Communiqué of the 41st Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz

Published on 11.10.2011

In the future, the Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz wants to promote the founding of diaconal communities in Eastern Europe, maintain an exchange across traditional boundaries and offer executives a forum for the strengthening of the Kaiserswerth identity. This was decided by the KGK in Kaiserswerth near Dusseldorf.

KGK Press Release 5/2011

The wording of the Communiqué:
The Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz is the international association of communities / mother houses and diaconal institutions based on the Kaiserswerth tradition. It was founded 150 years ago. The Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz is part of the Protestant Church and is connected with other sisterhoods and brotherhoods in the diaconate of reformatory Churches.

The General Conference maintains the Kaiserswerth tradition of religious community, education and empowerment. The focus is on the leaders of the communities and organizations. The General Conference supports the leaders in their executive task to keep this diaconal culture alive.

For the near future, the General Conference focuses on the following main objectives:
It promotes the development of diaconal work and the founding of diaconal communities in Eastern Europe. To this end, the General Conference prepares a diaconal study tour to Kaliningrad (June 6 – 14, 2012). In addition to this, the 42nd General Conference will take place in Dzi?gielów / Poland in 2014.
It provides a forum for the executives of the diaconal institutions for maintaining the diaconal culture and strengthening the specific Kaiserswerth identity.
It promotes the exchange between the organizations and communities across concrete boundaries of tradition. Members assist each other with local transformational processes.

It promotes the exchange of content and includes members of administrative bodies on the one hand and employees on the other hand in topical events and projects. With these learning and exchange processes, the General Conference contributes to the strengthening of the prophetic voice of Diakonia on an international level.
Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz
Dusseldorf-Kaiserswerth, October 11, 2011

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: Pastor Christof Naef (CH), Vice Rector Deaconess Terttu Pohjolainen (FIN), Prieure Evangeline (F), Director Terje Steen Edvardsen (N), Director Marek Londzin (PL), Deaconess Monica Denk (North America), Abbess Pastor Hannah Becker (G-North), Mother Superior Reinhild Pursche (G-East), Sen. Sr. Deaconess Anke Frickmann (G-West), Board Spokesman Pastor Matthias Dargel (G-West), Mother Superior Sr. Hildegund Fieg (G-South), Sen. Sr. Roswitha Buff (G-South), Rector Mag. Christa Schrauf (A), KR Dr. Christine-Ruth Müller (Secretary General).

Kaiserswerth on October 11, 2011

Media contact:
Dipl. theol. Thomas Flügge, Press Spokesman
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KR Dr. Christine-Ruth Müller
Managing Director of the Kaiserswerther Verband and Secretary General of the Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz
Landhausstrasse 10, 10717 Berlin, Tel. +49 30 8642 4170

Photo: Frank Elschner