About Us

Diakonia of the Americas and Caribbean (DOTAC) is one of the regional groups of DIAKONIA World Federation

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 and strengthen ecumenical relationships and sense of community among diaconal associations, sisterhoods, and orders in North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
  • 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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**Prayers for All Saints and Sunday, October 31, 2021**

*Revelation 21:1-6a*

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;

for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, …

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

"See, the home of God is among mortals.

God will dwell with them as their God; they will be God’s peoples,

and God will be with them;

God will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more;

mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away."

And the one who was seated on the throne said,

"See, I am making all things new.

Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Then it was said to me,

"It is done!

I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the beginning and the end.”

*Prayer*

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

you are our God.

Reveal yourself in the beauty and extravagance of your vision.

Help us see creation from your divine perspective.

Allow us to imagine the world from your eternal point of view.

Transport us into your grace and your presence.

Renew the hopes of your tired people.

Dwell with us in the work of justice.

Write words of compassion on our hearts.

Unveil the beauty of a new Jerusalem.

May the tears of the distressed and the lonely,

be wiped away from their eyes.

May the deaths of the persecuted and exploited,

be no more.

May the mourning of the those crying and grieving,

pass away.

Make all things new:

enough of the hatred and horror;

enough of the inequality and prejudice;

enough of the apathy and greed.

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

you are our God.

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

*Photo by Joost Crop on Unsplash*
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**Prayers for All Saints and Sunday, October 31, 2021**

 *Revelation 21:1-6a*

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; 

for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, …

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 

See, the home of God is among mortals. 

God will dwell with them as their God; they will be God’s peoples, 

and God will be with them;

God will wipe every tear from their eyes. 

Death will be no more; 

mourning and crying and pain will be no more, 

for the first things have passed away.

And the one who was seated on the throne said, 

See, I am making all things new.

Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.

Then it was said to me, 

It is done! 

I am the Alpha and the Omega, 

the beginning and the end.”

*Prayer*

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

 you are our God.

Reveal yourself in the beauty and extravagance of your vision.

Help us see creation from your divine perspective.

Allow us to imagine the world from your eternal point of view.

Transport us into your grace and your presence.

Renew the hopes of your tired people.

Dwell with us in the work of justice.

Write words of compassion on our hearts.

Unveil the beauty of a new Jerusalem.

May the tears of the distressed and the lonely,

 be wiped away from their eyes.

May the deaths of the persecuted and exploited,

 be no more.

May the mourning of the those crying and grieving,

 pass away.

Make all things new:

 enough of the hatred and horror;

 enough of the inequality and prejudice;

 enough of the apathy and greed.

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

 you are our God.

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

*Photo by Joost Crop on Unsplash*

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1 week ago

Prayer for Sunday, October 24

Proper 25



Mark 10: 46-52

They came to Jericho.

As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho,

Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar,

was sitting by the roadside.

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,

he began to shout out and say,

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many sternly ordered him

“Be quiet!”

but he cried out even more loudly,

“Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stood still and said,

“Call him here.”

And they called the blind man, saying to him,

“Take heart; get up, he is calling you.”

So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.

Then Jesus said to him,

“What do you want me to do for you?”

The blind man said to him,

“My teacher, let me see again.”

Jesus said to him,

“Go; your faith has made you well.”

Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Prayer

Patient God,

Sometimes, we go along with the crowd: cheering, jeering, changing on a whim.

Sometimes, we follow like disciples: learning, confusing, missing the point.

Sometimes, we sit by the side of the road: yelling, persisting, begging for mercy.

Sometimes, even, we act like Jesus:

showing compassion, asking the right question, offering healing grace.

Guide us on our journey.

Forgive us our trespasses.

Lead us into faith.

God of mercy, compassion, and justice, we pray for those who are:

least, lost, and lonely,

hungry and hurting,

thirsty and afflicted,

naked and needy,

homeless and hopeless,

sick and suffering,

captive and oppressed,

dying and grieving.

Jesus of Nazareth, who lived among us,

be alive in our midst this day.

Son of David, who envisioned God’s kingdom,

may we be part of your kingdom come.

Rabbi and Teacher, who shared the Spirit’s wisdom,

nurture us in your Way.

Healer, who brought wholeness and health,

restore our integrity and faith.

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Prayer for Sunday, October 24

Proper 25

 

Mark 10: 46-52

They came to Jericho. 

As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, 

Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, 

was sitting by the roadside. 

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, 

he began to shout out and say,

 “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

Many sternly ordered him 

 “Be quiet!” 

but he cried out even more loudly, 

 “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

Jesus stood still and said, 

 “Call him here.” 

And they called the blind man, saying to him, 

 “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 

So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 

Then Jesus said to him, 

 “What do you want me to do for you?” 

The blind man said to him, 

 “My teacher, let me see again.” 

Jesus said to him, 

 “Go; your faith has made you well.” 

Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Prayer

Patient God,

  Sometimes, we go along with the crowd: cheering, jeering, changing on a whim.

  Sometimes, we follow like disciples: learning, confusing, missing the point.

  Sometimes, we sit by the side of the road: yelling, persisting, begging for mercy.

  Sometimes, even, we act like Jesus:

showing compassion, asking the right question, offering healing grace.

  Guide us on our journey.

  Forgive us our trespasses.

  Lead us into faith.

God of mercy, compassion, and justice, we pray for those who are:

least, lost, and lonely, 

hungry and hurting,

  thirsty and afflicted,

  naked and needy,

  homeless and hopeless,

  sick and suffering,

  captive and oppressed,

  dying and grieving.

Jesus of Nazareth, who lived among us, 

be alive in our midst this day.

Son of David, who envisioned God’s kingdom, 

may we be part of your kingdom come.

Rabbi and Teacher, who shared the Spirit’s wisdom, 

nurture us in your Way.

Healer, who brought wholeness and health, 

restore our integrity and faith.

*Icon: https://www.stmarysregina.ca/2018/page/6/*
2 weeks ago

A belated greetings to my American friends on the inaugural National Indigenous People's Day.
You, and Canadians wanting to follow up on our first National Truth and Reconcilation Day, might be interested in the upcoming DOTAC event Exploring the Missing Chapter.
Monday, October 18:
1pm- 3:00 pm Central Daylight Time
or 6pm- 8:00pm Central Daylight Time


“Exploring the Missing Chapter” is an interactive workshop that raises awareness of the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in the United States. The workshop, utilizing the film “Missing Chapter: How the US Stole Thousands of Native American Children“ (Vox), is designed to increase knowledge about the laws, policies, and programs used during nation building in order to begin conversation about how we can build intercultural bridges together.
The workshop will be led by facilitators from Together Here Ministries of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Send me an email teddodd@live.com and I can add you to the list.
We gratefully acknowledge the grant from the World Council of Churches "Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace" that makes this event possible.
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A belated greetings to my American friends on the inaugural National Indigenous Peoples Day.  
You, and Canadians wanting to follow up on our first National Truth and Reconcilation Day, might be interested in the upcoming DOTAC event Exploring the Missing Chapter.
Monday, October 18:   
 1pm- 3:00 pm Central Daylight Time 
 or 6pm- 8:00pm Central Daylight Time
 

“Exploring the Missing Chapter” is an interactive workshop that raises awareness of the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in the United States. The workshop, utilizing the film “Missing Chapter: How the US Stole Thousands of Native American Children“ (Vox), is designed to increase knowledge about the laws, policies, and programs used during nation building in order to begin conversation about how we can build intercultural bridges together. 
The workshop will be led by facilitators from Together Here Ministries of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Send me an email teddodd@live.com and I can add you to the list.
We gratefully acknowledge the grant from the World Council of Churches Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace that makes this event possible.Image attachment

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