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Vice-President Urmas Viilma during the June 2022 LWF Council meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
9 Sep
Estonia: The church, a treasure for future generations
Voices from the Communion, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, LWF Vice-President, council
9 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion, LWF Vice President Archbishop Urmas Viilma reflects on his childhood in Soviet-occupied Estonia, his discovery of the Christian faith and his journey to become the...
Participants in the Lutheran confessional meeting at the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
2 Sep
Full house when Lutherans gather at WCC Assembly
World Council of Churches, Assembly, Communion Building, Communion Relations, LWF member churches, church unity, Theology, Action for Justice, Gender, Youth
2 Sep
At the WCC 11th Assembly, LWF General Secretary Burghardt leads Lutherans from around the world in sharing their joys, concerns, and hopes, and reflecting on the assembly theme from a theological...
This year’s theme for the Season of Creation, “Listen to the Voice of Creation”, invites participants to consider ways to contemplate the voices of those who are silenced – among them the voices of indigenous peoples and women. Photo: Sean Hawkey/WCC
1 Sep
Season of Creation 2022: “Listen to the Voice of Creation”
Season of Creation, Theology, ecotheology, Advocacy, Climate, Climate Justice, Ecumenical
1 Sep
Every year, from 1 September to 4 October, Lutherans join many Christians all over the world to observe the Season of Creation. This year its theme is “Listen to the Voice of Creation”. An ecumenical...
Archbishop Antje Jackelén ends her term as head of the Church of Sweden in October. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
15 Jul
Sweden: Reformation, reconciliation, and gender justice
Voices from the Communion, Member Churches, Communion Building, ecumenical relations, Gender Studies, Gender, Public theology, Theology, Advocacy, Women, Climate, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Gender Justice, LWF Vice-President
15 Jul
In this Voices from the Communion, Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén looks back at her eight years in office that draw to a close on 30 October 2022. She reflects on some highlights, as well...
Dawn breaks near Ginnir in the Bale Zone of Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
14 Jul
Season of Creation: 2022 Celebration Guide
Season of Creation, Climate Justice, Communion Building, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Climate, Theology, ecotheology, Creation, Climate Change
14 Jul
The 2022 Season of Creation Celebration Guide has been published, providing a wealth of resources for use by churches and schools, individuals and communities across all the different Christian...
Worship and prayer moment during Sunday service at Saint Andrew Lutheran Parish in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Jun
Africa: Prioritizing theological education and leadership formation
Lutheran identity, Education, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Theology, Africa churches, Leadership, Transformative Theological Perspectives
22 Jun
Leaders of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in Africa will gather, 27 June -1 July, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation (ALCLC), held...
LWF’s program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment, Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi and Regional Secretary for Africa Rev. Dr Elieshi Ayo Mungure gather with staff and students for the inauguration of the new theology, gender justice and leadership course at Tumaini University Makumira in Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Algo Lameck Lwendo
31 May
Tanzania: new program on theology, gender and leadership
Gender, Gender Studies, Leadership, Theology, Communion Building, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership
31 May
Sixteen women and men from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches across Africa have begun training as part of a new gender justice program established in memory of the pioneering...
Bible translations in various languages. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
13 Apr
LWF to mark 500th anniversary of New Testament translation
Communion Building, Lutheran identity, bible, Lutheran theology, Bible Study, Reformation
13 Apr
September 2022 marks the 500th anniversary of one of Martin Luther’s most important literary achievements: the publication of his German translation of the New Testament, popularly known as his ‘...
Two friends enjoy a meal on the campus of the ELCT-Diocese of Meru, Usa River Rehabilitation and Training Centre for people with special needs, in Arusha, Tanzania. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert 
30 Mar
Tanzania: Heart-warming witness to the gospel
Member Churches, theological formation, General Secretary, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
30 Mar
Visiting the 8-million-faithful Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt says she sees ‘God at work’ in the way the member...
A contemporary crucifix on the altar of the chapel in the Estonian church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
12 Nov
Ancient and modern meet at Estonia’s Institute of Theology
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
12 Nov
Walking into the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn feels like stepping back in time to rediscover the events that have shaped the country and its people. Located...
Rev. Anne Burghardt at work in the Consistory of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
9 Nov
Estonian church life shapes LWF’s new leader
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
9 Nov
The headquarters of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is housed in an elegant 18th century building on a quiet cobbled square in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town. It is known as the Consistory...
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...