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Acolytes of the Lutheran Church in Liberia prepare to lead the march protesting all forms of violence in the Thursdays in Black campaign. All photos: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
13 Dec
Liberia’s Thursdays in Black campaign amplifies efforts to end gender-based violence
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Advocacy, Women, women's advocacy, women and girls, Gender Justice Policy, gender-based violence
13 Dec
...The launch of a Thursdays in Black campaign by the Lutheran Church in Liberia recently was a public call for action against violence directed at women and girls.
A crop of jatropha, an oil fruit used for biofuel production in central Mozambique. Photo: Justa Paz
10 Dec
Nothing to extract from the golden oil fruit
land rights, Mozambique
10 Dec
Mozambican land rights advocates seek justice for victims of risky investments deals
The LWF has urged members of the global community of states to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights today by reaffirming commitment to the declaration and to safeguarding freedom, justice and peace in the world. LWF general secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge (left) and LWF President Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus (right). Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Dec
70 years on: Upholding the dignity of every human being
Human Rights Day
10 Dec
LWF urges global community of states to safeguard the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Part of the LWF delegation to COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Back row L-R: Sindri Geir Oskarsson, Helena Merle Funk, Wylie Cook, Romario Dohmann. Front row L-R Pranita Biswasi, Gloria Marthalena Samosir, Khulekani Magwaza. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
7 Dec
Climate change destroys livelihoods and ecosystems, LWF delegates remind world leaders
Climate intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, COP24, Youth, Climate, Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale
7 Dec
The planet’s future lies in the balance as world leaders, civil society and climate activists meet in Katowice, a coal mining town in Poland, to figure out how to implement the Paris Agreement on curb
Young people: "The St. Stephen Episcopal Church choir performs at the launch of the Waking the Giant initiative at the Liberia Council of Churches General Assembly in Monrovia, Liberia. Photos: LWF/John Healey
5 Dec
Government thanks Liberia’s faith-based organizations for education and peacebuilding
Waking the Giant, Advocacy, DMD, SDGs, peace building, Education
5 Dec
The Liberian government has commended faith-based organizations for their critical role in providing education and enhancing peace building in the country.
The CCME and CEC representatives presented the Christmas statement to First Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness in Brussels. Photo: CEC/Naveen Qayyum
4 Dec
European church leaders call for welcome of migrants in Christmas statement
Migrants, Welcoming the Stranger, Europe, Migration, Leadership
4 Dec
The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe has issued a statement calling on political leaders, churches and European citizens to work toward a more inclusive and welcoming society.
Württemberg Bishop Dr Frank O. July is installed as the new chairperson of the German National Committee, in Hanover, Germany. Photo: GNC
3 Dec
LWF welcomes Bishop July’s election as chairperson of the German National Committee
Leadership, election, German National Committee, GNC
3 Dec
The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa welcomes the election of Württemberg Bishop Frank O.
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.
(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
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 need
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 viole
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.
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 Yo
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 id
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 Europe
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.