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ELCT Presiding Bishop Dr Fredrick Onael Shoo. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
4 Mar
Tanzania: Presiding Bishop calls for leadership values that foster unity
Lutheran identity, Leadership, Capacity development, LWF member churches
4 Mar
Church unity, sustainability, and a vibrant church were key topics at a recent retreat of bishops, management team, youth and women leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
Rev. Sílvia Genz is the first woman to take office as the pastor president of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB). Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
1 Mar
Brazil: Building bridges in challenging times
Voices from the Communion, Leadership, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, church, Climate, Paris Agreement
1 Mar
Rev. Sílvia Genz, Pastor President of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, first female head of the church, talks about creating spaces for dialogue on contemporary issues in...
Icelandic pastors and bishops after the consecration of Rev. Agnes Sigurðardóttir as bishop of Iceland in 2012 (seventh from right, front row). Bishop Guðmundsdóttir is fifth from the left in the front row. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
28 Feb
Church of Iceland offers equal opportunities for women
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women Ordination, women in leadership, Youth, Youth Participation
28 Feb
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland takes gender justice seriously and prides itself on offering equal opportunities for women in the workplace.
Viviana Machuca (left), representing the Colombia inter-church platform DIPAZ, and Sara Lara (right), director of the human rights program of IELCO, in Geneva for the CEDAW shadow report on Colombia, meet with Rev. Dr Martin Junge (center), LWF General Secretary. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
26 Feb
Colombia: Pushing for peace and women’s rights
CEDAW, Colombia, women's human rights, Human Rights, General Secretary Martin Junge
26 Feb
Colombia’s hard won peace accords are at risk in the current political climate. That’s the view of a civil society delegation from the South American nation that presented a shadow report to the...
Participants in the women’s self-help group Tesfa (‘hope’) gather for the day. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Feb
Ethiopian church empowers communities to thrive on their own
Climate Change, Diakonia, Livelihoods, Food Security, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Ethiopia, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
22 Feb
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus supports communities across the country through its Development and Social Services Commission
Ms Desri Maria Sumbayak, LWF Vice-President for Asia and Council member Ms LoeRose Mbise, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo. LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Feb
The LWF Strategy in Bahasa Indonesia and Swahili
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Lutheran World Federation Indonesia National Committee, council, Council 2018, LWF Council, LWF Publications, Council 2019
21 Feb
The LWF Strategy 2019-2024 is now available in Bahasa Indonesia and Swahili languages, thanks to translation coordinated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and the LWF National Committee...
Rev Rolando Antonio Ortez, Pastor President of the ICLH, presides at the ordinations of three male and four female pastors in 2017. Photo: LWF/P. Cuyatti
20 Feb
Honduran church models inclusion and opportunities for young women
Migration, Honduras, ELCA, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Migrants, Youth
20 Feb
While controversy continues to surround the planned building of a wall along the southern border of the United States, the Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras is working hard to support young...
An app developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover strives to interrupt busy daily routines with spiritual impulses. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Feb
Germany: Attention and space for God’s presence
Germany, information technology, God, member church, LWF member churches, Communications, church
18 Feb
An app developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover strives to interrupt busy daily routines with spiritual impulses.
Bishop Daniel Jayaraj, Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church. Photo: LWF/P. Lok
15 Feb
India: Sharing the gospel and working for social justice in Tamil Nadu
Dalits, India, reconciliation, United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India, Voices from the Communion
15 Feb
The Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church is marking two major milestones this year—its 100th anniversary as an independent church body in India, and the consecration of a newly elected leader Bishop...
Paula Müller-Otfried (center, standing) was the first woman to be elected to the regional synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover in 1921. In the political arena she stood for election to the Weimar National Assembly in 1919 and won a seat in the Reichstag in 1920. Photo commissioned by the DEF: Kasch, A.; Th. Möller Nachf., Stralsund; AddF, Kassel, Sign.: NL-K-16, D-F1/00045.
13 Feb
Germany: The long road to equal rights for women in leadership
Women, Women in Church and Society, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership, women's empowerment, women's advocacy
13 Feb
The year 2019 marks 100 years since women obtained the right to vote in Germany. While celebrating this significant anniversary, a new study has shown that the country’s Protestant churches still...
 A group of Oromo IDPs walk on the dry riverbed near Burka Dare IDP site in Ethiopia. The Lutheran World Federation supports internally displaced people in several regions of Ethiopia, through emergency response on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as well as long-term development and empowerment projects, to help build resilience and adapt communities’ lifestyles to a changing climate. 27 January 2019. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Feb
Ethiopia: Creativity in the face of hardship
Climate, DWS Ethiopia, WASH, IDP, internally displaced people, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
12 Feb
The Lutheran World Federation supports internally displaced people in several regions of Ethiopia, through emergency response on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as well as long-term development...
Msgr Matthias Türk, outgoing head of the Lutheran Catholic desk at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, addresses participants at the LWF Council meeting in June 2018. Photo:Albin Hillert/LWF
11 Feb
"You cannot be Christian without working hard for church unity"
PCPCU, Ecumenical, ecumenicals relations, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations
11 Feb
One of the key figures in Lutheran-Catholic dialogue over the last two decades is leaving his desk at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and returning to his native Germany
Rev. Tseganesh Ayele of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus welcomes participants to the CMCR. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
6 Feb
“As churches in mission, we belong to each other”
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, General Secretary, Mission, Self-Understanding of Communion, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
6 Feb
LWF General Secretary addresses EECMY Committee of Mutual Christian Responsibility ...
The Tamrazyan family arrived in the Netherlands from Armenia nine years ago. Photo: Peter Wassing
5 Feb
Dutch pastor praises faith of refugee family
Ecumenical, Advocacy, Member Churches, European refugee crisis, Migrants
5 Feb
The family spent 97 days inside a Protestant church before being granted right to remain in the Netherlands
A choir of the Addis Ababa Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Ethiopia. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Feb
Ethiopia: A vibrant Lutheran church with 9.3 million faithful
Ethiopia, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Worship, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
4 Feb
Lutheran World Federation General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and ecumenical guests join Sunday worship at Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus
Visiting LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and his team join EECMY church leaders in a meeting with members of the Hundedo self-help group in Hadiya, on 31 January. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
1 Feb
Ethiopia: Symbols of Hope help rebuild lives of young people
Diakonia, diaconia, DWS Ethiopia, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Ethiopia, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, gender-based violence, Migrants, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
1 Feb
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and the LWF are helping young migrant returnees rebuild their lives through a project called Symbols of Hope
Mexican Lutheran Church Pastor President Rev. Roberto Trejo Haager. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
1 Feb
Mexican Lutheran church leader shares his vision of a healing community of believers
Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Violence, Advocacy, Voices from the Communion
1 Feb
Rev. RTH Roberto Trejo Haager, Pastor President of the Mexican Lutheran Church, envisages the Lutheran church in Mexican society today as a healing community of believers
Bhagwati Tamang lays bricks in Jogimara village in central Nepal after the devastating earthquake of April 2015. Following the disaster, the LWF worked jointly with Islamic Relief Worldwide and other partners to provide shelter in remote villages where thousands lost homes and livelihoods. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
31 Jan
LWF highlights value of interfaith collaboration with the United Nations
Interfaith, church, General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, World Interfaith Harmony Week, Peace
31 Jan
A broad-based interfaith group mandated to work on human rights, sustainable development, peace and security issues has pledged its support to the United Nations particularly in enhancing...
Photo by Chris Slupski on Unsplash
29 Jan
LWF condemns stifling of democracy in Venezuela
Public Statement, Statement, Peace
29 Jan
The Lutheran World Federation expresses deep concern over the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
A young South Sudanese refugee eats porridge in Northern Uganda. Photos:LWF/Uganda
24 Jan
Uganda: Life-saving interventions for babies and mothers
DWS Uganda, Women, Child Protection, Food Security, malnourished food insecure, food, livelihood, Livelihoods
24 Jan
Support to nursing mothers and their babies is one of the approaches that the LWF uses in Uganda to ensure nutritious diets and healthy lifestyles for both refugees and local communities, and...
A congregation of new LWF member church the United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod meets in Santiago de Cuba. The church has more female ordained leaders than male. Photo: United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod
23 Jan
New LWF member: United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod
member church, LWF member churches, council, Council 2018, music, Women, bible, Women in Ordained Ministry, development, Member Churches
23 Jan
“Being part of the Lutheran communion allows us to give and receive in every way. We can learn from others and at the same time can offer the gifts the Holy Spirit gave us,” says Bishop Ismael...
Participating in the e-mobility pilot project, from left: Jan Westphal (director, Horizonte gGmbH Altenburg), Dietmar Wiegand (deputy head, Altenburger Land church district), Rev. Christian Sparsbrod ( Rudolstadt-Saalfeld church district) and Rev. Jens Bechtloff ( Kindelbrück pastorate) with the new cars. Photo: EKM/Diana Steinbauer
23 Jan
Speed limit, electric cars and a forest towards a climate-friendly church
Climate Change, Climate, Advocacy, member church, pollution, environment
23 Jan
A petition to introduce a 130 km-per-hour speed limit on the German highway is one of the steps the Evangelical Church in Central Germany envisages in an ambitious campaign promoting care for the...
An LWF-run child-friendly space in Thi Kyar village, Mrauk U township, Rakhine state, Myanmar. Photo:C/Kästner
22 Jan
International NGOs call for unrestricted access to affected populations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state
DWS Myanmar, Peace, peacebuilding, Rakhine Crisis, Displaced Persons, internally displaced people
22 Jan
The Lutheran World Federation is among 18 international non-governmental organizations calling for “rapid, unfettered and sustained access” to all populations affected by the renewed fighting between...
More than 250 migrants have drowned since the beginning of 2019 as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea to escape poverty and violence. Photo: Óglaigh na hÉireann
22 Jan
Lutherans in Italy call for compassion to end migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea
Migrants, Italy, Advocacy, Human Rights
22 Jan
The Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Italy has called for greater solidarity and compassion to end the tragedy of migrants dying in the Mediterranean Sea.
From left: Lutheran Bishop Jerzy Samiec, President of the Polish Ecumencial Council and Orthodox Archbishop Abel, Diocese of Lublin-Chełm of the Church of Poland. Photo: PEC
18 Jan
Churches in Poland call for tolerance after killing of Gdansk mayor
Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Ecumenical, Violence
18 Jan
The Polish Ecumenical Council, has urged the country to “stop the spiral of hate” following the brutal murder of the mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz.
María Ruth Sanabria, Colombian human rights defender. Photo: LWF Colombia
18 Jan
María Ruth Sanabria: 40 years of taking risks to defend the rights of others
Minorities and Indigenous People, human rights defender, Human Rights, Advocacy, Peace, indigenous people
18 Jan
Despite continued threats on her life, María Ruth Sanabria remains undeterred in the struggle for the rights of marginalized people.
LWF Vice-President Rev. Huberto Kirchheim, during the 1998 LWF Council meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/C. Rothenbühler
17 Jan
Tribute to former LWF Vice-President Huberto Kirchheim (1938-2019)
Brazil, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, tribute, death, council, Latin America and the Caribbean, LWF Vice-President
17 Jan
Brazilian church leader Rev. Huberto Kirchheim, former Vice-President of the LWF, died on 14 January at the age of 80.