Original Research - Practical Theology

Between Christian love and professional orientation: Reflections on the double bind code of Christian social workers (deaconesses and deacons) in Germany

Johannes Eurich
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 2 | a4687 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i2.4687 | © 2017 Johannes Eurich | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 June 2017 | Published: 20 November 2017

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Johannes Eurich, Department of Practical Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa and Institute for Diaconal Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany


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Abstract

This article highlights the challenges and opportunities of Christian social workers in the tradition of deaconesses and deacons in today’s Germany. Their professional self-conception as social workers between church and society is analysed. By this, a new approach of linking up a theological perspective with diaconal professionalism, is presented.

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