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The City Church in Wittenberg where Martin Luther and other reformers preached regularly. All photos: LWF/A. Danielsson
20 Nov
Wittenberg: Belonging to the Lutheran family
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Lutheran theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary, LWF member churches
20 Nov
Twice a year the city of Wittenberg hosts international theological seminars organized by the LWF.
A young boy receives emergency treatment at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Nov
Liberia: Called to bring healing, even when times are tough
Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals, health care, Children, Education
12 Nov
Early November, and the Liberia Council of Churches just hosted a global summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, looking to strengthen church projects that support the United Nations’ 2030...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
8 Nov
Living together as a communion
LWF member churches, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, Lutheran identity, European church leadership consultation, Leadership, Lutheran theology, theological formation, Youth, Gender
8 Nov
There would not be a LWF without local churches, said General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe, in Tallinn, Estonia.
LWF Council member Bettina Westfeld shows a shrapnel cross, moulded from the pieces of shrapnel from bombs dropped over Dresden and Coventry during the Second World War. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
8 Nov
Daring to trust – 30 years after the Peaceful Revolution in 1989
Voices from the Communion, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Youth, Women
8 Nov
In an interview with Lutheran World Information Bettina Westfeld, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, talks about her life in a communist state, the value of cross-border relations and the...
Prof. Ansu Sonii, Liberian Minister of Education launched the study. All photos: LWF/ Albin Hillert
1 Nov
LWF launches SDGs’ mapping for Liberia
Waking the Giant, SDGs, United Nations, Education, peace building, Diakonia
1 Nov
The LWF has launched a process to help faith-based actors in Liberia track their contribution to implementation of three UN SDGs.
Professor Veli-Matti KaÌrkaÌinnen replies to a response panel to a paper of his. Gathered in Addis Ababa from 23-27 October 2019, Lutherans from across the globe join in consultation under the theme of 'We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'. Hosted by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, the consultation is the first phase of a study process on Lutheran identities. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
29 Oct
Discerning the work of the Spirit in the Lutheran communion
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
29 Oct
The LWF organized the five-day gathering, bringing together around 70 participants including youth from the communion’s seven regions, and representatives of other Christian traditions.
Congregants gather in prayer at the Finfinne Oromo Mekane Yesus Congregation of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus on the first Sunday following the unrest in Ethiopia, which also affected Mekane Yesus members directly. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Oct
Ethiopian church calls for sustainable peace
LWF member churches, Peace, peace building, Peace-building, peace and justice
28 Oct
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus has called for sustainable peace in the country and orderly dialogue around complaints and grievances following recent unrest in Ethiopia.
Finnish Archbishop Tapio Luoma . Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
25 Oct
Finnish church: an integral part of society
Voices from the Communion, Advocacy, Migrants, Human Rights, Refugees, refugees protection, Identity, Christianity
25 Oct
Tapio Luoma elected Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland a year ago, speaks about his churches’ work with refugees and migrants, dealing with populism, and staying relevant in a...
A vibrant performance by the Yetsedik Tsehay choir of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus set the stage, as the consultation ’We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'  opened. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Oct
The church: Always local and always universal
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
24 Oct
“What does it mean to be Lutheran today?” is the question at the heart of a global consultation on Lutheran identities taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week.
The Mekane Yesus campus is home to 600 residential students of theology, music and media, and of management and leadership. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Oct
Mekane Yesus Seminary: preparing for a growing church
Lutheran Theological Seminary, seminar, theological formation, Theology, Lutheran theology
22 Oct
The Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa has a long tradition of theological education. In the midst of Ethiopia’s population growth and quick development, but also where poverty, ethnic conflicts...
LWF regional and global gatherings provide space to reflect together on diverse contexts and identify common strategies and themes. In this photo; an intergenerational discussion at the 2019 Leadership Conference for the Latin America and Caribbean & North America regions, in Lima, Peru. LWF/A. Danielsson
21 Oct
How does spirituality shape Lutheran identities?
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith, Youth, Youth Participation, Lutheran theology
21 Oct
The LWF is launching a multi-year theological study on how spirituality forms Lutheran identities and church engagement around the world today.
Rev. Adita Torres Lescano, Pastor President of the Lutheran Church of Peru, visiting the tree planted by representatives of her church in the Luthergarten in Wittenberg. This Reformation 2017 project symbolizes the ecumenical relationships of Christian churches worldwide through 500 trees creating a living memorial. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
11 Oct
A communion of solidarity
Voices from the Communion, Ecumenical, Ronel, LWF member churches, Women in Ordained Ministry, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership
11 Oct
Rev. Adita Torres Lescano, recently elected pastor president of the Lutheran Church of Peru, speaks about her work in the church and the value of being connected to other people of faith in order to...
One of the panels of the “And It Is Good” photo exhibition. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
9 Oct
Seeking wisdom to listen to creation and learn from it
Climate Justice, Climate, COP25, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Creation – Not for Sale, Season of Creation
9 Oct
An online prayer that was among events around the world marking the end of the Season of Creation 2019 campaign on biodiversity and the web of life is now available.
Indonesian church leaders meet with the President of the Republic’s special envoy on interfaith relations and intercultural dialogue, Professor Syafiq Mughni (center). Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
7 Oct
Asian church leaders call for greater interfaith cooperation
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership, Youth, Climate, Lutheran theology
7 Oct
The Asia Church Leadership Conference has concluded in Indonesia with a call to all churches to work more closely together with other faith communities to promote urgent issues such as gender justice...
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge speaks at the opening session of the Asia Church Leadership Conference in Pematang Siantar. Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
4 Oct
Junge to Asian churches: Peace-building is our only choice
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
4 Oct
Call to live and work more closely together as a communion of churches from the LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, at the start of the Asia Church Leadership Conference on 3 October.
Welcome banner outside the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church in Pematang Siantar in North Sumatra, where participants at the 2 -8 October Asia Church Leadership Conference will gather for Sunday worship. Photo: B. Nahampun
2 Oct
Asia Church Leadership Conference to focus on interfaith relations
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
2 Oct
‘Pursuing Peace through Interfaith Relations’ is the theme of the Asia Church Leadership Conference which opens in the Indonesian city of Pematang Siantar on 2 October.
Olga Navrátilová from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Sep
Uniting faith and reason in the Czech Republic
Voices from the Communion, Women in Church and Society, Women, Communion Building, Advocacy, solidarity, Theology
27 Sep
Olga Navrátilová, a member of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), looks back at the history of the church in her country and reflects on how it can continue to have a positive impact on...
Leaders of the Returnees’ Network in Edo and Delta States express unity in their commitment to share their stories and raise awareness All photos by Thomas Lohnes/GNC
25 Sep
The dangerous dream of a brighter future
Advocacy, Training, Diakonia, Lutheran theology, Member Churches, Communion Building, Youth
25 Sep
The LWF, through its Symbols of Hope program, supports efforts to raise awareness of the dangers posed by powerful and well-funded trafficking networks and to help those who, for different reasons,...
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Sep
Peace begins by disarming hearts and hands
Interfaith, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding
17 Sep
Message delivered by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge to the annual Sant’Egidio meeting taking place in the Spanish capital Madrid from 15 to 17 September.
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Sep
A liturgy to share what “unites us”
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist, Joint Commemoration
16 Sep
The LWF and the PCPCU have invited Lutheran and Catholic churches to use a jointly prepared liturgy and other materials to mark the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of...
Pastor President of the IELV, Rev. Gerardo Hands  Photo: LWF/A.Danielsson
13 Sep
Hope, support and comfort amid the crisis
Voices from the Communion, Advocacy, Diakonia, Communion Building
13 Sep
Interview with Rev. Gerardo Hands, Pastor President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Venezuela
Planting trees has become part of church life in ELCT: (from the right) Bishop Fredrik Shoo, Rev. Faustine Kahwa, Rev. Solomon Massawe and students attending confirmation classes preparing for a tree planting in Tanzania's Northern Diocese. Photo: ELCT
10 Sep
A passion for creation
Creation - Not for Sale, Season of Creation, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Tanzania
10 Sep
Planting trees has become part of church life in ELCT: When confirmation classes begin their two-year course, there is a gathering at which the confirmands each plant ten trees which they take care...
Hundreds of people voted for their #forgivemoji favorite when the campaign was launched and exciting design suggestions very submitted. Photo: Forgivemoji
30 Aug
Church campaigns for forgiveness emoji
Communications, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, forgiveness, reconciliation
30 Aug
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has launched a campaign for an emoji to express forgiveness
Sisters in faith: (from left) Rev. Sybil Chetty (South Africa), Dr Christy Ponni (India), retired Bishop Dr Margot Käßmann (Germany), Dr Ziyanda Mgugudo-Sello (South Africa) and Moderator Gabriele De Bona (ELM) . Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Aug
Encouraged as sisters in faith
Theology, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Member Churches, LWF member churches, Communion Building
29 Aug
Churches should be bolder and elect women as well as men to leadership positions
Migrants from Central America at the Mexican border in Nov 2018. Many of them have been walking for 22 hours or more. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
9 Aug
A “visionary and prophetic stand” to welcome the stranger
ELCA, Migrants, United States, Welcoming the Stranger
9 Aug
LWF thanks the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for its “visionary and prophetic stand” of declaring the denomination as a sanctuary church body.
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa addressing the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly: All Photos: Will Nunnally/ELCA
8 Aug
Call for bold witness amid withdrawal and fragmentation
LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
8 Aug
“We are Church” is the theme of the 5-10 August gathering of ELCA’s highest legislative body, taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Members of the Executive Committee of the ELCT Women's Department display their national banner. All Photos: ELCT Communication/Evans Ayo
11 Jul
Tanzania: Towards full women’s inclusion in the ordained ministry
Women in Ordained Ministry, Ordained Ministry, inlcusive communion, Leadership, women in leadership
11 Jul
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania recently marked three decades of women’s ordination by celebrating the more than 300 female clergy in the church, and urging the church to ensure...