Diakonia’s identity and work are firmly grounded in the Christian faith. We see God as the Creator, Saviour and Preserver of all life. As individuals, we are called to counteract the destructive forces that are damaging the Creation and to proclaim the worth of each and every human being.
The dichotomy in Creation and man
The Creation is good, sacred and perfect. At the same time, it is destroyed, distorted and broken. This dichotomy also applies to us as people: we are capable of love and goodness but also of hatred and ill deeds. People are the stewards of the Creation while being responsible for its destruction. Our imperfection is evident in both close interpersonal interaction and the major structures that affect human life on a global scale.
How we view the world
The belief in a divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing love is the foundation of our work and how we view the world.
The mission of the Church is to continue the work of Jesus by conveying the message of the Kingdom of God, the forgiveness of sin, atonement and new life to the world. This is to make Jesus’ prayer clear: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. Diakonia is part of the Church and of this work.
Diakonia's theological basis
The theological basis for Diakonia’s work, developed through a process in which several different components are combined, is the word of the Bible, the Christian tradition, meetings with our partner organisations and other religious communities, and our own experience. In turn, the process is based on some central concepts in the Christian Gospel.