An encouraging and positive Assembly

9 May 2017, Windhoek, Namibia: Liberated by God's Grace imprinted everything at the Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation, gathering in Windhoek, Namibia,10-16 May 2017, under the theme "Liberated by God's Grace", bringing together some 800 delegates and participants from 145 member churches in 98 countries. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert

Outcomes of the LWF Twelfth Assembly are now available

The Twelfth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) was encouraging and positive, say LWF President Archbishop Dr Musa Panti Filibus and LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, in a joint letter sent to LWF member churches.

"Gathered in Namibia we experienced the strength of God's call into mission, the on-going relevance of the message 'Liberated by God's Grace'" and the pertinence of the prophetic message that salvation, human beings and creation are not for sale."

"We listened to preachers from all the LWF regions, sang hymns from all parts of the world, we used many languages while praying and reading Scriptures - thereby always realizing that this diversity has and continues to make us incommensurably rich."

Offering their gratitude to the member churches for their commitment to support the Assembly, the President and General Secretary, said that by coming together at the Assembly the "global nature of the communion [was made] tangible and concrete."

Attached to the letter to the member churches are the outcomes of the Assembly:

These will become a part of the development process of a new strategy for the LWF, which the Council will approve at its session in 2018. The strategy will shape the work of the LWF from 2019 onwards.

Putting the LWF’s Twelfth Assembly into the perspective of the Reformation anniversary they reminded that “God’s mission is on-going. For that reason the Reformation anniversary is not an endpoint, but a milestone in the LWF’s member churches’ witness in holistic mission”.

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