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Good Friday Service 2017
Good Friday Service 2017
Good Friday Service 2017
Good Friday Service 2017
Good Friday Service 2017
Good Friday Service 2017

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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Ubuntu in SA a myth – Oakley-Smith

South Africans have allowed themselves to believe in the myths of Ubuntu and the 'rainbow nation' and these have prevented the nation from moving forward in addressing racism. This is according to Teresa Oakley-Smith, Founder and Managing Director of Diversi-T. Oakley-Smith was facilitating transformative conversations on racism organised by Diakonia Council of Churches on 29…
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Good Friday Service – Commemorative Plaque at old prison wall

A plaque commemorating the first Diakonia Good Friday service was unveiled at the remaining wall of the former Durban Central Prison, on 1 April. The unveiling coincided with the 30th Anniversary of the annual ecumenical early morning service. It was on 5 April 1985 when the first ecumenical Good Friday service procession wound its way…
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DIAKONIA AWARD FOR BISHOP VORSTER

Methodist Bishop of the Natal Coastal District, Mike Vorster, has been conferred with the Diakonia Human Rights Award for being a true servant of God and champion of the poor and marginalised who has worked tirelessly to bring God's love and compassion to the “least of these”. Bishop Vorster, who was recently honoured as a…
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CREATING A SOCIALLY COHESIVE SOCIETY

Social cohesion comes through narrowing the distance between black and white, closing the gap between rich and poor, and giving hope to the hopeless. This is according to Yaa Ashantewaa Archer-Ngidi, Founder and Director of the Institute of Afrikology. Archer-Ngidi was delivering the annual Diakonia Lecture under the theme Creating a socially cohesive society, on…
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“RELIGION NOT OPIUM OF THE PEOPLE” – VERRYN

Former Methodist Bishop of Johannesburg and veteran human rights activist, Revd Dr Paul Verryn has urged the church not to make Karl Marx’s dictum that religion is the opium of the people, come true. Dr Verryn was addressing the Diakonia Annual Meeting under the theme "Churches and church groups as social justice hubs and centres…
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