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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...
Participants attending the Colloquium at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies in Ecumenism listen to LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge giving his keynote address. Photo: Ivan Karageorgiev/Unité des Chrétiens
18 Mar
Paris conference marks 20 years of Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, JDDJ, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue
18 Mar
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church, an ecumenical gathering in Paris examined its role in inter-church...
Lutheran delegation on the first day of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, 11 March, 2019. Photo: Rich Copley
15 Mar
Advocating for women’s access to social protection
Interfaith, UN Women, Commission on the Status of Women, faith and women’s empowerment, Advocacy, CSW
15 Mar
Lutheran women and men from around the world are taking part in the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, advocating for increased partnerships between governments and faith-...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Paulino Wanawilla Onango (right) during the LWF-hosted UN side event on human rights in South Sudan. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
13 Mar
South Sudan: Human rights’ review mechanism provides strong foundation for lasting peace
Advocacy, UPR, United Nations, General Secretary Martin Junge, South Sudan
13 Mar
LWF and representatives of both civil society and faith-based actors in South Sudan have noted the government’s growing openness to address human rights violations through constructive engagement...
LWF Secretary General Rev Dr. Martin Junge speaking at a colloquium organized by the Institute of Advanced Ecumenical Studies of the Catholic University of Paris. Photo: Stephen Brown
13 Mar
JDDJ: Building bridges of reconciliation and theological understanding
Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, JDDJ, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church
13 Mar
Speaking on 12 March at a colloquium in Paris, jointly organized by the Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic theology faculties, the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge looked back to the signing...
LWF Communion Office staff marked the 2019 International Women’s Day by taking part in activities on gender justice. This included quizzes, book presentations and reflections from General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Mar
LWF celebrates International Women’s Day 2019
Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Justice Policy, women's advocacy
8 Mar
In order to raise awareness around gender justice issues, the LWF Communion Office marked International Women’s Day 2019 with a program of prayer, various activities and a reflection from General...
Viviana Machuca (left), representing the Colombia inter-church platform DIPAZ, and Sara Lara (right), director of the human rights program of IELCO, in Geneva for the CEDAW shadow report on Colombia, meet with Rev. Dr Martin Junge (center), LWF General Secretary. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
26 Feb
Colombia: Pushing for peace and women’s rights
CEDAW, Colombia, women's human rights, Human Rights, General Secretary Martin Junge
26 Feb
Colombia’s hard won peace accords are at risk in the current political climate. That’s the view of a civil society delegation from the South American nation that presented a shadow report to the...
Rev Rolando Antonio Ortez, Pastor President of the ICLH, presides at the ordinations of three male and four female pastors in 2017. Photo: LWF/P. Cuyatti
20 Feb
Honduran church models inclusion and opportunities for young women
Migration, Honduras, ELCA, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Migrants, Youth
20 Feb
While controversy continues to surround the planned building of a wall along the southern border of the United States, the Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras is working hard to support young...
An app developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover strives to interrupt busy daily routines with spiritual impulses. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Feb
Germany: Attention and space for God’s presence
Germany, information technology, God, member church, LWF member churches, Communications, church
18 Feb
An app developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover strives to interrupt busy daily routines with spiritual impulses.
Paula Müller-Otfried (center, standing) was the first woman to be elected to the regional synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover in 1921. In the political arena she stood for election to the Weimar National Assembly in 1919 and won a seat in the Reichstag in 1920. Photo commissioned by the DEF: Kasch, A.; Th. Möller Nachf., Stralsund; AddF, Kassel, Sign.: NL-K-16, D-F1/00045.
13 Feb
Germany: The long road to equal rights for women in leadership
Women, Women in Church and Society, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership, women's empowerment, women's advocacy
13 Feb
The year 2019 marks 100 years since women obtained the right to vote in Germany. While celebrating this significant anniversary, a new study has shown that the country’s Protestant churches still...
Msgr Matthias Türk, outgoing head of the Lutheran Catholic desk at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, addresses participants at the LWF Council meeting in June 2018. Photo:Albin Hillert/LWF
11 Feb
"You cannot be Christian without working hard for church unity"
PCPCU, Ecumenical, ecumenicals relations, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations
11 Feb
One of the key figures in Lutheran-Catholic dialogue over the last two decades is leaving his desk at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and returning to his native Germany
Participating in the e-mobility pilot project, from left: Jan Westphal (director, Horizonte gGmbH Altenburg), Dietmar Wiegand (deputy head, Altenburger Land church district), Rev. Christian Sparsbrod ( Rudolstadt-Saalfeld church district) and Rev. Jens Bechtloff ( Kindelbrück pastorate) with the new cars. Photo: EKM/Diana Steinbauer
23 Jan
Speed limit, electric cars and a forest towards a climate-friendly church
Climate Change, Climate, Advocacy, member church, pollution, environment
23 Jan
A petition to introduce a 130 km-per-hour speed limit on the German highway is one of the steps the Evangelical Church in Central Germany envisages in an ambitious campaign promoting care for the...
María Ruth Sanabria, Colombian human rights defender. Photo: LWF Colombia
18 Jan
María Ruth Sanabria: 40 years of taking risks to defend the rights of others
Minorities and Indigenous People, human rights defender, Human Rights, Advocacy, Peace, indigenous people
18 Jan
Despite continued threats on her life, María Ruth Sanabria remains undeterred in the struggle for the rights of marginalized people.
Rev. Dr Miriam Haar, LWF’s Theological Assistant. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
16 Jan
Deeply Committed to Christian unity
Ecumenical, JDDJ, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches, Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Joint Comemoration of the Reformation
16 Jan
Entitled ‘The Lutheran World Federation’s Commitments on the Ecumenical Way to Ecclesial Communion’, the publication was launched at a prayer service in the Geneva Ecumenical Center Chapel on 16...
From left to right, Wartburg professor of pastoral theology, Rev. Nathan Frambach, LWF’s communications officer, Philippa Hitchen, 3rd year student Carrie Petersen and 2nd year student Marietta Nelson-Bitte. Photo:LWF/N. Torrecillas
15 Jan
USA seminarians reflect on global ecumenism and reconciliation
Ecumenical, Ecumenical Centre, ecumenicals relations, Institute for Ecumenical Research, Taizé, Lutheran Theological Seminary, students, Lutheran theology, Theology
15 Jan
A group of students and professors from the Wartburg Theological Seminary in Iowa (USA) visited the LWF headquarters in Geneva.
LWF COP 24 delegate, Mr Khulekani Magwazah, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, speaks at one of the conference events in Katowice, Poland. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
18 Dec
A strong basis to implement climate agreement but the poor have been left behind
Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale, Climate Justice, Climate Change, COP24, COP
18 Dec
Negotiations at the United Nations climate conference in Katowice, Poland, have resulted in guidelines that provide a strong basis to implement the Paris Agreement.
Acolytes of the Lutheran Church in Liberia prepare to lead the march protesting all forms of violence in the Thursdays in Black campaign. All photos: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
13 Dec
Liberia’s Thursdays in Black campaign amplifies efforts to end gender-based violence
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Advocacy, Women, women's advocacy, women and girls, Gender Justice Policy, gender-based violence
13 Dec
...The launch of a Thursdays in Black campaign by the Lutheran Church in Liberia recently was a public call for action against violence directed at women and girls.
Part of the LWF delegation to COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Back row L-R: Sindri Geir Oskarsson, Helena Merle Funk, Wylie Cook, Romario Dohmann. Front row L-R Pranita Biswasi, Gloria Marthalena Samosir, Khulekani Magwaza. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
7 Dec
Climate change destroys livelihoods and ecosystems, LWF delegates remind world leaders
Climate intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, COP24, Youth, Climate, Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale
7 Dec
The planet’s future lies in the balance as world leaders, civil society and climate activists meet in Katowice, a coal mining town in Poland, to figure out how to implement the Paris Agreement on...
The CCME and CEC representatives presented the Christmas statement to First Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness in Brussels. Photo: CEC/Naveen Qayyum
4 Dec
European church leaders call for welcome of migrants in Christmas statement
Migrants, Welcoming the Stranger, Europe, Migration, Leadership
4 Dec
The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe has issued a statement calling on political leaders, churches and European citizens to work toward a more inclusive and welcoming society.
LWF food security project in Shumes hah, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Through a cash-for-work program, local farmers build irrigation channels and terraces for food and water conservation. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
30 Nov
COP24: Global church bodies urge transformative action to protect the most vulnerable
Climate, intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, WCC, ACT Alliance, LWF, COP24, COP
30 Nov
Global church organizations WCC, the LWF and ACT Alliance have called for renewed global solidarity and urgency of action to support the communities at the frontline of climate change impacts.
(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.
A group of participants in LWF's transformative education program for freed Haliyas in Baitadi, Nepal. Photos: LWF Nepal
28 Nov
From silent humiliation to advocacy for social change
Gender Justice, gender-based violence, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's empowerment
28 Nov
Education and awareness create a safe environment for marginalized Haliya women in Nepal, and leads to other community activities.
Rev. Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for Gender Justice and Women's Empowerment. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
23 Nov
LWF’s invitation to “Walk our Talk” and end violence against women and girls
Women, Women in Church and Society, WICAS, empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Human Rights
23 Nov
This year’s global campaign to end violence against women and girls is an opportunity for the Lutheran communion “to renew and reaffirm our deep commitments toward ending sexual and gender-based...
Namibian Lutheran pastors Rev. Klaus-Peter Tietz (left) and Rev. Isak Malua. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
22 Nov
Working together, growing friendships
Lutheran identity, Bible Study, Wittenberg, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Namibia, 12th Assembly, Assembly, Reformation
22 Nov
Isak Malua and Klaus-Peter Tietz are both pastors in Namibia, serving in two different Lutheran churches in the country. Lutheran World Information spoke to them about the hopes and challenges they...
Rescue teams work to save people stranded after severe flooding in Kerala, India. Photo: Shishir Kurian/CSI
21 Nov
Act now to avoid climate catastrophe, faith groups urge
Climate, intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, WCC, BftW, ACT Alliance, LWF
21 Nov
The LWF, ACT Alliance, WCC and Bread for the World are appealing to world leaders to take swift and coordinated action to limit global warming to 1.5°C as a humanitarian and ethical obligation.