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In Voices from the Communion, LoeRose Mbise of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania says education and awareness-raising are critical if violence against women and girls is to be tackled. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Aug
Supporting women and girls in the struggle to end violence
Voices from the Communion, council, Council 2018, women and girls, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, child marriage, gender-based violence, Women, girls, Education, schools
16 Aug
In a video interview for Voices from the Communion, LWF Council member LoeRose Mbise, who works as general secretary of a diocese of the church, talks about the distressing effect of child marriage an
Celebration of the 500 years of Reformation at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Photo: Tsion Alemayehu
16 Aug
New peace initiative in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Ethiopia, Peace agreement, Joint Declaration, Peace, civil war, Member Churches, Conflict resolution, conflict, inter-religious relations
16 Aug
LWF set to launch a new initiative to reduce escalating religious tension in Ethiopia, in an expression of its mandate to promote peace.
An instructor teaches the capoeira drum beat to young women in the peace oasis. All photos: LWF/ E. Massel
14 Aug
Bring out the bravery in everyone
Za'atari Refugee Camp, Jordan, LWF Peace Oasis, Refugees. Displaced person, women and girls
14 Aug
The community center run by the LWF has been training refugee girls and young women in the Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, music and acrobatics.
Asmita Nyasur, an indigenous woman in Nepal, used financial support provided by LWF Nepal to recover from the 2015 earthquake. Photo: LWF/Ram Sharan Sedhai
9 Aug
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Nepal, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Dalits, Nepal earthquake, Women
9 Aug
August 9 is International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Participants in the LWF Peace Messenger Training tour the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Friday September 22, 2017 while visiting holy sites in the Old City. Photo: ELCJHL/Ben Gray
7 Aug
Lutherans concerned about Jewish nation-state law
Israel, Palestine, Palestinian Territories, member church, Jerusalem, Peace-building, AVH, East Jerusalem
7 Aug
ELCJHL Bishop Azar: law excludes other religious groups
A demonstration by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, under the theme “The church says no to violence!” the image was widely shared on social media to advocate for peace. Photo: ZCC
3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe advocate against violence
Member Churches, Advocacy, Violence, Peace, Peace-building, church, election, Africa
3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe have spoken up against the shooting of unarmed protesters after the elections.
LAC and Nicaraguan youth during an artistic project for the environment with LWF. Young people are largely affected by the violence currently happening in Nicaragua. Photo: LWF/ Chelsea Macek
2 Aug
LWF concerned about rising violence in Nicaragua
Central America, ACT, Nicaragua, conflict, Violence, Peace, peace building, Youth, Justice, Latin America and the Caribbean
2 Aug
LWF has expressed concern about rising violence in Nicaragua
ELCCo Presiding Bishop René Mwamba Sumaili offers a gift to Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania General Secretary Brighton Killewa (left). Third from right is ELCCo General Secretary, Gilbert Ilunga Nkasa Talwa. Photo: LWF/Gracia Rubona
2 Aug
Thanksgiving and prayers for Evangelical Lutheran Church in Congo
member church, Mission, DRC, Congo, Africa, Martin Junge, General Secretary, visit, Anniversary
2 Aug
50th jubilee marked with weekend of festivities
Commission members in front of Strasbourg Cathedral. Photo: LWF
30 Jul
Catholic-Lutheran dialogue phase concluded
ecumenical relations, Lund 2016, PCPCU, Pope Francis, dialogue, Lutheran-Catholic, Ecumenical
30 Jul
Nine year process to result in study report
The construction site of the new health center, which will benefit about 14,00 Congolese refugees and nearby host communities. Photo: LWF Angola
27 Jul
LWF improves health care for refugees in Angola
Violence, Angola, health care, conflict, Refugees
27 Jul
Better access to health care: the LWF is constructing a health center in Lovua refugee settlement, northern Angola.
The prospect of a better education is more likely for Ma Khin Nu, seven, a resident of the Ohn Taw Gyi camp, Myanmar. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Isaac Kyaw Htun Hla
18 Jul
Hands up for better education in Myanmar
Education, Rakhine Crisis, Church of Sweden, ACT Alliance, Australian Lutheran World Relief
18 Jul
LWF provides education for children excluded from formal system
Guatemalan rights defender Maria Corina Ramirez Hernandez is trying to protect the environment as much as the indigenous people. Photo: LWF/Stéphane Gallay
17 Jul
Guatemalan, Bolivian human rights defenders present at UN
land rights, Human Rights, women's rights, land-grabbing, Minorities and Indigenous People, indigenous people
17 Jul
Maria Corina Ramirez Hernandez, a Mayan, is a member of the Guatemala Lutheran Church, a member of the LWF, and was in Geneva to present at the annual meeting of the UN’s Expert Mechanism on the Right
The news of the peace agreement “comes like a gentle rain falling down on people around the world thirsting for a message of peace”, LWF General Secretary Junge writes. Photo: LWF/ C.Kästner
13 Jul
A powerful message of peace
Peace agreement, Joint Declaration, Peace, civil war, Member Churches, General Secretary Martin Junge, General Secretary
13 Jul
On 9 July 2018, the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia, ending civil war, and opening diplomatic relations for the firs
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jul
Populism, violence, family separation under spotlight
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12 Jul
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues.
LWF encourages member churches to apply for scholarships. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
11 Jul
LWF call for scholarship applications
Scholarships, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, capacity building, theological formation, development, Training
11 Jul
LWF is calling for scholarship applications for studies and training related to theological, diaconal and development work.
Steering committee of the Women’s human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations. Photo: LWF/George Arende
10 Jul
“Cooperation is a strength and a powerful signal”
Women, Human Rights, faith-based organizations, WICAS, Women’s human rights advocacy training, UN Women
10 Jul
LWF General Secretary welcomes partnership between FBOs and UN on women’s rights
Jillian Aballe (World Council of Churches), Christine Löw (UN Women Geneva liaison office) and Christine Mangale (Lutheran Office for World Community) sit on a panel during the women's human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations, held in Geneva. Photo: LWF/George Arende
5 Jul
Putting women’s rights on the UN agenda
Women, Human Rights, faith-based organizations, WICAS, Women’s human rights advocacy training, UN Women
5 Jul
Feminist faith actors will be critical to ensuring the Sustainable Development Goals are implemented, the director of the UN Women liaison office in Geneva has told a women’s human rights training run
Ms Vera Tkach, chairperson of the Ad-hoc Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice, presents the resolution on Nigeria to the LWF council. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
4 Jul
Deep concern about escalating violence in Nigeria
Council 2018, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, African Lutheran Information and Communication Network (ALCINET), LWF President, Climate Change, Nigeria
4 Jul
The Council calls on the government of Nigeria to halt further violence, and initiate a peace process.
Members of the LWF Council welcome three new members to the communion. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Jul
LWF welcomes three new churches to the communion
council, Council 2018, Governance, LWF member churches
3 Jul
The LWF Council has voted to welcome with joy three new member churches to the LWF.
LWF President Musa and WCC General Secretary Tveit meeting at the LWF Council 2018 in Geneva. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Jul
Ecumenical greetings to 2018 Council
council, Council 2018, ecumenical greetings, Anglican-Lutheran relations, Pentecostal-Lutheran relations, Menonite-Lutheran relations, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations, World Council of Churches
3 Jul
LWF ecumenical partners have praised the LWF for deep commitment to ecumenism in greetings to the LWF 2018 Council.
Today LWF Council members voted to approve the new strategy for the years 2019 to 2024. Council 2018, Geneva (Switzerland). Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Jul
“With Passion for the Church and for the World”
Council 2018, council, resolution, Council resolution, Public Statement
2 Jul
The new strategy of the LWF for the years 2019 to 2024 was approved by the LWF Council today.
Religion is a vital component in the lives of many refugees. New guidelines will attune humanitarian work to the needs of people of faith. Photo: Christian Jepsen, taken in Zaa'atri in January 2018
30 Jun
Faith-sensitive humanitarian guidelines take center stage at UNHCR-NGO side event
Islamic Relief Worldwide, psychosocial support
30 Jun
A new manual on faith-sensitive humanitarian action published by the LWF and IRW was the focus of a side event today at annual consultations held by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, with NGOs.