No – not the 2001 ill-fated report on deacons!  This time it’s the title for a conference where 200 deacons from all over the world will come together.  Your idea of deacon heaven?  In that case you can attend this conference:  the details have been sent from Church of Scotland Deacon Gordon Pennykid.

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The 25th anniversary conference of DRAE (DIAKONIA Region Africa
Europe) will be held in Scotland in June 2019. This celebration returns to
Scotland where in 1994 in Stirling the group was formally constituted.
Made up from representatives from groups working in 24 countries and with
a total membership in excess of 16,000, DRAE is one of the world’s largest
ecumenical working groups.
Marion Stewart DCS, the current Scottish Diaconate President, announced
the conference recently at the World DIAKONIA conference in Chicago saying,
“We are delighted to be welcoming DRAE back to Scotland for this celebration. We have an exciting program in the planning and look forward to welcoming many friends new and old from around Europe and Africa to Scotland. At this uncertain time for Britain and Europe it is great to be organising a conference to show the world we are still working together.”
DRAE encourages groups to dialogue and share their experiences, hoping to strengthen the individual members and constituent groups, by promoting fellowship amongst Deacons.
We in the Church of Scotland are founder members of DRAE and continue to support its efforts.
The assembly of delegates will take place in Queen Margaret University from 19
th to 24th June 2019 with the theme “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14)
Further information on DRAE can be found at:
Information on the Church of Scotland Diaconate can be found here:


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