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For the most vulnerable people access to sufficient and clean water is essential at times of climate change as well as during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In Minawao camp, a young woman waits for her bucket to fill up at one of the tapstands. The Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the North region of Cameroon, hosts some 58,000 refugees from North East Nigeria. The refugees are supported by the Lutheran World Federation, together with a range of partners. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Apr
Earth Day: Acting to prevent hardship and suffering in the future
Climate, Climate Change, Earth Day, Climate Justice, COP, COP26, Interfaith, COVID19, coronavirus
22 Apr
Observing today’s Earth Day, the LWF, together with other inter-faith groups active at UNFCCC conferences has issued a statement. It calls on the UNFCCC, all governments, and all people, to build...
Displaced Rohingya living in Ohn Taw Gyi (South) camp, Rakhine/ Myanmar. Photos: LWF/ I. Htun
22 Apr
Extreme concern after deadly attack on health care workers in Myanmar
coronavirus, Protection, country programs, emergency response, humanitarian, Refugees, IDP, internally displaced people, security, WS / COVID19
22 Apr
The LWF together with 15 aid organizations has expressed “shock and sadness” upon receiving the news of a fatal shooting incident involving a vehicle of the World Health Organization (WHO) carrying...
LWF Global Young Reformers Erika Rodning (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada) and Fernanda Zuñiga (Lutheran Church in Chile) during a march through the streets of central Madrid as part of a public contribution to the United Nations climate meeting COP25, urging decision-makers to take action for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Apr
Earth Day: Rethinking our ecological footprint
LWF member churches, Climate, Climate Change, Earth Day, Climate Justice, COP, COP25
22 Apr
Earth Day which is observed on 22 April was an occasion for two young climate activists to measure their ecological footprint. Observed since 1970 and promoted by the United Nations as the...
The executive secretary of the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India, Rev. Joshuva Peter, says the disease “is exposing once again India’s deep economic divide” with the country’s poorest people being hardest hit by restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of infections. Photo: Vinod Baluchamy/UELCI.
20 Apr
COVID-19: Indian churches stand with poorest communities
COVID19, coronavirus, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, Economic justice, LWF member churches
20 Apr
UELCI appeals for support to help member churches continue vital work with those worst affected by pandemic
Churches have structures in place and contact to communities that are a great asset in containing the spread of COVID-19. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Apr
COVID-19: LWF launches Rapid Response Fund for member churches
coronavirus, COVID19, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Communion Office, emergency response
17 Apr
The LWF has launched a Rapid Response Fund to help member churches struggling with unprecedented challenges posed by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Supplies of hand sanitizers, masks and other hygiene products ready for distribution by volunteers of the Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Hong Kong. Photo: ELCHK
16 Apr
COVID-19: Health and faith partnership to promote factual information and reduce fear
Interfaith, Theology, Lutheran theology, Advocacy, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Worship, COVID19, coronavirus
16 Apr
The LWF welcomes a recent guide by the World Health Organization (WHO) outlining the critical role of religious leader in disseminating accurate information, reducing fear and stigma and ensuring...
Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
14 Apr
COVID-19: Solidarity prayers during the 50 days of Easter
Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Easter, Worship, Communion, Communion Building, COVID19, coronavirus
14 Apr
The LWF continues its prayer solidarity with churches and individuals around the world during the COVID-19 global pandemic with a 50-day Easter guide “Rejoice Now All the Earth!”
Volunteers at the Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Hong Kong prepare supplies to distribute to local people in need. All Photos: ELCHK
7 Apr
COVID-19: Church brings hope amid hardship in Hong Kong
Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus
7 Apr
While largely confined to their homes and limited to online worship, volunteers at a Lutheran church in Hong Kong have also been providing a practical and spiritual lifeline to people suffering from...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
7 Apr
COVID-19: LWF offers liturgies for Holy Week and Easter
Easter, Easter Sunday, Good Friday, Maundy Thursday, Common Prayer, coronavirus, COVID19, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion, Worship, Lutheran theology
7 Apr
The LWF proposes the Holy Week and Easter Worship in a time of physical distancing in several languages [link] for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.
LWF staff in Minawao refugee camp, Cameroon. More than 90 percent of the 8,000 LWF field staff are from the countries they work in, and often part of the communities they serve. Photo: LWF/ A. Hillert
6 Apr
COVID-19: Difficult realities “becoming even more challenging”
coronavirus, COVID19, Diakonia, emergency operation, Protection, refugees protection, country programs, WS / COVID19
6 Apr
LWF WS director Maria Immonen has sent a letter to the staff in humanitarian and development operations, encouraging them during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Rev Kersten Storch is a spiritual counselor with the Protestant Church in the Netherlands who works in a home with people living with dementia. Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash
3 Apr
COVID-19: Routine helps people with dementia during coronavirus isolation
Voices from the Communion, COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building
3 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion spiritual counselor, Rev Kersten Storch of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, discusses how dementia disease may make it difficult for people to understand...
Participants of the LWFs 19th International Seminar for pastors held at the LWF Center Wittenberg in March 2019 connect via video conference. Photo: Michael Grimmsmann
1 Apr
COVID-19: Encouraging each other in a time of need
COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Lutheran theology, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Wittenberg, member relations, Communion, Identity, Lutheran identity
1 Apr
A group of 20 pastors from 17 countries has developed into a stable network to share fears and concerns, encourage each other and exchange new ideas for church work, especially now because of the...
Ceiling of the UN Human Rights Council, by Spanish painter Miquel Barceló. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
31 Mar
HRC: LWF advocates for the rights of the most vulnerable
Advocacy, Human Rights, land rights, Palestine, Angola, Climate Justice, UPR, UNHRC
31 Mar
At the 43rd session of the UNHRC, the LWF organized a side event on access to health and delivered oral statements on climate change and human rights, two issues which LWF has identified as being of...