Theological Studies

Theological Education and Formation

Theological study and reflection have been at the heart of the LWF's work since the very beginning. Three quarters of a century on, this task of pursuing key theological questions and challenges from a Lutheran perspective remains a pillar of our work and mission.

Our goal is to support the LWF’s 148 member churches as we work together to deepen our understanding of what it means to be Lutheran churches in communion within our different national and local contexts.

The Theology Unit seeks to provide leadership for the ongoing process of faith formation in the Lutheran tradition, equipping churches for a more vibrant and effective witness within contemporary society. It aims to strengthen relationships and build networks of theologians, lay and ordained leaders and students in order to share resources and create a platform for trans-contextual exchange.

An important focus of our work is to develop resources and education that promote ecotheological reflection about the care of creation, and the need to live in right relationships between ourselves and the world that God has created.

We work to achieve Gender Justice at all levels of the LWF Communion. Empowering women, created as equal in dignity, to enjoy full rights and meaningful participation and leadership at all levels within their churches is an essential part of our holistic vision. We support the work of women in the ordained ministry and theologians, especially where their contribution is not always encouraged and recognized.

Another important area of theological reflection is our work on interreligious relations, promoting dialogue in order to build trust and peaceful coexistence among members of the world’s different faith communities. We nurture reflection among faith leaders on issues such as public space and equal citizenship to discover what they mean in different contexts. This is increasingly important as we find ways to overcome destructive forces and live better together in plural societies.