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Plenary of the CPCE general assembly. Photo: Oliver Hochstrassser/CPCE
17 Sep
“Unity has its roots in God’s mission to the world”
Rev. Dr Martin Junge, Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, church unity, ecumenism, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation, Wittenberg Witness, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
17 Sep
LWF general secretary greets European protestants
Season the Creation starts on 1 September with an Ecumeical prayer in Assisi, Italy. Photo: Peter K Burian (CC-BY-SA)
1 Sep
Christians globally unite in call for eco-justice
Season of Creation, Climate Change, pilgrimage, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Theology
1 Sep
On occasion of the first Ecumenical Prayer for Creation on 1 September 2018 in Assisi, the LWF has joined with faith-based organizations and Christian World Communions in a call for eco-justice.
LWF President Musa and WCC General Secretary Tveit meeting at the LWF Council 2018 in Geneva. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Jul
Ecumenical greetings to 2018 Council
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3 Jul
LWF ecumenical partners have praised the LWF for deep commitment to ecumenism in greetings to the LWF 2018 Council.
Opening worship of the Central Committee meeting in the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC.
17 Jun
Witness to unity in a fragmented world
General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, World Council of Churches, Peace
17 Jun
LWF greets World Council of Churches on 70th anniversary
Rev. Karla Steilmann, centre, with Dr. Vidal Rodriguez (Spain) and Nun Aura Guadalupe Ortega (Guatemala), who were both representing the Theological Education Institution. Photo: LWF
31 May
“Listening to different ways of thinking”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, inter-religious dialogue, vatican
31 May
Young Catholics pose the same questions of the church and their role within the church as young people of any other confession.
Plenary on Relationships Old and New. The Global Christian Forum gathers in Bogotá on 24-27 April 2018 under the theme of "Let mutual love continue". Here, testimony by Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka, Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations, Lutheran World Federation. Bogotá, Colombia, 25 April 2018 Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
27 Apr
“See one another with new eyes”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Christianity, Catholic, Orthodox-Lutheran, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, holy spirit, JDDJ
27 Apr
“Being reconciled as members of the same body has deepened our mutual commitment to this shared journey where we have been and continue to be led by the Holy Spirit,” Rev Dr Kaisamari Hintikka, Assist
24 April 2018, Bogotá, Colombia: Welcome by local Colombian churches on opening day. The Global Christian Forum gathers in Bogotá on 24-27 April 2018 under the theme of "Let mutual love continue". Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
25 Apr
Global Christian Forum: “Let mutual love continue”
Ecumenical, LWF General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Christianity, Catholic, Orthodox-Lutheran, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, ecumenical relations
25 Apr
An important platform of relationship and trust building
Evening Prayer (May 13) Photo by: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
13 Feb
Anglican-Lutheran leaders offer Lent reflections
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13 Feb
Lutherans and Anglicans in North America have joined to to offer a series of Lenten reflections.
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
Lund, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation, Ecumenical Centre, ecumenical relations, Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Common Prayer, Reformation, From Conflict to Communion
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
LWF delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano
8 Dec
“By his bruises we are healed”
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8 Dec
During an audience at the Vatican on 7 December, The Lutheran World Federation delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá, a powerful symbol of conflict and reconciliatio
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”
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
Reformation 500, inlcusive communion, Mekong Mission Forum
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’
JDDJ, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Reformation 500
31 Oct
Special service commemorates 500 years of the Reformation at the Westminster Abbey.
Members of the Lutherans and Pentecostals Dialogue Commission, in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF/K. Hintikka
5 Oct
Towards common witness
Interfaith, Christianity, Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue
5 Oct
A five-year dialogue between Lutherans and Pentecostals focusing on Christian identity is progressing well.
From left: President of the WCRC Jerry Pillay, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Bishop Brian Farrell, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, WMC President Jong Chun Park, WMC General Secretary Bishop Ivan Abrahams and WCRC General Secretary Chris Ferguson. Photo: WCRC / Anna Siggelkow
5 Jul
“In the pursuit of communion and common witness”
JDDJ
5 Jul
LWF and WCRC sign the Wittenberg Witness, as WCRC joins JDDJ
Rev. Dr Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 May
Academic recognition of LWF’s ecumenical engagement
Ecumenical, General Secretary Martin Junge
21 May
General Secretary Junge receives University of Notre Dame honorary doctorate
God and Human Dignity - the result of eight years of work by the third Bilateral Working Group (BILAG III)
9 Mar
God and human dignity
Third Bilateral Working Group (BILAG III), United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany, VELKD, German Bishops’ Conference, God and Human Dignity
9 Mar
New study by German Lutheran and Catholic joint working group finds consensus on ethical matters
A series of daily reflections during Lent drawing on the common Anglican-Lutheran experience of God’s grace. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
1 Mar
Anglican-Lutheran reflections - drawing the church families closer
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1 Mar
An ecumenical project to mark the Reformation anniversary
Meeting of the LWF Council, Wittenberg, Germany, 15–21 June 2016. President’s address by Bishop Munib A. Younan. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
20 Feb
An encouragement for peace-building
Peace-building, peace building, Peace, Ecumenical, Award
20 Feb
LWF President Younan to receive the 34th Niwano Peace Prize
Well-wishers and honorary doctor: (from left) Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the PCPCU; Prof. Dr Myriam Wijlens from Erfurt University, Prof. Dr Theodor Dieter with his award and Prof. Dr Michael Gabel, dean of the Catholic Theology faculty at Erfurt University. Photo: Erfurt University
15 Feb
Research prepares the ground for fruitful dialogue
Ecumenical, Theology
15 Feb
Prof. Dr Theodor Dieter to receive second honorary doctorate
Kalsen Seim contributed to the LWF’s ecumenical relations and to the wider ecumenical movement. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
21 Nov
Tribute to Professor Turid Karlsen Seim (1945–2016)
Professor Turid Karlsen Seim, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Lutheran–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, Faith and Order Plenary and Standing Commissions
21 Nov
A tribute to Professor Turid Karlsen Seim (1945–2016)
Press conference following Common Prayer and Together in Hope event. Rev. Dr Martin Junge and Kurt Cardinal Koch sit at the right of the panel. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Nov
Joint commemoration of the Reformation a 'milestone,' says Lutheran leader
Joint Commemoration, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation. Rev. Dr Martin Junge, Kurt Cardinal Koch
3 Nov
Remaining differences need to be addressed with a view to unity
The Salvadoran cross, commissioned by artist Christian Chavarria Ayala for the joint commemoration, was carried in the procession at the beginning of the service. The cross depicts the triune God´s creative, reconciling and sanctifying work. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
2 Nov
Common Prayer in Lund Cathedral in photos
Joint Commemoration, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation
2 Nov
Prayer service in Lund Cathedral moves Catholics and Lutherans toward greater cooperation
Five candles were lit by children to symbolize five joint commitments to grow in communion. Credit: Magnus Aronson/Ikon
1 Nov
Lutherans and Catholics gather in Lund for joint service to overcome past divisions
Joint Commemoration, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation
1 Nov
A commitment to move together in hope
Michel Roy from Caritas Internationalis, the arena host, and Maria Immonen from LWF's World Service at the signing of the declaration at Together in Hope. Photo: Mikael Ringlander/Church of Sweden
31 Oct
A new beginning for Lutheran and Catholic aid agencies
Joint Commemoration, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation
31 Oct
LWF World Service and Caritas Internationalis sign Declaration of Intent for cooperation
Pope Francis and Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala, offer each other the peace of Christ during the joint commemoration in Lund Cathedral. Photo: Church of Sweden/Mikael Ringlander
31 Oct
God’s gift of unity
Joint Commemoration, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation
31 Oct
Pope Francis, LWF President Younan and General Secretary Junge inaugurate historic commemoration of the Reformation
Pope Francis talks to Pranita Biswasi and Rose Lokonyen, foreground, two presenters who offered testimonies at Together in Hope. Bishop Dr Munib Younan, LWF President, stands to the right. Photo: Mikael Ringlander/Ikon
31 Oct
Serving the neighbor together in hope
Joint Commemoration, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation
31 Oct
LWF President Younan and Pope Francis call for joint witness in a fragmented world
Kurt Cardinal Koch (President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity), Bishop Munib Younan (President of the Lutheran World Federation), Pope Francis, Reverend Dr Martin Junge (General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation) lead the joint commemoration in Lund Cathedral. Photo: Church of Sweden/Magnus Aronson
31 Oct
Press release: Rediscovering who we are in Christ
Joint Commemoration, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation
31 Oct
Historic Joint Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund Cathedral