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DUCC is an association of practitioners of diaconal ministry in the United Church of Canada.

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Diakonia of The United Church of Canada Statement of Vision

God calls us to diaconal ministry.
The gospel of Jesus invites all to this ministry:
to offer compassion and accompaniment,
to work for liberation and justice,
to act as advocates of creative transformation.

Meet the Community

So tell me again, What is a diaconal minister? How do you even say the word “diaconia”? or is it “diakonia”?

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The gospel of Jesus invites all to this [diaconal] ministry:
to offer compassion and accompaniment.


Diaconal ministry in the United Church is a source of hope, positive change and transformative creativity.

Our Story

The Story of Diaconal Ministry in Brief

Online Documents

Diaconal Ministry in the United Church Bibliography

In Memorium

They nurtured our spirits and gave us their courage.

Diaconal Education

The educational preparation for United Church Diaconal Ministers is rigorous and thorough. Learn about current programs leading to Commissioning as a Diaconal Minister.

DUCC Organization

DUCC is a voluntary association of United Church of Canada Diaconal Ministers and others who identify themselves as being in diaconal ministry.

The primary purpose of DUCC is to create and maintain community and connection among its members. Click the button below for more on our Organization.

DUCC National Gatherings

National Gatherings

Next Gathering in Ottawa, ON in 2020

Creation . Reflection. Restoration .

Sound scholarship about diaconal ministry from the United Church’s diaconal community is a rich resource for diakonia. Check also our marketplace for resources for reflection, education or worship and on topics of interest in the diaconal community.

Scholarly worksResources for reflection

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Latest News & Updates

Charmain Bailey Foutner

Profiles  Diaconal Candidate Program of Formation I am currently attending the Centre for Christian Studies. I have completed all field placements, and am currently securing my external courses. I also plan on doing my Global Perspective in the Spring of 2021....

Melanie Ihmels

Profiles  Commissioned in 2020 Program of Formation I attended the Centre for Christian Studies and Vancouver School of Theology.  I began in 2013 and graduated in 2018.  There were many important to my journey, Ann Naylor, Michelle Owens, Alanna Menu. What...

Diakonia World Federation 2021 Gathering Postponed

The Diakonia World Federation Assembly was to hold its gathering in Darwin Australia in 2021.  This has now been postponed.  See important notice. Important notice: DIAKONIA 2021 World Assembly postponed Greetings in the name of the risen Christ. The DIAKONIA World...