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Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
6 May
Vital role of religions in providing safe space for civil society organization
PaRD, Theology, Ecumenical, partners, Advocacy, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, World Council of Churches, peace and justice
6 May
Faith groups play a vital role in opening spaces for civil society engagement with governments, even if that role is often ignored or misunderstood. That’s the view of Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General...
Rev Mark Whitfield, Bishop of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand. Photo: LCNZ
26 Apr
Lutherans living the gospel in New Zealand
Voices from the Communion, Muslim-Christian, inter-religious relations, Interfaith, Peace, Violence
26 Apr
Bishop Whitfield talks about ecumenism, interfaith relations and the challenges facing his church “at the bottom of the world.”
“Kirchenjahr evangelisch,” a new app launched in Germany provides information on all aspects of the church year. Photo: VELKD/ELKB
20 Dec
Mobile companion throughout the church year
United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany, Deepening Faith, app, Lutheran theology
20 Dec
Liturgical calendar available as an app
Ulla-Maarit Magga, the member of the ELCF General Synod representing the Sami parliament in Finland. Photo: Aarne Ormio
15 Nov
New translation of the Bible in Northern Sami language
Bible Study, bible, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Finland
15 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has approved a new translation of the Bible in the Northern Sami language, with the Finnish Bible Society (FBS) predicting it will strengthen the cultural...
Church services and events on Reformation Day 2018 in Germany seek to deepen the respect and tolerance for different confessions, religions and worldviews in the society. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
25 Oct
Reformation Day a new public holiday in Germany
Reformation, ecumenical relations, Theology, LWF member churches
25 Oct
More than half of Germany’s 16 federal states have now declared Reformation Day a public holiday.
LWF General Secretary Rev.Dr Martin Junge, during his speech at the Ausburg symposium. Photo: Augsburg University
18 Oct
LWF General Secretary: “Don’t stop now!”
Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Public theology, ecumenism, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, General Secretary, JDDJ
18 Oct
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge when he addressed a public symposium in Augsburg marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s disputation with Cajetan.
Celebration of the 500 years of Reformation at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Photo: Tsion Alemayehu
16 Aug
New peace initiative in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Ethiopia, Peace agreement, Joint Declaration, Peace, civil war, Member Churches, Conflict resolution, conflict, inter-religious relations
16 Aug
LWF set to launch a new initiative to reduce escalating religious tension in Ethiopia, in an expression of its mandate to promote peace.
Pröpstin Astrid Kleist (left ) and Prof. Dr Puleng LenkaBula (center) in discussion during the conference in Berlin. Photo: LWF/ A. Weyermüller
8 May
Rediscovering the meaning of democracy
DTPW, Advocacy, Public Space, Ecumenical, inter-religious dialogue, inter-religious relations, Interfaith
8 May
„May God bless us with the feeling of being uncomfortable when the answers become too easy,” Singo Maibongwe from the United Theological College Harare in Zimbabwe prayed during a morning devotion of...
Staff from ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid offer food to a young refugee at Beremend, along Hungary's border with Croatia. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants flowed through Hungary in 2015 on their way to western Europe from Syria, Iraq and other countries. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
26 Apr
Churches tackling the problem of populism
DTPW, Advocacy, Public Space, Ecumenical, inter-religious dialogue, inter-religious relations, Interfaith
26 Apr
A global conference bringing together church leaders hopes to find ways to counter growing populist movements that promote racism and hate crime.
The Lutheran - Orthodox Joint Commission gathered for its 17th Plenary Session in Helsinki, Finland, from 7-14 November.
21 Nov
Lutherans and Orthodox finalize statement on ordained ministry
Orthodox Lutheran relations, Ordained Ministry
21 Nov
Commission members commemorate 2017 Reformation anniversary
Prof. Theodor Dieter, director, LWF Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. Photo: Biersack
19 Oct
Strasbourg Institute director Dieter to receive 2017 Ratzinger Prize
Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, JDDJ, Prize
19 Oct
Lutheran ecumenist Prof. Theodor Dieter will receive the 2017 Ratzinger Prize on 18 November. The director of the LWF Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, becomes the first...
Monk Dhirapunno takes a group photo in front of the conference center in Medan. Photo: A. Yaqin
29 Sep
Creative interfaith training for a new generation
Interfaith, Youth, peace building, Conviviality
29 Sep
LWF and Indonesian institute build on a dialogical model to affirm diversity
Photo: Florian Gärtner/photothek.net
2 Jun
Ready for deeper engagement in peace building
Interfaith, LWF President
2 Jun
LWF President Musa at “Responsibility of Religions for Peace” conference in Berlin
Bishop emeritus Ambrose Moyo, Zimbabwe and  Dr Martina Fischer, Bread for the World, Germany. Photo: LWF/I. Benesch
13 Dec
Create a space to address pain and suffering
Peace-building
13 Dec
Consultation in Zimbabwe calls to strengthen churches’ capacity for peace building
Council member Daniëlle Dokman makes a submission during the 20 June session of the LWF Council meeting. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
27 Jun
Solidarity with peace building and encouragement of efforts to foster democracy
Council 2016, LWF Council 2016 resolutions
27 Jun
LWF Council 2016 resolutions
LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
16 Jun
A community of love
Council 2016, President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan
16 Jun
LWF President Younan’s Address to Council
Dr Fatima Seedat (left) and Prof. Sarojini Nadar at the conference which explained how patriarchy and its implications for violence against women has become part of teaching scriptural hermeneutics together in a Christian-Muslim classroom at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Photo: LWF/S. Sinn
18 Mar
A unique combination of academic and spiritual encounters
Muslim-Christian, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue
18 Mar
Transformative readings of Christian and Muslim scriptures
Participants at LWF's conference, "Global Perspectives on the Reformation" in Windhoek, Namibia.
2 Nov
Social transformation through concrete and contextual theology
Interactions between theology, Lutheran theology, Public theology, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
2 Nov
Message from LWF conference in Windhoek
Photo: LWF/H. Martinussen
20 Oct
Deepening Lutheran theology to engage with economic and political realities
Global Perspective on Reformation, Reformation 2017, Lutheranism, inter-religious dialogue, politics and economics, Theology, Interactions between theology, Public theology, Reformation 500
20 Oct
Global perspectives on the Reformation at LWF conference in Namibia
The LWF Council expressed appreciation to the General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge for his solidarity visit to northern Nigeria in March this year. The LWF delegation included LCCN's Titi Malik (seated to Junge's left). Photo: Jfaden Multimedia
1 Jul
Advocacy and prayers for improved interfaith relations in Nigeria
Nigeria, 2015 LWF Council meeting, Council 2015
1 Jul
LWF Council resolution on Nigeria
Church of Sweden Archbishop Dr Antje Jackelén. Photo: Dr Thilo Fitzner
28 Jan
Global Study Process on Lutheran Engagement in Public Space Kicks Off
Public Space, Theology
28 Jan
Seeking Active Presence That Helps Overcome Polarization Locally and Globally
Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
20 Nov
LWF President Bishop Younan Awarded Honorary Doctorate for Peace Work
Bishop, Interfaith, Interreligious Dialogue, Justice, Peace, LWF President, Leadership
20 Nov
Calls for Bridges of Hope and Reconciliation in Middle East
EELCO Secretary General Mr Gilbert Ilunga Nkasa Talwa visited the LWF Communion Office in July 2014. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
17 Sep
Moving Forward with Hope in the DRC
Member Churches, Leadership, Peace, Muslim, Communion
17 Sep
Interview with Lutheran Church Secretary General Nkasa Talwa
The final ceremony of the 2014 Sant' Egidio "People and Religions" meeting in Antwerp, Belgium. Photo: Sant' Egidio
12 Sep
Make the Economy Contribute to Peace
Peace, LWF General Secretary, Economic justice
12 Sep
Junge Participates in Sant’Egidio Gathering of Religious Leaders
Signing of the MOU by Dr Mohamed Ashmawey, CEO of IRW and DWS Director Eberhard Hitzler (front, from left), witnessed by LWF Assistant General Secretary for Human Rights Affairs Ralston Deffenbaugh, Mehdi ben M’rad, IRW Director of National Programs, UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Alexander Aleinikoff, LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge, LWF Global program Coordinator Maria Immonen and LWF Program Assistant for Interfaith Cooperation Elizabeth Gano (from right). Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
25 Aug
LWF and Islamic Relief Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Muslim, United Nations
25 Aug
UNHCR: “A Model for Others to Replicate”
Participants of the Seattle Interfaith Conference discussing reform and renewal in different religious contexts. Photo: LWF/ I. Benesch
18 Aug
Interreligious Symposium Affirms the Values of Dignity, Compassion and Solidarity
Interfaith Seattle 2014, Jewish, Muslim
18 Aug
Reconcile Accountability to God, Religious Authorities and Society
Human rights advocate Kamala Chandrakirana speaking on rights for women, ethnic and religious minorities at the Council 2014 interfaith keynote panel. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
14 Jun
Keynote Panel Addresses Interfaith Relations in Indonesia
LWF Council, Council 2014, Muslim, Violence, Member Churches
14 Jun
“Crucial Role” of Religious Groups in Society