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Rev. Prof Ioan Sauca, WCC Acting General Secretary, Fr. Dr Augustinus Sander from Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Rev. Dr Hanns Lessing, WCRC Acting General Secretary, Bishop Ivan Abrams, General Secretary of World Methodist Council, Dr. Jean-Daniel Plüss of Pentecostal World Fellowship. Photos: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Jun
Holding together a world plagued by violence and division
ecumenical greetings, Ecumenical, Theology, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations, WCC, WCRC, council, Council 2022
13 Jun
Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal, Reformed and Orthodox church leaders have been speaking at the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Council meeting about the urgency of deepening theological...
A woman holds up a sign offering practical support for newly arrived families from Ukraine, at Nyugati station in Budapest, Hungary. At the station, a range of civil society organisations and other volunteers offer support to incoming refugees, including support in arranging free accommodation, tickets for onward travel, as well as necessary items such as snacks and food, diapers for the children, clothes and basic medical supplies. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Apr
European churches call for commitment to all refugees
Ecumenical, Diakonia, Advocacy, Europe, Ukraine crisis, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger
14 Apr
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt has joined church leaders from many different Christian churches and organizations in Europe who are calling on governments and people on the continent...
Christians gather to pray for justice and peace in Ukraine during ecumenical Ash Wednesday service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Mar
A pall of ashes covers Ukraine: Christians join prayer for peace
Common Prayer, Prayer, conflict, Ukraine crisis, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Peace
3 Mar
On Ash Wednesday, 2 March, Christians from around the globe joined in a powerful prayer service of lament and solidarity with all those suffering from the effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The...
Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
20 Jan
Bishop Farrell: ‘Synodality’ and the search for Christian unity
ecumenical relations, Theology, ecumenism, Ecumenical, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, PCPCU
20 Jan
As Christians come together to mark the annual ecumenical Week of Prayer, the Secretary of the PCPCU, Bishop Brian Farrell, says Pope Francis’ synodal process could make a “hugely important”...
Members of the Middle East Council of Churches’ commission, including Fr Gaby Hachem (first on left) and Dr Souraya Bechealany (third from right), who drew up the resources for Christian Unity Week. Photo: MECC
18 Jan
Christian Unity Week: following the light from the East
ecumenical relations, Theology, ecumenism, Ecumenical, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18 Jan
A message of hope amid challenges facing churches throughout the Middle East is at the heart of this year’s reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The annual octave of prayer is...
The Lutheran Church in Liberia initiates an ecumenical joint project to alleviate hunger through national rice farming. All photos: Rev. Linda Seyenkulo/LCL/ELCA
17 Nov
Church in Liberia follows Gospel: “You give them something to eat”
Communion Building, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches, Diakonia
17 Nov
The Liberian Initiative for Feeding Everyone (LIFE-Liberia), a collaborative project envisioned by the Lutheran Church in Liberia Bishop Dr Jensen Seyenkulo, aims to create food and economic security...
A contemporary crucifix on the altar of the chapel in the Estonian church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
12 Nov
Ancient and modern meet at Estonia’s Institute of Theology
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
12 Nov
Walking into the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn feels like stepping back in time to rediscover the events that have shaped the country and its people. Located...
Rev. Anne Burghardt at work in the Consistory of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
9 Nov
Estonian church life shapes LWF’s new leader
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
9 Nov
The headquarters of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is housed in an elegant 18th century building on a quiet cobbled square in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town. It is known as the Consistory...
A boy walks across a field in Adaba, Ethiopia, near an irrigation and soil conservation site built by the Lutheran World Federation in the 1970s. It remains an important resource for people in the area. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
26 Oct
Climate crisis needs reset of global economic model
Climate Justice, Economic justice, sustainability
26 Oct
The climate crisis requires an urgent “system reset” of the world’s current development model “founded upon fossil fuel-driven economic growth.”
Diocese of Lund Bishop Johan Tyrberg and a delegation of pastors and deans visiting the LWF Communion Office, hosted by General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Sep
Lund ecumenical commemoration has inspired local initiatives
Lund, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, ecumenical rel, Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Welcoming the Stranger
24 Sep
Almost five years since the historic commemoration of 500 years of the Reformation in Sweden, there is a growing spirit of ecumenism and commitment among Catholics and Lutherans to work for peace and...
LWF President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa and Pope Francis. Photo credit: Vatican media
25 Jun
With passion on the journey from conflict to communion
ecumenical relations, Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran-Catholic, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation
25 Jun
Meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican on 25 June, both the LWF President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa and Pope Francis expressed the hope that the 500th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession...
LWF’s World Service Department director, Maria Immonen and the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Aloysius John. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Jun
Lutherans and Catholics: Common Vision for joint service
ecumenical relations, Lutheran theology, Theology, Caritas Internationalis, Diakonia, Advocacy, Lutheran-Catholic, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation
25 Jun
The LWF and Caritas Internationalis, the global confederation of Catholic aid and development agencies, have committed to increased cooperation and service to the world’s most marginalized...
LWF World Service director Maria Immonen and former Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy at the signing of a 2016 Declaration of Intent in Malmö, Sweden, to step up cooperation on humanitarian action, advocacy and development. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
16 Jun
Vatican visit to mark next step from conflict to communion
Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Diakonia, vatican, PCPCU, Catholic, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Pope Francis, Pope, Caritas Internationalis
16 Jun
A delegation from the LWF travels to Rome at the end of June for a meeting with Pope Francis and the deepening of commitment for increased cooperation with Caritas Internationalis, the global...
The Learning Programme was developed with interdiac partner organizations. November 2020, Tallinn, Estonia consultative meeting. Photo: interdiac
26 May
New diaconal program teaches conflict transformation
LWF member churches, Diakonia, ecumenical relations, Communion Building, Communion
26 May
The International Academy for Diaconia and Christian Social Action and Diaconia in Central and Eastern Europe (interdiac) offers a new Learning Programme that teaches diaconal players within the...
Ecumenical experts at an Anglican-Lutheran Society conference reflect on the need for humility and a critical self-examination on the path to Christian unity. Photo: Unsplash/Michaela Murphy
26 May
Seeking new directions on road to Christian unity
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, Theology, Anglican, Anglican-Lutheran relations, PCPCU, Lutheran-Catholic
26 May
During a 21 May online conference of the Anglican-Lutheran Society entitled ‘Stumbling Blocks and Springboards: working together for forgiveness and reconciliation’, the LWF Assistant General...
Members of the international Lutheran-Orthodox Commission meeting with Archbishop Anastasios in Albania in 2019. All photos: N. Hoppe
19 May
Orthodox perspectives on path to church unity
Ecumenical Perspectives, ecumenical relations, Ecumenical, Orthodox-Lutheran, Orthodox Lutheran relations, Lutheran theology, Theology, Youth
19 May
Dr Nathan Hoppe was born in Colombia, the son of Evangelical Protestant missionaries from the United States. Today, he is a member of the Orthodox Church and lives with his family in the Albanian...
Cardinal Edward Cassidy at the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in St Anna Lutheran Church, Augsburg Germany on 31 October 1999. Photo: ELCA/ Edgar R. Trexler for The Lutheran
13 Apr
Remembering Cardinal Cassidy: Dialogue and reconciliation
ecumenism, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Roman Catholic, vatican, JDDJ
13 Apr
The LWF joins Catholics and other religious leaders in giving thanks for the life of Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy who died in Australia on 10 April at the age of 96.
Rev. Larry Miller, as Secretary of the Global Christian Forum, addressing the Third Global Gathering in Bogotà, Colombia in 2018. All Photos: LWF/A.Hillert
31 Mar
Mennonite reflections on the ecumenical journey
Mennonite, baptism, Menonite-Lutheran relations, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, Theology, Lutheran theology, Mennonite World Conference, Ecumenical Perspectives
31 Mar
Looking back on a career spent working for Christian unity, Rev. Dr Larry Miller speaks of the divided church as actual “wounds in the Body of Christ.” During Holy Week, the former General Secretary...
Praying at the church of San Lucas of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia, a congregation in the southern areas of Bogotá. (Before COVID-19) . Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Mar
COVID-19: Christians around the globe join ecumenical Week of Prayer
Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, COVID19, Common Prayer, MC/COVID19
19 Mar
One year on from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christian churches and ecumenical organizations across the world are coming together for a Week of Prayer to remember all those affected by the...