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Rev. Sebastian Bugs had chaired the Youth Committee of the German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (GNC/LWF) since 2013. Photo: private
9 Apr
Germany: Worship and the revival of churches
Communion, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership
9 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Sebastian Bugs talks about the "Revival of the churches" project that the GNC/LWF Youth Committee recently completed and documented in a video, as...
Patients receive Dialysis treatment at the Augusta Victoria Hospital. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert.
9 Apr
LWF welcomes plans for restoration of U.S. assistance for East Jerusalem hospitals
AVH, Diakonia, quality services, Human Rights, Palestine, COVID19
9 Apr
The LWF welcomes plans for the restoration of U.S. funding to the Palestinians, which will include much needed support for the East Jerusalem Hospital Network. The funding had been cut in 2018,...
South Sudanese refugee, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, runs the 800-metres for the Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016. Photo: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau
8 Apr
Refugees journey to the Olympic Games
quality services, country programs, Refugees, Olympics 2016, Protection, disability, sport, Kakuma, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, Joint Commemoration, UNHCR, Diakonia
8 Apr
Leading up to the Olympic summer games in Tokyo, Japan, the UNHCR has released a video calling for support for the refugee teams in the Olympic and Paralympic competitions.
Bishop Azar and EEC Executive Director Simon Awad plant trees in the "Tree of Life" initiative for those who died from COVID-19 in Palestine. Photo: Iyad Amr/School of Hope
7 Apr
COVID-19: “Tree of Life” initiative launched by Palestinian bishop
COVID19, MC/COVID19, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
7 Apr
Prompted to remember those who have died of the virus, Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land launched a memorial to plant an olive or native tree for...
During a 30 March webinar, four ordained women from Mexico, Austria, Tanzania and Malaysia talked about the challenges they face and responsibilities they share in bringing an alternative voice to the highest levels of church leadership. Photo: Composite
6 Apr
Public Theology: Echoing Miriam’s prophetic song
Theology, Lutheran theology, Identity, Lutheran identity, Public Space, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Communion, Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender, Public theology, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry
6 Apr
Women working in public theology today are echoing the prophetic voice of Miriam, Moses’ sister, who protected life and proclaimed the liberation of her people from oppression. During a 30 March...
Rev. Larry Miller, as Secretary of the Global Christian Forum, addressing the Third Global Gathering in Bogotà, Colombia in 2018. All Photos: LWF/A.Hillert
31 Mar
Mennonite reflections on the ecumenical journey
Mennonite, baptism, Menonite-Lutheran relations, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, Theology, Lutheran theology, Mennonite World Conference
31 Mar
Looking back on a career spent working for Christian unity, Rev. Dr Larry Miller speaks of the divided church as actual “wounds in the Body of Christ.” During Holy Week, the former General Secretary...
23-27 September 2019, Faculty EST, São Leopoldo, Brazil. LAC and North America HUB training on mediation, using the tool “Dialogue for Peaceful Change.” Photo: Scheila Dillenburg/InS"
31 Mar
“Blessed are the peacemakers” – new publication on reconciliation
LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion, Communion Building
31 Mar
“In a world with increasing violence, loss, pain and loneliness, churches retain their relevance as spaces for healing,” writes Rev. Dr Patricia Cuyatti, outgoing Regional Secretary for Latin America...
A woman entrepreneur sews cloth face masks in Kyauk Tan Gyi village, Sittwe Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: LWF/Nu Nu Aye
30 Mar
COVID-19: LWF intensifies rapid response to include long-term recovery
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Member Churches, solidarity
30 Mar
The LWF is shifting its COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund from the current short-term emergency framework to focus more on recovery and livelihood projects. The objective is to address the long-lasting...
In the Salvadoran Lutheran Church, the Stewards of Creation, play a key role in promoting climate justice and creation care in church and society. Here they enjoy lunch during a workshop. Photo: SLS
29 Mar
El Salvador: Climate education and climate action go hand in hand
Youth, Climate, Climate Justice, LWF member churches, member church, COVID19, MC/COVID19
29 Mar
Rev. Maritza Albertina Carrillo Herrera, a pastor of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church, as a member of the youth coordinating group of the church’s Stewards of Creation, the 26-year-old launched several...
“We know that this year is crucial. The world must use the momentum for climate action,” said LWF General Secretary Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert.
25 Mar
Faith leaders prepare for COP26: Urgent climate action needed
General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Lutheran theology, Theology, Climate Justice, Climate, Climate Change, Advocacy, Youth, COP, COP26
25 Mar
Forty-four percent of the LWF's constituency, equaling 33 million people, live in the countries facing the greatest challenges, requiring urgent action. He affirmed LWF's long-standing...
Through the project De la Guerra a la Paz (From War to Peace), the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia accompanies three communities in the Antioquia region, supporting both ex-combatants and the communities they live alongside. Supporting more than 300 families, the project seeks to alleviate the risk of re-victimization or relapse into violent conflict. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
25 Mar
Women brokering peace in conflict and crisis
Gender Justice, Gender, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Women, CSW, United Nations, Commission on the Status of Women, peace building, peacebuilding, women in leadership
25 Mar
Research has repeatedly shown that conflict resolution and peace processes that involve women are much more likely to succeed. Yet despite this, women still make up a very small minority of...
Rev. Dr Angela del Consuelo Trejo Haager, coordinator of LWF’s Latin American and Caribbean Gender Justice Network and Ms Faustina Nillan, ELCT’s National Director for women and children Photo: Private; Doug Hostetter
23 Mar
Lutheran women share stories of changing social norms
Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women and girls, faith and women’s empowerment, women's advocacy, Advocacy, Women’s human rights advocacy training, Gender, Gender Justice, Ecumenical, Interfaith
23 Mar
“Let us be prophetic voices of freedom and justice, even when social norms are difficult to change.” That was the call to action from Rev. Dr Angela del Consuelo Trejo Haager, a member of the LWF...
Photo: Ecumenical Information Centre of Dresden
22 Mar
Germany: Exhibition connects lifestyles to Christian roots and responsibility
LWF member churches, member church, Diakonia, Climate, Climate Justice
22 Mar
“Damit die Saat aufgeht” (So that the seeds may grow), an exhibition that opened its doors to the public on 14 March in Saxony, Germany, invites Christians to reflect on how everyday lifestyles can...
Hand washing before a distribution in Burundi. Water is essential to proper hygiene and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo: LWF Burundi
22 Mar
On World Water Day, LWF calls for access to safe water
World Water Day, Advocacy, Refugees, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, internally displaced people, IDP, COVID19, WASH, Diakonia, Gender, livelihood, Livelihoods, Protection, refugees protection, quality services
22 Mar
One year after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic; many people still live without access to clean and safe water. "Access to water is still a problem in many places where we work," said...
Praying at the church of San Lucas of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia, a congregation in the southern areas of Bogotá. (Before COVID-19) . Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Mar
COVID-19: Christians around the globe join ecumenical Week of Prayer
Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, COVID19, Common Prayer, MC/COVID19
19 Mar
One year on from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christian churches and ecumenical organizations across the world are coming together for a Week of Prayer to remember all those affected by the...
Rev. Charlotte Frycklund serves as the Church of Sweden’s “internet priest.” Photo by: Argument/Pierre Eriksson
19 Mar
Sweden: Internet pastor engages faith seekers online
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, COVID19, MC/COVID19, social media, Voices from the Communion
19 Mar
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Charlotte Frycklund talks about her work as the Church of Sweden’s first “internet priest” and the request of the people for access to their questions via...
In February 2019, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge paid a pastoral visit to the ELCT, hosted by Presiding Bishop Dr Fredrick Shoo. The LWF delegation and other ELCT leaders worshipped at the Gezaulole parish in the Northern Diocese. Photo: ELCT
18 Mar
LWF offers condolences to church and people of Tanzania following President Magufuli’s death
Tanzania, COVID19, Member Churches, Advocacy
18 Mar
The Lutheran World Federation has offered condolences and prayers to the people and church in Tanzania following the death of President John Magufuli.
Panelists Marcia Blasi, Elitha Moyo, Tamar Haddad and Liria Preciado at the CSW event on ‘Women of Power: Leading together for a better future’. Photos: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano; LWF/Albin Hillert; Private; IELCO
17 Mar
Shaping new narratives of inclusion and equality
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, CSW, Theology, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, Commission on the Status of Women, Gender, Public theology, women in leadership, faith and women’s empowerment
17 Mar
From ancient Greek mythology to 21st century politics, women's voices have been routinely silenced, suppressed and excluded from the public square. Churches and faith-based organizations today...
Pastor Miroslav Ponjičan (back right) with youth and children, preparing for a tree planting activity in the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia (SEAVC). Photos: SEAVC
15 Mar
Serbia: Apple trees as a sign of faith and creation
Theology, LWF member churches, Climate, Youth, Communion Building, Climate Justice
15 Mar
“Even if I knew that the world was to collapse tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.” This hope-filled quote, attributed to the reformer Martin Luther, inspired Miroslav Ponjičan, a...
LWF’s delegation to the 65th Commission on the Status of Women brings vital voices of women and girls to ensure a gender just lens on COVID-19 response and recovery. (File photo taken before the start of COVID-19) Photo: Life on Earth photos/Sean Hawkey
12 Mar
Gender-just lens needed for COVID-19 recovery
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, inter-religious dialogue, women and girls, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, UN Women, Women, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, United Nations, COVID19
12 Mar
The LWF will be taking part in the 65th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) from 15 to 26 March 2021. A delegation of over seventy lay and ordained women and men...
A group of children in Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: ALWS/ Julie Krause
10 Mar
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for protection of children in South Sudan
Justice, Human Rights, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, human rights council, Statement, Public Statement, Children, Child Protection, Protection, sgbv, gender-based violence, early marriage, Violence, Faith and Protection
10 Mar
The LWF has raised concerns about the situation of children in South Sudan. “South Sudanese children are inadequately protected against the worst forms of violence,” LWF Regional Program Coordinator...
Past, present and future Lutheran women in leadership discuss challenges and progress in breaking barriers to affirm women’s rights and equality. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
9 Mar
Breaking barriers: LWF women in leadership
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Youth, Women, women in leadership, Women's Leadership, International Women's Rights Day
9 Mar
What can be done to break down barriers that prevent women from fulfilling their potential and reaching top leadership positions in the church and in society? That question was at the heart of a...
Luther’s short treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ calls believers to love God and serve our neighbors in need. Photo: LWF/M. Dölker
9 Mar
Freedom of a Christian: a compass for contemporary church
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Lutheran identity, Identity, COVID19
9 Mar
Luther’s 500-year-old treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ provides a compass for the churches today as they seek to navigate the complex challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the...
Webinar participants after the session in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
8 Mar
Young women from Kakuma speak about gender justice
Women, quality services, refugees protection, Protection, Diakonia, Global event, International Women's Rights Day, Advocacy, Youth, Kakuma, Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Refugees
8 Mar
Young women in Kakuma refugee camp face many obstacles when aiming for equal opportunities as men and boys. In a webinar: “Emerging Women who Choose to Challenge”, young refugees and staff of the...