Who We Are/History

DIAKONIA Region Africa Europe is one of three regional groups of the DIAKONIA World Federation of Diaconal Associations and Diaconal Communities.

Although only formerly constituted in 1994, DRAE dates back to the late 1940’s when diaconal groups came together to address issues and needs arising from the aftermath of World War II.

Today, DRAE brings together diaconal groups from 20 countries across Africa and Europe and represents over 16,000 people engaged in the mission of the Gospel.

DRAE is managed by an elected Executive Committee and governed by a Constitution.


  • Spiritual encouragement
  • Empowerment for diaconal commitment and work
  • Advocating for dignity of people and social justice
  • Mutual exchange

International networking of

  • Diaconal associations
  • Christian communities
  • Groups of diaconal workers


  • To be a part of a worldwide community
  • To experience mutual understanding of diaconal workers in different contexts
  • To provide an avenue for fellowship through regional and world assemblies

DIAKONIA World Federation

  • reflects on the nature and task of diakonia in the biblical context
  • links and gathers those who are engaged in diaconal work worldwide
  • encourages, supports and empowers the development of groups doing diaconal work
  • is a living experience of  ecumenical relationships

Membership consists of associations, organizations and communities of deaconesses, deacons, diaconal brothers and sisters, diaconal ministers and other church workers.

DIAKONIA World Federation

  • furthers the understanding of the diaconate
  • provides a network of mutual relationships crossing church traditions and cultural boundaries
  • strengthens a sense of community and understanding among all member organizations
  • encourages member organizations to explore their diaconal calling
  • provides a forum for discussion of diaconal issues including social justice and reconciliation
  • organizes a world assembly every four years

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2 weeks ago

# **2022 Mondays in September:**
# **A DOTAC Study Series**
# **on the World Council of Churches document**
# **“Called to Transformation:**
# **Ecumenical Diakonia**
# On August 31-September 8, the World Council of Churches will meet in Karlsruhe, Germany. The important document “Called to Transformation: Ecumenical Diakonia” will be presented for discussion. DOTAC has decided to offer an on-line Zoom study group of the report. We have asked three presenters to begin each of our three sessions. All of them will attend the Assembly: Matthew Ross as WCC Staff and editor of the report, Marianne Uri Øverland as representative of DIAKONIA World Federation, and Hyuk Cho as a delegate of the United Church of Canada.

September 12: **Reverend Dr. Matthew Ross**

September 19**: Reverend Marianne Uri Øverland**

September 26: ** Reverend Dr. Hyuk Cho**

To register, send an email to teddodd@live.com

You will be sent a Zoom link closer to the time of the event.

All sessions will last just slightly over an hour and

begin at 1 pm Central Daylight Time.

(Check an on-line time zone converter for local times.)
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2 weeks ago

DOTAC holds a Monthly Prayer Gathering on the first day of every month. Members of the ecumenical and international diaconate join together in this reflective, holy time of shared conversation and prayer.

On even months (e.g. August, October, December) we meet at 5 pm Central Daylight Time; on odd months (e.g. September, November, January) we meet at noon pm Central Daylight Time.

Join us on Monday, August 1 at 5 pm Central Daylight Time.

Send an email to teddodd@live,com to be added to the list.

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