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Ms Lena Lothring, young reformer of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany leads the workshop on “Geo Caching and Luther trees”. Photo: LWF/C. Bader
26 Jul
Geocaching Luther trees connects young people
Reformation 2017, Youth, young reformers, Creation, Creation - Not for Sale, environment, Reformation 500
26 Jul
German youth keep the Reformation alive and global
Attacked while fleeing South Sudan, Amina, 17, is now in the care of the Lutheran World Federation at Palorinya refugee camp, northern Uganda. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
7 Mar
A total absence of law
gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Refugees, South Sudan Crisis, emergency response
7 Mar
LWF supports survivors of gender-based violence in South Sudan
the Week of Prayer focus on the ecumenical spirit of the Reformation commemoration pledged by the LWF, General Secretary Rev Dr. Martin Junge said. Photo: WCC-COE/Albin Hillert
17 Jan
Churches called to be tireless ambassadors of reconciliation
2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
17 Jan
LWF General Secretary Junge welcomes theme of 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
New LWF publication says communities cannot thrive if they withdraw into restricted areas. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
21 Oct
A place for all in the community
DTPW publications
21 Oct
New LWF publication on religious pluralism in Asia
A mother prepares a meal for her children. The family fled from Mosul a few weeks ago and now lives in Debaga camp. All images: LWF/ Seivan Salim
17 Oct
Relief goods for Mosul refugees
Syria Crisis, Syria, Mosul, Iraq, Iraq Crisis
17 Oct
Thousands have fled to Debaga camp
Rev. Tham Wan Yee, of the Assemblies of God in Malaysia, and Rev. Dr Cheryl Peterson, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Lutherans and Pentecostals have begun a five-year dialogue to seek better understanding. Photo: LWF/Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka
5 Oct
Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue aims to create better understanding and witness
Pentecostal-Lutheran relations
5 Oct
First conversations on theological and spiritual traditions take place
Men in South Sudan reconstruct their house after the village was destroyed in Jonglei. Photo: ACT/ Paul Jeffrey
3 Oct
Churches vital for peace process in South Sudan
South Sudan conflict, panel discussion
3 Oct
Panel discussion about civil society and peace-building from below in South Sudan
Panel discussion on rights of refugees in protracted situations. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
28 Sep
Refugee rights in protracted situations
Refugees, East and Horn of Africa
28 Sep
LWF panel discusses rights of refugees in protracted East African crises
Rev. Dr Simone Sinn, LWF study secretary for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations, and Indonesian interfaith activist Rev. Elga Joan Sarapung. Photo: LWF/P. Mumia
28 Sep
Indonesian interfaith network urges government to ensure freedom of religion
Universal Periodic Review
28 Sep
LWF to submit findings at UN human rights review
Chile’s Lutheran Bishops Izani Bruch (left) and Siegfried Sander, in Paramaribo, Suriname, during the LWF Pre-Assemblies for Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America, where the Reformation anniversary was one of the main topics. Photo: LWF/Hubert Hermelijn
16 Sep
Encounters to deepen dialogue towards church unity
From Conflict to Communion, Roman Catholic-Lutheran
16 Sep
Catholics in Chile endorse ‘From Conflict to Communion’ proposals for joint action with Lutherans
Christian Chavarria Ayala in his workshop. Photo: Juan Arrieta 
6 Sep
A symbol of life and hope 
Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Lund, Joint Commemoration
6 Sep
A cross from El Salvador for the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration  
Malmö Arena will be the site of the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration on 31 October in Lund, Sweden. Photo: Creative Commons
6 Sep
Together in Hope in Malmö Arena
Lund, Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Reformation 2017, Reformation Day, Joint Commemoration, Reformation 500
6 Sep
Tickets available for the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration
A Javanese traditional music band performs during a cultural evening of the LWF Pre-Assemblies for LAC and North America, in Paramaribo, Suriname. Photo: LWF/P. Mumia
2 Sep
One melody together, different, coordinated instruments
LAC Pre-Assembly, LWF General Secretary
2 Sep
General Secretary Junge says communion relations are growing among LWF churches
In the face of myriad social crises, Lutherans as a Christian community can still say “we are not perfect” but also offer space for dialogue and nurturing a sense of being together in communion,” said IECLB President , Rev. Dr Nestor Paulo Friedrich (middle). Photo: LWF/P. Cuyatti
1 Sep
Liberated by God’s grace to share the gospel, serve the needy
LAC Pre-Assembly, Reformation 2017, Asia Pre-Assembly, Reformation 500
1 Sep
Two LWF regions prepare together for Twelfth Assembly discussions
"An end to hunger is not only possible but doable because God has provided. … As people of faith we can say yes to zero hunger and gender equity and better serve our neighbor.” Mikka McCracken, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Photo: LWF/Hubert Hermelijn
31 Aug
Addressing the root causes of poverty, marginalization and exclusion
LWF Assembly, LAC Pre-Assembly, SDGs
31 Aug
Many Lutheran churches are engaged with the Sustainable Development Goals
LWF WICAS secretary Rev. Dr Elaine Neuenfeldt and regional coordinators Dr Mary Streufert (United States), Elizabeth Arciniegas Sanchez (Colombia) and Rev. Marcia Blasi (Brazil), at the women's pre-meeting for the Pre-Assemblies for Latin American & the Caribbean and North America, in Paramaribo, Suriname. Photo: LWF/P.Mumia
30 Aug
Churches’ prophetic voice critical in struggle for gender justice
women's advocacy, WICAS, Gender Justice
30 Aug
Women in LWF’s LAC and North American regions prepare for Twelfth Assembly
Participants discuss diaconal strategies during the workshop in Managua, Nicaragua. Photo: Grosvyn Ariel Rodriguez
29 Aug
Churches share best practice in fight against injustice
HIV and AIDS, Diakonia, Theology, Human resource management
29 Aug
Workshop for diaconal workers in Latin American churches
LWF Council member Bishop Aaron Chuan Ching Yap says the international Lutheran-Catholic dialogue provides impetus for Malaysia’s Christians to move forward and embrace each other in a spirit of reconciliation. Photo: LWF
14 Jul
Lutheran-Catholic dialogue inspires closer church cooperation in Malaysia
DTPW, DMD, Ecumenical. Malaysia, Reformation 2017, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, Reformation 500
14 Jul
Interview with Bishop Aaron Yap
Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
15 Jun
Pilgrim Station, Opening worship, "Heavenly Cross" inauguration in the Luther Garden - The day in pictures
Council 2016, Heavenly Cross, pilgrimage, Wittenberg
15 Jun
A look back at the day's events. ...
Luther Garden architect Andreas Kipar, right, explains the elements of the art installation, Heavenly Cross, moments before it is unveiled. Looking on are LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, left, German President Joachim Gauck, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and General Secretary of the German National Committee of the LWF, Norbert Denecke, during the unveiling of the Heavenly Cross in the Luther Garden in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
15 Jun
“Heavenly Cross” inaugurated at Luther Garden
2016 LWF Council Meetings, Luther Garden, Heavenly Cross, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, German President Joachim Gauck, Reformation 2017, Council 2016, Reformation 500
15 Jun
LWF leaders and German President Gauck unveil work of art
Bishop Gerhard Ulrich, chairperson of LWF German National Committee and Bishop Ilse Junkermann of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany enter the Town Church in Wittenberg for opening worship service. LWF/Felix Kalbe
15 Jun
Inspired by “a miracle of peaceful revolution”
Council 2016
15 Jun
LWF Council opening worship at Wittenberg’s town church
If we ever get out of here, a documentary by filmmaker Marika Griehsel and Lollo Jarnebrink
21 Mar
"If we ever get out of here."
Kakuma, refugee, Refugees. Displaced person, DWS Kenya
21 Mar
A film documenting daily life inside the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya ...
Dr Fatima Seedat (left) and Prof. Sarojini Nadar at the conference which explained how patriarchy and its implications for violence against women has become part of teaching scriptural hermeneutics together in a Christian-Muslim classroom at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Photo: LWF/S. Sinn
18 Mar
A unique combination of academic and spiritual encounters
Muslim-Christian, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue
18 Mar
Transformative readings of Christian and Muslim scriptures
Ghadeer Altawil at her work station in Beit Hanina. Photo: LWF/ Jerusalem
8 Mar
Young women with a knack for electronics
Jerusalem, Women, women's rights, women's empowerment, women's human rights, International Women's Rights Day, IWD2016
8 Mar
LWF vocational training centers reach out to female students
Women-friendly space in Davudiya refugee camp, Northern Iraq. Photo: LWF/ Seivan Salim
7 Mar
Where lives and cultures meet
Iraq, Women, women's rights, women's empowerment, women's human rights, International Women's Rights Day, IWD2016, Iraq Crisis
7 Mar
A place for women in northern Iraq helps women cope with displacement
Bowba mint Brahim and Aichetou mint Khayling demonstrate their solar panels. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
7 Mar
Women engineers brighten the village
Mauritania, International Women's Rights Day, IWD2016, Women, women's empowerment
7 Mar
Community development project trained Mauritanian women handle solar batteries
Brass for Peace make music at the ELCJHL School of Hope, Ramallah. Photo: ELCJHL
5 Feb
People of different faiths living side by side
World Interfaith Harmony Week, Younan
5 Feb
Religious leaders play a critical role, LWF president Younan says
The Catholic-Lutheran commemoration in Lund, Sweden, is an important opportunity for Catholics and Lutherans to remember that the reconciliation to which God calls them is for the unity of the Church of Christ and of the world. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
4 Feb
‘What unites us is stronger than what divides us’
Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, Lund, Common Prayer, Commemoration, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
4 Feb
Joint commemoration in Lund is a bold step to deepen relations between Lutherans and Catholics
 A Syrian family living in an unfinished building in Al Mafraq. Many refugees have to trade their food vouchers to pay the rent. Photo: LWF/ M. Renaux
3 Feb
Conditions for Syrian refugees worsen
DWS, Education, Refugees, Refugees. Displaced person, Syria Crisis, Syria
3 Feb
NGO call for better protection and education
Lund Cathedral where the Commemoration will take place in 2016.  Photo: Beth M527 via Flickr (Creative Commons, non-commercial)
25 Jan
Press Release: Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund
From Conflict to Communion, Lutheranism, Lund, Sweden, Pope Francis, Ecumenical, Church of Sweden, vatican, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Roman Catholic, PCPCU, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
25 Jan
Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Younan and General Secretary Junge to lead October event