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LWF Third International Lay Leaders’ Seminar, held from 27 June to 6 July in Geneva and Wittenberg. Participants Mabel Ngee-fui Ho (Malaysia), Melkion Panuaitan (Indonesia) and Anna Christine Ursula Unruh-lungfiel (Germany). Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Jul
Reinforcing the contribution of lay people to the church
Lay people, Leadership, church growth and sustainability, Wittenberg, General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy, United Nations
18 Jul
Lutherans from 16 countries participated in the Lutheran World Federation’s 3rd International Lay Leaders’ Seminar which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, and Wittenberg, Germany, from 27 June to 6...
Bishop Patricia Davenport, ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. Photo: Bob Fisher-SEPAComm
31 May
Bishop Patricia Davenport: Ministry on the front lines
Women in Chuch and Society, women in leadership, Voices from the Communion, member church, racism, Interfaith, ELCA
31 May
The first black woman bishop in the ELCA reflects on her church’s work to combat racism and build a ‘beloved community’
Delegates during the ALCLC, From left: Ms Minia Fecadu, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eritrea; Ms Faith Wambua, Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church; Rev. Seganesh Ayele Asele, The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Rev. Justin Mofolo and Ms Mabel Madinga, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi.
23 May
Peace and justice issues are pertinent to the church’s mission in Africa
Africa leadership consultation, LUCSA, faith and women’s empowerment, LWF gender justice policy, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Youth, albinism, Youth Participation, Climate, theological formation, peace and justice
23 May
African Lutheran church leaders have said holistic witness for peace and justice on the continent today should focus on issues that directly affect the continent such as the “chain of slavery”...
Rev. Angela del Consuelo Trejo Haager, from the Mexican Lutheran Church at the Latin America and the Caribbean & North America leadership meeting in Peru. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
20 May
Churches in the Americas: witnessing together for justice and peace
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, peace and justice
20 May
Participants to Latin American and the Caribbean and North America leadership conference in Lima, Peru, issue a message pledging to strengthen regional cooperation.
Rev. Dr Frank Otfried July, LWF Council member and Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg. Photo: EMH/Gottfried Stoppel
17 May
Getting to know the diversity of a denominational family
Voices from the Communion, cooperation, member church, Peace, Creation, Menonite-Lutheran relations, Pentecostal-Lutheran relations, church growth and sustainability, Orthodox Lutheran relations, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations, church unity
17 May
Rev. Dr Frank Otfried July talks about perspectives gained from his multiple engagements for the Lutheran communion, as well as the situation of the churches in Germany, especially the Evangelical...
Intergenerational discussion on the witness of the LWF member churches in Latin America and the Caribbean & North America. Photo:LWF/A. Danielsson
13 May
Signs of hope amid challenging times
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event
13 May
Vibrant churches who are visible and present in their communities, empowering youth and women, and working on human rights, gender justice, climate justice, and migration, were in focus on the...
From left to right: Ordained pastors of the Mexican Lutheran Church; Karina Carmona, José Alcantara, Sofía Tenorio, Ángela Trejo, David Brondos, Roberto Trejo and Moisés Espino following the worship service celebrating 10 years of women’s ordination. Photo: L. Tenorio/ILM
12 Apr
Mexican church marks 10 years of women’s ordination
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women in Ordained Ministry, Gender Justice, Women Ordination, women in leadership
12 Apr
The recent celebration of 10 years of women’s ordination in the Mexican Lutheran Church was an occasion to reaffirm the church’s commitment to empower and encourage both women and men to contribute...
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, Voices from the Communion
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...
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 at the Working Together meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
5 Mar
Strengthening partnerships to support holistic mission and service
church growth and sustainability, Member Churches, humanitarian support, service, partners, country programs
5 Mar
Representatives of a dozen member churches and related organizations of the LWF have been meeting in Geneva to discuss ways of strengthening their partnerships to provide more effective support for...
(From left) Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment; Kathrin Wallrabe, ELCS equal opportunities officer and WICAS regional coordinator for Central Western Europe; Bettina Westfeld, LWF Council member and vice-president of the ELCS synod. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
29 Nov
Participation of women and men is a theological issue
Women in Church and Society, Leadership, women in leadership, Human Rights, LWF Twelfth Assembly, Twelfth Assembly, Women
29 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony has passed a law to recognize the fundamental issue of gender justice in the composition of church governing bodies.
Participants to the LAC leadership conference. Photo: LWF/Eugenio Albrecht
18 May
Promoting good leadership in the Lutheran churches of the Americas
Leadership, theological formation, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
18 May
“The Lutheran doctrine is the same, but the social contexts differ”
Christina Jackson-Skelton giving the report of the Finance Committee at the Lutheran World Federation's Twelfth Assembly. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 May
LWF total income has nearly doubled to almost EUR 780 million
12th Assembly, Endowment Fund, Finance
11 May
Finance chairperson Jackson-Skelton thanks member churches for “faithful support”
The Africa pre-Assembly was told hunger dehumanizes people while the only way to divide the wealth in the world is through attaining quality education. Photo: LWF ALCINET/Felix Samari
10 Feb
Zero hunger and quality education paramount to Africa
Sustainable Development Goals, 2030 Agenda
10 Feb
Africa Pre-Assembly discusses Sustainable Development Goals
Bishop Müller administers communion. Photo: LWF
9 Feb
Perfectly united in proclaiming the gospel
Africa Pre-Assembly, LWF Assembly, Assembly 2017
9 Feb
African Bishop calls for focus on joint witness at beginning of Africa Pre-Assembly
Presenting the Women’s Message at the Africa Pre-Assembly symbolized by the four wings of a windmill are (from left) Faustina Manyangu (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania), Council member Titi Malik (The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria), and Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Maina (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon). Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
9 Feb
A strong message from Africa’s women
Women's Pre-Meeting, Africa Pre-Assembly, LWF Assembly, Twelfth Assembly, Assembly 2017
9 Feb
Women on the Move to Windhoek
African churches have had a valuable contribution to make to the communion, Rev. Dr Martin Junge said in his address Africa Pre-Assembly. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
8 Feb
Mutuality and solidarity at the heart of the communion of churches
Africa Pre-Assembly, LWF Assembly, LWF Twelfth Assembly
8 Feb
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge addresses delegates at Africa Pre-Assembly ...
Worship is an important part of the Pre-Assemblies, bringing delegates together to listen to and reflect on the Bible and join in prayer. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
6 Feb
Europe Pre-Assembly in photos
Europe pre-Assembly, Assembly 2017, LWF Assembly, Sweden, Conviviality
6 Feb
A look at this significant week, in pictures
"Today’s gospel allows us to believe that it needs the recognition of a wounded God to overcome violence" - Swedish Archbishop Antje Jackelén giving the opening sermon of the Europe Pre-Assembly. Photo: LWF/A. Daníelsson
1 Feb
Recognition of a wounded God needed to overcome violence
Europe pre-Assembly, Archbishop Antje Jackélen, LWF Twelfth Assembly
1 Feb
Festive worship with local congregation at beginning of European Pre-Assembly
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge speaks at the Europe Pre-Assembly, in Sweden. Photo: LWF/A. Daníelsson
31 Jan
Europe preparations for Assembly a chance to strengthen communion of churches in Europe
Europe pre-Assembly, Assembly 2017, LWF Assembly
31 Jan
Delegates from three LWF regions meet in Höör, Sweden
Rev. Yonas Yigezu, right, pledges to lead the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus with unity and love. On left, outgoing EECMY president, Rev. Dr Wakseyoum Idosa. Photo: EECMY/Tsion Alemayehu
30 Jan
Ethiopian church elects Yonas Yigezu as president
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, EECMY, Leadership, Rev. Yonas Yigezu
30 Jan
LWF General Secretary invites EECMY to continue strong engagement in the Lutheran Communion
LWF lay leaders: studying Lutheran theology at historical sites of the Reformation and experiencing the worldwide church community.
26 Jan
First LWF seminar for lay leaders offers sound theological knowledge
Lay people, seminar, Wittenberg, Ecumenical Centre
26 Jan
"A priesthood of all believers"...
Members of the local planning team for the LWF Youth pre-Assembly. Photo: LWF/ C.Bader
23 Jan
Young Namibians excited to host global Lutheran youth gathering
Assembly 2017, Namibia, Youth pre-Assembly, Youth
23 Jan
More than 110 young Lutherans expected for LWF Youth Pre-Assembly in Ondangwa
Current and past bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, with the first eight female clergy in the Northern Diocese, which recently marked 25 years of women’s ordination. Photo: ELCT/Richard A. Mmbaga
23 Sep
More than 250 female pastors and growing
Women's Ordination, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT)
23 Sep
Celebrating 25 years of Lutheran women’s ordination in Tanzania’s Northern Diocese
Songs of praise during a worship service in Asia. Photo: LWF/C.Kästner
30 Aug
More than 74 million members in LWF’s 145 churches
Lutheran, LWF, Lutheran World Federation, Member Churches
30 Aug
Significant growth in the global South
Kenneth Mtata. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
22 Aug
Scriptures must continue to inform the church’s response to the world
Lutheran hermeneutics
22 Aug
Interview with theologian Kenneth Mtata, coordinator of LWF’s hermeneutics process
Church leaders at the LWF leaders conference last year. Photo: Johanan Celine P. Valeriano
11 Aug
Asia Pre-Assembly kicks off regional preparations for LWF Twelfth Assembly
Asia Pre-Assembly
11 Aug
Lutherans in Thailand host delegates from 54 churches
LWF takes to the streets to push for a UN climate change deal, November 2015. The LWF Council says churches should join in networks that build solidarity. Photo: LWF/P.Mumia
21 Jun
Articulating Lutheran presence in the public space
Council 2016, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space
21 Jun
LWF Council approves study document, invites church action