Diakonia2020: Power in Relations. Power of Relations
The conference marks the end of the two and a half year long Erasmus+ STRAPAC cooperation, while being open to all.
Power in Relations. Power of Relations
MF – Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society
Participation is open and free of charge. Requires registration here ...
Current understandings of diakonia or Christian social practice, stress the element of reciprocity in practices of care. Understandings of diakonia as reaching out to people in need from locations of power and privilege, call for a critique of such positions of power and privilege as well as for a critique of those structures that create and maintain inequality. Diaconal work therefore includes the dimension of power critique and action for justice at various levels, from the local to the global. Such a relatively recent programmatic shift calls for reflection:
- Does the focus on reciprocity erase power imbalances?
- How is reciprocity to be perceived in the interaction among people with different assets?
- How does the principle of full agency of all people involved contribute to the reconfiguration of diaconal practice?
- How does such a reconfiguration of diaconal practice contribute to knowledge production?
- How are theory and praxis related in studies on diakonia and diaconal practice?
These are some of the issues that will be addressed at the upcoming conference.
Programme of the event:
08.30 - 08.45 registration
08.45 - 08.50 welcome by Daniela Lucia Rapisarda, postdoc at MF and STRAPAC project coordinator
08.50 – 09.00 opening remarks by Kjetil Fretheim, prorector at MF
09.00 – 09.40 keynote speech by Stephanie Dietrich, Professor in Theology, Diakonia and Leadership at VID specialized university, Oslo: “Ecumenical diakonia: power and justice in a glocal world”
09.40 – 09.55 response by Leni Mjåland, Phd fellow at MF
09.55 – 10.20 break and refreshments with the opportunity to attend devotion in the MF chapel
10.20 – 11.00 keynote speech by Sturla Stålsett, Professor in Diakonia, Religion and Society at MF: “Exclusion by designation? On ‘vulnerable groups’, power and diaconia”
11.00 – 11.15 response by Randi Margrethe Mathiasdatter Larsen, deacon in the Church of Norway and Masters student at VID/MF
11.15 – 12.00 discussion of both keynote speeches and responses in plenary
12.00 – 13.00 lunch (free for registered participants)
13.00 – 14.00 panel discussion with practitioners: Lars Martin Dahl, priest at the multicultural Grønland parish in Oslo; Leif Olav Bremer, priest and prison chaplain in Tromsø; Marit Nybø, department for migration at the Church City Mission; and Signe Myklebust, dialogue deacon.
14.00 – 14.30 discussion in plenary
14.30 – 14.45 break and refreshments
14.45 – 16.00 screening of the STRAPAC movie “We are Church”. Introduces Diana Petrova, STRAPAC project coordinator, Bulgaria
16.00 – 16.15 launch of the STRAPAC on-line guide by Gelu Calina, Associate professor in Theology at the University of Craiova and STRAPAC project manager, Romania
16.15 – 16.30 conclusions
The conference is relevant for deacons, priests, social workers, students, teachers and all those interested in life-long learning.
While being open to all, this conference also marks the end of the two and a half year long Erasmus+ STRAPAC cooperation.
The STRAPAC (Strategic Partnership for Representatives of Religious Communities) project has been carried out by the Centre for Dialogue between Sciences and Theology (University of Craiova, Romania) in partnership with Regional Development Foundation (Vidin, Bulgaria), Gal del Ducato (Italy), MF Norwegian School of Theology (Oslo, Norway) and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Among the aims of the STRAPAC project there are to help professionals belonging to different religious communities to address issues of social exclusion; to enhance competence on issues of multiculturality and interreligious dialogue; and to create a strategic partnership among representatives of different religious and confessional communities from different European contexts.
STRAPAC has been funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, Strategic Partnerships, Key Action 2 – Sector: Adult Education (project number 2017-1-RO01-KA204-037397).
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations. The aim of Erasmus+ is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU's strategic framework for education and training.
The conference here referred to, is funded with support from the European Commission. The present page reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.