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Books from the library formerly housed at the Evangelical Institute of Higher Theological Studies (ISEDET) which closed in 2016. Photo: ISEDET Library Archive
17 Nov
Argentina churches to reopen theological library
Lutheran theology, Theology, students, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Communion Building
17 Nov
In an ecumenical initiative, two LWF member churches in Argentina join three other churches to reopen a theological library that holds the largest collection of university-level historical...
Preparations for the joint Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of the Reformation in October 2016, in Lund, Sweden. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Oct
Witnessing together in a broken world
Theology, Ecumenical, JDDJ, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Reformation, WCRC, Methodist, PCPCU, Anglican Consultative Council, Anglican
30 Oct
On this year’s Reformation Day, the LWF shares with joy its commitment with other Christian world communions to proclaim “with common urgency” God’s liberating grace and hope for this world. For this...
Mary Philip is Associate Professor for Lutheran Global Theology and Mission at the Martin Luther University College, Canada. One of her areas of expertise is Environmental Theology and Ecojustice. Photo: Mary Philip
28 Aug
Embracing sustainable practices and values
Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Member Churches, Climate Change, Youth, Gender, Voices from the Communion
28 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion, “We cannot go back to what was normal,” says Mary Philip, Associate Professor for Lutheran Global Theology and Mission at the Martin Luther University College,...
16 June 2019, Geneva, Switzerland: Flagon and font are placed in the Saint Peter's Cathedral, Geneva, in remembrance that 'in baptism, we have been incorporated into the one body of Christ'. Leaders of Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Reformed and Anglican global church bodies celebrated the 20th anniversary of the historic Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
29 Jul
Trilateral Conversation publishes final report on baptism
baptism, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations, Menonite-Lutheran relations, Theology, Ecumenical, Consultation
29 Jul
The final report on the Lutheran-Mennonite-Roman Catholic Trilateral Conversation has been published. The report summarizes and concludes five years of intense theological consultations between the...
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: Dennis Jarvis
15 Jul
Preserve Hagia Sophia as a shared heritage, LWF urges Turkey
Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, popular culture
15 Jul
The LWF has cautioned that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent decree designating the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque undermines the significance of “a publicly shared space” that “...
Rev. Sven Oppegaard. Photo: LWF
22 May
LWF remembers Rev. Sven G. Oppegaard and a life dedicated to church unity 
tribute, death, Obituary
22 May
Tribute to former LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs   ...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge at the LWF’s Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia, in 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 May
LWF General Secretary announces he will step down in 2021
General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF, council, Governance
20 May
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge announced today that he will be stepping down from his position on 31 October 2021, three years before his term ends.
Christian communities worldwide should be models for an economy of life in their own contexts urge the global Christian organizations. The photo shows LWF livelihoods projects in Nepal. LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
COVID-19: Adopt an Economy of Life, urge global Christian organizations
Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, coronavirus, COVID19, Christianity, WS / COVID19
15 May
In a joint message, the LWF, WCC, WCRC, and Council of World Mission have urged governments to bolster support for healthcare and social protection. They further called for debt cancellation and the...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
Working together for justice, peace and reconciliation
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, Member Churches
15 May
The LWF Annual Report for the work carried out in 2019 is now available. The report highlights the Communion Office collaboration with churches as they witness in their local and global contexts, and...
Residents of the Groot Aub community during the distribution of food aid. Photos: ELCIN-GELC
6 May
COVID-19: Containing the impact of the Corona crisis in Namibia
COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Diakonia, humanitarian aid, ecumenical relations, Communion Building, MC/COVID19
6 May
30 tons of maize meal and 2,5 tons of dry beans are helping the community of Groot Aub, about 40 kilometers south of Namibia's capital Windhoek, to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus...
In a webinar, presenters unpack what it means to be church online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: LWF/ AlbinHillert
5 May
COVID-19: Isolated physically, engaged digitally
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches, Communion Building, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
5 May
A webinar aimed to inspire churches as they move from offline to online ministry during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic was organized by the LWF, the WCC, the GCF, the WACC, the ECIC and...
Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
14 Apr
COVID-19: Solidarity prayers during the 50 days of Easter
Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Easter, Worship, Communion, Communion Building, COVID19, coronavirus
14 Apr
The LWF continues its prayer solidarity with churches and individuals around the world during the COVID-19 global pandemic with a 50-day Easter guide “Rejoice Now All the Earth!”
Christians worldwide will pray the Lord's Prayer simultaneously at noon (CET+1) on Wednesday, 25 March. Photo by Amaury Gutierrez on Unsplash
24 Mar
United in the Lord's Prayer across the globe
COVID19, coronavirus, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Common Prayer, Pope, Pope Francis, Christianity, Communion Building, MC/COVID19
24 Mar
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has joined Pope Francis in a call that Christians worldwide pray the Lord's Prayer simultaneously on Wednesday, 25 March...
Journalists interview LWF General Secretary Martin Junge following a meeting with government officials in Harare. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
5 Mar
Churches called to combat exclusion, discrimination
LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Governance, Communion, ecumenical relations, Public Space, Communion Building, Advocacy, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Zimbabwe
5 Mar
Churches around the world today are called to combat “exclusionary, discriminatory narratives and policies”, modelling instead “inclusion as Jesus taught it.” That message was at the heart of a...
A woman films the ecumenical service while LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge delivers a sermon. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
4 Mar
LWF General Secretary on solidarity visit to Zimbabwe
LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Governance, Communion, ecumenical relations
4 Mar
Zimbabwe has been suffering from drought in previous years, which has affected food production, putting corn and grain crops at risk, and destroying cattle and livestock. Close to 8 million of its...
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. Photo:LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Jan
LWF congratulates Church of Norway’s new leader
Ecumenical, Ecumenical Centre, WCC, World Council of Churches
30 Jan
The General Secretary of the LWF, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, has sent a letter to congratulate the new head of the Church of Norway, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
The Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity agreed to mark the 500th anniversary in 2021 together, during their annual joint staff meeting in Geneva.  From left to right: Father Dr Augustinus Sander (PCPCU), LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, PCPCU President Kurt Cardinal Koch, LWF consultant Rev. Anne Burghardt, and PCPCU Secretary Bishop Dr Brian Farrell. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Jan
Remembering history with an openness to the future
PCPCU, PCPCU President Koch, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, From Conflict to Communion, ecumenism, Lutheran-Catholic
24 Jan
The LWF and the PCPCU held their annual joint staff meeting on 14 January in Geneva. At the meeting, the LWF and the PCPCU agreed to jointly mark the 500th anniversary of the excommunication of...
Prof. Dr Jennifer Wasmuth, Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 Jan
New prize to recognize commitment to ecumenical relations
ecumenical relations, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, JDDJ
20 Jan
The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, has announced the Harding Meyer Prize in Ecumenism
 Rev. Dr Sivin Kit, LWF Program Executive for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations speaking at a Global Refugee Forum side event on scaling up a culture of encounter with people seeking refuge, held in Geneva. Photo:: LWF/A. Danielsson
17 Dec
Faith-based action for people on the move
Theology, Refugees, #withrefugees, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Diakonia, Youth, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Caritas Internationalis, Pope Francis, Pope, UNHCR
17 Dec
Together with many partners, the LWF is bringing the voice of faith-based organizations to the Global Refugee Forum, organized by UNHCR from 16-18 December in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ecumenical prayer service gathered in the Iglesia de Jesús in central Madrid. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Dec
A light to overcome darkness, for climate justice
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women
9 Dec
Christians from around the globe gathered with local congregants in the Iglesia de Jesús in central Madrid on Sunday, for an ecumenical prayer service during COP25.