Topic of the KGK General Conference 2015: Value orientation and profitability

Published on 29.10.2014

The executive committee of the international Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz (KGK) decides the main topics of the upcoming conference in Gallneukirchen in fall 2015.

"Diakonie, a strong brand?! Between value orientation and profitability" is the topic of the 42nd Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz which will take place in Gallneukirchen (Austria), from September 24 through 27, 2015 at the invitation of the Ev. Diakoniewerk Gallneukirchen and its President Rector Mag. Christa Schrauf.

During its meeting in Strasbourg on October 27 and 28, the KGK Executive Committee defined more topics for the upcoming conference of the more than 100 Deaconess Houses, diaconal communities and diaconal organizations from Europe, North and South America and Asia. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Körtner, theologian and medical ethicist from Vienna, will speak about the topic "Human Care – nursing ethics and Christian image of humanity". Norwegian economist Prof. Dr. Torger Reve will hold a lecture on "Diaconal institutions: Sustainable values in a market-oriented economy". The presentation of several best practice models will provide practical complements to the theoretical aspects.

The Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Austria, Hon.-Prof. Dr. Michael Bünker will lead a bible study of the General Conference. The sermons of the services will be held by the Director of Diakonie Austria, Pastor Mag. Michael Chalupka and the Spiritual High Consistory of the Lutheran Church in Austria OKR Prof. Mag. Karl Schiefermair.

The KGK Executive Committee also met for a conversation with the host Mother House of the Communauté et Établissement des Diaconesses de Strasbourg and visited the European Parliament. Other focal points of the meetings were the election of a new Executive Committee in 2015 and the diaconal study tour to Poland in 2016. The next meeting of the Executive Committee is planned for April 23 and 24, 2015, in Gallneukirchen.

The Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz is an association of more than 100 Deaconess Houses, diaconal communities and diaconal organizations from Europe, Nord and South America and Asia. Members of the KGK Executive Committee are: Rector Mag. Christa Schrauf (A), Vice Rector Deaconess Terttu Pohjolainen (FIN), Director Marek Londzin (PL), Deaconess Monica Denk (North America), Abbess Pastor Hannah Becker (G-North), Sen. Sr. Deaconess Anke Frickmann (G-West), Mother Superior Sr. Hildegund Fieg (G-South), Sen. Sr. Roswitha Buff (G-South), Mother Superior Pastor Gabriele Phieler (G-East), Theol. Chairman Pastor Klaus Riesenbeck (G-West), Mother Superior Elke Hendriksen (Switzerland), Rector Pastor Annette Goll (F), Director Jørn-Henning Theis (N); KR Dr. Christine-Ruth Müller (Secretary General).

Berlin/Bern on October 29, 2014

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