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The Drama of Diakonía


It was the German Jewish philosopher and theologian Martin Buber (1878-1965) who said that “God dwells wherever we let him in.” As a permanent deacon and prison chaplain in two security prisons in Germany, to me, this is sound theology and a deep spiritual truth. To let the Divine Presence in, even behind barbed wire … Is this not the ultimate purpose of God and the goal of diakonía today, “to let God in”? But can we let him in? And if so, where can this happen? At the margins of society: in a prison, in a homeless shelter or in a Podcast on YouTube? Possibly only there, as Buber claims, where we “really stand,” and “where we live,” where we serve and “live a true life.”

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