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LWF President Bishop Younan, centre, attends a church service in South Korea. He condemned the division between the two Koreas, saying walls incite hatred.
14 Oct
South Korea: walls between people counter peace efforts
Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, South Korea
14 Oct
LWF PresidentYounan visits border village of Korean Peninsula
Refugee family with caretaker, left, at the refugee home Rossauer Lände, Austria. Photo: Diakonie Refugee Service Austria/ Nadja Meister
16 Sep
Refugee crisis: Churches in other LWF regions express solidarity with Europe
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Rev. Daniel Rift, European refugee crisis, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Rev. Gustavo Gómez, United Evangelical Lutheran Church
16 Sep
Prayers for safety, advocacy for additional support
A volunteer helps a refugee child study for school. Photo: Diakonie Refugee Service Austria/Nadja Meister
16 Sep
Welcoming churches for thousands “outside the gates of Europe”
Austria, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria and the Reformed Church, Veronika Weiss Kircher, European refugee crisis
16 Sep
Austrian Protestant schools offer study places
The Spanish coastguard intercepts a traditional fishing boat carrying African migrants off the island of Tenerife in the Canaries. Photo: UNHCR/A. Rodriguez / 24 October 2007
5 Aug
Central America: young migrants flee gang violence
Council 2015, LWF Council 2015, Migrants, Advocacy, El Salvador, Welcoming the Stranger
5 Aug
LWF Council asks for advocacy for migrants
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary supports Roma families such as Eva's (holding her child) with shelter and advocates for their rights. Photo: Tamás Kiss
25 Jun
UN Special Rapporteur seeks faith-based support for human rights’ advocacy
Roma and Sinti, Human Rights, Minorities and Indigenous People, United Nations
25 Jun
LWF’s Oral Statement on Roma People at Human Rights Council
Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren Moderator Rev. Joel Ruml. Photo: ECCB
13 May
Czech Church advocates for a society that is more open to refugees
Czech Republic, Migrants, Czech government
13 May
Ruml welcomes ‘first step’ for Syrians, expects more intervention
A cooperative of Dalit women in Nepal. LWF is working with marginalized communities to help them claim their rights. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
31 Mar
Human Rights in Myanmar and Nepal
DWS Myanmar, Myanmar, Human Rights, UPR
31 Mar
LWF Submits Parallel Reports to Human Rights Council
Mourners in Paris pay respects to those slained in the Charlie Hebdo shooting.  Photo: Valentina Calá creative commons flickr
8 Jan
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge Denounces Any Claims for Religious Justification of Violence
Human Rights, Theology, Violence, LWF General Secretary
8 Jan
LWF Condemns Disregard for Human Life in Paris Killings
12 Dec
LWF and ELCA Thank Uruguay for Opening its Doors to Guantanamo Detainees
12 Dec
Praise for Welcoming the Stranger
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
ELCI Dean Heiner A. Bludau speaks at the LWF European regions’ conference. Photo: Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus
31 Oct
European Lutherans Express Solidarity with Italian Church for ‘Welcoming the Stranger’
Member Churches, Europe Meeting 2014, Refugees, Migrants, National Committee, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
31 Oct
Message from LWF Regional Church Conference
Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold / Senado Federal do Brasil under Creative Commons, Share-Alike (CC-SA)
10 Oct
2014 Nobel Peace Prize: Honoring Dedication to Freedom and Education
Education, Children, Women, Youth
10 Oct
LWF Congratulates Joint Winners Malala Yousafzay and Kailash Satyarthi
Photo: LWF/Mark Brown
10 Oct
Statement from Palestinian Christian Leaders
LWF President, Middle East, Peace, Justice, LWF Council
10 Oct
LWF President Wrongfully Placed as Signatory
Side-event on Ebola Crisis during the 27th UNHR Council meeting. Photo: LWF/M. Spangler
25 Sep
Faith Groups Essential in Fighting Ebola
Ebola, United Nations, ACT Alliance, WCC, Humanitarian Response
25 Sep
Panel on Socio-economic and Human Rights Implications
LWF Vice-President Ms Eun-hae Kwon, introducing LWF’s interfaith approaches in advocating for climate justice, at a session of the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change in New York. Photo: LWF
24 Sep
A Spiritual Message of Hope for Climate Justice
Climate Summit 2014, United Nations, Fast for the Climate, LWF Vice-President
24 Sep
LWF Representative Kwon Offers Highlights from New York Climate Change Summits
The LWF delegation to the New York Climate events participated in the “Largest Climate March” in history, held 21 September, in New York City. Photo: #Fast for the Climate: Nikola Taylor
22 Sep
‘Here We March, We can do no other’
Climate Summit 2014, Fast for the Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, United Nations
22 Sep
Religions’ Visibility Matters in Historic Climate March
Martin Kopp (right), LWF delegate to the UN Climate Conference (COP19), speaks with Christina Figueres, director of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Photo: LWF/ Sean Hawkey
19 Sep
LWF to Participate in New York Interfaith Summit on Climate Change
LWF Vice-President, Climate Summit 2014, Climate Justice, Climate Change, Fast for the Climate, United Nations, Interfaith
19 Sep
Lutheran Delegates Host Fast at UN Summit Parallel Event
ILUGUA General Coordinator Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Cabrera. Photo: LWF/M. Haas
19 Sep
Guatemalan Lutheran Church’s Álvarez on the Importance of LWF Membership
Member Churches, Communion, Diakonia
19 Sep
Greater Visibility of Advocacy and Human Rights Work
IDPs in Northern Iraq resting in a school. Photo: <a href="http://www.ankawa.com/">ankawa.com</a>
2 Sep
UN Human Rights Council to Send Emergency Team to Iraq to Probe Possible ISIS War Crimes
United Nations, Minorities and Indigenous People
2 Sep
LWF Calls for Humanitarian Assistance, Protection of Targeted Minority Groups
Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/D. Harris
21 Aug
LWF Council Adopts Statement on Conduct on Holy Sites
Council 2014, Member Churches, Minorities and Indigenous People, LWF President, United Nations
21 Aug
Calling for Respect of Spiritually Significant Places
LWF President Bishop Munib A. Younan (right) attending the prayer for peace in the Middle East at the Vatican. Photo: Osservatore Romano
17 Jul
“We need a miracle. We need peace”
Member Churches, Middle East, Peace, LWF President, Pope
17 Jul
LWF President Bishop Munib A. Younan Reflects on Prayer for Peace in the Middle East
Council members vote on LWF decisions. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
19 Jun
LWF Council Actions
Council 2014, LWF Council, Member Churches, Syria Crisis, Staff, Assembly 2017
19 Jun
Changes in Departments, Welcome to New Member Churches
Mikka McCracken presents the report of the Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice at Council 2014. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
17 Jun
LWF Council 2014 Adopts Public Statements
LWF Council, Council 2014, Climate Justice, Fast for the Climate, Violence, Refugees, United Nations, Member Churches
17 Jun
Interreligious Dialogue, Peace and Justice
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
LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan presents Pope Francis with a Salvadoran cross during a March 2013 audience.
6 Jun
LWF President Younan to Join Pope Francis in Prayer at the Vatican on Pentecost Sunday
Pope, LWF President, Peace, Middle East
6 Jun
Calls on all Lutherans to Pray for Peace in the Middle East
30 May
“Fast for the Climate” to Launch International Campaign
Member Churches, Interfaith, Climate Change, Fast for the Climate
30 May
Press Conference in Paris in Front of French Parliament Building
Children look for valuable items in the ashes of what was once the central market in Bor. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
29 Apr
LWF Joins Call to End Violence against Civilians in South Sudan
South Sudan Crisis, Displaced Persons, Refugees, United Nations
29 Apr
A Callous Disregard for Civilian Life
Being an agent of peace: Church service in celebration of the 100 years anniversary of The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN). Photo: Felix Samari LCCN/LWF
24 Mar
Freedom of Religion: Liberated From the “Embrace of Power”
Member Churches, Minorities and Indigenous People, Peace, Interfaith, Muslim, United Nations
24 Mar
LWF Reflects on the Report by the Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council
Dr. Ojot Ojulu (left) and Rev. Rebecca Ruggaber are joining the LWF Department for Theology and Public Witness. Photo: C. Kästner/LWF
14 Mar
Enhancing advocacy and worship
Staff, Communion Office
14 Mar
Appointments of Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu and Rev. Rebecca Ruggaber
HKI Bishop Langsung M. Sitorus meets with Pandumaan villagers in North Sumatra. Photo: HKPB/Fernando Sihotang
31 Jan
A Commercial Forest versus Traditional Livelihoods in Indonesia
Minorities and Indigenous People, Economic justice, Member Churches
31 Jan
Lutheran Churches Support Villagers’ Struggle to Protect Rain Forests