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European communicators met in Strasbourg, France, this year for the second time. Photo: LWF/Arni Danielsson
16 Oct
We are not ashamed of the gospel
Communion Building, Communications
16 Oct
European Communicators gather in Strasbourg
LWF South Sudan Advocacy Officer Pauline Tikiba shares about her work with civil society organizations. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
11 Oct
Be a better rights defender
rights-based approach, Human Rights, World Service, Climate, Gender, Diakonia, Interfaith
11 Oct
Workshop on rights-based approach brings together experiences from 10 project countries
PM Abiy Ahmed at an inauguration event in Addis Ababa. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia
11 Oct
Ethiopian Prime Minister wins Nobel Peace Prize
Advocacy, Peace, nobel peace prize
11 Oct
LWF hails “powerful and daring story of peace building” and hope ...
Rev. Adita Torres Lescano, Pastor President of the Lutheran Church of Peru, visiting the tree planted by representatives of her church in the Luthergarten in Wittenberg. This Reformation 2017 project symbolizes the ecumenical relationships of Christian churches worldwide through 500 trees creating a living memorial. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
11 Oct
A communion of solidarity
Voices from the Communion, Ecumenical, Ronel, LWF member churches, Women in Ordained Ministry, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership
11 Oct
Rev. Adita Torres Lescano, recently elected pastor president of the Lutheran Church of Peru, speaks about her work in the church and the value of being connected to other people of faith in order to...
One of the panels of the “And It Is Good” photo exhibition. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
9 Oct
Seeking wisdom to listen to creation and learn from it
Climate Justice, Climate, COP25, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Creation – Not for Sale, Season of Creation
9 Oct
An online prayer that was among events around the world marking the end of the Season of Creation 2019 campaign on biodiversity and the web of life is now available.
Indonesian church leaders meet with the President of the Republic’s special envoy on interfaith relations and intercultural dialogue, Professor Syafiq Mughni (center). Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
7 Oct
Asian church leaders call for greater interfaith cooperation
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership, Youth, Climate, Lutheran theology
7 Oct
The Asia Church Leadership Conference has concluded in Indonesia with a call to all churches to work more closely together with other faith communities to promote urgent issues such as gender justice...
In a country experiencing recurring drought, the LWF country program work in Ethiopia includes support to farmers in Lalibela to build irrigation canals and terraces for food and water conservation. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
4 Oct
LWF country programs in East Africa plan joint approach to humanitarian crises
Climate Change, Humanitarian Response, South Sudan, Refugees. Displaced person, Kenya, Advocacy
4 Oct
A regional response to the humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Somalia, and joint work on thematic areas such as climate change were the themes of a Regional Meeting of the LWF World Service...
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge speaks at the opening session of the Asia Church Leadership Conference in Pematang Siantar. Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
4 Oct
Junge to Asian churches: Peace-building is our only choice
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
4 Oct
Call to live and work more closely together as a communion of churches from the LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, at the start of the Asia Church Leadership Conference on 3 October.
Students from schools in the West Bank take part in the August 2019 training workshop on environmental leadership. Photo: Adrainne Gray
3 Oct
Preparing young Palestinians to care for creation
Creation, environment, Youth Participation, Season of Creation
3 Oct
Students from schools in the West Bank learn to preserve the rich biodiversity in the region.
Welcome banner outside the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church in Pematang Siantar in North Sumatra, where participants at the 2 -8 October Asia Church Leadership Conference will gather for Sunday worship. Photo: B. Nahampun
2 Oct
Asia Church Leadership Conference to focus on interfaith relations
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
2 Oct
‘Pursuing Peace through Interfaith Relations’ is the theme of the Asia Church Leadership Conference which opens in the Indonesian city of Pematang Siantar on 2 October.
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeus I, leader of the Eastern Orthodox Christians in the world, was awarded the plaque of St. Eric's by Archbishop Antje Jackelén. Photo: Magnus Aronson /Ikon
2 Oct
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew honored by Church of Sweden
Award, Climate, Orthodox-Lutheran, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches
2 Oct
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has received the Plaque of St Erik for his commitment to religious freedom, human rights and care for creation.
Pastors and evangelists at a crisis drop-in center, run by the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church (GKPS) in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province. Photo: LWF/P. Hitchen
1 Oct
Implementing gender justice in Asian contexts
Women in Chuch and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Asia
1 Oct
Lutheran women from across Asia meet in Pematang Siantar, Indonesia, to discuss ways of overcoming violence and promoting gender justice
Olga Navrátilová from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Sep
Uniting faith and reason in the Czech Republic
Voices from the Communion, Women in Church and Society, Women, Communion Building, Advocacy, solidarity, Theology
27 Sep
Olga Navrátilová, a member of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), looks back at the history of the church in her country and reflects on how it can continue to have a positive impact on...
The anti-femicide demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa following the death of Uyinene Mrwetyana. Protestors cover a police vehicle with placards. Photo: Discott, via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA)
26 Sep
Churches to act for justice, affirm human dignity
gender-based violence, Gender Justice Policy, xenophobia, Welcoming the Stranger, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches
26 Sep
Expressing “deep concern over escalating violence against women, youth, children and foreigners in South Africa,” the LWF encourages its member churches there to “act for justice in situations that...
Leaders of the Returnees’ Network in Edo and Delta States express unity in their commitment to share their stories and raise awareness All photos by Thomas Lohnes/GNC
25 Sep
The dangerous dream of a brighter future
Advocacy, Training, Diakonia, Lutheran theology, Member Churches, Communion Building, Youth
25 Sep
The LWF, through its Symbols of Hope program, supports efforts to raise awareness of the dangers posed by powerful and well-funded trafficking networks and to help those who, for different reasons,...
Photo: On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, churches are calling for immediate action to address the climate emergency. ACT/Joanna Patouris
23 Sep
As Climate Summit begins, Churches Call for Action Now!
Climate, Theology, COP25, Climate Change, Public theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation
23 Sep
As states gather at the United Nations for the Climate Action Summit, taking place on 23 September, the ACT Alliance, Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches, which together represent...
One of the photos in the exhibition, showing sunrise in Bauko, Mountain Province, Philippines. Photo: Johanan Celine Valeriano
20 Sep
“The wisdom of God woven into the fabric of creation”
Climate, Theology, COP25, Climate Change, Public theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation
20 Sep
On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, four ecumenical organizations are launching a photo exhibition on the Bible and biodiversity. Titled “And It Is Good.
Zikhai Suela from Mpengo Village shows the water filters and gallons distributed by LWF. Photo: LWF/B. Khanal
19 Sep
“We see so much more hope”
emergency response, environment, Mozambique, floods, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Climate Change
19 Sep
LWF World Service has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people in Mozambique since the beginning of April 2019, after cyclone Idai struck the region.
Participants in the 2019 meeting of the Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Photo: MLC
18 Sep
The role of healing in the life of the church
Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue, Malagasy Lutheran Church, Ecumenical, dialogue
18 Sep
The role of healing and deliverance in the life of the church was the focus of the 2019 meeting of the international Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue.
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Sep
Peace begins by disarming hearts and hands
Interfaith, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding
17 Sep
Message delivered by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge to the annual Sant’Egidio meeting taking place in the Spanish capital Madrid from 15 to 17 September.
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Sep
A liturgy to share what “unites us”
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist, Joint Commemoration
16 Sep
The LWF and the PCPCU have invited Lutheran and Catholic churches to use a jointly prepared liturgy and other materials to mark the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of...
Bishop Samiec, from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Sep
Polish church joins faith groups for peace conference
Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Public theology, Lutheran theology, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, inter-religious dialogue, Interfaith discussions, Interfaith
16 Sep
Polish Protestants, Catholics, Muslims and Jews come together to discuss peace, democracy and the responsibility of religions in the public space during a conference in Warsaw on 16 September.
Pastor President of the IELV, Rev. Gerardo Hands  Photo: LWF/A.Danielsson
13 Sep
Hope, support and comfort amid the crisis
Voices from the Communion, Advocacy, Diakonia, Communion Building
13 Sep
Interview with Rev. Gerardo Hands, Pastor President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Venezuela
Planting trees has become part of church life in ELCT: (from the right) Bishop Fredrik Shoo, Rev. Faustine Kahwa, Rev. Solomon Massawe and students attending confirmation classes preparing for a tree planting in Tanzania's Northern Diocese. Photo: ELCT
10 Sep
A passion for creation
Creation - Not for Sale, Season of Creation, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Tanzania
10 Sep
Planting trees has become part of church life in ELCT: When confirmation classes begin their two-year course, there is a gathering at which the confirmands each plant ten trees which they take care...
Participants of the 2019 Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders with LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge and LWF Area Secretaries. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
9 Sep
Being “a church for others”
Ronel, LWF member churches, member church, Member Churches, ELCA, Evangelical Church of the River Plate (IERP), Lutheran Church in Korea, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ghana, Bolivian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church
9 Sep
(LWI) - To be the church is to care for people in need. This was one of the main observations when eleven recently elected Lutheran church leaders met in Geneva and Wittenberg, to exchange about...
Amare Mulaw and his family, showing his ‘Lutheran’ corn. Photo: LWF/ Yitbarek FREW
6 Sep
A corn named “Lutheran”
development, Climate, Climate Change, emergency
6 Sep
Amare Mulaw and his family, showing his ‘Lutheran’ corn. Photo: LWF/ Yitbarek FREW ...