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LWF Vice-Presidents. Photo: LWF
6 Apr
Motivation and renewal inspired by the Reformation Anniversary
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6 Apr
The Reformation is ongoing. Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation has made an impact on LWF member churches.
The assembly report can be downloaded on the LWF website. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
12 Mar
Report of Twelfth LWF Assembly published
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12 Mar
“Powerful opportunity to recommit to God’s mission in the world”
The Lund Cross is a symbol of this milestone in ecumenial relations. It will be accessible to visitors and pilgrims in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Jan
Lund Cross placed in chapel of the Ecumenical Center
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18 Jan
The Salvadoran Cross created for the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund 2016 was placed in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, Switzerland, in a dedication ser
Postage stamp commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Photo: LWF
23 Nov
Vatican issues commemorative Reformation stamp
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23 Nov
An encouraging step of the joint commitment to “walk the paths of communion”
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge preaching. Photo: IELCO
20 Nov
With stones in our hands to build bridges of reconciliation
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20 Nov
Colombian Lutherans mark 500 years of the Reformation and 81st anniversary
Archbishop Christopher Prowse of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and LCA Bishop John Henderson have signed a joint statement issued to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Photo: Ben Macmahon
14 Nov
An opportunity to talk about God in new ways
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14 Nov
Lutherans and Roman Catholics in Australia marked the 500th anniversary of the launching of the Reformation by pledging to renew the church together.
High-level guests at the church service marking the return of the Cathedral St Peter and Paul. Photo: ELKRAS/Elena Djakiwa
9 Nov
A day of reconciliation in Moscow
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9 Nov
25 October was a special day for Archbishop Dietrich Brauer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia (ELKR).
The commemoration of the 500th Reformation anniversary in Myanmar included a worship service, symposium and a common meal in Yangon. From the left: Rev. Peter Hoi Be, Myanmar Lutheran Church general secretary and Bishop Dr Andrew Mang Lone; LWF regional representative for Southeast Asia, Mr David Mueller and Ms Beth Mueller. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Isaac Htun.
7 Nov
Prayers for reconciliation and religious freedom
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7 Nov
Lutheran churches in Myanmar host festive Reformation anniversary
A service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was held at Westminster Abbey, London. From left: the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, the Reverend Isabelle Hamley, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the PCPCU Secretary Bishop Dr. Brian Farrell, the Dean of Westminster Rev. Dr John Hall. Photo: Andrew Dunsmore/Westminster Abbey
31 Oct
‘A decisive moment for all churches’
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31 Oct
Special service commemorates 500 years of the Reformation at the Westminster Abbey.
Global Commemoration of the Reformation, Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Oct
Live broadcast on Reformation Day
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30 Oct
Worship with ten churches in six continents
Lantern on Reformation Assembly 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Oct
A global journey of commemoration
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11 Oct
LWF broadcasts a live-stream of worship services from its seven regions on Reformation Day
The Wittenberg Witness was signed in the City Church in Wittenberg in July 2017 by The Lutheran World Federation and the World Communion of Reformed Churches. The WCRC also signed an association agreement to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ), originally signed by the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999, and later joined by the World Methodist Council. Photo: WCRC / Anna Siggelkow
3 Oct
This is the perfect time to be the church
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3 Oct
An interview with LWF General Secretary Martin Junge about the Reformation anniversary
Rev. Prof. Thomas-Andreas Põder, head of Systematic Theology at the Institute of Theology, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, leads students, pastors and other church workers in one of the courses on the LWF-produced Reformation booklets. Photo: EELC
18 Sep
Reformation: A bridge between the local and global church
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18 Sep
Courses on LWF booklets in Estonia a source of inspiration for ongoing reformation
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin delivers the sermon at the eucharistic service for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and 50 years of the Federation of Lutheran Churches in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
11 Sep
Freed to fulfill God’s purpose
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11 Sep
Swiss Lutherans mark 500 years of the Reformation and 50 years of congregational life
In June 2017, Lutheran Bishop Mark Whitfield and Cardinal John Dew hosted a joint ecumenical service to commemorate the Reformation in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: LCNZ
14 Aug
A year-long celebration of God’s reforming grace
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14 Aug
Lutherans in New Zealand commemorate 500 years of the Reformation
The LWF Heaven’s Tent in the Luthergarten in Wittenberg awaits visitors to the World Reformation Exhibition. Photo: LWF/Annette Glaubig
8 Jun
LWF opens Heaven’s Tent in Wittenberg
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8 Jun
Hosts from all over the world present the Lutheran Communion at World Reformation Exhibition
Global Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation - highpoint of the Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation in Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/JC Valeriano
14 May
Global Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation attended by thousands in Windhoek, Namibia
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14 May
Called to be “reformed and reformers, renewed and renewing, liberated and liberating”
Liberated by God's Grace – Wittenberg Pilgrimage 2016. LWF General Secretary Martin Junge and LWF President at the beginning of the pilgrimage in front of the St. Nikolai Church in Coswig. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
6 May
LWF Twelfth Assembly in Namibia – a historic global gathering to mark the ongoing reformation
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6 May
A time to worship together, commemorate 500 years of the Reformation, decide work priorities and new governance
The musical theatre production "Elisabeth and Halldóra - Bach and Grallarinn" tells the history of the two women of the Reformation who challenged norms and opinions on the roles of women in society and the church. Photo: LWF/Gylfi Jonsson
23 Feb
With a Focus on Women’s Participation
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23 Feb
Commemorating the Reformation Anniversary in Iceland
Married couple Catherine and Dominique Keller – he Catholic and she Lutheran – light the fourth candle marking the ecumenical imperatives. Photo: Diocèse de Strasbourg/Marc Larchet
15 Dec
French Lutherans and Catholics jointly commemorate the reformation
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15 Dec
Common Prayer service in Strasbourg
Anders Arborelius, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm (left) and Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of the Church of Sweden (Lutheran). Photos: Catholic Diocese of Stockholm / LWF/H. Putsman
18 Oct
An important ecumenical sign
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18 Oct
Swedish Catholic Bishop Arborelius and Lutheran Archbishop Jackelén say joint commemoration strengthens hope
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
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6 Sep
Tickets available for the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration
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
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1 Sep
Two LWF regions prepare together for Twelfth Assembly discussions
Women delegates from LWF member churches in Asia make paper windmills at the Women in Church and Society meeting, held before the regional Pre-Assembly. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
15 Aug
Asian women delegates gather to prepare for the Assembly
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15 Aug
LWF Women on the Move program, Gender Justice Policy introduced at regional meeting
Church leaders at the LWF leaders conference last year. Photo: Johanan Celine P. Valeriano
11 Aug
Asia Pre-Assembly kicks off regional preparations for LWF Twelfth Assembly
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11 Aug
Lutherans in Thailand host delegates from 54 churches
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge takes part in the LWF Wittenberg Pilgrimage, June 2016. He says the Lutheran – Catholic commemoration of the Reformation anniversary offers a beautiful opportunity to express the common hope we all have in Christ. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
8 Aug
Many ways to take part in Joint Commemoration of the Reformation
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8 Aug
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge shares details about preparations for event in Lund and Malmö
The LWF General Secretary and Council members reflected on the Council at the press conference. From left: General Secretary Martin Junge, Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Anna-Maria Klassen and Eun-hae Kwon. Photo: LWF/Marie Renaux
22 Jun
Wittenberg momentum for Reformation commemoration
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22 Jun
LWF Council 2016 affirmed the ties that connect Lutherans
LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
16 Jun
A community of love
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16 Jun
LWF President Younan’s Address to Council