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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
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
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist, Joint Statement, Statement
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...
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.