Tag: Diakonia Council of Churches

  • Blessed are the Peacemakers GFS 2019

    Blessed are the Peacemakers GFS 2019

    Diakonia Council of Churches, whose legacy of working towards a just society for more than four decades, once again calls people of faith to our annual ecumenical Good Friday service at dawn on Friday 19 April. The event which is a highlight of Durban’s Easter weekend activities begins at dawn at the Durban Exhibition Centre…

  • Farewell to Paddy Kearney

    Diakonia invites our friends to the various events to mourn and say a fond farewell to Paddy Kearney, the pioneer and former leader of our organisation founded by the late Archbishop Denis Hurley. We are deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Paddy who has epitomised grace, humility and “Diakonia”  which means “service…

  • SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK CONTINUES AT DIAKONIA

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK CONTINUES AT DIAKONIA

    Diakonia Council of Churches, which for more than four decades has worked towards a just society, will continue their important programme work after the organisation emerged from a recent hard-hitting financial crisis. As a consequence of some of our key overseas funding sources changing their funding priorities, the organisation was at risk of closing its doors…

  • Flash Back Friday: Diakonia’s GFS making SABC news

    Flash Back Friday: Diakonia’s GFS making SABC news

    Incase you missed it, click on the video clip below of Diakonia’s Good Friday Service making the news: https://youtu.be/Zx1cveoDM5o Our organisation is still in urgent need of funds to continue our social justice work.  And we would appreciate your assistance in making this possible.

  • Diakonia hosts urgent Xenophobia meeting, interfaith prayer

    Diakonia hosts urgent Xenophobia meeting, interfaith prayer

    Diakonia Council of Churches hosted an urgent interfaith meeting to address the recent xenophobic threat against the INK (Inanda, KwaMashu and surrounding areas) community north of Durban. Church leaders and concerned members of KZN’s interfaith community held the meeting last week to follow up on a threatening letter which was addressed to the Somalian and…

  • DIAKONIA CONDEMNS VIOLENT MOSQUE ATTACK

    Diakonia Council of Churches expresses deep concern about the brutal attack at a mosque in Ottawa near Verulam on Thursday. We lend our voice to the condemnation of the senseless violence and murder of one of the victims and implore the law enforcement agencies, together with community and religious leaders to offer full support to…

  • Do not Fear, Stand Firm GFS 2018

    Diakonia Council of Churches, which for more than four decades has worked towards  a just society, presents its annual ecumenical Good Friday service at dawn on Friday 30 March 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…

  • CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

    Diakonia Council of Churches welcomes the resolution of the apparent impasse at the helm of government with the unfolding drama of the events on 14 February 2018. As a body we have remained silent on the growing voice calling for the removal of President Zuma over the past year, because we believed that this was…

  • CONVERSATIONS@DIAKONIA SOUTH AFRICA’S SOCIO-POLITICAL CLIMATE: PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE – LUKHONA MNGUNI

    CONVERSATIONS@DIAKONIA SOUTH AFRICA’S SOCIO-POLITICAL CLIMATE: PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE – LUKHONA MNGUNI

    SOUTH AFRICA’S SOCIO-POLITICAL CLIMATE: PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE ADDRESS BY LUKHONA MNGUNI 17 OCTOBER 2017 DENIS HURLEY HALL   Chairperson of the Diakonia Council of Churches, Rev. Ian Booth; Executive Director, Ms Nomabelu Mvambo-Dandala and your colleagues; Leaders in the various strata of our society. Guests, ladies and gentlemen, I greet you all. We gather…

  • CONVERSATIONS @ DIAKONIA: THE SOUTH AFRICA WE PRAY FOR  – REVD DR FRANK CHIKANE

    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…

  • SAY NO TO ABUSE NOT JUST ON WOMEN’S DAY AND MONTH BUT ALWAYS

    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…

  • A Call to the eThekwini Municipality: Do Not Buy Casspirs

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • CALL TO PRAY FOR SA IN SILENT PROTEST AT DIAKONIA’S GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

    CALL TO PRAY FOR SA IN SILENT PROTEST AT DIAKONIA’S GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

    Diakonia Council of Churches is deeply concerned by the current trauma South Africans are facing with the recent state Cabinet reshuffle and the country’s downgrade to junk status by rating agency Standard & Poor this week. As we prepare for our annual Good Friday Service,  we call on all people of faith to join us…

  • Good Friday Service 2017 theme: Whom shall I send?

    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…

  • DIAKONIA STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO US TRAVEL BAN

    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…