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Chapel of Geneva’s Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Mar
COVID-19: Being fully the church in times of Coronavirus
Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Public theology, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, Reformation in global perspectives, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
19 Mar
As restrictions to contain the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak spread to countries around the globe, LWF leaders have written to all member churches reflecting on the best ways of responding...
At the river nearby the Burka Dare site for Internally Displaced People in Oromia, Ethiopia. The Lutheran World Federation supports internally displaced people in several regions of Ethiopia, through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
18 Mar
COVID-19: LWF World Service calls for donations
COVID19, coronavirus, humanitarian support, Diakonia, Refugees, emergency, World Service, WASH, Protection, WS / COVID19
18 Mar
In light of the worldwide Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the LWF humanitarian arm World Service is calling for donations to mitigate the effects in the communities it serves, and to protect...
By keeping social distance and “holding back from unnecessary contact, we are able to show our love and concern for those who are most vulnerable. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
12 Mar
COVID-19: Love and self-discipline needed to protect the vulnerable
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, coronavirus, COVID19, LWF member churches, MC/COVID19
12 Mar
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa and General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge have written to all member churches offering prayers, support and encouragement as they face up to the...
Seeking asylum is a human right, Lutheran and Catholic bishops in the Nordic countries insist and EU member States have both a legal commitment and a moral obligation to support people escaping from oppression and persecution. In the image, Oreokastro refugee camp outside of Thessaloniki, Greece. Photo: Håvard Bjelland/Kirkens Nødhjelp
11 Mar
Lutheran and Catholic leaders call on EU to support refugees
Ecumenical, refugees protection, Human Rights, Refugees, church, LWF member churches, ecumenical relations, coronavirus
11 Mar
Lutheran and Catholic bishops in the Nordic countries have issued an unprecedented joint statement urging Europe’s leaders to act responsibly towards refugees fleeing from violence and conflict...
Moments after this photograph was taken a bomb was thrown into the church. No one was harmed. Photo: IELCH
10 Mar
Molotov Bomb Thrown into Congregation In Chile
LWF member churches, bombing, Chile, Peace-building, reconciliation, Latin America and the Caribbean
10 Mar
On 27 February, the Congregation La Paz of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile was the victim of an attack during a discussion of an upcoming referendum on reforming the national Constitution of...
LWF General Secretary says he is “distressed” by the “unsettling scenes at the Turkey-EU borders, particularly in Greece, where people from Syria and from other parts of the world are being treated inhumanely and are left in an unbearable limbo. Photo: Klara Tarr/ELCH
10 Mar
Recalling Europe’s responsibility to protect refugees
refugees protection, Human Rights, Refugees, #withrefugees
10 Mar
LWF leader, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, has written to European Union heads of state reminding them of their responsibilities under the Geneva Refugee Convention.
The LWF is calling upon its member churches to work towards gender just communities, where all women and men can flourish. In this photo, participants at the Women Advocacy Training, 1st November 2019 Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
9 Mar
Strengthen efforts for gender justice and women’s empowerment
Women in Chuch and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, International Women's Rights Day, faith and women’s empowerment, Gender Justice Policy, LWF gender justice policy, women's advocacy
9 Mar
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the LWF, is urgently calling on the international community, governments and its member churches to step up their work towards gender justice and women’s...
Gender Justice is “a matter of life or death”, so both men and women must work together “to break the silence” about gender-based violence and commit to work toward gender justice. Rev Elitha Moyo, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and Rev. Dr Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
6 Mar
Men's voices vital in quest for gender justice
Women in Chuch and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, International Women's Rights Day, faith and women’s empowerment, Gender Justice Policy, LWF gender justice policy, women's advocacy
6 Mar
Gender Justice is “a matter of life or death”, so both men and women must work together “to break the silence” about gender-based violence and commit to work toward gender justice. In a message for...
Journalists interview LWF General Secretary Martin Junge following a meeting with government officials in Harare. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
5 Mar
Churches called to combat exclusion, discrimination
LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Governance, Communion, ecumenical relations, Public Space, Communion Building, Advocacy, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Zimbabwe
5 Mar
Churches around the world today are called to combat “exclusionary, discriminatory narratives and policies”, modelling instead “inclusion as Jesus taught it.” That message was at the heart of a...
A woman films the ecumenical service while LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge delivers a sermon. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
4 Mar
LWF General Secretary on solidarity visit to Zimbabwe
LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Governance, Communion, ecumenical relations
4 Mar
Zimbabwe has been suffering from drought in previous years, which has affected food production, putting corn and grain crops at risk, and destroying cattle and livestock. Close to 8 million of its...
Bishop Ibrahim Azar of ELCJHL and LWF Country representative Sieglinde Weinbrenner shake hands after signing the MOU. Photo: LWF Jerusalem
3 Mar
LWF Jerusalem centralizes its vocational training in Ramallah
Livelihoods, Jerusalem, AVH, Palestinian Territories, Palestine, vocational training, Youth, Gender, Education
3 Mar
The new LWF vocational training center in Ramallah, Palestine, is about to take shape: On Sunday, 1 March Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and...
LWF delegates at COP25 in Madrid join other faith-based organizations to pray for urgent and just action to find a way out of the climate crisis. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
26 Feb
LWF joins prayer chain for climate justice
Climate Justice, COP26, COP
26 Feb
Churches and individuals urged to take part in 10-month initiative leading up to COP26 climate summit 
Students from schools in the West Bank take part in a training workshop on environmental leadership. Photo: Adrainne Gray
21 Feb
LWF promotes religious education as a path to ecological sustainability
Creation, ecotheology, Education, Interfaith, sustainability, Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Climate
21 Feb
Over 130 professionals including representatives of the LWF, and university students, recently met at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences in Bergen, Norway, for a conference on...
Chapel of the Christian Council in Malaysia. Churches in Asia have advised their members to introduce measures at worship to ensure good hygiene, but to avoid spreading panic. Photo: LWF/C. Rendón
20 Feb
COVID-19: Churches in Asia advise for prudence in COVID19 outbreak
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Communion, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
20 Feb
LWF member churches in Asia have advised congregations to act prudently and avoid spreading panic, while introducing additional hygienic measures.
 Participants at a workshop in Nepal in December 2019 develop ideas on how to pilot the “Churches and Emergencies” program in the two target communities. Photo: LWF/NELC
19 Feb
Nepal: Ready to respond to those in need
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, disaster preparedness, natural disaster, emergency response
19 Feb
The Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church has learnt much with the help of the LWF World Service Nepal program, the church has increased its capacity to prepare for and respond to such tragedies. When...
An emoji for forgiveness, selected from the proposals submitted in a campaign by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Photo: ELCF
17 Feb
Finland: New emoji for forgiveness presented
Communications, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, forgiveness, reconciliation, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy
17 Feb
Two hands showing the "thumbs up" gesture in front of a heart – this is the winner of the emoji campaign launched by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and its partners last year...
Rev. Toshiki Toma (right) and Rev. Kristín Þórunn Tómasdóttir (third from left) with the congregation at Laugarnes-church in Reykjavik. Photo: Rev. Hjalti Jón Sverrisson
14 Feb
Iceland’s pastor for immigrants and asylum seekers
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, Voices from the Communion, #withrefugees
14 Feb
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Toshiki Toma, pastor in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, talks about his work providing advice and counselling to other immigrants in...
Girls in primary school in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF is working to protect their right to education and a childhood without violence. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
12 Feb
A network to stop early marriage
Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Refugees, refugee camp, girls, women and girls, Child Protection, gender-based violence, sgbv, Education
12 Feb
Zawadi was a hard-working student in primary grade 7 when her family tried to arrange a wedding against her will. Not an uncommon occurrence, says Kapis Okeya, LWF protection officer in Kakuma. “LWF...
Fadinatou Amadou Tukur (left) and Tanga Moktar (right) run a small poultry farm in the Gado refugee camp, Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
6 Feb
Africa’s forgotten crises: Strengthening regional cooperation and advocacy
Africa, Refugees, Climate Change, civil war, IDP, Angola, Burundi, CAR, Cameroon, Chad, UNOCHA, refugee camp
6 Feb
LWF Vice president: “The Lutheran family will not forget”