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The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia accompanies ex-combatants and the communities into which they are reintegrating. Here, former FARC commander "Harrison" greets Lutheran pastor Rev. John Hernández. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Sep
Colombian church leaders urge former combatants to ‘follow path of peace’
Advocacy, peace building, Conflict resolution, Colombia
3 Sep
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia issues a statement urging former combatants not to take up arms
One of 20 so-called 'green spaces' in and around the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the Far North Region, Cameroon. A five-year planting and harvest cycle ensures wood to be used as firewood, vines for building of roofs, and a step in alleviating environmental impact in and around Minawao, which hosts some 58,000 refugees from North East Nigeria. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Sep
Season of Creation: Called to be stewards of the web of life
Climate Change, Climate Justice, Creation, Creation - Not for Sale, Ecumenical, ecotheology
2 Sep
One of 20 so-called 'green spaces' in and around the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the Far North Region, Cameroon. A five-year planting and harvest cycle ensures wood to be...
Hundreds of people voted for their #forgivemoji favorite when the campaign was launched and exciting design suggestions very submitted. Photo: Forgivemoji
30 Aug
Church campaigns for forgiveness emoji
Communications, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, forgiveness, reconciliation
30 Aug
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has launched a campaign for an emoji to express forgiveness
Sisters in faith: (from left) Rev. Sybil Chetty (South Africa), Dr Christy Ponni (India), retired Bishop Dr Margot Käßmann (Germany), Dr Ziyanda Mgugudo-Sello (South Africa) and Moderator Gabriele De Bona (ELM) . Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Aug
Encouraged as sisters in faith
Theology, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Member Churches, LWF member churches, Communion Building
29 Aug
Churches should be bolder and elect women as well as men to leadership positions
Delegates follow a presentation at the 20th General Assembly of the ELCT at the Tumaini University in Makumira, near Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: ELCT/Neng’ida Lairumbe
28 Aug
LWF President Musa: The church needs 21st century "shepherds"
Advocacy, LWF President, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
28 Aug
Unity a key topic at Tanzanian church assembly, Presiding Bishop Fredrick Shoo re-elected
EECMY staff take part in the country-wide initiative to plant trees as part of the church’s commitment to care for creation and mitigate against climate change. Photo: EECMY/Abeya Wakwoya
27 Aug
Plant a tree, care for creation
environment, Season of Creation, Climate, Climate Change, Creation
27 Aug
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus recently mobilized its members in a countrywide campaign to plant more than 9 million trees in one day.
Sarah Ewoi, with a South Sudanese refugee family at Nadapal center. Photo : LWF Kenya
15 Aug
Selfless service at the front line
World Humanitarian Day, Women, Humanitarian Heroes, humanitarian worker security, WomenHumanitarians
15 Aug
Sarah Ewoi is a mother of 4, working for the Lutheran World Federation – World Service at the Nadapal Transit Centre in Kenya. For World Humanitarian day she shares what she experiences every day.
Migrants from Central America at the Mexican border in Nov 2018. Many of them have been walking for 22 hours or more. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
9 Aug
A “visionary and prophetic stand” to welcome the stranger
ELCA, Migrants, United States, Welcoming the Stranger
9 Aug
LWF thanks the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for its “visionary and prophetic stand” of declaring the denomination as a sanctuary church body.
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa addressing the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly: All Photos: Will Nunnally/ELCA
8 Aug
Call for bold witness amid withdrawal and fragmentation
LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
8 Aug
“We are Church” is the theme of the 5-10 August gathering of ELCA’s highest legislative body, taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa (second left), LCCN Abuja Bishop Dr Benjamin Fuduta (fourth left) and SOH national coordinator Rev. Dr Lesmore G. Ezekiel (third right), with SOH Ambassadors of Hope (from left to right) Osaretin Ushoma, Happiness Ehime, Ngozi Nwachuku and Kenneth Bright. Photo: ALCINET/Felix Samari
2 Aug
Interfaith network to counter human trafficking launched in Nigeria
Human Beings - Not for Sale, advocacy training, Interfaith, Advocacy
2 Aug
The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria has inaugurated a nationwide interfaith network to help different stakeholders mitigate the impact of irregular migration and human trafficking in the country.
Participants at the LWF advocacy training workshop in San José, Costa Rica, 14-16 July.  Photo: LWF/F. Wilches
30 Jul
LWF rolls out Advocacy Handbook in Central America
advocacy training, Central America, Human Rights, Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Peace-building
30 Jul
The persecution and killing of human rights defenders, and the exercise of religious freedom in Central America under the spotlight at a training workshop in San José, Costa Rica, rolling out the the...
As part of the events to mark the tenth anniversary of the coup, Lutherans held a public prayer service at the spot where the first fatal victim of the coup was killed. Riot police and army surrounded the event as a memorial cross was carried to the center of the capital city afterwards. All photos: LWF/S.Hawkey
29 Jul
Lutherans support struggle against repression, violence and poverty in Honduras
Peace, peace and justice, Justice, LWF member churches, Migrants, Honduras, United States, Mexico, Advocacy
29 Jul
Ten years on from the military coup against President Mel Zelaya in Honduras, the Lutheran church in the Central American nation continues to raise its voice for justice and peace in the country,...
Signatories of a new Spiritual Alliance for the Climate gather in Santiago, Chile on 21 July. Photo: Monserrat Madariaga/Lutheran Church in Chile
26 Jul
Faith groups in Chile launch spiritual climate alliance
Ecumenical, Advocacy, Youth, Climate, Interfaith
26 Jul
Ecumenical and interfaith networks plan non-stop shared celebration, reflection and advocacy during COP25
During his visit to „Mission EineWelt“ in Neuendettelsau, Germany, LWF President Panti Filibus Musa (2nd from right) also participated in the church service together with the center's directors (from left) Hanns und Gabriele Hoerschelmann during which Ulrike und Reinhard Hansen (Head: Mission and Intercultural Studies, Head: Africa Desk) concluded their duties with the center. Claus Heim (Regional Secretary for Tanzania and Kenya) also participated in the service. Photo: Mission EineWelt
26 Jul
Tapping into untapped potentials
Waking the Giant, SDGs, SDG, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, LWF President
26 Jul
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa explained the background to the LWFs Waking the Giant initiative during a study conference of „Mission EineWelt“.
Painter and consulting artist Dogari Samson teaches children how to make drawings as a way to share messages of peace. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Jul
’It’s all interlinked’ – LWF Cameroon supports livelihoods and education for CAR refugees
Cameroon, Diakonia
24 Jul
Education for peace and social cohesion ...
KELC South Coast Church District Gender Justice public participation forum in Mombasa, Kenya. Photo: L. Mwololo
19 Jul
Kenya moving towards gender equality in church and society
Gender Justice, Women Ordination, faith and women’s empowerment, Women in Chuch and Society, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
19 Jul
Rev. Catherine Ngina Musau, head of the Gender Justice Program in the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church says the status of women in her country is improving gradually but there are still challenges...
LWF Third International Lay Leaders’ Seminar, held from 27 June to 6 July in Geneva and Wittenberg. Participants Mabel Ngee-fui Ho (Malaysia), Melkion Panuaitan (Indonesia) and Anna Christine Ursula Unruh-lungfiel (Germany). Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Jul
Reinforcing the contribution of lay people to the church
Lay people, Leadership, church growth and sustainability, Wittenberg, General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy, United Nations
18 Jul
Lutherans from 16 countries participated in the Lutheran World Federation’s 3rd International Lay Leaders’ Seminar which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, and Wittenberg, Germany, from 27 June to 6...
Plenary at the conference in Nairobi entitled ‘Laudato Si’ Generation: Young People Caring for our Common Home’ Photo: Helmut Fluhrer
17 Jul
Lutheran youth delegate calls for urgent climate action
Climate Change, Advocacy, Youth, Ecumenical, Interfaith
17 Jul
Young German environmental activist joins ecumenical and interfaith participants at Laudato Si’ conference in Kenya ...
"Taxation and Reparation. Tools for promoting equity, climate justice & an economy of life. A side event at the UN High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs." Photo: ELCA/Rebecca Anderson
16 Jul
LWF and ecumenical partners launch Zacchaeus campaign for tax justice
Advocacy, NIFEA, Zacchaeus Project, WCC, WCRC, CWM, United Nations
16 Jul
A new, ecumenical campaign advocating for tax justice was launched on 11 July at the United Nations in New York City. The “Zacchaeus Project” is a part of the New International Financial and Economic...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge participated in the opening worship of the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and addressed the convention, offering greetings and insights from the LWF. Photo: ELCIC Communications.
16 Jul
The church belongs to the present and has a future
Women Ordination, Youth Participation, Women in Ordained Ministry, LWF member churches, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)
16 Jul
Addressing the 2019 National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan, on 12 July, the General Secretary said that in times “marked by profound change” which...
International guests move from the Town Church to the premises of the LWF Center Wittenberg and the ELCA Wittenberg Center during the joint anniversary celebrations. Photo: GNC/LWF Florian Hübner
15 Jul
Wittenberg: Bringing together people from all over the world
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, GNC, Theology, theological formation
15 Jul
The LWF Wittenberg Center, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
2018 Women Human's Right training. Photo: LWF/George Arende
12 Jul
LWF announces scholarships in theology, development and diakonia
Scholarships, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, capacity building, theological formation, development, Training
12 Jul
LWF is calling for scholarship applications for studies and training related to theological, diaconal and development work.
Members of the Executive Committee of the ELCT Women's Department display their national banner. All Photos: ELCT Communication/Evans Ayo
11 Jul
Tanzania: Towards full women’s inclusion in the ordained ministry
Women in Ordained Ministry, Ordained Ministry, inlcusive communion, Leadership, women in leadership
11 Jul
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania recently marked three decades of women’s ordination by celebrating the more than 300 female clergy in the church, and urging the church to ensure...
The LWF was part of a delegation that recxently met with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Mukwege Foundation
10 Jul
Call for state responsibility in fight against sexual violence in DRC
conflict, gender-based violence, Violence, Women, women's advocacy, Advocacy
10 Jul
The LWF is among five civil society organizations calling on the DRC government to urgently assume its fundamental obligation to combat sexual violence in a country where the rape of women and girls...