Region Looks to Contextualize Global Programs
Bishop Dr Victoria Cortez Rodríguez from Nicaragua shares bread as a symbol of the Latin America and the Caribbean region’s solidarity with the wider Lutheran communion. © LWF/ R. Bueno de Faria
Latin American and Caribbean Pre-Assembly delegates have affirmed the LWF’s centrality in the life of its member churches, and called for efforts to deepen this communion.
The final message from the gathering named illegitimate debt and armed conflict as global issues of particular importance for the region. Participants also addressed questions of climate change, the AIDS pandemic, gender justice, youth networking, reconciliation with Mennonites and human sexuality. More...
African Prayer for Daily Bread
“Matter of Survival”
Churches Launch New Global
The LWF joined other church organizations on 24 March in celebrating the launch of ACT Alliance, one of the world’s largest ecumenical humanitarian networks. The LWF played a key role in the alliance's formation, which unites the former ACT emergency and development bodies.
LWF Department for World Service Director Rev. Eberhard Hitzler notes that the ACT Alliance is a unique chance to improve the efficiency and visibility of church development and relief work. More...
European Delegates Demand Food Justice
In their Pre-Assembly message, Lutherans from across Europe have called for political, economic and ecological action to establish food justice.
Delegates named unjust systems and structures as chief barriers preventing access to adequate nourishment. They underlined the need for the church to advocate sharing of resources and sustainable lifestyles. More...
Membership of LWF Churches Tops 70 Million
The total number of members in churches belonging to the LWF rose 2.3 percent in 2009 to just over 70 million. Membership in Africa, Asia and Europe increased, while LWF member churches in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as North America experienced a slight decline. Lutheran churches worldwide count some 73.8 million members.