About Us

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Diakonia of the Americas and Caribbean (DOTAC) is one of the regional groups of DIAKONIA, the World Federation of Diaconal Associations and Sisterhoods.

About Us photoOur member organizations of deacons, deaconesses, and those in related associations are located in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and North America. These are church-related groups that practice the biblical idea of diakonia (servanthood) and lead the church in ministry to the world.

DOTAC connects and gathers those engaged in diakonia, is a prophetic voice for ecumenical relations and social justice, and encourages, supports and empowers the development of groups practicing diakonia in the region.

Our purposes are to

  • encourage ecumenical relationships among diaconal associations, sisterhoods and orders in North America, the Caribbean, Central America and South America
  • strengthen a sense of community among associations, sisterhoods and orders
  • reflect on the nature and task of diakonia in the Old and New Testament sense and to further the understanding of it
  • provide a forum for discussion of issues of mutual concern
  • render mutual assistance and undertake common tasks

Our History

In 1849, the first deaconesses from Europe arrived in Pittsburgh, Penn., U.S.A., to serve in the first Protestant hospital in America. Over the next 100 years, nine deaconess organizations were formed in North America. At the organizational meeting of World Diakonia in 1947, one of these organizations was represented.

In October 1966, appointed representatives of Methodist and Lutheran Church in America deaconesses met in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, to discuss the possible joint meeting of all deaconess organizations of the United States and Canada to help them become better acquainted and consider hosting a Diakonia event in North America in 1972.

In January 1967 deaconess representatives from the United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church, Methodist, United Church of Canada, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the Lutheran Church in America gathered and began planning the first Conference of North American Deaconesses, which met August 19-22, 1968, in Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

A second conference, carrying the theme “Called to Holy Obedience Now,” took place June 28-July 1, 1971, in Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.A. Participants at this conference decided to change the name of the group to North American Diakonia.

They also discussed plans to host the eleventh meeting of the World Diakonia Assembly, which took place June 14-21, 1972, in New York, New York, U.S.A. The global event, “Signs of the Church of Tomorrow,” welcomed some 400 delegates, visitors, and observers from twenty countries and representing some fifty different organizations of deaconesses, into Riverside Church.

“Diaconal Ministry Now” was the theme of the third conference, June 24-27, 1974, in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada. This conference asked the central committee to accept as a priority the investigation of reaching out to deaconesses in South America, Mexico, and the Caribbeans.

In 1978, the group changed its name to Diakonia of the Americas (DOTA) as an expression of the desire to include diaconates in South and Central America and the Caribbean.

The subsequent name change to “DIAKONIA of the Americas and Caribbean” (DOTAC) came at the conference in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1989 in response to the involvement of two member groups who expressed the feeling that DOTA did not fully include them.

Sources:

Sister Anna Ebert, “Utrecht to Bethel 1946-1975,” DIAKONIA, 1975; Chapter: North American DIAKONIA

Deaconess Louise Williams, DIAKONIA Challenge and Response; Chapter 4, “DIAKONIA in The Americas and The Caribbean”

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11 hours ago

**Seventh Sunday of Easter**

**May 16, 2021**



*Acts 1: 21-26*

So one of the followers who have accompanied us during

all the time that Jesus went in and out among us,

beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us

—one of these must become a witness with us to Christ’s resurrection.”

So they proposed two,

Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus,

and Matthias.

Then they prayed and said,

“God, you know everyone’s heart.

Show us which one of these two you have chosen

to take the place] in this ministry and apostleship

from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”

And they cast lots for them,

and the lot fell on Matthias;

and he was added to the eleven apostles.

*Prayer*

Sometimes, O God, it feels as if fate is decided arbitrarily,

that life is decided by casting lots,

that we are destiny’s children, and

that this is one big crap shoot.

Creator of the Universe,

why are some born with silver spoons,

and others are beaten with wooden ones?

Holy Mystery,

why do some escape poverty and war in rickety row boats,

and others sail through life privileged and unscathed?

Source of Love,

why do some exist in peaceful, pastoral bliss,

and others fall victim to a mass shooting?

Architect of Life,

why are some able to cope happily with COVID,

and others are overwhelmed and descend into anxiety and sadness?

My God, my God,

why does the colour of one’s skin determine, in so many cases,

expectations, outcomes, and interactions?

Creator, Mystery, Source of Love, Architect of Life, our God,

you call us to make responsible choices in the face of so much suffering and sorrow.

And so, we pray,

looking for guidance,

hoping for clear direction,

longing for grounded wisdom.

Help us to acknowledge our blessings with humble thanksgiving.

Lead us outside ourselves and our circles with active intercession.

Enable us to discern right choices that address injustices.

Empower us to listen and learn and love.
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**Seventh Sunday of Easter**

**May 16, 2021**

 

*Acts 1: 21-26*

So one of the followers who have accompanied us during 

all the time that Jesus went in and out among us, 

beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us

—one of these must become a witness with us to Christ’s resurrection.”

So they proposed two, 

Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, 

and Matthias. 

Then they prayed and said, 

“God, you know everyone’s heart. 

Show us which one of these two you have chosen 

to take the place] in this ministry and apostleship 

from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 

And they cast lots for them, 

and the lot fell on Matthias; 

and he was added to the eleven apostles.

*Prayer*

Sometimes, O God, it feels as if fate is decided arbitrarily,

 that life is decided by casting lots,

 that we are destiny’s children, and 

that this is one big crap shoot.

Creator of the Universe,

why are some born with silver spoons,

 and others are beaten with wooden ones?

Holy Mystery,

why do some escape poverty and war in rickety row boats,

 and others sail through life privileged and unscathed?

Source of Love,

why do some exist in peaceful, pastoral bliss,

 and others fall victim to a mass shooting?

Architect of Life,

why are some able to cope happily with COVID,

 and others are overwhelmed and descend into anxiety and sadness?

My God, my God,

why does the colour of one’s skin determine, in so many cases, 

expectations, outcomes, and interactions?

Creator, Mystery, Source of Love, Architect of Life, our God,

you call us to make responsible choices in the face of so much suffering and sorrow.

And so, we pray,

 looking for guidance,

 hoping for clear direction,

 longing for grounded wisdom.

Help us to acknowledge our blessings with humble thanksgiving.

Lead us outside ourselves and our circles with active intercession.

Enable us to discern right choices that address injustices.

Empower us to listen and learn and love.
1 day ago

Tomorrow -- May 10 -- DOTAC hosts the second in our Seminar Series on Diakonia -- Mondays in May. Dr. Sister Dottie Almoney will present on "Reclaiming the "D" Word -- Diakonia in the Church" 1 PM Central Daylight Time
If you aren't yet on the list, send an email to teddodd@live.com to be added and receive the Zoom link.
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Tomorrow -- May 10 --  DOTAC hosts the second in our Seminar Series on Diakonia -- Mondays in May.  Dr. Sister Dottie Almoney will present on Reclaiming the D Word -- Diakonia in the Church  1 PM Central Daylight Time
If you arent yet on the list, send an email to teddodd@live.com to be added and receive the Zoom link.

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4 days ago

Join us for the second in our series
# **Mondays in May:**
# **A DOTAC Seminar Series on DIAKONIA**
## *“Reclaiming the “D” Word -*
## *Diakonia in the Church”*

**Monday, May 10 at 1 pm Central Daylight Time**

*If you are not already on the list send an email to *

*teddodd@live.com *

*to join.*

Sister Dottie Almoney is a member of the ELCA Deaconess Community and a rostered deacon in the ELCA. She currently works at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA as the Director of Education and Outreach. She is also a member of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania and POWER. She will be graduating May 8th from the Lancaster Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program with her final project, Understanding Diakonia in the ELCA. (Congratulagtions, Sister Dottie!)
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Join us for the second in our series
# **Mondays in May:**
# **A DOTAC Seminar Series on DIAKONIA**
## *“Reclaiming the “D” Word -*
## *Diakonia in the Church”* 

**Monday, May 10 at 1 pm Central Daylight Time**

*If you are not already on the list send an email to *

*teddodd@live.com *

*to join.*

Sister Dottie Almoney is a member of the ELCA Deaconess Community and a rostered deacon in the ELCA.  She currently works at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA as the Director of Education and Outreach.  She is also a member of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania and POWER.  She will be graduating May 8th from the Lancaster Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program with her final project, Understanding Diakonia in the  ELCA. (Congratulagtions, Sister Dottie!)

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