KGK General Conference, September 24 through 27, 2015: " Diakonie, a strong brand?!"

Published on 30.04.2015

The Executive Committee of the Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz met to discuss the upcoming 42nd Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz from September 24 through 29, 2015. They also invite to the diaconal study tour to Poland from September 21 through 25, 2016.

"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 Christa Schrauf.

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 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 Michael Chalupka and the Spiritual High Consistory of the Lutheran Church in Austria OKR Prof. Karl Schiefermair. The participants of the General Conference will also visit the special exhibition "Help. Life risks, life chances" at the Diakoniewerk Gallneukirchen. The exhibition deals with the development and implementation of social security in Austria.

The General Meeting of the German Kaiserswerther Verband will take place immediately prior to the opening of the General Conference, from 01:00 – 05:00 pm on September 24, 2015.

The KGK Executive Committee invites everyone who is interested to a diaconal study tour to Wroclaw and Dzi?gielów in Poland from September 21 through 25, 2016. At the center is a diaconal study day in Dzi?gielów on September 24, 2016. Participants are, among others, the former President of German Diakonie, Dieter Kottnik, and Wanda Falk, Head of Diakonia of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. The participants will also be introduced to the new educational center of the Silesian Diakonia by its Director Dr. Zuzanna Filipkova. The agenda includes visits to former Mother Houses based on the Kaiserswerth Model, among others in Lehmgruben und Miechowitz, and a conversation with Ryszard Bogusz, Bishop of the Diocese Wroclaw of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, and a trip to Krakow.
During its meeting on April 23 and 24, the KGK Executive Committee discussed the work of the project work group "International Networking" between the association and the general conference with participants from Germany, Austria and Norway. The work group will initially focus on the topics "Marketing" and "Exchange". Among other things, plans include the preparation of an English web site and a flyer about the General Conference. The exchange between the more than 100 houses in Europe, North and South America and Asia is also to be increased.

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 Executive Committee of the KGK 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), Rector Pastor Annette Goll (F), Director Jørn-Henning Theis (N); KR Dr. Christine-Ruth Müller (Secretary General).

Berlin/Bern on April 30, 2015

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KR Dr. Christine-Ruth Müller
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