Public Theology

Transformative Engagement for the Common Good

During the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Lutheran World Federation, as a global family of churches, reaffirmed that our engagement in the public space is a vital element of what it means to be Lutheran today. Public engagement is the church’s ongoing response to the freedom that is ours in Christ to love and serve our neighbour.

The work of the Public Theology program builds on the LWF’s two strategic priorities of “supporting churches’ vibrant presence and witness in the world” and “promoting human dignity justice and peace”. Our goal is to provide a space and encourage theological reflection grounded in practical congregational experience and engagement in civil society. Our intention is to present our Christian faith and values in ways that can be understood by people of all faiths and none.

By engaging with issues of common interest, we seek to build the common good and fulfil our calling to be prophetic voices for transformation within our societies. We are committed to strengthening the public space as a place of equal access, safety and meaningful participation for all, especially the marginalized and most vulnerable.


The ABC of the church’s engagement in the public space

Open-Access Public Theology Resources

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Resources and Publications

2020s Main Publications
2010s Main Publications
2000s Main Publications