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The prospect of a better education is more likely for Ma Khin Nu, seven, a resident of the Ohn Taw Gyi camp, Myanmar. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Isaac Kyaw Htun Hla
18 Jul
Hands up for better education in Myanmar
Education, Rakhine Crisis, Church of Sweden, ACT Alliance, Australian Lutheran World Relief
18 Jul
LWF provides education for children excluded from formal system
Guatemalan rights defender Maria Corina Ramirez Hernandez is trying to protect the environment as much as the indigenous people. Photo: LWF/Stéphane Gallay
17 Jul
Guatemalan, Bolivian human rights defenders present at UN
land rights, Human Rights, women's rights, land-grabbing, Minorities and Indigenous People, indigenous people
17 Jul
Maria Corina Ramirez Hernandez, a Mayan, is a member of the Guatemala Lutheran Church, a member of the LWF, and was in Geneva to present at the annual meeting of the UN’s Expert Mechanism on the Right
The news of the peace agreement “comes like a gentle rain falling down on people around the world thirsting for a message of peace”, LWF General Secretary Junge writes. Photo: LWF/ C.Kästner
13 Jul
A powerful message of peace
Peace agreement, Joint Declaration, Peace, civil war, Member Churches, General Secretary Martin Junge, General Secretary
13 Jul
On 9 July 2018, the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia, ending civil war, and opening diplomatic relations for the firs
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jul
Populism, violence, family separation under spotlight
Council 2018, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, LWF President, Climate Changel, security, Migration, Refugees, Palestine, United States, Member Churches, Youth
12 Jul
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues.
LWF encourages member churches to apply for scholarships. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
11 Jul
LWF call for scholarship applications
Scholarships, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, capacity building, theological formation, development, Training
11 Jul
LWF is calling for scholarship applications for studies and training related to theological, diaconal and development work.
Steering committee of the Women’s human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations. Photo: LWF/George Arende
10 Jul
“Cooperation is a strength and a powerful signal”
Women, Human Rights, faith-based organizations, WICAS, Women’s human rights advocacy training, UN Women
10 Jul
LWF General Secretary welcomes partnership between FBOs and UN on women’s rights
Jillian Aballe (World Council of Churches), Christine Löw (UN Women Geneva liaison office) and Christine Mangale (Lutheran Office for World Community) sit on a panel during the women's human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations, held in Geneva. Photo: LWF/George Arende
5 Jul
Putting women’s rights on the UN agenda
Women, Human Rights, faith-based organizations, WICAS, Women’s human rights advocacy training, UN Women
5 Jul
Feminist faith actors will be critical to ensuring the Sustainable Development Goals are implemented, the director of the UN Women liaison office in Geneva has told a women’s human rights training run
Ms Vera Tkach, chairperson of the Ad-hoc Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice, presents the resolution on Nigeria to the LWF council. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
4 Jul
Deep concern about escalating violence in Nigeria
Council 2018, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, African Lutheran Information and Communication Network (ALCINET), LWF President, Climate Change
4 Jul
The Council calls on the government of Nigeria to halt further violence, and initiate a peace process.
Members of the LWF Council welcome three new members to the communion. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Jul
LWF welcomes three new churches to the communion
council, Council 2018, Governance, LWF member churches
3 Jul
The LWF Council has voted to welcome with joy three new member churches to the LWF.
LWF President Musa and WCC General Secretary Tveit meeting at the LWF Council 2018 in Geneva. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Jul
Ecumenical greetings to 2018 Council
council, Council 2018, ecumenical greetings, Anglican-Lutheran relations, Pentecostal-Lutheran relations, Menonite-Lutheran relations, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations, World Council of Churches
3 Jul
LWF ecumenical partners have praised the LWF for deep commitment to ecumenism in greetings to the LWF 2018 Council.
Today LWF Council members voted to approve the new strategy for the years 2019 to 2024. Council 2018, Geneva (Switzerland). Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Jul
“With Passion for the Church and for the World”
Council 2018, council, resolution, Council resolution, Public Statement
2 Jul
The new strategy of the LWF for the years 2019 to 2024 was approved by the LWF Council today.
Market in Boroli refugee settlement, Adjumani. South Sudanese refugees have opened shops and are selling their fruits and vegetables here. Northern Uganda South Sudan refugee crisis. Photos: LWF/ C. Kästner
29 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation and Islamic Relief Worldwide publish manual on faith - sensitive humanitarian action
Islamic Relief Worldwide, psychosocial support
29 Jun
Diverse coalition of faith and secular groups launches guidance on ‘faith-sensitivity’ to help humanitarian organisations in their work with refugees at UNHCR event
Cheryl Philip, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, presents the liturgy at the opening worship of the LWF Council 2018. All photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Jun
LWF Council 2018 opens with joyful worship
council, Council 2018, Governance, Worship
28 Jun
The LWF opened its 2018 Council meeting with worship in the Ecumenical Centre chapel this morning in Geneva.
Departure with enormous gratitude: (from l.) LWF General Secretary Martin Junge and Pastor Hans Kasch. Photo LWF/A. Weyermüller
27 Jun
“Energetic manner and theological wisdom”
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, GNC, Luther Garden
27 Jun
Hans Kasch retires as director of the LWF Center in Wittenberg
“Freely you have received, freely give” (Mt 10:8) is the theme of the Council. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Jun
Setting the tone for the communion in coming years
council, Council 2018, Meeting
22 Jun
LWF Council to meet in Geneva 28 June - 2 July
Pope Francis at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute with Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima, Vice-Moderator of the WCC Central Committee, and Rev. Dr Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary. Photo: Peter Williams/WCC
21 Jun
Pope Francis visit: a recognition of the ecumenical movement
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Centre, World Council of Churches, papal visit
21 Jun
Reassuring commitment to unity and ecumenical relations
Refugee children demonstrating playcards for their rights on the World Refugee Day 2018  . Photo: LWF Nepal.
20 Jun
World Refugee Day: Children must be protected
Refugees, refugee camp, IDP, emergency, Advocacy, member church
20 Jun
Gratitude for compassion and solidarity of member churches
Children play in a rice field in Laos. Photo: LWF/Thomas Lohnes
19 Jun
Global faith leaders endorse Season of Creation
Season of Creation, Climate Justice, Creation - Not for Sale, Creation – Not for Sale
19 Jun
Global faith leaders from different Christian traditions and communions, including the LWF General Secretary Rev.
Fisherman Kur Kuany in his boat. Photo: LWF South Sudan
18 Jun
Fishing instead of fighting
South Sudan, livelihood, development, emergency
18 Jun
Tools and market access for fishermen in war-torn South Sudan
Opening worship of the Central Committee meeting in the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC.
17 Jun
Witness to unity in a fragmented world
General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, World Council of Churches, Peace
17 Jun
LWF greets World Council of Churches on 70th anniversary
Children hold up an antenna to better receive the TEDx broadcast in Kakuma refugee camp. All photos: TEDx
15 Jun
“Rise and make the most of it”
Refugees, emergency response, Education, Kakuma, Event, Virtual Conference event, Digital Event
15 Jun
First TEDx talk in Kakuma refugee camp highlights talents and contributions of refugees
Rose Nathike Lokonyen at the Global Compact on refugees Consultation. Photo: LWF/ Peter Kenny
14 Jun
LWF refugee athlete tells UN to listen to refugees
Kakuma, refugee camps, Refugees, UNHCR, refugees protection, Advocacy, refugee camp, emergency, Lund
14 Jun
Olympic athlete and refugee from the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, where the LWF works, Rose Nathike Lokonyen’s story quickly drew the attention of the international participants at the 5th formal con
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa and His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, together after Vespers at the Stavropegial Monastery of the Life-giving Spring at Baloukli, on Sunday 10 June. Photo: LWF/ A. S. Danielsson
12 Jun
Strengthening relationships between LWF and Orthodox Church
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Orthodox Lutheran relations, LWF President, LWF General Secretary
12 Jun
The dialogue between the LWF and the Orthodox Church has been ongoing without interruption since 1981. It is entering a new phase which will focus on the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
LWF Hub team leader Jésus Rodriguez (center) coordinates the aid work in Guatemala. Photo: LWF
12 Jun
Help for volcano victims in Guatemala
natural disaster, emergency response, emergency hub, volcano
12 Jun
LWF is ensuring that agencies mount a coordinated response to the emergency caused by volcanic eruptions in Guatemala at the beginning of June.