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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...
The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. Photo: Denis Leypold
21 Apr
Strasbourg institute invites Lutheran pastors for online seminar on ecumenism
Ecumenical, Institute for Ecumenical Research, LWF member churches, Interreligious Dialogue
21 Apr
The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, will offer its recently introduced ecumenism study seminar online, this time focusing on the self-understanding, “to be Lutheran is to be...
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...
Faith-based organizations gather for a vigil, as COP25 is about to draw to a close, praying that negotiations will bear fruit, bringing about urgent and just action to find a way out of the climate crisis. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Jan
Ecumenical imperative to protect our common home
Lutheran theology, Lutheran identity, Theology, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenis, Creation, Season of Creation
27 Jan
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity may have ended on 25 January, but the task of praying and working together to protect our planet continues to be a priority for all churches, every day of the...
Prof. Dr Dirk Lange, LWF’s Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
25 Jan
Ecumenical partnerships in a post-pandemic world
ecumenicals relations, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Anglican-Lutheran relations, JDDJ, Pentecostal-Lutheran relations, Orthodox Lutheran relations, PCPCU, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
25 Jan
Reflecting at the close of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations Prof. Dr Dirk Lange looks back on a year of “consolidation and...
Grandchamp sisters join hands with visitors to the community before the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. Photo: All photos by Grandchamp Community
18 Jan
Christian unity: way of life for Grandchamp sisters
Theology, Ecumenical, Women, PCPCU, WCC, World Council of Churches, Ecumenical Centre, Lund, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18 Jan
Working for Christian unity means being grounded in your own identity and thereby being open to other people’s opinions. That’s not simply a slogan for the 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,...
Children from four Lutheran Schools in Liberia take part in a march to say no to all forms of violence in their country. Photo: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
30 Nov
Building on the Bible to promote positive masculinity
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, ecumenical relations, Identity, Lutheran identity, Gender, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Women, Theology, Lutheran theology
30 Nov
Building on biblical and theological resources to combat gender-based violence and the power of patriarchy in the church. That's the ambitious goal of a new initiative launched on 26 November by...
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...
Vibrant and beautiful worship at the Njube Centre parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe. LWF General Secretary Martin Junge preached, local choirs sang beautifully and young people from the church offered powerful testimony to a society peace. Ecumenical partners of the ELCZ participated in the service. From 29 February-4 March 2020 the LWF General Secretary and a high level delegation visited Zimbabwe, its churches and people, to show solidarity and offer encouragement. Photo: LWF/A. Daniel
5 Oct
Worshiping together on Reformation Day
Theology, JDDJ, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Ecumenical, Reformation, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Reformation Day
5 Oct
Member churches of the LWF are called to engage more closely with one another as they prepare to mark this year’s anniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2020. Ahead of the annual celebration of...
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 “...