Seeking Conviviality: A strategic process from 2011 to 2013


“Seeking Conviviality” is a three-year process to develop holistic diaconal responses by LWF member churches to growing poverty and marginalization in Europe.

Diaconal actors from the Nordic countries, Central Eastern Europe and Central Western Europe is convening to share good practices and establish participatory, grassroots approaches to diakonia that can inform work in other areas of the LWF communion.

The DMD program builds on ecumenical networking by church actors wrestling with the fallout of economic collapse in Central Eastern Europe and the global economic crisis.


Contextual Approach

A series of workshops identifies European social realities from the inside–through the eyes of those who live and work in situations of marginalization.

The aims

  • Create solidarity among people doing diaconal work in Europe
  • Explore different ways of working to find those that empower and transform
  • Develop advocacy strategies
  • Create synergy between diaconal practices in the seven LWF regions and the LWF global context
  • Strengthen the churches’ commitment to transform daily realities of poverty and marginalization

The partner

International Academy for Diaconia and Social Action (Interdiac) | Český Těšín | Czech Republic

The process

  • 7-10 December 2011 | Järvenpää, Finland | Workshop – sharing stories, learning about participants’ diaconal contexts, looking at goals and strategies, planning next steps
  • 12 May 2012 | Ostrava, Czech Republic | Thematic workshops at LWF European Church Leadership Consultation – presenting and discussing first findings
  • 16-19 January 2013 | Odessa, Ukraine | Workshop – deepening outcomes 2011-12, preparing next steps
  • 2013 | Advocacy actions for community diakonia in member church contexts
  • 2013 – 2014 | Sharing good practices and learnings about building capacity for diakonia and advocacy with other LWF programs (Africa, Asia and Latin America & the Caribbean)