Convivial Life Together – Bible Studies on Vocation, Dignity and Justice


The eight Bible studies in this resource were produced by members of the group engaged in the process "Seeking Conviviality – Re-forming Community Diakonia in Europe".

Each study is grounded in the experience of the writer and relates to one of the three themes, below, that underlie the concept of diakonia as “creating conviviality”. Conviviality, in this sense, is derived from the Spanish word "convivencia" meaning the art and practice of living together. The participatory Bible studies all lead toward practical action with people in congregations and their localities. The themes are:

Vocation – the call to action in diakonia – three Bible studies invite people to look at their locality in a new way and to respond to what they discover when text and context are brought into dialogue

Dignity – the connection between debt and dignity is explored in relation to the realities of indebtedness in local communities. The reading of the story of Naomi and Ruth casts new light on dignity and difference

Justice – exploring two parables, the idea of an economy in which all have enough to live fully is emphasized and related to employment and economic policy

This inspiring publication will be useful for those who wish to work on urgent themes facing the churches in Europe, such as poverty, migration and inequality, and to develop diakonia (social service) that enhances and protects dignity and works for justice.

Seeking Conviviality aims to develop holistic diaconal responses by LWF member churches to growing poverty and marginalization in Europe.

Published by: The Lutheran World Federation, in partnership with the "International Academy for Diaconia and Social Action, Central and Eastern Europe o.p.s. (interdiac)".

Pages: 28

Date: December 2015

Languages: English (German and Russian to come)


First conviviality report