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Participants in this year’s RoNEL included 16 LWF member church leaders from 13 countries. Seen here, from right: Pastor President Rev. Julio Caballero; (Honduras); Bishop Leila Ortiz (USA); Rev. Dr Nestor Paulo Friedrich (LWF Vice-President, LAC); Rev. Dr Sameul Dawai (Regional Secretary, Africa) and Bishop Johnes Meliyio (Kenya). Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
16 Sep
Church leaders: shared Lutheran values across diverse contexts
Ronel, Induction of Newly Elected Leaders, Newly-elected leaders' retreat, Leadership
16 Sep
At annual LWF retreat for newly elected bishops and presidents among LWF’s member churches, participants shared experiences on Lutheran identity, being an inclusive church and serving the neighbor.
(From right): Bishop Deddy Fajar Purba, Simalungun Protestant Christian Church (GKPS), Indonesia; First Vice-President Odair Airton Braun, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil; Bishop Laurie Jungling, Montana Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Bishop Steven Lawrence, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia; and Presiding Bishop Kenneth Sibanda, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner-Meyer
7 Sep
Leadership for peace and reconciliation
Leadership, Ronel, Induction of Newly Elected Leaders, Governance, Newly-elected leaders' retreat, women in leadership, Women's Leadership, LWF member churches, church unity, Lutheran theology
7 Sep
Addressing the annual retreat of newly elected leaders from LWF’s member churches, General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt emphasized the churches’ role as messengers of peace and reconciliation.
Some of the church leaders at the 2019 RoNEL in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner 
25 Aug
Reflecting together on leadership in the Lutheran communion
Newly-elected leaders' retreat, Member Churches, Leadership
25 Aug
The Lutheran World Federation will host its annual Retreat of Newly-Elected Leaders at the Communion Office in Geneva and the LWF Center in Wittenberg, 4-12 September.
Youth delegates at the May 2022 LWF Leadership Conference of the Americas in Santiago, Chile. Photo: LWF/E. Albrecht
1 Jun
LWF youth amplify ‘Peace Messengers’ role in churches and communities
Peace, Youth, Peace Messengers, Advocacy, LWF member churches, peace building, Global Young Reformers Network, Training
1 Jun
Youth representing all seven regions of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) continue to promote 2022 as the Global Young Reformers’ Year of Peace, as they gather in-person for the third international...
LWF’s program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment, Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi and Regional Secretary for Africa Rev. Dr Elieshi Ayo Mungure gather with staff and students for the inauguration of the new theology, gender justice and leadership course at Tumaini University Makumira in Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Algo Lameck Lwendo
31 May
Tanzania: new program on theology, gender and leadership
Gender, Gender Studies, Leadership, Theology, Communion Building, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership
31 May
Sixteen women and men from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches across Africa have begun training as part of a new gender justice program established in memory of the pioneering...
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...
With LWF’s support, the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren runs the DOOR diaconal project to raise awareness about welcoming refugees and migrants in the Czech Republic. In this photo, a children’s day, organized by the Teplice congregation as part of DOOR’s integration activities. Photo: Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren
6 Sep
Call for proposals: Member church projects and COVID-19 response
LWF member churches, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Member Churches, Diakonia, Capacity development
6 Sep
The LWF has issued an open call to its member churches to submit proposals for new long-term projects starting in 2023 and for the fourth phase of its ongoing COVID-19 RRF.
Malagasy Lutheran Church pioneer woman theologian Hélène Ralivao. Photo: Gustav Steensland/VID
29 Jun
LWF’s Hélène Ralivao Fund awards first scholarships for women in Africa
Theology, Education, Lutheran identity, Identity, Leadership, LWF member churches, Governance, Women
29 Jun
The legacy of Malagasy Lutheran Church pioneer woman theologian Hélène Ralivao will live on through a new program dedicated to women’s theological education and leadership development in Africa. The...
Facilitating intergenerational dialogue is part of the young reformers’ activities in the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. Photo: IECLB / Martina Scherer
12 Feb
Young reformers build networks that keep churches connected
Leadership, Governance, Youth, Member Churches, Global Young Reformers Network
12 Feb
More than 30 members of The LWF Global Young Reformers Network 2.0 in the Latin American and Caribbean and North American regions recently met online to discuss the connection between their...
Christian communities worldwide should be models for an economy of life in their own contexts urge the global Christian organizations. The photo shows LWF livelihoods projects in Nepal. LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
COVID-19: Adopt an Economy of Life, urge global Christian organizations
Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, coronavirus, COVID19, Christianity, WS / COVID19
15 May
In a joint message, the LWF, WCC, WCRC, and Council of World Mission have urged governments to bolster support for healthcare and social protection. They further called for debt cancellation and the...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
Working together for justice, peace and reconciliation
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, Member Churches
15 May
The LWF Annual Report for the work carried out in 2019 is now available. The report highlights the Communion Office collaboration with churches as they witness in their local and global contexts, and...
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 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...
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...