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Emma van Dorp lit five symbolic candles on the altar, as the church leaders affirmed the “wish to make more visible our common witness in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity.” Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
A source of hope towards Christian unity
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16 Jun
Leaders of Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Reformed and Anglican global church bodies today reaffirmed commitment to unity, joint witness and service as they co-presided a special prayer service...
Five LWF vice-presidents: from left to right, Desri Maria Sumbayak, Propstin Astrid Klein, Archbishop Antje Jackelen, Rev. Jeannette Ada Epse Maina and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
13 Jun
Promoting gender justice in church and society
Council 2019, pre-council, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women in Church and Society, Women, Gender Justice, Youth, Women in Ordained Ministry
13 Jun
Working together to challenge patriarchal structures and attitudes was at the top of the agenda as participants in a Pre-Council meeting on women gathered in Geneva to share stories and plan...
Members of the panel discussing prospects for peace and human rights in Colombia. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
11 Jun
Churches pledge support for Colombia’s human rights defenders
Ecumenical, Human Rights, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's rights, Colombia, Peace
11 Jun
The international community must do more to support those seeking to be a prophetic voice for justice and peace in Colombia today. That was the appeal from members of the Bogotá-based inter-church...
Participants during the October 2018 training of trainers’ workshop in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. On the far left, front row, is former EECMY president, Rev. Dr Wakseyoum Idosa, who coordinates the peace project. Photo: EECMY
7 Jun
Many partners, one objective: peace
Interfaith, Advocacy, Ethiopia, Women
7 Jun
Ethiopia’s church-led initiative builds trust among religions and community members
Participants at the Oslo workshop on Freedom of Religion and Gender Equality. Photo: Stefanus Alliance
6 Jun
Bridging the gap between gender justice and religious liberty
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, SDGs, Waking the Giant, United Nations, women's human rights, Climate Change, Education, Peace
6 Jun
The LWF joined around 30 other Faith Based Organizations to discuss the intersection between the right to religious freedom and women’s rights, within the framework of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable...
LWF Council members in the Ecumenical Center Chapel, during the opening worship service of the 2018 meeting. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
5 Jun
Celebration of ecumenical milestone, Thirteenth Assembly, to feature at 2019 LWF Council
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5 Jun
LWF Council to meet in Geneva from 13 to 18 June at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, under the theme “Because we know God’s voice” (John 10:4).
LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu addresses the Geneva conference. Photo: WCC/Ivars Kupcis
22 May
Educating for peace in a multi-religious world
Peace, Pope Francis, Human Rights, Migrants, ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue
22 May
LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu, spoke at an ecumenical and interfaith conference on 'Promoting Peace Together'...
Shaping the LWF communion: (from left) LWF Vice-President Astrid Kleist, LCiGB Dean-elect Rev. Eliza Zikmane, Rev. Dr Martin Lind, current Bishop of the LCiGB, and Oberkirchenrat Norbert Denecke, General Secretary of the LWF German National Committee. Photo: Astrid Kleist
15 May
Creating a space where trust can grow
ecumenical relations, Reformation, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Anglican-Lutheran relations, Governance, Peace
15 May
Pröpstin Astrid Kleist, Vice-President for the Central and Western Europe region of the LWF, visited The Lutheran Church in Great Britain for its annual synod held in London on 27 April.
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, addressing the WCRC Executive Committee. Photo: WCRC/P.Tanis
13 May
Witnessing to faith as a source of transformation
ecumenical relations, reformed church, JDDJ, Wittenberg Witness, Reformation, Creation - Not for Sale, Human Beings - Not for Sale, Salvation - Not for Sale
13 May
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge has encouraged members of the WCRC to continue working together with other Christians as they bear witness to “the power and the beauty of faith as a...
Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
6 May
Vital role of religions in providing safe space for civil society organization
PaRD, Theology, Ecumenical, partners, Advocacy, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, World Council of Churches, peace and justice
6 May
Faith groups play a vital role in opening spaces for civil society engagement with governments, even if that role is often ignored or misunderstood. That’s the view of Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General...
Rev Mark Whitfield, Bishop of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand. Photo: LCNZ
26 Apr
Lutherans living the gospel in New Zealand
Voices from the Communion, Muslim-Christian, inter-religious relations, Interfaith, Peace, Violence
26 Apr
Bishop Whitfield talks about ecumenism, interfaith relations and the challenges facing his church “at the bottom of the world.”
From left to right: Rev. Dr Hugo Adán Fernandez (Holy Trinity with St Matthew parish), Rev. Sarah Farrow (St Anne’s Lutheran Church), Dr Chris Asprey (l' Arche) and Rev. Dr Jaakko Rusama (Lutheran co-moderator, Anglican Lutheran Society). Photo: LWF/P. Bouwman
17 Apr
Anglican-Lutheran Society explores spirituality and living in diversity
Anglican-Lutheran relations, Roman Catholic
17 Apr
Exploring spirituality and living in diversity were key topics of the 2019 general meeting of the Anglican-Lutheran Society in London.
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...
In Uganda, LWF’s humanitarian work includes support to people who have fled conflict in neighboring South Sudan and DRC. At the Rwamwanja refugee settlement, Congolese Zubert Masuku is now a highly skilled fashion designer, who also trains fellow youth for free. Photo: LWF/ S. Nalubega
9 Apr
Human Rights Council: Concern for conflict-affected populations and people with albinism
DRC, South Sudan, Myanmar, albinism, UNHRC, United Nations Human Rights Council, Rakhine Crisis, IDP, internally displaced people, gender-based violence, Human Rights, peace building
9 Apr
The human rights situation in Myanmar, DRC and South Sudan, and access to justice for people living with albinism were key topics for the LWF through four oral statements and a side event at the 40th...
The representatives of five Christian World Communions --Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and the Reformed-- at the Notre Dame Consultation. Photo: Steve Toepp / University of Notre Dame
3 Apr
Statement from Notre Dame Consultation: Visible Unity and Common Witness
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3 Apr
Participants at a historic gathering of church leaders from five Christian World Communions have issued a statement recommitting themselves to communicating the biblical message of salvation in new...
Attending the service as guests of honor: WMC President Rev. Dr JC Park; LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge; Kurt Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Roman Catholic Church); Very Rev. Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, Dean of St Davids Cathedral in Wales (Anglican Communion); and WCRC General Secretary Rev. Dr Chris Ferguson. Photo: Peter Ringenberg/University of Notre Dame
27 Mar
Ecumenical prayer service on opening day of JDDJ consultation
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist
27 Mar
An ecumenical prayer service in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States, marked the opening of a three-day consultation of five Christian World...
Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Cabrera, President of the Guatemala Lutheran Church. Photo: Craig Foster
26 Mar
Guatemala: Church concern over setback in fight against impunity
Human Rights, human rights defender, Guatemala, Advocacy, Peace
26 Mar
In January 2019, the Guatemalan government rescinded an agreement with the CICG, effectively disbanding the work of the commission which was set up in 2006 with support from the UN.
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.
The University of Notre Dame in the U.S. state of Indiana where the consultation on the future of the JDDJ will take place. Photo: University of Notre Dame/Barbara Johnston
21 Mar
Ecumenical meeting in U.S. to follow up on Joint Declaration on Doctrine of Justification
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue
21 Mar
Leaders of five Christian World Communions meet at the Catholic University of Notre Dame in the United States next week to discuss the significance of the JDDJ and its impact on their search for full...
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...