The Diakonia Project Institute offers an answer to these questions. The public action that people of faith take, including the act of serving others, which the term diakonia embodies, is informed and directed by the worship of God. Public worship is transformed into the service we offer to others, especially those most in need. People of deep faith were inspired by that faith to launch these charitable initiatives, not to serve their faith community per se, but for the life of the world.
The service given by faith-based, charitable initiatives, such as SASMAD, Ve’ahavta, and Christian Horizons, cannot be separated from the faith that is strengthened in worship. Religious freedom affirms the importance of both public worship and how it is connected to the living out of our most deeply held beliefs through public action. To diminish religious freedom merely to the freedom for some of us to go into a certain building on a certain day and engage in ritual worship is to fail to understand this connection.
We hold up the faith-based, charitable initiatives of the Diakonia Project as examples of faith lived out for others, of worship in action, and of love. https://www.cardus.ca/research/law/diakonia-project/.