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Rev. Toshiki Toma (right) and Rev. Kristín Þórunn Tómasdóttir (third from left) with the congregation at Laugarnes-church in Reykjavik. Photo: Rev. Hjalti Jón Sverrisson
14 Feb
Iceland’s pastor for immigrants and asylum seekers
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, Voices from the Communion, #withrefugees
14 Feb
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Toshiki Toma, pastor in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, talks about his work providing advice and counselling to other immigrants in...
Girls in primary school in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF is working to protect their right to education and a childhood without violence. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
12 Feb
A network to stop early marriage
Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Refugees, refugee camp, girls, women and girls, Child Protection, gender-based violence, sgbv, Education
12 Feb
Zawadi was a hard-working student in primary grade 7 when her family tried to arrange a wedding against her will. Not an uncommon occurrence, says Kapis Okeya, LWF protection officer in Kakuma. “LWF...
Fadinatou Amadou Tukur (left) and Tanga Moktar (right) run a small poultry farm in the Gado refugee camp, Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
6 Feb
Africa’s forgotten crises: Strengthening regional cooperation and advocacy
Africa, Refugees, Climate Change, civil war, IDP, Angola, Burundi, CAR, Cameroon, Chad, UNOCHA, refugee camp
6 Feb
LWF Vice president: “The Lutheran family will not forget”
The old city of Jerusalem. The US “Peace to prosperity” plan’s suggestion about the future situation of the capitals for Israel and Palestine is but one of the contested measures proposed. Photo: LWF/ A. Danielsson
5 Feb
LWF joins coalition to reject US “Peace to Prosperity” plan
Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, United States, Peace, peace building, Middle East
5 Feb
LWF has signed on to a statement with a coalition of other non-government organizations, advocating against the “Peace to prosperity” plan for the Middle East which was announced by the US...
Rev. Dr Sivin Kit and World Service Emergency Program Coordinator Clovis Mwambutsa in dialogue with the Muslim Chief of a community in Cameroon hosting refugees from neighbouring countries. Photo: LWF/Moise Amedje
3 Feb
LWF marks World Interfaith Harmony Week
Theology, Interfaith, Interreligious Dialogue, LWF member churches, Communion Building
3 Feb
During the first week of February, the LWF is joining with the WCC and many other faith-based organizations to mark the 10th edition of World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Rev. Jongkolnee Sampachanyanon Sim became one of the first two women ordained in The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Thailand in 2018. Photo: LWF/A.Danielsson
31 Jan
Building up the church in Thailand
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women's Ordination, Voices from the Communion, Diakonia
31 Jan
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Jongkolnee Sampachanyanon Sim who became one of the first two women ordained in The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Thailand, talks about the...
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. Photo:LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Jan
LWF congratulates Church of Norway’s new leader
Ecumenical, Ecumenical Centre, WCC, World Council of Churches
30 Jan
The General Secretary of the LWF, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, has sent a letter to congratulate the new head of the Church of Norway, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
A cooperative of South Sudanese women in Njumanzi refugee settlement, Northern Uganda. LWF gave them goats to start a livelihood activity. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
29 Jan
LWF prepares South Sudanese refugees for return home
Refugees, refugee camp, empowerment, Women, Advocacy, Education, WASH, #withrefugees
29 Jan
In an interview with Lutheran World Information, Girma Gudina, LWF Country Representative in South Sudan, talks about the challenges of re-integrating returnees into their former communities, and of...
Olive tree in the Mount of Olives, East Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
29 Jan
Grave concern over US “Peace to Prosperity” plan
Advocacy, Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, United States, AVH, Middle East, Statement, Public Space
29 Jan
The LWF has expressed grave concern over the “Peace to Prosperity ” plan for Israel and Palestine presented by the US administration this week.
During the meeting in Geneva, Mr Diego Calquin Campos (Chile), Dr Ulla Morre Bidstrup (Denmark) and Rev. Dr Songram Basumatary (India), in a small-group discussion.  Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 Jan
Theological education that strengthens Lutheran identity
Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Education, Lutheran identity
28 Jan
The LWF is in the final stages of launching a network for Theological Education and Formation to strengthen the study of theology, facilitate joint reflection, and build on the self-understanding of...
The Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity agreed to mark the 500th anniversary in 2021 together, during their annual joint staff meeting in Geneva.  From left to right: Father Dr Augustinus Sander (PCPCU), LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, PCPCU President Kurt Cardinal Koch, LWF consultant Rev. Anne Burghardt, and PCPCU Secretary Bishop Dr Brian Farrell. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Jan
Remembering history with an openness to the future
PCPCU, PCPCU President Koch, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, From Conflict to Communion, ecumenism, Lutheran-Catholic
24 Jan
The LWF and the PCPCU held their annual joint staff meeting on 14 January in Geneva. At the meeting, the LWF and the PCPCU agreed to jointly mark the 500th anniversary of the excommunication of...
A group of students at Ricks Institute play football in the schoolyard. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Jan
Liberia: Education ‘secret to post-war reconciliation’
Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building, Diakonia, Youth, Education, Waking the Giant, SDGs, SDG
24 Jan
Communities in Liberia, torn apart over recent years by civil war, are finding healing today through education programs that promote reconciliation alongside traditional teaching and agricultural...
Maria Immonen, director of LWF World Service. Photo: LWF/C.Kästner
23 Jan
World Service director to co-chair Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response
humanitarian, humanitarian support, #withrefugees, refugee, Refugees, Caritas Internationalis, emergency operation, emergency response, emergency
23 Jan
The LWF department for World Service, Maria Immonen, has been appointed vice-chair of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response.
Pogue Community, Bojayá (Chocó). Photo: LWF/ G. Moreno
22 Jan
Concern over situation in Bojayá
Diakonia, Advocacy, Women, Human Rights, human rights defender, humanitarian, Peace, peacebuilding, Peace-building, peace building, indigenous people
22 Jan
The LWF in Colombia has expressed concern over the confinement, threats and occupation which indigenous communities are suffering in the Chocó department of Colombia.
Rev. Leonardo Schindler, Pastor President of the Evangelical Church of the River Plate. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
17 Jan
Modelling God’s love, inclusion and mercy
Voices from the Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy
17 Jan
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Leonardo Schindler, pastor president of the Evangelical Church of the River Plate, talks about the challenges facing his church today and the...
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton urges members of the church to be peace-builders. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Jan
Pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy
Member Churches, Advocacy
10 Jan
ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on conflict between United States and Iran 
Potential entrepreneurs participate in an exercise about business risks during a training on entrepreneurship development, held at Thae Chaung IDP camp in Sittwe township, Myanmar. Photo: LWF/ Maung Nyien Naing
7 Jan
LWF Myanmar hosts World Service Committee delegation
IDP, humanitarian support, World Service, host community
7 Jan
In Myanmar, LWF World Service Committee members will interact with country program staff, IDP camp residents, and discuss cooperation with member churches.
A farmer in El Salvador, showing the impact of prolonged drought on his crop of corn. LWF/C. Kästner 
2 Jan
Interdisciplinary conference on sustainability and the climate
Climate Justice, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy
2 Jan
Faith leaders, educators and scientists explore the potential for practical cooperation
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Dec
2020 New Year Message: So that all have life in abundance
Peace, peace building, peacebuilding, New Years Message, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Member Churches
27 Dec
In his New Year message, the General Secretary of the LWF Rev. Dr Martin Junge calls on churches to bear witness to the gospel message by proclaiming the good news of salvation, serving the neighbor...