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The Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity agreed to mark the 500th anniversary in 2021 together, during their annual joint staff meeting in Geneva.  From left to right: Father Dr Augustinus Sander (PCPCU), LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, PCPCU President Kurt Cardinal Koch, LWF consultant Rev. Anne Burghardt, and PCPCU Secretary Bishop Dr Brian Farrell. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Jan
Remembering history with an openness to the future
PCPCU, PCPCU President Koch, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, From Conflict to Communion, ecumenism, Lutheran-Catholic
24 Jan
The LWF and the PCPCU held their annual joint staff meeting on 14 January in Geneva. At the meeting, the LWF and the PCPCU agreed to jointly mark the 500th anniversary of the excommunication of...
A group of students at Ricks Institute play football in the schoolyard. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Jan
Liberia: Education ‘secret to post-war reconciliation’
Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building, Diakonia, Youth, Education, Waking the Giant, SDGs, SDG
24 Jan
Communities in Liberia, torn apart over recent years by civil war, are finding healing today through education programs that promote reconciliation alongside traditional teaching and agricultural...
Maria Immonen, director of LWF World Service. Photo: LWF/C.Kästner
23 Jan
World Service director to co-chair Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response
humanitarian, humanitarian support, #withrefugees, refugee, Refugees, Caritas Internationalis, emergency operation, emergency response, emergency
23 Jan
The LWF department for World Service, Maria Immonen, has been appointed vice-chair of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response.
Pogue Community, Bojayá (Chocó). Photo: LWF/ G. Moreno
22 Jan
Concern over situation in Bojayá
Diakonia, Advocacy, Women, Human Rights, human rights defender, humanitarian, Peace, peacebuilding, Peace-building, peace building, indigenous people
22 Jan
The LWF in Colombia has expressed concern over the confinement, threats and occupation which indigenous communities are suffering in the Chocó department of Colombia.
Prof. Dr Jennifer Wasmuth, Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 Jan
New prize to recognize commitment to ecumenical relations
ecumenical relations, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, JDDJ
20 Jan
The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, has announced the Harding Meyer Prize in Ecumenism
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton urges members of the church to be peace-builders. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Jan
Pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy
Member Churches, Advocacy
10 Jan
ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on conflict between United States and Iran 
Potential entrepreneurs participate in an exercise about business risks during a training on entrepreneurship development, held at Thae Chaung IDP camp in Sittwe township, Myanmar. Photo: LWF/ Maung Nyien Naing
7 Jan
LWF Myanmar hosts World Service Committee delegation
IDP, humanitarian support, World Service, host community
7 Jan
In Myanmar, LWF World Service Committee members will interact with country program staff, IDP camp residents, and discuss cooperation with member churches.
A farmer in El Salvador, showing the impact of prolonged drought on his crop of corn. LWF/C. Kästner 
2 Jan
Interdisciplinary conference on sustainability and the climate
Climate Justice, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy
2 Jan
Faith leaders, educators and scientists explore the potential for practical cooperation
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Dec
2020 New Year Message: So that all have life in abundance
Peace, peace building, peacebuilding, New Years Message, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Member Churches
27 Dec
In his New Year message, the General Secretary of the LWF Rev. Dr Martin Junge calls on churches to bear witness to the gospel message by proclaiming the good news of salvation, serving the neighbor...
Bishop Deborah Hutterer of the Grand Canyon Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In this Voices from the Communion interview, she talks about the church’s ministry of serving migrants, changing populist rhetoric, and being open to change. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermülle
20 Dec
God’s gifts to care for our neighbor
Youth, Diakonia, Advocacy, Migrants, Refugees, refugees protection, Member Churches, Communion Building, Voices from the Communion
20 Dec
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Deborah Hutterer, Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod in the United States, talks about this ministry, changing populist rhetoric, and being open...
 Rev. Dr Sivin Kit, LWF Program Executive for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations speaking at a Global Refugee Forum side event on scaling up a culture of encounter with people seeking refuge, held in Geneva. Photo:: LWF/A. Danielsson
17 Dec
Faith-based action for people on the move
Theology, Refugees, #withrefugees, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Diakonia, Youth, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Caritas Internationalis, Pope Francis, Pope, UNHCR
17 Dec
Together with many partners, the LWF is bringing the voice of faith-based organizations to the Global Refugee Forum, organized by UNHCR from 16-18 December in Geneva, Switzerland.
LWF participants at COP25 – among them, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America – join ecumenical partners in illustrating the lack of balance in finance of the global climate response, where most of the finance is put into mitigation, some into adaptation, but very little into the so-called loss and damage, even though 'that's where the people are'. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Dec
“We must hear the cry of the Earth”
COP25, Latin America and the Caribbean, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, indigenous people
13 Dec
As COP25 in Madrid is set to draw to a close, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America summarize their experiences of what has been a challenging two weeks of climate negotiations and...
A member of a women’s group with the Abhilasha Federation, shares her views during an empowerment training seminar focusing on the role of women in community development, leadership and economic empowerment, in Shahpur, Betul, Madhya Pradesh, India. Photo: ELC WESA PROJECT
12 Dec
No justification for violence against women
Member Churches, LWF member churches, Gender Justice, Gender Justice Policy, gender-based violence, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, UELCI
12 Dec
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has encouraged of all LWF member churches in India to step up efforts to stop violence against women and promote greater gender justice in their country.
Zhiyan Abdullad during the AVP training in November 2019. Photo: LWF/ R. Omar
11 Dec
Iraq: Alternatives to Violence
Middle East, Middle East conflict, IDP, internally displaced people, host community, host communities, emergency, peace building
11 Dec
Peace in a post-conflict region is hard to achieve – even on a very personal level. Trauma, past hurts often in the immediate neighborhood, and challenges in everyday life often carry stress levels...
LWF delegates join ecumenical partners in calling for climate justice at COP25 in Madrid. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Dec
With human rights in focus at COP25
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women, Human Rights, Gender
10 Dec
It’s Human Rights Day, and as negotiations at the United Nations climate meeting (COP25) in Madrid approach their most intense phase, LWF delegates are zeroing in on a range of thematic blocks – each...
A woman works in the fields of Ouaddai Province in Eastern Chad. Photo: LWF/Allahramadji Gueldjim
10 Dec
16 Days: Working for women’s economic justice
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, women's advocacy, Climate, Youth, Diakonia, Economic justice
10 Dec
Empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps in the world of work are key to achieving Gender Equality. The LWF works hard to overcome the power dynamics, cultural norms, legal frameworks...