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Ms Pranita Biswasi, LWF youth secretary. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
3 Dec
Care for creation and future generations key issues for LWF delegation at COP 24
Climate intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, COP24, Youth, Climate, Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale
3 Dec
Ms Pranita Biswasi, LWF’s youth secretary, believes that young people are key agents of change. Reson why it is very significant that the LWF is again sending a youth delegation to COP 24.
LWF food security project in Shumes hah, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Through a cash-for-work program, local farmers build irrigation channels and terraces for food and water conservation. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
30 Nov
COP24: Global church bodies urge transformative action to protect the most vulnerable
Climate, intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, WCC, ACT Alliance, LWF, COP24, COP
30 Nov
Global church organizations WCC, the LWF and ACT Alliance have called for renewed global solidarity and urgency of action to support the communities at the frontline of climate change impacts.
Dr. Nikola Schmutzler, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Nov
A long tradition of training lay and ordained church workers
Lutheran theology, Public theology, Lutheran identity, Bible Study, Wittenberg, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Training, Lay people, Lutheran Theological Seminary
29 Nov
Dr. Nikola Schmutzler a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, reports on theological formation and education for non-theologians, Lutheran worship and the value of international...
(From left) Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment; Kathrin Wallrabe, ELCS equal opportunities officer and WICAS regional coordinator for Central Western Europe; Bettina Westfeld, LWF Council member and vice-president of the ELCS synod. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
29 Nov
Participation of women and men is a theological issue
Women in Church and Society, Leadership, women in leadership, Human Rights, LWF Twelfth Assembly, Twelfth Assembly, Women
29 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony has passed a law to recognize the fundamental issue of gender justice in the composition of church governing bodies.
A group of participants in LWF's transformative education program for freed Haliyas in Baitadi, Nepal. Photos: LWF Nepal
28 Nov
From silent humiliation to advocacy for social change
Gender Justice, gender-based violence, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's empowerment
28 Nov
Education and awareness create a safe environment for marginalized Haliya women in Nepal, and leads to other community activities.
27 Nov
Geographical diversity, but common challenges face Lutheran communion regions
Newly-elected leaders' retreat, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Leadership, Induction of Newly Elected Leaders, LWF member churches
27 Nov
Coming from 12 different countries, a group of 12 newly elected church leaders at an LWF retreat in Geneva noticed their vastly different realities, but also that they face similar challenges and...
Rev. Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for Gender Justice and Women's Empowerment. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
23 Nov
LWF’s invitation to “Walk our Talk” and end violence against women and girls
Women, Women in Church and Society, WICAS, empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Human Rights
23 Nov
This year’s global campaign to end violence against women and girls is an opportunity for the Lutheran communion “to renew and reaffirm our deep commitments toward ending sexual and gender-based...
Namibian Lutheran pastors Rev. Klaus-Peter Tietz (left) and Rev. Isak Malua. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
22 Nov
Working together, growing friendships
Lutheran identity, Bible Study, Wittenberg, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Namibia, 12th Assembly, Assembly, Reformation
22 Nov
Isak Malua and Klaus-Peter Tietz are both pastors in Namibia, serving in two different Lutheran churches in the country. Lutheran World Information spoke to them about the hopes and challenges they...
Rescue teams work to save people stranded after severe flooding in Kerala, India. Photo: Shishir Kurian/CSI
21 Nov
Act now to avoid climate catastrophe, faith groups urge
Climate, intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, WCC, BftW, ACT Alliance, LWF
21 Nov
The LWF, ACT Alliance, WCC and Bread for the World are appealing to world leaders to take swift and coordinated action to limit global warming to 1.5°C as a humanitarian and ethical obligation.
Visiting the Lutheran office in New York, Helena Funk (third from left) received valuable tips on climate advocacy from Rebekka Pohlmann, Germany; Dennis Frado, LWF’s representative at the UN headquarters; and Christine Mangale, LOWC program director. Photo: Doug Hostetter
20 Nov
On the way to COP24 in Poland
Youth, Climate, Climate Change, COP, COP24, COP23, Climate Justice, Youth Participation, United Nations, United States, Lutheran Office for World Community
20 Nov
Helena Funk, a youth delegate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, received valuable tips on climate advocacy during her visit to the Lutheran Office for World Community in New...
Rev. Dr Wakseyoum Idosa addressing delegates at the LUCCEA General Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: ALCINET
19 Nov
Strive for unity and interdependence, LWF regional leaders urged
African Lutheran Information and Communication Network (ALCINET), LUCCEA
19 Nov
LUCCEA General Assembly delegates discuss church’s role in reconciliation and peace
A worship service in a congregation of the Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala. Photo: ILAG
16 Nov
New LWF member: Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala
Peace-building, Peace, member church, LWF member churches, Women, development, Education, women in leadership, indigenous people, council, Council 2018
16 Nov
As a small church comprising predominantly indigenous people, the Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala values its focus on education, peace and justice, because these are relevant issues for many...
Ulla-Maarit Magga, the member of the ELCF General Synod representing the Sami parliament in Finland. Photo: Aarne Ormio
15 Nov
New translation of the Bible in Northern Sami language
Bible Study, bible, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Finland
15 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has approved a new translation of the Bible in the Northern Sami language, with the Finnish Bible Society (FBS) predicting it will strengthen the cultural...
Members of the Presidium of the VELKD General Synod with youth delegates from member church synods and the LWF, and other guests. Photo: VELKD
14 Nov
Participation, encounter, enthusiasm
Youth Participation, young people, Climate Justice Climate Change, Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany
14 Nov
The 2018 General Synod of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD) has made proposals for the participation of youth and young adults in its member churches and governing bodies.
Participants in the LWF European Regions' Meeting in Moravske Toplice, Slovenia, follow the presentation of LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
13 Nov
European churches asked to counter populism by expressing God’s love
Europe, Migrants, Public Space, Lutheran identity, Youth Participation
13 Nov
Representatives of the three European regions of the LWF (Central Eastern Europe, Central Western Europe, Nordic Countries) meeting in Slovenia, said the growing populism and climate of fear in...
Newly ordained Rev. Karla Steilmann Franco: women in the church have made progress but more victories need to be won. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Nov
“I belong to a church where women work with equal rights”
Voices from the Communion, Gender Justice Policy, LWF gender justice policy, women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women in Ordained Ministry, Youth Participation, council, LWF Council, Council 2018
9 Nov
LWF Council member Rev. Karla Steilmann Franco, from the Evangelical Church of the River Plate (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), discusses the social environment in which her church operates and the...
Participants of the theological education workshop looked at new ways of teaching that are critical and creative. Photo: Chad Rimmer
7 Nov
New theological education workshop focuses on teaching for change
Education, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, SDG, United Nations
7 Nov
The LWF recently held a pilot workshop for theologians to explore teaching methods that empower students to take part in theological education that is critical, creative and responds to the students...
Delegation members of the Nigerian civil society coalition. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
6 Nov
Nigerian human rights defenders lobby governments to help end deadly conflict
Humanitarian disaster, Women’s human rights, Human Rights, Nigeria
6 Nov
Representatives of a Nigerian civil society coalition from the Numan Federation have called on United Nations (UN) member states to exert more pressure on the government to end deadly attacks between...
The third Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue group meeting in Santiago de Chile called for faithful teaching on the abundance of God’s gifts for the whole human race and for the earth. Photo: LWF
2 Nov
Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue reflects on proclaiming the gospel to the poor
Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue, Theology, gospel, ecumenism, ecumenical relations
2 Nov
The third meeting of the international Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue group drew attention to the situation of the materially poor and how the churches relate to them.
Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka, LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations and Director of the Department for Theology and Public Witness. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
1 Nov
LWF Assistant General Secretary Kaisamari Hintikka elected as bishop of Espoo, Finland
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Bishop, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership
1 Nov
General Secretary Junge grateful for ecumenical and theological leadership
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
31 Oct
Living and working together as churches in ongoing reformation
Council 2018, council, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF Strategy
31 Oct
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge spoke to Lutheran World Information about the new strategy launched on the 501st anniversary of the Reformation
LWF humanitarian workers assist a woman in the Middle East. Photo: Christian Jepsen
30 Oct
LWF looks forward to new strategic period with ACT Alliance
ACT Alliance, Governance, Humanitarian Response, development, Advocacy
30 Oct
LWF is looking forward to the future direction of ACT Alliance, which is holding its third general assembly in Uppsala, Sweden.
LWF Council member Bishop Dr Tuhoni Telaumbanua. Photo: LWF / Albin Hillert
26 Oct
“God is present and suffering with the people”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, council, LWF Council, Council 2018, Voices from the Communion, inter-religious relations, bombing, earthquake recovery, earthquake, environment
26 Oct
Bishop Telaumbanua describes some of the social and environmental concerns facing The Protestant Christian Church, in Indonesia.
Church services and events on Reformation Day 2018 in Germany seek to deepen the respect and tolerance for different confessions, religions and worldviews in the society. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
25 Oct
Reformation Day a new public holiday in Germany
Reformation, ecumenical relations, Theology, LWF member churches
25 Oct
More than half of Germany’s 16 federal states have now declared Reformation Day a public holiday.
A minister greets a parishioner at the church at Faith, Province of British Columbia. Photo: Canada Lutheran
24 Oct
Active and alive
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), LWF member churches, churches closing, innovation, ministry, pastoral care
24 Oct
Carole McCormick is one of the younger parishioners in her home congregation in the Province of British Columbia; as the majority of members are 75 or older. Despite these challenges, there is a...
Silvia Beatrice Genz has been elected the first woman pastor president of the IECLB. She is flanked by Pastor First Vice President Odair Braun (right of picture) and Pastor Second Vice President Mauro Batista.
22 Oct
First woman pastor president elected to Brazilian church
Women in Chuch and Society
22 Oct
The Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil has elected a woman president for the first time. ...