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Survivors of sexual violence in conflict take part in a three-day training program in Geneva and call for action to end impunity, stigma and silence surrounding such crimes. Photo: LWF/L. Gillabert
29 Nov
Breaking the silence about sexual violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, Violence, survival, Advocacy
29 Nov
On 28 November, a group of women representing national SEMA networks in DRC, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi and Colombia brought their personal testimonies to a public event in Geneva University. They...
Men and women take part in discussions on gender justice at the Ohn Taw Gyi South camp for displaced Rohingyas near Sittwe, Rakhine State. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Phyo Aung Hein
25 Nov
16 Days: End violence against women & children
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Theology, Diakonia
25 Nov
In Asia, LWF Myanmar is using the 16 days to reinforce its long-standing commitment to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence in the workplace and in wider society.
Participants in the Global Consultation of Women doing Theology gather outside the Warsaw conference center where they are reflecting on biblical texts and relate them to the challenges they face in their churches today. Photo: LWF/P. Hitchen
15 Nov
Searching for treasures of Lutheran tradition
LWF gender justice policy, Women in Church and Society, Theology
15 Nov
Women doing theology ask: What does the gospel say about gender in the church today?
Resisting Exclusion - Global Theological Responses to Populism - Cover. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
15 Nov
New publication: Resisting Exclusion - Global Theological Responses to Populism
Public Space, DTPW publications, LWF Publications, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space
15 Nov
The LWF seeks to stimulate discussion around this question through a new publication titled Resisting Exclusion - Global Theological Responses to Populism. The volume in the LWF Studies series (2019/...
Professor Veli-Matti KaÌrkaÌinnen replies to a response panel to a paper of his. Gathered in Addis Ababa from 23-27 October 2019, Lutherans from across the globe join in consultation under the theme of 'We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'. Hosted by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, the consultation is the first phase of a study process on Lutheran identities. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
29 Oct
Discerning the work of the Spirit in the Lutheran communion
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
29 Oct
The LWF organized the five-day gathering, bringing together around 70 participants including youth from the communion’s seven regions, and representatives of other Christian traditions.
Finnish Archbishop Tapio Luoma . Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
25 Oct
Finnish church: an integral part of society
Voices from the Communion, Advocacy, Migrants, Human Rights, Refugees, refugees protection, Identity, Christianity
25 Oct
Tapio Luoma elected Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland a year ago, speaks about his churches’ work with refugees and migrants, dealing with populism, and staying relevant in a...
A vibrant performance by the Yetsedik Tsehay choir of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus set the stage, as the consultation ’We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'  opened. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Oct
The church: Always local and always universal
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
24 Oct
“What does it mean to be Lutheran today?” is the question at the heart of a global consultation on Lutheran identities taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week.
The Mekane Yesus campus is home to 600 residential students of theology, music and media, and of management and leadership. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Oct
Mekane Yesus Seminary: preparing for a growing church
Lutheran Theological Seminary, seminar, theological formation, Theology, Lutheran theology
22 Oct
The Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa has a long tradition of theological education. In the midst of Ethiopia’s population growth and quick development, but also where poverty, ethnic conflicts...
LWF regional and global gatherings provide space to reflect together on diverse contexts and identify common strategies and themes. In this photo; an intergenerational discussion at the 2019 Leadership Conference for the Latin America and Caribbean & North America regions, in Lima, Peru. LWF/A. Danielsson
21 Oct
How does spirituality shape Lutheran identities?
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith, Youth, Youth Participation, Lutheran theology
21 Oct
The LWF is launching a multi-year theological study on how spirituality forms Lutheran identities and church engagement around the world today.
One of the panels of the “And It Is Good” photo exhibition. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
9 Oct
Seeking wisdom to listen to creation and learn from it
Climate Justice, Climate, COP25, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Creation – Not for Sale, Season of Creation
9 Oct
An online prayer that was among events around the world marking the end of the Season of Creation 2019 campaign on biodiversity and the web of life is now available.
Indonesian church leaders meet with the President of the Republic’s special envoy on interfaith relations and intercultural dialogue, Professor Syafiq Mughni (center). Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
7 Oct
Asian church leaders call for greater interfaith cooperation
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership, Youth, Climate, Lutheran theology
7 Oct
The Asia Church Leadership Conference has concluded in Indonesia with a call to all churches to work more closely together with other faith communities to promote urgent issues such as gender justice...
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge speaks at the opening session of the Asia Church Leadership Conference in Pematang Siantar. Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
4 Oct
Junge to Asian churches: Peace-building is our only choice
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
4 Oct
Call to live and work more closely together as a communion of churches from the LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, at the start of the Asia Church Leadership Conference on 3 October.
Students from schools in the West Bank take part in the August 2019 training workshop on environmental leadership. Photo: Adrainne Gray
3 Oct
Preparing young Palestinians to care for creation
Creation, environment, Youth Participation, Season of Creation
3 Oct
Students from schools in the West Bank learn to preserve the rich biodiversity in the region.
Welcome banner outside the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church in Pematang Siantar in North Sumatra, where participants at the 2 -8 October Asia Church Leadership Conference will gather for Sunday worship. Photo: B. Nahampun
2 Oct
Asia Church Leadership Conference to focus on interfaith relations
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
2 Oct
‘Pursuing Peace through Interfaith Relations’ is the theme of the Asia Church Leadership Conference which opens in the Indonesian city of Pematang Siantar on 2 October.
Olga Navrátilová from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Sep
Uniting faith and reason in the Czech Republic
Voices from the Communion, Women in Church and Society, Women, Communion Building, Advocacy, solidarity, Theology
27 Sep
Olga Navrátilová, a member of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), looks back at the history of the church in her country and reflects on how it can continue to have a positive impact on...
Photo: On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, churches are calling for immediate action to address the climate emergency. ACT/Joanna Patouris
23 Sep
As Climate Summit begins, Churches Call for Action Now!
Climate, Theology, COP25, Climate Change, Public theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation
23 Sep
As states gather at the United Nations for the Climate Action Summit, taking place on 23 September, the ACT Alliance, Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches, which together represent...
One of the photos in the exhibition, showing sunrise in Bauko, Mountain Province, Philippines. Photo: Johanan Celine Valeriano
20 Sep
“The wisdom of God woven into the fabric of creation”
Climate, Theology, COP25, Climate Change, Public theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation
20 Sep
On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, four ecumenical organizations are launching a photo exhibition on the Bible and biodiversity. Titled “And It Is Good.
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Sep
A liturgy to share what “unites us”
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist, Joint Commemoration
16 Sep
The LWF and the PCPCU have invited Lutheran and Catholic churches to use a jointly prepared liturgy and other materials to mark the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of...
Bishop Samiec, from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Sep
Polish church joins faith groups for peace conference
Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Public theology, Lutheran theology, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, inter-religious dialogue, Interfaith discussions, Interfaith
16 Sep
Polish Protestants, Catholics, Muslims and Jews come together to discuss peace, democracy and the responsibility of religions in the public space during a conference in Warsaw on 16 September.
Hundreds of people voted for their #forgivemoji favorite when the campaign was launched and exciting design suggestions very submitted. Photo: Forgivemoji
30 Aug
Church campaigns for forgiveness emoji
Communications, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, forgiveness, reconciliation
30 Aug
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has launched a campaign for an emoji to express forgiveness
Sisters in faith: (from left) Rev. Sybil Chetty (South Africa), Dr Christy Ponni (India), retired Bishop Dr Margot Käßmann (Germany), Dr Ziyanda Mgugudo-Sello (South Africa) and Moderator Gabriele De Bona (ELM) . Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Aug
Encouraged as sisters in faith
Theology, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Member Churches, LWF member churches, Communion Building
29 Aug
Churches should be bolder and elect women as well as men to leadership positions
KELC South Coast Church District Gender Justice public participation forum in Mombasa, Kenya. Photo: L. Mwololo
19 Jul
Kenya moving towards gender equality in church and society
Gender Justice, Women Ordination, faith and women’s empowerment, Women in Chuch and Society, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
19 Jul
Rev. Catherine Ngina Musau, head of the Gender Justice Program in the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church says the status of women in her country is improving gradually but there are still challenges...
"Taxation and Reparation. Tools for promoting equity, climate justice & an economy of life. A side event at the UN High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs." Photo: ELCA/Rebecca Anderson
16 Jul
LWF and ecumenical partners launch Zacchaeus campaign for tax justice
Advocacy, NIFEA, Zacchaeus Project, WCC, WCRC, CWM, United Nations
16 Jul
A new, ecumenical campaign advocating for tax justice was launched on 11 July at the United Nations in New York City. The “Zacchaeus Project” is a part of the New International Financial and Economic...
The LWF was part of a delegation that recxently met with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Mukwege Foundation
10 Jul
Call for state responsibility in fight against sexual violence in DRC
conflict, gender-based violence, Violence, Women, women's advocacy, Advocacy
10 Jul
The LWF is among five civil society organizations calling on the DRC government to urgently assume its fundamental obligation to combat sexual violence in a country where the rape of women and girls...
LWF Youth secretary Ms Pranita Biswasi, addressing the side-event on a human rights’ perspective in climate action processes at the UN Office in Geneva. Photo: LWF/F. Wilches
2 Jul
Call for human rights-based climate action
Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Gender Justice, Human Rights, Paris Agreement
2 Jul
Meaningful climate policies and action must address the human rights perspective of the disproportionate impact of climate change on women, youth, minority groups and indigenous communities.