Inspiration and Observation

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.  You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

— Psalm 36: 5-9 NIV


“I became more connected with the Lord, strengthened my faith and developed a new spiritual direction.”

— Linda Gray
“Learned a great deal and it was a wonderful experience.”

— Marilyn Keener
“Diakonia has provided me the spiritual nourishment that I have been seeking. In return, it has helped to empower me to go forth in service to others with joy”.

— Myla Groth
“The program provided a whole new world of experiences that deepened my faith.”

— Joan Grace
“What a wonderful gift – Diakonia gave me the opportunity to share and be supported on the faith journey with an awesome group of pilgrims”

— Amy Wacker
“Diakonia gave me the tools that will help me to better serve the Church.”

— Jeff Davis
“We are all called to serve.  We are all called to bear witness to the gospel.  But it can be very challenging to discern exactly HOW to serve.  For those adults in our congregations who are engaged in a process of looking for new ways to live out their baptismal calling, one outstanding resource is the ‘Diakonia’ program.  Through a two-year course of study, prayer, and growing faith friendships, ‘Diakonia’ has led dozens of dedicated Christians to a deeper engagement with faith and life.”

— Bishop Wayne Miller, Metropolitan Chicago Synod
I think the effort teachers expend should be to try to help each person at whatever level to grow in understanding and faith.  This program is not intended to lead to licensure or rostering, although several people have used this as a first step in finding just such a vocation for themselves. It works best when each of the group (teacher and students) tries to help the others and is open to insight and help from others.

— Reverend Tom Osterfield