“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 Light: 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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Celebrate Diakonia’s 40th Anniversary

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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