Diaconia is a vital contribution of the churches to welfare, health and well-being across the world. The actions of churches in different countries and from different traditions cover a wide spectrum of activity with varying profiles.
Diaconal work rests on multidisciplinary foundations, including theological studies, professional studies such as social and community development work, youth work and health care, pedagogy, ethics and social sciences. Research draws on many different traditions including all kinds of empirical research such as quantitative and qualitative studies as well as participatory research, evaluation research, historical and critical analysis and hermeneutics.
Researchers, Universities and Research Institutes in the field have developed varied approaches to support the development of diaconal work and to provide a critique of contexts and practice. The launching of ReDi as an independent international research society marks a new and important step in strengthening this work.
ReDi builds on the successful series of research conferences which have been organised over the last ten years as well as the network of Universities which have developed the European Master Degree in Diaconia and Christian Social Practice. In 2010, the international peer-reviewed Journal ‘Diaconia -Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice’ has been launched. The new society will bring together diaconal practice and research on a structured, international platform.
ReDi is a membership-driven organisation led by an Executive Board. This board is elected from among both individual and organisational members. The ReDi executive board currently consists of: