Diakonia as Christian Social Practice

An Introduction

Edited by Stephanie Dietrich, Knud Jorgensen, Kari Karsrud Korslien, Kjell Nordstokke

Diakonia as Christian Social Practice

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  • ISBN: 9781498217279
  • Pages: 276
  • Publication Date: 1/7/2015
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Diakonia as Christian Social Practice

An Introduction

Edited by Stephanie Dietrich, Knud Jorgensen, Kari Karsrud Korslien, Kjell Nordstokke

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  • Pages: 276
  • Publication Date: 1/7/2015
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The concept of diakonia has developed over the last decades, especially within the ecumenical movement, to a degree that may be characterized as a paradigm shift. Three main features characterize this change: First, the ecclesial dimension of diakonia is now strongly underlined. While diakonia earlier often was perceived as the activity of professional diaconal workers or agencies, it is now emphasized that diakonia belongs to the nature and the mission of being church. Second, it affirms that diaconal action must be holistic, taking into consideration the physical, mental, social and spiritual dimension, and rejecting practices that tend to departmentalize sectors of human reality. Third, it enhances bold and prophetic expressions of diaconal action, in solidarity with marginalized and suffering people, moving away from traditions of conceptualizing diakonia as humble service. The authors of this book largely subscribe to this understanding. The major part of them belongs to the faculty of Diakonhjemmet University College in Oslo.

Endorsements & Reviews-

This book is a must-read for academicians, practitioners and leaders in the churches and theological institutions as it brings up new perspectives of diakonia in a changing global context. It is an ideal resource book for churches as they nurture and enhance their vision and commitment to diakonia, including critiquing their current approaches.
From the foreword by Agnes Abuom, Moderator of the World Council of Churches

In the Lutheran church we speak of prophetic diakonia. Prophetic diakonia works for the fruition of peace with justice and reconciliation based on forgiveness. We work to empower those in need to stand on their feet and become deacons in their own context. I adjure readers of this book to remember that holistic mission includes prophetic diakonia.
Munib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land

In a time when the churches together are searching for how to be a servant church in a rapidly changing world, this book is presenting a remarkable source for reflection and for studies. It is conveying new perspectives on the meaning and the liberating power of the diakonia of the church. For deacons and indeed for anybody called to serve in and for the church, this book provides new insights. The ecumenical movement as a joint move into the future needs books like this.
Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches

This book is highly welcomed by Norwegian Church Aid. It puts our core mandate - international diakonia - into a broader context, while firmly placing it at the center of the nature of the Church. The authors point to the unique qualities and distinctiveness of diakonia and the book is therefore a good reminder that diakonia can truly be a powerful driver of sustainable change.
Anne-Marie Helland, General Secretary, Norwegian Church Aid

Diaconal circles within European churches long ago expanded the narrow and introverted ideology, courageous as it was for its time, of the early 19th century founders of the modern deacon movements. This book evidences ongoing tensions in attempting to come to terms with the revolution that has occurred in the theological underpinning of diaconate, and is one of the first to make the attempt in the public arena.
John N. Collins, Lector Emeritus, Melbourne University of Divinity

Contributors-

Stephanie Dietrich
Knud Jorgensen
Kari Karsrud Korslien
Kjell Nordstokke

Bio(s)-

Stephanie Dietrich is Associate Professor at Diakonhjemmet University College, Norway.
Knud Jorgensen is Adjunct Professor at the MF Norwegian School of Theology.
Kari Karsrud Korslien is Assistant Professor at Diakonhjemmet University College.
Kjell Nordstokke is Professor Emeritus at Diakonhjemmet University College.

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