seeking Conviviality with People on the Move’

Peace Building, Peace Making & Reconciliation

Across the region there are many conflicts which are open, and which are destructive of life and of whole communities. There are other frozen or hidden conflicts which could become a dangerous threat in the future. A steering group has been appointed to work on this and two specialised workshops will be organised in 2020 by interdiac to involve people with relevant skills and knowledge from within the region. The workshops will analyse and reflect on the situation, sharing good practice and will create an action plan and proposals for a learning programme.

Peace building for Convivial Life Together

 Partnership and reliable cooperation with individuals and organisations is the cornerstone of all learning and developmental actions.

Specialized Workshops and Seminars

interdiac organises a regular programme of independent workshops and seminars to develop new skills and knowledge. Themes which have been included are such topics as value-based leadership, use and abuse of social media in diaconal contexts, advocacy and campaigning, safeguarding and just communication.

International Co-learning Exchange

Building on the experience gained in recent programmes and in response to demands amongst some people active in interdiac, a bilateral programme of exchanges will be organised. These exchanges will enable people from different contexts working perhaps on similar issues to visit each other. The exchanges will be based on a specially developed learning process and the knowledge gained will be made available to the wider network. Tailor made programmes can be developed in specific issues for several pairs of exchanges. Co-learning exchanges will form a apart of some future learning programmes.







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