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Candle lighting during a church service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Apr
Sri Lanka: LWF condemns violence, urges religious leaders to promote peace
General Secretary Martin Junge, Muslim, Statement, LWF member churches, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Violence, Interreligious Dialogue, Humanitarian Law, peacebuilding
24 Apr
The LWF continues to express the communion’s solidarity with all those affected by the Easter Sunday attacks targeting Christian places of worship and hotels in Sri Lanka.
Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien, Presiding Bishop, Church of Norway. Photo: Hege Flo Øfstaas/Church of Norway
12 Apr
Norway’s presiding bishop shares hopes and challenges
Easter, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry
12 Apr
In the very early hours of Easter Sunday morning, the leader of the Church of Norway, Presiding Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien will be presiding at worship inside the medieval Cathedral of Trondheim...
Getting together: Scholarship holders of the GNC/LWF with Rev. Dionisie Arion, Scholarship Secretary of the GNC/LWF (left) and Rev. Norbert Denecke, General Secretary of the GNC/LWF. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
11 Apr
Deepening communion, strengthening churches, encouraging people
Lutheran theology, Theology, Youth, Communion, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Ecumenical, GNC
11 Apr
Studying abroad, getting to know a different culture and language, taking up impulses from theology and church: every year about 35 students from member churches of the LWF make use this opportunity...
Participants in the ‘People on the Move’ workshop visit the ‘Augustanahof’ housing project and ecumenical center in Amsterdam. Photo: Holger Lux
8 Apr
Dutch church’s work on diversity and integration inspires LWF delegates from across Europe
Diakonia, Conviviality, Europe, Migration, capacity building
8 Apr
Delegates representing member churches of the LWF in Europe gained new insights when they visited a revitalized church, that that has been turned into a social housing complex, and an ecumenical...
Rev. Dr Hoyce Jacob Lyimo-Mbowe was one of the lecturers at the 19th International Seminar for pastors in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
1 Apr
Wittenberg: A Lutheran perspective on translating the Bible
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, theological formation, Deeening Faith, Martin Luther, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Theology, Women
1 Apr
Lyimo-Mbowe, participant of the 19th International theological seminar at the LWF Center Wittenberg in Germany, spoke with LWI on the connection between topics discussed at the seminar titled “...
Bishop Antonio Alfredo Barros, Western Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Angola. Photo. S. Gallay
29 Mar
Angola: A growing church making a mark in education
Voices from the Communion, Leadership, Angola, Communion, Education, Lutheranism
29 Mar
Bishop Antonio Alfredo Barros, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Angola, speaks about his enthusiasm to see every church member experience the freedom of discovering the Bible and knowing that...
Participants of the 19th International Seminar for pastors during an excursion in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
28 Mar
The whole world in one room
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, theological formation, Deeening Faith, Martin Luther, Lutheran Theological Seminary
28 Mar
Irrespective of their home countries, the participants of the 19th International theological seminar at the LWF Center Wittenberg in Germany agreed that this was an enriching and valuable experience...
Members of the VELKD Bishops' Conference, ecumenical guests and staff of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. Photo: VELKD
25 Mar
Helping to shape Europe as a peace project
Institute for Ecumenical Research, ecumenism, Europe, European, reconciliation, racism, Peace, LWF member churches
25 Mar
Bishops from German Lutheran churches have reaffirmed the commitment to promoting the spirit of Europe as a community of countries.
Prof. Dr Ľubomír Batka was one of the two lecturers at the 19th International theological seminar held at the LWF Center Wittenberg. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
20 Mar
Critically reflecting about Luther for the 21st century
Women in Church and Society, Women in Ordained Ministry, Lutheran Theological Seminary, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, theological formation, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland
20 Mar
Prof. Dr Ľubomír Batka from Slovakia assisted to the 19th International Seminar for theologians at the LWF Center in Wittenberg. He spoke with LWI about the importance of these seminars and Luther’s...
Aerial view of flooding caused by cyclone Idai in Mozambique. Photo: Lutheran Media Forum
20 Mar
Churches in southern Africa respond to devastation of Cyclone Idai
floods, Mozambique, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM), Zimbabwe, environment
20 Mar
Churches in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are calling for support and prayers in response to the crisis provoked by Cyclone Idai which has battered the southern African region over recent days.
Faustina Nillan, national director for women and children in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo: Doug Hostetter
19 Mar
UN side event highlights churches’ successes in furthering Sustainable Development Goals
Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, North America, Colombia, Liberia, Tanzania, United Nations, Event, Peace, advocacy training, Education, Peace-building, hunger, Women, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Diakonia, Ecumenical
19 Mar
At a side event on 12 March, organized during the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, participants gave an overview of the LWF’s “Waking the Giant” initiative, which aims to...
Vigil candles. Photo: LWF/A.S. Danielsson
18 Mar
Solidarity following mosque attacks in Christchurch
Terrorism, General Secretary Martin Junge, Muslim, LWF member churches, Violence
18 Mar
Following the mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, local Lutheran churches have expressed solidarity with the country’s Muslim community.
Bishop Pawel Hause, Diocese of Masuria, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
15 Mar
Polish Lutheran bishop shares his motto: “Do not let your hearts be troubled”
Voices from the Communion, Leadership, Communion, ecumenism
15 Mar
Bishop Paweł Hause, from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland in the Diocese of Masuria, talks about witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this part of the country.
ELCT Presiding Bishop Dr Fredrick Onael Shoo. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
4 Mar
Tanzania: Presiding Bishop calls for leadership values that foster unity
Lutheran identity, Leadership, Capacity development, LWF member churches
4 Mar
Church unity, sustainability, and a vibrant church were key topics at a recent retreat of bishops, management team, youth and women leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
Icelandic pastors and bishops after the consecration of Rev. Agnes Sigurðardóttir as bishop of Iceland in 2012 (seventh from right, front row). Bishop Guðmundsdóttir is fifth from the left in the front row. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
28 Feb
Church of Iceland offers equal opportunities for women
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women Ordination, women in leadership, Youth, Youth Participation
28 Feb
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland takes gender justice seriously and prides itself on offering equal opportunities for women in the workplace.
Participants in the women’s self-help group Tesfa (‘hope’) gather for the day. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Feb
Ethiopian church empowers communities to thrive on their own
Climate Change, Diakonia, Livelihoods, Food Security, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Ethiopia, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
22 Feb
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus supports communities across the country through its Development and Social Services Commission
Ms Desri Maria Sumbayak, LWF Vice-President for Asia and Council member Ms LoeRose Mbise, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo. LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Feb
The LWF Strategy in Bahasa Indonesia and Swahili
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Lutheran World Federation Indonesia National Committee, council, Council 2018, LWF Council, LWF Publications
21 Feb
The LWF Strategy 2019-2024 is now available in Bahasa Indonesia and Swahili languages, thanks to translation coordinated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and the LWF National Committee...
Rev. Tseganesh Ayele of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus welcomes participants to the CMCR. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
6 Feb
“As churches in mission, we belong to each other”
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, General Secretary, Mission, Self-Understanding of Communion, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
6 Feb
LWF General Secretary addresses EECMY Committee of Mutual Christian Responsibility ...
Visiting LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and his team join EECMY church leaders in a meeting with members of the Hundedo self-help group in Hadiya, on 31 January. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
1 Feb
Ethiopia: Symbols of Hope help rebuild lives of young people
Diakonia, diaconia, DWS Ethiopia, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Ethiopia, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, gender-based violence, Migrants, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
1 Feb
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and the LWF are helping young migrant returnees rebuild their lives through a project called Symbols of Hope
Mexican Lutheran Church Pastor President Rev. Roberto Trejo Haager. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
1 Feb
Mexican Lutheran church leader shares his vision of a healing community of believers
Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Violence, Advocacy, Voices from the Communion
1 Feb
Rev. RTH Roberto Trejo Haager, Pastor President of the Mexican Lutheran Church, envisages the Lutheran church in Mexican society today as a healing community of believers
A congregation of new LWF member church the United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod meets in Santiago de Cuba. The church has more female ordained leaders than male. Photo: United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod
23 Jan
New LWF member: United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod
member church, LWF member churches, council, Council 2018, music, Women, bible, Women in Ordained Ministry, development, Member Churches
23 Jan
“Being part of the Lutheran communion allows us to give and receive in every way. We can learn from others and at the same time can offer the gifts the Holy Spirit gave us,” says Bishop Ismael...
LWF Vice-President Rev. Huberto Kirchheim, during the 1998 LWF Council meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/C. Rothenbühler
17 Jan
Tribute to former LWF Vice-President Huberto Kirchheim (1938-2019)
Brazil, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, tribute, death, council, Latin America and the Caribbean, LWF Vice-President
17 Jan
Brazilian church leader Rev. Huberto Kirchheim, former Vice-President of the LWF, died on 14 January at the age of 80.
Rev. Inken Wöhlbrand has been director of the LWF Center Wittenberg since October 2018. Photo: LWF/Weyermüller
16 Jan
A home that connects Lutherans around the world
theological formation, Theology, Lutheran theology, Luther Garden, Wittenberg, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg
16 Jan
Rev. Inken Wöhlbrand, the new director of the LWF center, discusses about the center’s work, the potential of ecumenical and international encounters, and how the Luther Garden has woven a worldwide...
A peace dove and flowers at a monument in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of Albin Hillert
1 Jan
LWF New Year Message: ‘Seek peace and pursue it’
Peace, peace building, peacebuilding, New Years Message, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Member Churches
1 Jan
In his New Year Message to the Lutheran communion, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge reassures churches that “when we root ourselves in Christ, we are well equipped to engage in this...