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Bishop Jerzy Samiec, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, and Bishop Pavlo Shvarts, German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine. Bishop Samiec has called on the parishes of his church to open their doors to welcome refugees from Ukraine. Photo: Dariusz Bruncz
27 Feb
Ukrainian Bishop Shvarts: “Give shelter to refugees"
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
27 Feb
Lutherans in Ukraine are standing firm against the invasion of Russia and providing support for people in the country. They call on churches in Europe to shelter refugees from Ukraine, advocate...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Feb
Restore peace in Ukraine
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
25 Feb
In a statement released on 25 February, LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and global solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Photo: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
25 Feb
Ukraine: LWF calls for donations to support people and churches
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
25 Feb
The LWF has launched a call for donations to support the churches and people of Ukraine, who are fleeing their homes and seeking shelter, basic necessities such as food and water, following Russia’s...
Outdoor workshops for young people particularly affected by the lockdown measures in Slovakia. Photo: Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Slovak Republic
4 Feb
COVID-19 rapid response fund: “A shared commitment to leave no one behind”
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4 Feb
Through the LWF Rapid Response Fund, the communion was able to rally support and provide direct and indirect relief to congregations and local communities facing the unprecedented challenges of the...
Rev. Lilana Kasper Executive Director of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA), the first woman to hold the office. Photo: R. Mofulatsi/LUCSA
4 Feb
South Africa: “Seeking God wholeheartedly” in her work
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, LUCSA, sgbv
4 Feb
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Lilana Kasper recounts how chaplaincy with the South African Police Service and other rich pastoral experiences shaped her journey and prepared her for her...
Eva Christina Nilsson, director of LWF’s Department for Theology, Mission and Justice. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 Jan
From Swedish countryside to global church coordination
Theology, Ecumenical, Communion Building, Youth, Communion, Women, Diakonia, Diakonia. Theology, LWF member churches, Mission
28 Jan
Growing up on a farm in the southern Swedish countryside seems a far cry from the high-flying career in international development and mission that Eva Christina Nilsson has been pursuing for almost...
Voices from the Communion Rev. Auður Eir Vilhjálmsdóttir the first woman ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland preaches to the Woman’s Church. Photo: Kvennakirkjan
21 Jan
Iceland: She trailblazed a legacy of women's ordination
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building
21 Jan
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Auður Eir Vilhjálmsdóttir the first woman ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, gives us a glimpse of the joys she experienced, the...
The online campaign “17 Weeks, 17 Goals” spotlights one SDG every week and calls for action on the specific theme. Photo LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Jan
Germany: “17 Weeks, 17 Goals” online campaign on the UN Sustainable Development Goals
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17 Jan
With an online campaign that runs from 17 January to 17 May, Mission EineWelt from Germany invites people to participate in a local, national, and international journey to discover the 17 UN...
Rev. Dr Denis Rakotozafy, President, Malagasy Lutheran Church. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
7 Jan
Madagascar: Self-sustainability is key for a growing church
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building, sustainability
7 Jan
In this Voices from the Communion Malagasy Lutheran Church President Rev. Dr Denis Rakotozafy looks back at his one year in office. He reflects on moving on from “a tough time of grieving and huge...
Presiding Bishop Jerzy Samiec from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Dec
Poland: Raising a prophetic voice, being church in the public space
Member Churches, Women Ordination, Voices from the Communion
17 Dec
In this Voices from the Communion, Presiding Bishop Jerzy Samiec from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland gives insights into the role of the church in Polish society,...
The Church of Sweden apologizes for its complicity in the abuse of indigenous Sámi People. Magnus Aronson / Icon
25 Nov
Church of Sweden apologizes for abuse of the Sámi People
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Minorities and Indigenous People, indigenous people
25 Nov
The Church of Sweden delivered a public apology on 24 November for its role in “legitimized repression” and centuries of “mistreatment and complacency” toward the Sámi People. The apology to leaders...
Rev. Toshiki Toma and Bishop of Hólar Diocese Solveig Lara Gudmundsdottir at the LWF Ecumenical Center in 2019. Rev. Toshiki Toma of the International Congregation in Breiðholts Church is pastor to immigrants and refugees at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Nov
Icelandic church strengthens commitment to immigrants, refugees
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Migrants, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger
25 Nov
The General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland recently approved a comprehensive immigration and refugee policy that pledges to improve the church’s services to people with a foreign...
Attorney Scarlet Bishara is a judge in the Ecclesiastical Court of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) and a member of the ELCJHL Church of the Reformation at Beit Jala. Photo: LWF/Ben Gray
19 Nov
Palestine: Women trust a woman judge to “understand them”
Communion Building, Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches
19 Nov
In this Voices from the Communion Judge Scarlet Bishara, talks about how her presence on the court fosters trust and a welcome familiarity for women seeking justice.
Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
18 Nov
Burghardt: Grace, education, freedom to serve neighbor
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18 Nov
In her first address as General Secretary to the Council of the LWF, Rev. Anne Burghardt outlined three key principles or “gifts” that lie at the heart of Lutheran identity.
In her sermon, Burghardt reflected on the words of St Paul's letter to the Romans, urging Christians to be “transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God.” Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
17 Nov
Burghardt: Churches called to be agents of positive change
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17 Nov
The Lutheran World Federation President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa welcomed colleagues, members and friends from across the global communion of churches on 17 November for the installation of...
The Lutheran Church in Liberia initiates an ecumenical joint project to alleviate hunger through national rice farming. All photos: Rev. Linda Seyenkulo/LCL/ELCA
17 Nov
Church in Liberia follows Gospel: “You give them something to eat”
Communion Building, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches, Diakonia
17 Nov
The Liberian Initiative for Feeding Everyone (LIFE-Liberia), a collaborative project envisioned by the Lutheran Church in Liberia Bishop Dr Jensen Seyenkulo, aims to create food and economic security...
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...
Delegation observes flood site at Mekane Yesus Seminary. All Photos: Refilwe Mofulatsi/LUCSA, Zacharia Osanga/ELCT
11 Nov
Strengthening communion relations in Africa
Communion Building, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran identity, Education, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Theology, Consultation, solidarity
11 Nov
An extended Lutheran Council in Africa consultation held by the LWF from 22-25 October in Ethiopia, reflected on common concerns in the Africa region particularly the church’s role in the public...
Worship in an EECMY congregation. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Nov
Ethiopia: LWF in solidarity with church and people yearning for peace
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10 Nov
The LWF has expressed the communion’s “deep concern” over the recent developments in Ethiopia and “solidarity with our sisters and brothers” and all people yearning for peace.
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...