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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...
Women’s support groups and helplines are reporting an alarming increase in the numbers of calls they have received since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced in many countries of the world. Photo: Mattia Ascenzo
30 Apr
COVID-19: Churches in frontline against ‘silent pandemic’
LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's advocacy, Gender Justice, sgbv, gender-based violence, women's rights, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
30 Apr
As new data emerges about an increase in domestic violence since the start of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, the LWF leaders have joined the United Nations in warning about this “silent pandemic...
The LWF is calling upon its member churches to work towards gender just communities, where all women and men can flourish. In this photo, participants at the Women Advocacy Training, 1st November 2019 Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
9 Mar
Strengthen efforts for gender justice and women’s empowerment
Women in Chuch and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, International Women's Rights Day, faith and women’s empowerment, Gender Justice Policy, LWF gender justice policy, women's advocacy
9 Mar
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the LWF, is urgently calling on the international community, governments and its member churches to step up their work towards gender justice and women’s...
Gender Justice is “a matter of life or death”, so both men and women must work together “to break the silence” about gender-based violence and commit to work toward gender justice. Rev Elitha Moyo, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and Rev. Dr Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
6 Mar
Men's voices vital in quest for gender justice
Women in Chuch and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, International Women's Rights Day, faith and women’s empowerment, Gender Justice Policy, LWF gender justice policy, women's advocacy
6 Mar
Gender Justice is “a matter of life or death”, so both men and women must work together “to break the silence” about gender-based violence and commit to work toward gender justice. In a message for...
Rev. Jongkolnee Sampachanyanon Sim became one of the first two women ordained in The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Thailand in 2018. Photo: LWF/A.Danielsson
31 Jan
Building up the church in Thailand
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women's Ordination, Voices from the Communion, Diakonia
31 Jan
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Jongkolnee Sampachanyanon Sim who became one of the first two women ordained in The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Thailand, talks about the...
A member of a women’s group with the Abhilasha Federation, shares her views during an empowerment training seminar focusing on the role of women in community development, leadership and economic empowerment, in Shahpur, Betul, Madhya Pradesh, India. Photo: ELC WESA PROJECT
12 Dec
No justification for violence against women
Member Churches, LWF member churches, Gender Justice, Gender Justice Policy, gender-based violence, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, UELCI
12 Dec
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has encouraged of all LWF member churches in India to step up efforts to stop violence against women and promote greater gender justice in their country.
Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea take part in activities to launch 20 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Photo: ELCPNG/Asenath TUBIAN
5 Dec
16 Days: Churches stand against gender violence 
Member Churches, Women, gender-based violence, Advocacy
5 Dec
LWF member churches organize activities promoting ‘Awareness, Action and Accountability’  ...
Survivors of sexual violence in conflict take part in a three-day training program in Geneva and call for action to end impunity, stigma and silence surrounding such crimes. Photo: LWF/L. Gillabert
29 Nov
Breaking the silence about sexual violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, Violence, survival, Advocacy
29 Nov
On 28 November, a group of women representing national SEMA networks in DRC, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi and Colombia brought their personal testimonies to a public event in Geneva University. They...
Men and women take part in discussions on gender justice at the Ohn Taw Gyi South camp for displaced Rohingyas near Sittwe, Rakhine State. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Phyo Aung Hein
25 Nov
16 Days: End violence against women & children
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Theology, Diakonia
25 Nov
In Asia, LWF Myanmar is using the 16 days to reinforce its long-standing commitment to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence in the workplace and in wider society.
Participants in the Global Consultation of Women doing Theology gather outside the Warsaw conference center where they are reflecting on biblical texts and relate them to the challenges they face in their churches today. Photo: LWF/P. Hitchen
15 Nov
Searching for treasures of Lutheran tradition
LWF gender justice policy, Women in Church and Society, Theology
15 Nov
Women doing theology ask: What does the gospel say about gender in the church today?
Women leaders from Eastern, Central and Western Europe participated in a Worship Service at Warsaw’s Holy Trinity Lutheran church during a regional consultation on ‘Faith, Gender Justice and Women’s Human Rights’. Photo: LWF/Agnieszka Godfrejów-Tarnagórska
13 Nov
Sharing stories, reforming structures
Advocacy, Women, Theology, Member Churches, Communion Building, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence
13 Nov
Women from European churches meet to discuss ways of overcoming injustice, discrimination and violence 
The “Theatre of the Oppressed” was one of the methodologies practiced to collect information on community level. Participants clearly enjoyed the session, despite the serious topic. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
7 Nov
Justice, dignity and hope 
Theology, Women, Advocacy
7 Nov
Women’s human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations  ...
Indonesian church leaders meet with the President of the Republic’s special envoy on interfaith relations and intercultural dialogue, Professor Syafiq Mughni (center). Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
7 Oct
Asian church leaders call for greater interfaith cooperation
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership, Youth, Climate, Lutheran theology
7 Oct
The Asia Church Leadership Conference has concluded in Indonesia with a call to all churches to work more closely together with other faith communities to promote urgent issues such as gender justice...
Pastors and evangelists at a crisis drop-in center, run by the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church (GKPS) in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province. Photo: LWF/P. Hitchen
1 Oct
Implementing gender justice in Asian contexts
Women in Chuch and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Asia
1 Oct
Lutheran women from across Asia meet in Pematang Siantar, Indonesia, to discuss ways of overcoming violence and promoting gender justice
Sisters in faith: (from left) Rev. Sybil Chetty (South Africa), Dr Christy Ponni (India), retired Bishop Dr Margot Käßmann (Germany), Dr Ziyanda Mgugudo-Sello (South Africa) and Moderator Gabriele De Bona (ELM) . Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Aug
Encouraged as sisters in faith
Theology, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Member Churches, LWF member churches, Communion Building
29 Aug
Churches should be bolder and elect women as well as men to leadership positions
KELC South Coast Church District Gender Justice public participation forum in Mombasa, Kenya. Photo: L. Mwololo
19 Jul
Kenya moving towards gender equality in church and society
Gender Justice, Women Ordination, faith and women’s empowerment, Women in Chuch and Society, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
19 Jul
Rev. Catherine Ngina Musau, head of the Gender Justice Program in the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church says the status of women in her country is improving gradually but there are still challenges...
The LWF was part of a delegation that recxently met with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Mukwege Foundation
10 Jul
Call for state responsibility in fight against sexual violence in DRC
conflict, gender-based violence, Violence, Women, women's advocacy, Advocacy
10 Jul
The LWF is among five civil society organizations calling on the DRC government to urgently assume its fundamental obligation to combat sexual violence in a country where the rape of women and girls...
Youth members of the LWF Council gather ahead of the 13 to 18 June meeting Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Jun
Young Lutherans raise concerns at Council 2019
Council 2019, pre-council, Youth, Youth Participation, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women, Gender Justice, Climate Change
21 Jun
Young Lutheran ordained and lay leaders from different parts of the globe gathered in Geneva for a Pre-Council meeting, voicing concerns about gender justice and climate change as well as more...
Five LWF vice-presidents: from left to right, Desri Maria Sumbayak, Propstin Astrid Klein, Archbishop Antje Jackelen, Rev. Jeannette Ada Epse Maina and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
13 Jun
Promoting gender justice in church and society
Council 2019, pre-council, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women in Church and Society, Women, Gender Justice, Youth, Women in Ordained Ministry
13 Jun
Working together to challenge patriarchal structures and attitudes was at the top of the agenda as participants in a Pre-Council meeting on women gathered in Geneva to share stories and plan...
Members of the panel discussing prospects for peace and human rights in Colombia. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
11 Jun
Churches pledge support for Colombia’s human rights defenders
Ecumenical, Human Rights, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's rights, Colombia, Peace
11 Jun
The international community must do more to support those seeking to be a prophetic voice for justice and peace in Colombia today. That was the appeal from members of the Bogotá-based inter-church...
Participants at the Oslo workshop on Freedom of Religion and Gender Equality. Photo: Stefanus Alliance
6 Jun
Bridging the gap between gender justice and religious liberty
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, SDGs, Waking the Giant, United Nations, women's human rights, Climate Change, Education, Peace
6 Jun
The LWF joined around 30 other Faith Based Organizations to discuss the intersection between the right to religious freedom and women’s rights, within the framework of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable...
Bishop Patricia Davenport, ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. Photo: Bob Fisher-SEPAComm
31 May
Bishop Patricia Davenport: Ministry on the front lines
Women in Chuch and Society, women in leadership, Voices from the Communion, member church, racism, Interfaith, ELCA
31 May
The first black woman bishop in the ELCA reflects on her church’s work to combat racism and build a ‘beloved community’
From left to right: Ordained pastors of the Mexican Lutheran Church; Karina Carmona, José Alcantara, Sofía Tenorio, Ángela Trejo, David Brondos, Roberto Trejo and Moisés Espino following the worship service celebrating 10 years of women’s ordination. Photo: L. Tenorio/ILM
12 Apr
Mexican church marks 10 years of women’s ordination
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women in Ordained Ministry, Gender Justice, Women Ordination, women in leadership
12 Apr
The recent celebration of 10 years of women’s ordination in the Mexican Lutheran Church was an occasion to reaffirm the church’s commitment to empower and encourage both women and men to contribute...
In Uganda, LWF’s humanitarian work includes support to people who have fled conflict in neighboring South Sudan and DRC. At the Rwamwanja refugee settlement, Congolese Zubert Masuku is now a highly skilled fashion designer, who also trains fellow youth for free. Photo: LWF/ S. Nalubega
9 Apr
Human Rights Council: Concern for conflict-affected populations and people with albinism
DRC, South Sudan, Myanmar, albinism, UNHRC, United Nations Human Rights Council, Rakhine Crisis, IDP, internally displaced people, gender-based violence, Human Rights, peace building
9 Apr
The human rights situation in Myanmar, DRC and South Sudan, and access to justice for people living with albinism were key topics for the LWF through four oral statements and a side event at the 40th...