Launch: ‘Conviviality’ storybooks on diaconal ministries in Europe 

16 Nov 2021
Open to All
Time: 15:00 - 16:00 | GMT+01:00

LWF churches in Europe demonstrate how the art and practice of living together—conviviality—is changing approaches to diaconal work.  

The stories from the three LWF regions are the latest fruits of the European Diaconal Process that has been underway for almost ten years.  

Each of the four booklets explores a different facet of local diakonia. They offer examples of living together in diversifying Europe and seeking conviviality in many fields including employment, addressing homelessness, hunger and poverty, and welcoming the stranger.  

The online event will also mark the beginning of the next phase of the process, leading to the Thirteenth LWF Assembly in Krakow, Poland, in 2023.


  • Rev. Katariina Kiilunen - Program Executive for Capacity Building and Leadership Development (LWF)

Opening remarks

  • Ms Eva Christina Nilsson – Director, Department for Theology, Mission and Justice (LWF)

Introduction to the Conviviality process

  • Rev. Tony Addy, Head of Education, International Academy for Diaconia and Social Action - interdiac (Czech Republic)
  • Rev. Dr Ireneusz Lukas – Regional Secretary for Europe (LWF)

Story telling

  • Mr Hanne Wilzing, General Secretary, Lutheran Diaconie Amsterdam, Protestant Church in the Netherlands
  • Ms Alena Fendrychová, Coordinator for Work with Migrants, Church of Czech Brethren
  • Mr Avo Üprus, Leader of Eesti Diakoonia, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Rev. Nils Aberg, Chaplain, Diocese of Västerås, Church of Sweden

Response to participants’ questions

  • Ms Janka Adameová, Manager, International Academy for Diaconia and Social Action - interdiac (Czech Republic)

Closing remarks

  • LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt


Event registration (Zoom)

Time: 15:00 - 16:00 | GMT+01:00