Delegates of IDC visited a social community centre in the slums of Mumbai.
Women religious, social workers and deacons work together in the social stations for the good of the inhabitants. In one of the centres, women earn the livelihood of their families working as seamstresses. Now they are also making stoles for deacons.
The Pro Diakonia in the German-Speaking Area Project* Initiated
The IDC Board met in Johannesburg between February 25th and March 1st. Our host deacon, Greg Garnie prepared everything wonderfully and, as a result, all the conference took place in a good atmosphere. The main topic on the agenda was the discussion and preparation of the Pro Diakonia worldwide project which will be preceded by a similarly named project in the German speaking area.
The deacons addressed Diakonia in an Intercultural Context
Deacons from all over the world see some good opportunities for the Christian faith in the countries of Eastern Europe. In their Study Conference which took place in Velehrad near Brno, Czech Republic, a place of pilgrimage, they came to the conclusion that the Church can credibly transmit the Christian values of unconditional love and mercy by means of an open attitude towards other cultural traditions.