Public Witness and Diakonia
In Pakistan, 220 million people have witnessed an environment of growing intolerance, vigilantism and impunity against weaker groups. Children, youth, women, trans-genders, religious minorities and other excluded communities are considered the most neglected groups are facing discrimination, hatred and violence by extremist groups in general and state institutions in particular.
Addressing the Power, Affirming Peace is an urgent concern for the religious minorities and churches in relationship to develop and coordinate an ecumenical approach to address national and local issues by using the tools of policy development, advocacy and lobbying, solidarity campaigns and awareness raising efforts.
Public Witness program aim is to work together in a common quest, renewing the true vocation of the church through collaborative engagement with the most important issues of justice and peace, extremism and radicalism, incitement to atrocity crimes, religious freedom and violation of human rights, as healing the communities filled with conflict, injustice and pain.
Diakonia is the caring program meeting immediate human needs through loving your neighbor, accessing to education and health for all and creating inclusive communities. The program is facilitating an expression of ecumenical solidarity; reflect on the issues of accountability and support to vulnerable communities and churches’ healing ministries with focused on education, health and women empowerment.
Bringing together work on justice and Diakonia will allow deepening the conceptual and theological understanding of the interconnections between transformational justice and prophetic Diakonia. The objectives of the program are following:
ü To empower mainline churches to be competent in responding to social, economic, and political issues through acts of prophetic witness at times of brokenness and human needs; and,
ü To coordinate and facilitate ecumenical advocacy at the national, regional and global levels on emerging issues in Pakistan, while expressing solidarity, as well as upholding human rights for human dignity.