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Good Friday Service 2017
The South Africa We Pray For
Good Friday Service 2017
Good Friday Service 2017
Diakonia Gender Awareness Day June 2017.
Diakonia Lecture and Awards Evening

DIAKONIA LECTURE AND AWARD PRESENTATION

Coral Vinsen a worthy recipient of the 2017 Diakonia Award Diakonia Centre: Friday, 1 September 5pm for 5.30pm Diakonia Council of Churches hosted the twelfth Diakonia Lecture, which included the presentation of the eleventh Diakonia Human Rights Award to veteran human rights activist Coral Vinsen, on Friday, 1 September at the Diakonia Centre. The evening…
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CONVERSATIONS @ DIAKONIA: THE SOUTH AFRICA WE PRAY FOR – REVD DR FRANK CHIKANE

CONVERSATIONS @ DIAKONIA: THE SOUTH AFRICA WE PRAY FOR ADDRESS BY THE REVEREND DR FRANK CHIKANE 25 July 2017 Denis Hurley Hall, Diakonia Centre, Durban The Chairperson of the Diakonia Council of Churches, Revd Ian Booth; The Executive Director, Ms Nomabelu Mvambo-Dandala; The rest of the Leadership of Diakonia; Esteemed Church Leaders; Leaders of the business…
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SAY NO TO ABUSE NOT JUST ON WOMEN’S DAY AND MONTH BUT ALWAYS

The increasing and alarming rate of abuse of women and children in KwaZulu-Natal in particular is of great concern to Diakonia Council of Churches, an organisation that works for social justice, and gender justice is an integral part of our core focus on social justice. Beside getting local churches to reflect on issues of gender…
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A Call to the eThekwini Municipality: Do Not Buy Casspirs

We are outraged at the plan for the City of Durban to purchase militarised vehicles to deal with protests by the people of the Durban. This marks an alarming and unacceptable escalation of the local state's increasingly repressive and intolerant response. The protest actions themselves highlight the deep crises and challenges that we need to…
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Diakonia concerned about eThekwini’s Social Cohesion Conference

Diakonia Council of Churches is deeply concerned about the eleventh hour postponement of eThekwini Municipality’s third Social Cohesion Conference on Monday. As a social justice agency, we fear such a late change to the event is sure to negatively impact the City’s coffers and indeed the ratepayers. Our concern is not only the high costs…
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Diakonia unites politicians and people of faith at Good Friday Service

Diakonia Council of Churches once again celebrated the victory of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion on Calvary at their ecumenical Good Friday Service on Friday, 14 April. The annual service is an important day in the South African Christian calendar as well as a highlight event in the Durban Easter holiday cultural line up. This year, despite…
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Good Friday Service 2017 theme: Whom shall I send?

Diakonia Council of Churches, which recently celebrated 40 years of working towards  a just society, presents its annual ecumenical Good Friday service at dawn on Friday 14 April starting at the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC) before processing – in silence – through the streets of the city, to the Durban City Hall. The well-established tradition…
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DIAKONIA STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO US TRAVEL BAN

Diakonia Council of Churches is appalled by the travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump on citizens from seven majority Muslim countries. The reasons for the travel ban are short-sighted and ill-informed by facts. The Human Rights Watch have issued a table (attached) in which the numbers of Americans killed by other humans is…
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“PRINCE OF LIGHT: RENEW LOVE AND PEACE”

ECUMENICAL ADVENT CELEBRATION 6 DECEMBER 2016   [caption id="attachment_4101" align="alignleft" width="314"] Revd Olga Dlamini lights the candle during Advent Celebration[/caption] READINGS: Isaiah 601-7 ;  and John 11-14 The theme for this year: "Prince of Peace: Renew Love and Peace” is a continuation of the  message of the 40th anniversary year of Diakonia: keeping the social…
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SOCIAL JUSTICE FLAME RE-IGNITED AT DIAKONIA’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Diakonia Council of Churches reaffirmed their and the churches role to develop and strengthen social justice activism and get the next generation of activists excited about working for social justice and human rights at their 40th commemorative gala dinner at the Greyville Convention Centre on Friday 25 November. Chairperson of Diakonia Council of Churches, Revd…
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Keeping the Social Justice Flame Alive!

Celebrate Diakonia’s 40th Anniversary: Commemoration Gala Dinner Greyville Convention Centre: Friday 25 November Diakonia Council of Churches celebrates 40 years of working for a transformed society. To acknowledge this important milestone, a gala dinner will be hosted at Greyville Convention Centre on Friday 25 November, themed Keeping the Social Justice Flame Alive! The keynote address…
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DIAKONIA STATEMENT ON OUTCOME OF STATE CAPTURE REPORT INTERDICT

Diakonia Council of Churches welcomes the resolution of the “State Capture Report” case, in which the President, Mr Jacob Zuma voluntarily withdrew his interdict thus resolving the matter in a speedy manner. We also welcome the decision of the NPA announced on Monday 31 October to withdraw the charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, charges…
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KEEPING THE SOCIAL JUSTICE FLAME ALIVE!

DIAKONIA’S 40th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION GALA DINNER Over the years, Diakonia Council of Churches (hereinafter referred to as Diakonia) has enjoyed a rich history within Durban, South Africa and internationally. Its rich history has enabled the organisation to survive throughout the past years, regardless of the challenging funding climate.  In light of the 40 years of…
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DIAKONIA AWARD FOR MADONSELA

Public Protector Adv Thulisile Nomkhosi 'Thuli' Madonsela has been conferred with the Diakonia Human Rights Award for 'extraordinary courage, patriotism and steadfast opposition to injustice, corruption and maladministration.' Adv Madonsela was honoured during the annual Diakonia Lecture, which she also delivered, on 8 September. In the citation, the Diakonia Council noted her unwavering commitment to…
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‘CHURCH VITAL FOR PEACEFUL, FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS’ – MASHININI

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) cannot manage peaceful free and fair elections on its own without the involvement of religious leaders and other civil society organisations. IEC Chairperson, Glen Mashinini, said this while addressing worshippers, among them religious leaders and  representatives of political parties, during a prayer service for peaceful, free and fair elections, organised…
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WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?

Reflecting on the August local government elections during the Annual Meeting, Diakonia Chairperson, Revd Ian Booth, urged the church to be born again with a new identity where none are excluded from being brothers and sisters. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Revd Booth noted that the most despised “other” was the hero because…
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QUEST FOR PEACEFUL, FREE AND FAIR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

With 13 000 candidates against the slightly less than 2 000 council seats up for grabs in the province for the August local government elections, competition is 'huge and serious'. This was said by the KwaZulu-Natal Chief Electoral Officer, Mawethu Mosery while addressing a pre-election roundtable organised by Diakonia Council of Churches, on 21 June.…
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Bruised but healed through the cross

"Our souls, soil and society need healing. But first we need to lance the boils to release the ugliness within. This is the way of the crucifixion on the cross, a terribly painful experience." Methodist Bishop of the Natal Coastal District, Mike Vorster, told thousands of worshippers while delivering the sermon during the early morning…
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