The theme of the conference

The development of society on both global and local level is increasingly described in terms of crisis. First and foremost, climate change is becoming more and more perceptible and posing new problems and challenges for humanity, to stakeholders and all those who bear responsibility. Neoliberal globalisation and economic policies have somehow contributed to increasing social inequalities and injustice, and a growth in unemployment and in precarity of income from employment. Furthermore, demographic developments and forced migration undermine solidarity and lead to tension between generations. The extent and speed of the changes has created fears that materialise socially and politically as radicalisation and right-wing popularism.

The agents of Diaconia observe these developments and the practice of Diaconia is itself part of them. How do diaconal organisations and churches meet these challenges? Do they contribute to finding new answers or are they afraid of losing what they are used to have? What does diaconal leadership look like in times of crises and change? How can diaconal leadership be re-imagined based on faith, hope and love? How can research contribute to innovate diaconal practices? How can learning from each other across the continents be stimulated in order for diaconal agents to become vital gamechangers? How can prophetic Diaconia contribute in advocacy efforts in order to prevent urgent needs in today’s world?

The International Society for the Research and Study of Diaconia and Christian Social Practice.

Keynote Lecturers

  • Prof. Dr. Bosela Eale
  • Dr. Theresa Chong Carino


Resources from the Conference

International Advisory Committee

  • Senior Lecturer Dr. Jacques Beukes
  • Associate Professor Nadine Bowers Du Toit
  • Rector Professor Carlos Emilio Ham
  • Professor Annette Leis-Peters
  • PhD Researcher Zo Ramiandra Rakotoarison
  • WCC Programme Executive Matthew Ross
  • Professor Dennis T. Solon