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LWF Council meeting, 2019: Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Jun
LWF Council to meet online, 18-23 June
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14 Jun
The LWF Council will hold its annual meeting online, 18-23 June. LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, head of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, will formally open the meeting.
Cover photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Highlights of LWF’s work in a unique year of COVID-19 solidarity
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, member church
10 Jun
The LWF Annual Report 2020 is available online. Under the theme, “Leave no one behind” it gives an overview of the organization’s work in an unprecedented year marked mostly by the COVID-19 pandemic...
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...
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan Johnson pictured in 2017 at the LWF Twelfth Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Jun
Canada: In mission for others, when church and home feel the same
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building
4 Jun
In this Voices from the Communion, National Bishop Susan Johnson says her nurturing family and childhood church shaped how she leads the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada into the world with love...
Rev. Anne Burghardt and Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata. Photo: Composite
2 Jun
Two candidates for next LWF general secretary
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2 Jun
Candidates from Estonia and Zimbabwe have been proposed for the position of general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. The search for a new leader of the communion of churches has been...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 May
Sowing seeds of hope in soil of online conversation
social media, Public theology, Hate speech, COVID19, Public Space, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Communications, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space
28 May
Churches have a responsibility to educate, equip and engage on social media to promote a culture of respect, counter hate speech and sow seeds of hope. That was the message from panelists at a...
The Learning Programme was developed with interdiac partner organizations. November 2020, Tallinn, Estonia consultative meeting. Photo: interdiac
26 May
New diaconal program teaches conflict transformation
LWF member churches, Diakonia, ecumenical relations, Communion Building, Communion
26 May
The International Academy for Diaconia and Christian Social Action and Diaconia in Central and Eastern Europe (interdiac) offers a new Learning Programme that teaches diaconal players within the...
Ecumenical experts at an Anglican-Lutheran Society conference reflect on the need for humility and a critical self-examination on the path to Christian unity. Photo: Unsplash/Michaela Murphy
26 May
Seeking new directions on road to Christian unity
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, Theology, Anglican, Anglican-Lutheran relations, PCPCU, Lutheran-Catholic
26 May
During a 21 May online conference of the Anglican-Lutheran Society entitled ‘Stumbling Blocks and Springboards: working together for forgiveness and reconciliation’, the LWF Assistant General...
Photo by Sam Moqadam on Unsplash
24 May
COVID-19 response must include ‘Health for all’
COVID19, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Human Rights, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, ecumenical relations
24 May
The LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has joined other leaders of religious and humanitarian organizations in calling for a global ‘Health for All’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
There are many risks on the irregular migration journey from El Salvador to the U.S border. Photo: F. Arucha/ Salvadoran Lutheran Church
21 May
El Salvador: “Witnessing migration is one of the hardest things”
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building
21 May
In this Voices from the Communion: Mr. Fernando Arucha, a church communicator and a member of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church talks about his faith, the risks people take to embark on irregular...
LWF President Panti Filibus Musa. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 May
LWF President Musa: “God wants a new beginning”
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17 May
The 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag took place from 13-16 May. This time it was mainly an online event, gathering thousands of Christians from different denominations in Germany under the theme “Take a...
IELCO pastoral body. Photo by Melissa Gómez Yepes/ IELCO
11 May
Colombia: Church calls on government to protect life, peacefully listen
Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches, Advocacy
11 May
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia pastoral body issued a letter expressing deep concern over recent widespread unrest in Colombia that left 26 dead, thousands injured and hundreds missing...
Dr Nababan was always willing to bring a prophetic voice to the global communion and “he was truly a leader with vision and passion for the Church,” wrote LWF general secretary Junge in a letter to the church. Photo: WCC
11 May
LWF remembers Indonesian church leader Nababan as "a leader with vision and passion for the church”
Obituary, Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches
11 May
The LWF sent condolences to the Protestant Christian Batak Church following the death of former HKBP Ephorus and former LWF Vice President Rev. Dr Soritua A.E. Nababan remembering him for his “...
Newly elected president of the EKD Synod, Anna-Nicole Heinrich, during the EKD’s synodal meeting which took place mostly online. Photo: epd-bild
10 May
Germany: Anna-Nicole Heinrich youngest president of EKD synod
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership, Lay people
10 May
This weekend Ms Anna-Nicole Heinrich was elected as the new president of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany on 8 May. A 25-year-old student from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria...
The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. Photo: Denis Leypold
21 Apr
Strasbourg institute invites Lutheran pastors for online seminar on ecumenism
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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...
"Rooted in seeking justice” Janka Adameová is the director and co-founder of the International Academy of Diakonia and Social Action of Central and Eastern Europe (interdiac). Photo: LWF
16 Apr
Czech Republic: The Church is “a facilitator of change”
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building, Diakonia
16 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion Janka Adameová, director of the International Academy of Diakonia and Social Action of Central and Eastern Europe (interdiac) talks about how her vocation integrates...
Patients receive Dialysis treatment at the Augusta Victoria Hospital. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert.
9 Apr
LWF welcomes plans for restoration of U.S. assistance for East Jerusalem hospitals
AVH, Diakonia, quality services, Human Rights, Palestine, COVID19
9 Apr
The LWF welcomes plans for the restoration of U.S. funding to the Palestinians, which will include much needed support for the East Jerusalem Hospital Network. The funding had been cut in 2018,...
Bishop Azar and EEC Executive Director Simon Awad plant trees in the "Tree of Life" initiative for those who died from COVID-19 in Palestine. Photo: Iyad Amr/School of Hope
7 Apr
COVID-19: “Tree of Life” initiative launched by Palestinian bishop
COVID19, MC/COVID19, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
7 Apr
Prompted to remember those who have died of the virus, Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land launched a memorial to plant an olive or native tree for...
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...
23-27 September 2019, Faculty EST, São Leopoldo, Brazil. LAC and North America HUB training on mediation, using the tool “Dialogue for Peaceful Change.” Photo: Scheila Dillenburg/InS"
31 Mar
“Blessed are the peacemakers” – new publication on reconciliation
LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion, Communion Building
31 Mar
“In a world with increasing violence, loss, pain and loneliness, churches retain their relevance as spaces for healing,” writes Rev. Dr Patricia Cuyatti, outgoing Regional Secretary for Latin America...
A woman entrepreneur sews cloth face masks in Kyauk Tan Gyi village, Sittwe Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: LWF/Nu Nu Aye
30 Mar
COVID-19: LWF intensifies rapid response to include long-term recovery
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Member Churches, solidarity
30 Mar
The LWF is shifting its COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund from the current short-term emergency framework to focus more on recovery and livelihood projects. The objective is to address the long-lasting...
Rev. Charlotte Frycklund serves as the Church of Sweden’s “internet priest.” Photo by: Argument/Pierre Eriksson
19 Mar
Sweden: Internet pastor engages faith seekers online
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, COVID19, MC/COVID19, social media, Voices from the Communion
19 Mar
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Charlotte Frycklund talks about her work as the Church of Sweden’s first “internet priest” and the request of the people for access to their questions via...
Pastor Miroslav Ponjičan (back right) with youth and children, preparing for a tree planting activity in the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia (SEAVC). Photos: SEAVC
15 Mar
Serbia: Apple trees as a sign of faith and creation
Theology, LWF member churches, Climate, Youth, Communion Building, Climate Justice
15 Mar
“Even if I knew that the world was to collapse tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.” This hope-filled quote, attributed to the reformer Martin Luther, inspired Miroslav Ponjičan, a...
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...