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Save the date: ReDi biannual conference from 12-14 September 2018, Berlin

posted Sep 4, 2017, 3:13 AM by Antonio eurodiaconia

The Seventh Biannual ReDi Conference will take place from 12-14 September 2018 in Berlin hosted by Diakonie Deutschland, the Institute for the Study of Christian Social Serviced at the University of Heidelberg, Eurodiaconia and ReDi. It is now confirmed that the theme of the conference will be “Beyond Services Towards Justice”. Planned subthemes are “Justice in Theological Perspective, Justice and Gender, Justice and Capitalism/Economics, Justice and Public Witness, Justice and Sustainability and Justice and Digitalisation”. An official invitation and a call for papers for the conference will be published in September 2017 on the ReDi website. We will update you continuously.

ReDi International Conference 2016

posted Dec 9, 2014, 1:04 AM by Antonio eurodiaconia   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 7:40 AM ]

The sixth biennial ReDi Conference

Helsinki, Finland 14/15 –17 September 2016

ReDi, in collaboration with Diak, is organizing the sixth biennial conference on the research and study of diaconia and Christian social practice.
The aim is to highlight urgent current challenges to diaconia and Christian social practice.

The central themes of the Conference will be:
  • Community, conviviality and citizenship
  • Diaconia in a multi faith/diversifying context
  • New diaconal professionalism – values and practice
  • Diaconia, refugees and migration
Please find the overall conference programme here

The keynote speakers will be:

  • Dr. Tuomas Martikainen is docent and researcher at the University of Helsinki.
  • Dr. Claus Leggewie is professor for political science and director for the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University Alliance Ruhr in Essen.


  • Dr. Beate Hofmann is professor for diaconal studies and diaconal management at the Applied University of Diaconia and Church Wuppertal/Bethel.
  • Dr. Hans-Joachim Sander is professor of dogmatic theology at the University of Salzburg.


  • Dr. Clare Amos is Programme Coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation at the World Council of Churches, Geneva.
  • Dr. Mohammed Fazlhassemi is professor of Islamic theology and philosophy at the University of Uppsala.

What else will be offered:

PAPER SESSIONS, related to the themes

WORKSHOPS, will be held on the following topics:

SEMINARS for research students, with paper presentations

OPEN SPACE for Exchange – a chance to present new ideas or concerns, more information here.

As part of the ReDi conference, a SEMINAR FOR THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTH DIACONIA is being organized on 14th September. The Announcement and call for papers can be found here.

To share ideas and make suggestions:
Please contact Tony Addy:

Paper submissions and practical questions:

The conference is being held in Helsinki at the kind invitation of the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak) and other Finnish partners including Helsinki University, Helsinki Deaconess Institute, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland as well as Diakoniatutkimuksen seura (Finnish diaconia research society). The conference also forms part of the 20th anniversary of the founding of Diak and the opening of their new main building. There is a Finnish and an international planning committee.

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