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Malagasy Lutheran Church pioneer woman theologian Hélène Ralivao. Photo: Gustav Steensland/VID
29 Jun
LWF’s Hélène Ralivao Fund awards first scholarships for women in Africa
Theology, Education, Lutheran identity, Identity, Leadership, LWF member churches, Governance, Women
29 Jun
The legacy of Malagasy Lutheran Church pioneer woman theologian Hélène Ralivao will live on through a new program dedicated to women’s theological education and leadership development in Africa. The...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Jun
New publication explores global perspectives on Lutheran identities
Lutheran theology, Public theology, Lutheran identity, LWF member churches, LWF Documentation Series, Education
24 Jun
The LWF has published a new resource to explore the diverse theological identities of Lutherans across the communion of churches. We Believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran...
The peacebuilding work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia includes supporting ex-combatants to reintegrate into society. Sociologist Ana Eloísa Gómez, leading a workshop in San José de Leó, in the northwestern department of Antioquia, in 2018. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
A resource to strengthen churches’ engagement in exceptional times
Theology, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Public theology, Advocacy
16 Jun
The Church in the Public Space, a study document on Lutherans’ commitment to sharing Christ’s love and serving the neighbor, has been updated to highlight the relevance of church engagement during...
LWF World Service director Maria Immonen and former Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy at the signing of a 2016 Declaration of Intent in Malmö, Sweden, to step up cooperation on humanitarian action, advocacy and development. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
16 Jun
Vatican visit to mark next step from conflict to communion
Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Diakonia, vatican, PCPCU, Catholic, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Pope Francis, Pope, Caritas Internationalis
16 Jun
A delegation from the LWF travels to Rome at the end of June for a meeting with Pope Francis and the deepening of commitment for increased cooperation with Caritas Internationalis, the global...
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria went on a joint journey of discovery of their Lutheran identities. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
7 Jun
Lutheran identity in Germany today - a journey of discovery
Lutheran theology, Lutheran identity, Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building
7 Jun
Pastor Nora Steen of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, has initiated a three-part online event series to contribute to the LWF “Lutheran Identities” study process. It brings people...
Mongolian yurts. Photo: Yang Shuo on Unsplash
27 May
Season of Creation: Launch of celebration guide and theme
ecotheology, Season of Creation, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Climate, Theology
27 May
Christian communities worldwide are invited to begin planning their Season of Creation celebrations with the new Season of Creation Celebration Guide titled “A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God...
Ethiopia: Ensuring food security through training in agricultural methods suitable for a changing climate. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert.
22 Apr
Earth Day: Continuing to care for creation and advocate for climate justice
Identity, Lutheran identity, ecotheology, Theology, Climate Justice, Advocacy
22 Apr
"Every year, Earth Day reminds us of the fact that humanity only has one earth to support itself,” says Elena Cedillo, Program Executive for Climate Justice at the LWF. “We need to care for and...
The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. Photo: Denis Leypold
21 Apr
Strasbourg institute invites Lutheran pastors for online seminar on ecumenism
Ecumenical, Institute for Ecumenical Research, LWF member churches, Interreligious Dialogue
21 Apr
The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, will offer its recently introduced ecumenism study seminar online, this time focusing on the self-understanding, “to be Lutheran is to be...
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...
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...
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson. Photo: Richard Orange/Radio Sweden
16 Feb
Faith groups raise voices of refugees and asylum seekers
Public theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, Advocacy, #withrefugees, Refugees, refugees protection, Welcoming the Stranger
16 Feb
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson knows just how difficult it is to change the minds of legislators and decision makers responding to the influx of refugees in her native country. For the past...
Participants at the Being Lutheran webinar believe the experience of digitally-mediated worship is “changing who we will be in the future.” Photo: Congerdesign via Pixabay
5 Feb
Being Lutheran: Real Presence in Digital Church
Being Lutheran, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Lutheran identity, technology
5 Feb
In a 3 February ‘Being Lutheran’ webinar, three theologians from the United States, the Netherlands and Malaysia reflected on these questions, as they shared personal perspectives on the way the...
Photo: Trent Erwin, Unsplash
28 Jan
2020 selection complete, 85 candidates awarded LWF scholarships
Lutheran theology, Theology, Leadership, Scholarships, Diakonia, Women, Youth, Education, Human and Institutional Capacity Development
28 Jan
The LWF has completed its 2020 scholarship approval process, with 85 new candidates from the communion’s member churches set to pursue degree and diploma courses in theology and different areas of...
Faith-based organizations gather for a vigil, as COP25 is about to draw to a close, praying that negotiations will bear fruit, bringing about urgent and just action to find a way out of the climate crisis. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Jan
Ecumenical imperative to protect our common home
Lutheran theology, Lutheran identity, Theology, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenis, Creation, Season of Creation
27 Jan
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity may have ended on 25 January, but the task of praying and working together to protect our planet continues to be a priority for all churches, every day of the...
Gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October 2019, Lutherans from across the globe took part in a consultation on the theme of ’We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities’. During the meeting, participants shared a large loaf of traditional Ethiopian bread, baked in banana leaves. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
26 Jan
LWF launches survey on contemporary Lutheran identity
Being Lutheran, Lutheran theology, Theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Assembly
26 Jan
A new survey sent this week to member churches of the LWF is the next step of an ongoing study process on contemporary Lutheran identity. The process began with a global consultation of theologians...
Children from four Lutheran Schools in Liberia take part in a march to say no to all forms of violence in their country. Photo: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
30 Nov
Building on the Bible to promote positive masculinity
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, ecumenical relations, Identity, Lutheran identity, Gender, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Women, Theology, Lutheran theology
30 Nov
Building on biblical and theological resources to combat gender-based violence and the power of patriarchy in the church. That's the ambitious goal of a new initiative launched on 26 November by...
The “Women of the Reformation” commemorative stamp was designed by Susann Stefanizen and presented to the public in the Market Church in Hannover, Germany. Photo: Federal Ministry of Finance
26 Oct
Postage stamp honors women of the Reformation
Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Women, Lutheran identity, Identity, Reformation, Women in Church and Society, Reformation Day
26 Oct
Alongside men such as Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon, many women had a hand in bringing about the Reformation 500 years ago. This was shown with a commemorative stamp in their honor, which is...
Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi standing next to a statue of Katharina von Bora at Faculdades EST, Brazil. Photo: Private
23 Oct
A time to teach and learn “a diakonia of solidarity”
Voices from the Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Women, women and girls, women's empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, Education, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
23 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi, professor of feminist theology and coordinator of the theology course and the Gender and Religion Program at Faculdades EST (the theological...
Vibrant and beautiful worship at the Njube Centre parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe. LWF General Secretary Martin Junge preached, local choirs sang beautifully and young people from the church offered powerful testimony to a society peace. Ecumenical partners of the ELCZ participated in the service. From 29 February-4 March 2020 the LWF General Secretary and a high level delegation visited Zimbabwe, its churches and people, to show solidarity and offer encouragement. Photo: LWF/A. Daniel
5 Oct
Worshiping together on Reformation Day
Theology, JDDJ, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Ecumenical, Reformation, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Reformation Day
5 Oct
Member churches of the LWF are called to engage more closely with one another as they prepare to mark this year’s anniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2020. Ahead of the annual celebration of...
In the Church of Norway Rev. Einar Tjelle heads the Section for Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue and the Norwegian Interfaith Climate Network. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Sep
Norway: Interfaith advocacy for climate justice and peace
Voices from the Communion, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Climate, Advocacy
11 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Einar Tjelle, from Church of Norway where he heads the Section for Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue and the Norwegian Interfaith Climate Network, describes...
Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Jul
LWF publication on “Transformative Readings of Sacred Scriptures” available in German
LWF Publications, Public theology, Interfaith, Muslim, inter-religious dialogue, Muslim-Christian
24 Jul
The LWF publication Heilige Schriften heute verstehen: Christen und Muslime im Dialog. The German edition of the publication Transformative Readings of Sacred Scriptures: Christians and Muslims in...
The area of San José de León, Mutatá, Antioquia, Colombia, is rich in clean water - a great asset, but also a threat to the community, as mining companies and other interests may enter the scene to exploit or damage the natural resource. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Jun
Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope
Climate, Climate Justice, Season of Creation, Identity, Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecotheology
4 Jun
On 8 June at 16:00 CET, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is co-hosting a webinar "Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope", taking up this year's theme for the Season of...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge at the LWF’s Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia, in 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 May
LWF General Secretary announces he will step down in 2021
General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF, council, Governance, Council 2021
20 May
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge announced today that he will be stepping down from his position on 31 October 2021, three years before his term ends.