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Guatemalan Lutheran church leader Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Cabrera (right) and Anneli Rogeman, We Effect, at the 2017 Lobbyist for Change prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo Ola Richardsson/We Effect"
14 Nov
‘The prize gives us hope’
Human Rights, indigenous people
14 Nov
Guatemalan Lutheran church leader José Pilar Álvarez receives 2017 Lobbyist for Change Award
Archbishop Christopher Prowse of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and LCA Bishop John Henderson have signed a joint statement issued to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Photo: Ben Macmahon
14 Nov
An opportunity to talk about God in new ways
Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, ecumenical relations, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
14 Nov
Lutherans and Roman Catholics in Australia marked the 500th anniversary of the launching of the Reformation by pledging to renew the church together.
Photo: WCC/Sean Hawkey
13 Nov
Global church leaders urge COP23 to take action
COP23, Climate Justice, WCC, ACT Alliance
13 Nov
The needs of the most vulnerable countries must be prioritized
The statement was delivered by faith leaders on bicycles, promoting sustainable lifestyles. Photo: WCC/Sean Hawkey.
11 Nov
“Walk on Earth Gently”
COP23, Climate Justice
11 Nov
LWF joins multi-faith invitation to promote sustainable lifestyles
Naser Haghamed, Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Relief Worldwide and Maria Immonen, World Service Director, The Lutheran World Federation shake hands after renewing the Memorandum of Understanding. Photo: Islamic Relief Worldwide
10 Nov
Landmark faith partnership in aid work renewed
Islamic Relief Worldwide, Department for World Service, Interagency
10 Nov
Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Lutheran World Federation have renewed their landmark commitment to working together on humanitarian causes.
High-level guests at the church service marking the return of the Cathedral St Peter and Paul. Photo: ELKRAS/Elena Djakiwa
9 Nov
A day of reconciliation in Moscow
Reformation 2017, Reformation 500, church growth and sustainability, Lutheran identity
9 Nov
25 October was a special day for Archbishop Dietrich Brauer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia (ELKR).
LCP President Rev. Antonio D. Reyes (second right) joins officials of the Philippine Lutheran Youth League and the young reformers at the commemorative plaque renaming the century-old tamarind tree as the LCP Tree. Photo: Ely Hernandez
8 Nov
‘Luther Gardens’ in the Philippines
Living Reformation projects, Global Young Reformers Network, young reformers, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
8 Nov
Young Reformers in the Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) are keeping the spirit of the 500-year-old Reformation alive by teaching members to become good stewards of God’s creation.
The commemoration of the 500th Reformation anniversary in Myanmar included a worship service, symposium and a common meal in Yangon. From the left: Rev. Peter Hoi Be, Myanmar Lutheran Church general secretary and Bishop Dr Andrew Mang Lone; LWF regional representative for Southeast Asia, Mr David Mueller and Ms Beth Mueller. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Isaac Htun.
7 Nov
Prayers for reconciliation and religious freedom
Reformation 500, inlcusive communion, Mekong Mission Forum
7 Nov
Lutheran churches in Myanmar host festive Reformation anniversary
Khadija in her home. Photo: LWF Kenya-Djibouti
7 Nov
“Hagadera is my home now”
Elderly, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Women's Stories
7 Nov
Interview with a refugee in Dadaab
Thousands of climate activists from across the world took to the streets of Bonn just before the start of the UN climate conference COP23. Photo: WCC/Sean Hawkey
6 Nov
Creation – not for sale
COP23, Climate Justice, Climate
6 Nov
LWF youth delegation at COP23 in Bonn, Germany
A young girl, refugee from South Sudan, studies in Adjumani, Northern Uganda. Lack of sanitation threatens the improving school enrolment for girls. Photo: LWF/ M. Renaux
3 Nov
An issue of dignity
Child Protection, girls, Hygiene, Sanitation, Education
3 Nov
Improved sanitation to keep female students in school in Uganda
A service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was held at Westminster Abbey, London. From left: the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, the Reverend Isabelle Hamley, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the PCPCU Secretary Bishop Dr. Brian Farrell, the Dean of Westminster Rev. Dr John Hall. Photo: Andrew Dunsmore/Westminster Abbey
31 Oct
‘A decisive moment for all churches’
JDDJ, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Reformation 500
31 Oct
Special service commemorates 500 years of the Reformation at the Westminster Abbey.
Participants prepare for the 31 October 2016 prayer service in Lund Cathedral, Sweden. The Salvadoran cross used for the event depicts the Triune God’s creative, reconciling and sanctifying work. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
31 Oct
Pastoral responsibility toward sharing of the Eucharist
Reformation 500, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, From Conflict to Communion
31 Oct
Joint LWF - PCPCU statement on Reformation Day 2017
Global Commemoration of the Reformation, Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Oct
Live broadcast on Reformation Day
Reformation 2017
30 Oct
Worship with ten churches in six continents
Presiding Bishop Jerzy Samiec (fourth from right) and other church leaders during the Reformation 500 commemoration in Poland. Photo: ELCAC
30 Oct
Church's strength, “never an issue of its numbers”
Reformation 500
30 Oct
LWF General Secretary at Commemoration of Reformation Anniversary in Poland
A volunteer accompanies a child during a 500for500 summer camp in 2016. Photo: Kazydy
27 Oct
Inspired by the spirit of ‘not being indifferent’
Reformation 500, Global Young Reformers Network
27 Oct
Russian young reformers build sponsor system for children to mark Reformation anniversary.
Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén (left) with LWF and Catholic Church leaders during a press conference for the October 2016  joint commemoration in Lund, Sweden. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
27 Oct
‘I am not ashamed of the gospel’ 
Reformation 500, Reformation 2017
27 Oct
The Church of Sweden is commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with week-long celebrations.
IERP General Secretary Rev. Sonia Skupch speaks at an ecumenical event in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: WCC/ Albin Hillert
26 Oct
It is about freedom
Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
26 Oct
500th anniversary of the Reformation in Argentina.
EELCO youth clear church grounds where new trees will be planted. Photo: Cedrick Y. Kitwa
25 Oct
One tree at a time
Youth, Democratic Republic of Congo, Global Young Reformers Network, Living Reformation projects
25 Oct
Young Reformers turn attention to deforestation in Congo
A group discussion on religion and the public space during the Asian Lutheran Identity Seminar in Hong Kong. Photo: LWF/S. Lawrence
24 Oct
Reformation is a catalyst to stand against oppressive systems in Asia
Lutheran identity, Religious life and public space in Asia, Reformation 500
24 Oct
Lutheran identity seminar on the church in the public space
The Augsburg Peace Festival has been celebrated every year since 1650. Every three years since 1985 the Augsburg Peace Prize “for special achievements promoting areas of interconfessional agreement” has been jointly awarded by the City of Augsburg and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. Photo: Ruth Plössel.
20 Oct
Augsburg Peace Prize awarded to LWF General Secretary
Augsburg Peace Prize, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary
20 Oct
Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Foundation (LWF), was awarded the Augsburg Peace Prize for 2017 in Augsburg, Germany.
Prof. Theodor Dieter, director, LWF Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. Photo: Biersack
19 Oct
Strasbourg Institute director Dieter to receive 2017 Ratzinger Prize
Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, JDDJ, Prize
19 Oct
Lutheran ecumenist Prof. Theodor Dieter will receive the 2017 Ratzinger Prize on 18 November.
Participants in the Africa Region Advocacy Training Workshop on Gender and Child Rights in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo: Emmanuel Kimweri, ELCT Upendo Radio
13 Oct
Integrity, the hallmark of a prophetic church leader
Economic justice, Gender Justice, Diakonia, Children's rights
13 Oct
LWF President Archbishop Musa speaks at African region workshop on gender and child rights
A girl from Somalia studies in an LWF primary school, Ali Addeh camp, Djibouti. LWF strongly advocated for girl’s education and against early marriage. Photo: LWF/ Heléne Wikström
13 Oct
“Education is light, ignorance is darkness”
Education, DWS Kenya, Refugees
13 Oct
Refugees speak about the importance of education for girls
Delegates at the Church of Norway youth synod where the Young Reformers presented their initiative about young people's involvement in the church. Photo: Church of Norway
13 Oct
The ‘Reformer Today’ is about the church’s future
Reformation 2017, Reformation 500, Global Young Reformers Network, young reformers
13 Oct
Youth in the Church of Norway have initiated nation-wide conversations on the ongoing reformation of the church and the changing role of its young people, calling for space to talk about faith and tak
Rev. Yonas Yigezu Dibisa, EECMY President. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
12 Oct
With passion for the gospel and discipleship
capacity building, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500, church growth and sustainability
12 Oct
Interview with Ethiopian church leader Yonas Yigezu Dibisa
Lantern on Reformation Assembly 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Oct
A global journey of commemoration
Reformation 2017, Reformation anniversary 2017
11 Oct
LWF broadcasts a live-stream of worship services from its seven regions on Reformation Day