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Rev. Karla Steilmann, centre, with Dr. Vidal Rodriguez (Spain) and Nun Aura Guadalupe Ortega (Guatemala), who were both representing the Theological Education Institution. Photo: LWF
31 May
“Listening to different ways of thinking”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, inter-religious dialogue, vatican
31 May
Young Catholics pose the same questions of the church and their role within the church as young people of any other confession.
Bishop Samiec, left, receives the award recognising his efforts to improve relations between his native Poland and Germany. Photo: Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland
28 May
Polish bishop Samiec Awarded for Work on Polish-German Reconciliation
Peace, reconciliation, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland
28 May
Actively working for justice, peace and reconciliation in the public space
The document on ecumenical diakonia is meant to clarify the understanding of diakonia and provide a common platform for acting and reflecting together. – The Vesper Church in Stuttgart has been a venue for local diaconal action. Photo: Gottfried Stoppel
24 May
New ecumenical study aims to strengthen diakonia
Diakonia, Diakonia Network, internally displaced people, Refugees, WCC, ACT Alliance
24 May
A new document on Ecumenical Diakonia, fruit of the collaboration by ACT, LWF, and WCC, aims to clarify the understanding of diakonia and provide a common platform for acting and reflecting together.
Participants to the LAC leadership conference. Photo: LWF/Eugenio Albrecht
18 May
Promoting good leadership in the Lutheran churches of the Americas
Leadership, theological formation, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
18 May
“The Lutheran doctrine is the same, but the social contexts differ”
In the wake of the church bombings in Surabaya, young people from the LWF member churches in Indonesia came together and lit 1000 candles, as a symbol of their solidarity with those affected, and also to push back terrorism in all forms. The youth pray that peace will prevail in Indonesia. Photo: National Committee of the LWF in Indonesia
16 May
A voice for peace following bombings in Indonesia
Public Statement, Statement, General Secretary Martin Junge, Violence, Conflict resolution, Terrorism, bombing
16 May
Following terror attacks at three churches and a police station in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Sunday and Monday, the National Committee of the LWF in Indonesia issued a statement calling for peace and st
A Laotian woman with a piglet provided by the LWF. Photo: LWF
16 May
Growing vegetables, raising livestock in Laos
farming, Microcredit, DWS Laos, Livelihoods, loans, agriculture program
16 May
In Donemai, a village in the highlands of Laos, no-one has a permanent job or reliable income. Everyone more or less looks after themselves.
An olive tree, symbolizing peace, in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
14 May
Call for de-escalation of violence in the Holy Land
Public Statement, Statement, General Secretary Martin Junge, Violence, Human Rights, Conflict resolution
14 May
LWF expresses dismay, on statement, over the escalating violence and disproportionate use of force against demonstrators at the Gaza border which has led to the death of 41 people and more than 1700 p
Malagasy Lutheran Church representatives: overseas mission coordinator Rakotondramiadana Holiharifetra, vice president Rev. Andrianjafy Octave Benil, and pastor Rev. Ravaka Ratovohery. Photo: LWF/P. Lok
14 May
African pastors serving Lutherans in Thailand
Member Churches, member relations, cross-regional relationships, south-south cooperation
14 May
Two Lutheran World Federation churches are breaking the traditional mission partnership mold.
10 May 2017, Windhoek, Namibia: Bishop Ernst Gamxamub from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia distributes bread during Holy Communion at the opening worship of the Lutheran World Federation's Twelfth Assembly.  Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 May
An assembly the communion remembers with gratitude
12th Assembly, Assembly, Assembly 2017
10 May
Looking back to the Twelfth LWF Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia
Pröpstin Astrid Kleist (left ) and Prof. Dr Puleng LenkaBula (center) in discussion during the conference in Berlin. Photo: LWF/ A. Weyermüller
8 May
Rediscovering the meaning of democracy
DTPW, Advocacy, Public Space, Ecumenical, inter-religious dialogue, inter-religious relations, Interfaith
8 May
„May God bless us with the feeling of being uncomfortable when the answers become too easy,” Singo Maibongwe from the United Theological College Harare in Zimbabwe prayed during a morning devotion of
Members of the LWF Theological Education and Formation advisory group stand before the Lund Cross in the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
7 May
Opening doors to Lutheran theological education
Theology, Education, Lutheran theology, 12th Assembly, LWF member churches
7 May
In many parts of the world, Lutheran theological education is inaccessible.
Rev. Jongkolnee Sampachanyanon Sim receives the blessing from bishop Rt. Rev. Amnuay Yodwong. Photo: LWF/ P. Lok
2 May
Thailand: First Lutheran women ordained into ministry
WICAS, Women in Church and Society, Women's Ordination, church, Gender, Women
2 May
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand, a member church of the LWF, has called its first women into the ordained ministry of word and sacrament.
The UEPAL consistory meeting had a long discussion before adopting the statement. Photo: UEPAL/ Bernard Guillot
1 May
French churches push for gender equality at all levels
Gender, WICAS, Women, Youth, France, UEPAL
1 May
Statement on balance and equity between women and men in the church endorsed
Lund Cathedral, the 12th century cathedral owned by the Church of Sweden, founded in 1080 and consecrated in the 12th century. Photo: Albin Hillert/Church of Sweden
30 Apr
Lund cathedral to host first Catholic mass since reformation
Lund, Joint Commemoration, Pope Francis, Joint Statement, Five Commitments, Ecumenical, ecumenism
30 Apr
“Called to witness together to God’s grace in this world”
Beneficiaries of the GNC/LWF scholarship program: (from left) Daniel Jara (Ecuador), Elizabeth Silayo (Tanzania), Michelle Wong (Malaysia) and Sebastian Dallmann (Germany). Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
27 Apr
“Despite all our differences we are one”
Scholarships, Communion, church, ecumenical relations
27 Apr
GNC/LWF scholarship-holders meet in Hanover
Plenary on Relationships Old and New. The Global Christian Forum gathers in Bogotá on 24-27 April 2018 under the theme of "Let mutual love continue". Here, testimony by Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka, Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations, Lutheran World Federation. Bogotá, Colombia, 25 April 2018 Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
27 Apr
“See one another with new eyes”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Christianity, Catholic, Orthodox-Lutheran, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, holy spirit, JDDJ
27 Apr
“Being reconciled as members of the same body has deepened our mutual commitment to this shared journey where we have been and continue to be led by the Holy Spirit,” Rev Dr Kaisamari Hintikka, Assist
Staff from ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid offer food to a young refugee at Beremend, along Hungary's border with Croatia. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants flowed through Hungary in 2015 on their way to western Europe from Syria, Iraq and other countries. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
26 Apr
Churches tackling the problem of populism
DTPW, Advocacy, Public Space, Ecumenical, inter-religious dialogue, inter-religious relations, Interfaith
26 Apr
A global conference bringing together church leaders hopes to find ways to counter growing populist movements that promote racism and hate crime.
The statement calls for social and climate justice, and support for climate change-hit countries. Climate change can affect weather severely. A tropical storm in El Salvador left devastated fields in its wake. Photo: LWF/M. Boulogne
25 Apr
“Fighting against the commodification of everything”
Public Statement, Statement, Climate Justice, United Nations, World Council of Churches, Creation - Not for Sale, Creation – Not for Sale, Human Beings - Not for Sale, Salvation - Not for Sale, Salvation – Not for Sale, General Secretary Martin Junge
25 Apr
LWF and ecumenical partners urge new economic system serving all
24 April 2018, Bogotá, Colombia: Welcome by local Colombian churches on opening day. The Global Christian Forum gathers in Bogotá on 24-27 April 2018 under the theme of "Let mutual love continue". Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
25 Apr
Global Christian Forum: “Let mutual love continue”
Ecumenical, LWF General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Christianity, Catholic, Orthodox-Lutheran, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, ecumenical relations
25 Apr
An important platform of relationship and trust building
Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu has been appointed new Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights
25 Apr
“We must speak out against injustice”
Human Rights, human rights defender, United Nations, Advocacy, Refugees, refugees protection
25 Apr
The Lutheran World Federation has appointed human rights expert Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu to the position of Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights.
A mother and her child in one of the LWF health centers. The child is being treated for severe malnourishment. Photo: LWF DRC
23 Apr
13 million Congolese in need of support
DRC, Refugees, IDP, malnourished food insecure, food, Water, Children, World Service, hunger
23 Apr
Humanitarian needs have doubled since 2017
Early in the morning, a boy runs amid the tents in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, located near Mafraq, Jordan. Opened in July, 2012, the camp holds upwards of 20,000 refugees from the civil war inside Syria, but its numbers are growing. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
19 Apr
Be the voices and hands of hope!
church, Refugees, Syria, Syria Crisis, Syria Crisis. Refugees, refugee camp, internally displaced people, IDP
19 Apr
The Church of Norway has issued a striking plea to the country’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg to show courage by offering a concrete welcome to refugees to the Scandinavian nation.
Campaigning for young congregation council members in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria: Synod President Annekathrin Preidel, Lisa Schaube and Paula Tiggemann. Photo: Johannes Kurt Minkus
17 Apr
Young Germans urged to run for congregation councils
election, Elections, Youth, Youth Participation
17 Apr
“Young, Protestant, with something to say?