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Migrants from Central America at the Mexican border in Nov 2018. Many of them have been walking for 22 hours or more. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
9 Aug
A “visionary and prophetic stand” to welcome the stranger
ELCA, Migrants, United States, Welcoming the Stranger
9 Aug
LWF thanks the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for its “visionary and prophetic stand” of declaring the denomination as a sanctuary church body.
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa addressing the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly: All Photos: Will Nunnally/ELCA
8 Aug
Call for bold witness amid withdrawal and fragmentation
LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
8 Aug
“We are Church” is the theme of the 5-10 August gathering of ELCA’s highest legislative body, taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
As part of the events to mark the tenth anniversary of the coup, Lutherans held a public prayer service at the spot where the first fatal victim of the coup was killed. Riot police and army surrounded the event as a memorial cross was carried to the center of the capital city afterwards. All photos: LWF/S.Hawkey
29 Jul
Lutherans support struggle against repression, violence and poverty in Honduras
Peace, peace and justice, Justice, LWF member churches, Migrants, Honduras, United States, Mexico, Advocacy
29 Jul
Ten years on from the military coup against President Mel Zelaya in Honduras, the Lutheran church in the Central American nation continues to raise its voice for justice and peace in the country,...
During his visit to „Mission EineWelt“ in Neuendettelsau, Germany, LWF President Panti Filibus Musa (2nd from right) also participated in the church service together with the center's directors (from left) Hanns und Gabriele Hoerschelmann during which Ulrike und Reinhard Hansen (Head: Mission and Intercultural Studies, Head: Africa Desk) concluded their duties with the center. Claus Heim (Regional Secretary for Tanzania and Kenya) also participated in the service. Photo: Mission EineWelt
26 Jul
Tapping into untapped potentials
Waking the Giant, SDGs, SDG, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, LWF President
26 Jul
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa explained the background to the LWFs Waking the Giant initiative during a study conference of „Mission EineWelt“.
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...
LWF Third International Lay Leaders’ Seminar, held from 27 June to 6 July in Geneva and Wittenberg. Participants Mabel Ngee-fui Ho (Malaysia), Melkion Panuaitan (Indonesia) and Anna Christine Ursula Unruh-lungfiel (Germany). Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Jul
Reinforcing the contribution of lay people to the church
Lay people, Leadership, church growth and sustainability, Wittenberg, General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy, United Nations
18 Jul
Lutherans from 16 countries participated in the Lutheran World Federation’s 3rd International Lay Leaders’ Seminar which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, and Wittenberg, Germany, from 27 June to 6...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge participated in the opening worship of the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and addressed the convention, offering greetings and insights from the LWF. Photo: ELCIC Communications.
16 Jul
The church belongs to the present and has a future
Women Ordination, Youth Participation, Women in Ordained Ministry, LWF member churches, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)
16 Jul
Addressing the 2019 National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan, on 12 July, the General Secretary said that in times “marked by profound change” which...
International guests move from the Town Church to the premises of the LWF Center Wittenberg and the ELCA Wittenberg Center during the joint anniversary celebrations. Photo: GNC/LWF Florian Hübner
15 Jul
Wittenberg: Bringing together people from all over the world
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, GNC, Theology, theological formation
15 Jul
The LWF Wittenberg Center, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
2018 Women Human's Right training. Photo: LWF/George Arende
12 Jul
LWF announces scholarships in theology, development and diakonia
Scholarships, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, capacity building, theological formation, development, Training
12 Jul
LWF is calling for scholarship applications for studies and training related to theological, diaconal and development work.
Members of the Executive Committee of the ELCT Women's Department display their national banner. All Photos: ELCT Communication/Evans Ayo
11 Jul
Tanzania: Towards full women’s inclusion in the ordained ministry
Women in Ordained Ministry, Ordained Ministry, inlcusive communion, Leadership, women in leadership
11 Jul
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania recently marked three decades of women’s ordination by celebrating the more than 300 female clergy in the church, and urging the church to ensure...
18-year-old Julian Appl was elected into the church council of his congregation. Photo: private
9 Jul
The youngest ombudsperson in all Bavaria’s congregation councils
Youth, Youth Participation, Leadership
9 Jul
The congregation council in Hohenstadt in the Hersbruck deanery has elected 18-year-old Julian Appl as its ombudsperson.
The leadership of the Honduran church presenting the 2019 general assembly statement in front of the Martin Luther bust in Tegucigalpa’s public square.  Photo: Roger Rivas
5 Jul
Church solidarity with Hondurans demanding justice and human rights
Human Rights, Peace, Advocacy, human rights defender, health care, Education
5 Jul
The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras has declared its solidarity with the “clamor of the Honduran people” for better living conditions amid a social and political crisis characterized by attacks...
Human rights defenders have expressed concern about  the partiality of justice in handling the situation. Photo: ILUGUA
3 Jul
Guatemalan church defends right to peaceful protest
human rights defender, Human Rights, Water, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Peace
3 Jul
The Guatemala Lutheran Church has called on the public prosecutor’s office to carry out “a criminal investigation” into the destruction of conduits that has led to critical water shortages in the...
LWF Youth secretary Ms Pranita Biswasi, addressing the side-event on a human rights’ perspective in climate action processes at the UN Office in Geneva. Photo: LWF/F. Wilches
2 Jul
Call for human rights-based climate action
Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Gender Justice, Human Rights, Paris Agreement
2 Jul
Meaningful climate policies and action must address the human rights perspective of the disproportionate impact of climate change on women, youth, minority groups and indigenous communities.
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...
LWF Council members follow discussion on the protection of biodiversity.  The report was presented by the Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice chairperson, Ms Vera Tkach, Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Jun
Call to act on climate-related crises, religious and political injustice
Council 2019, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, LWF President, Climate Changel, security, Migration, Refugees, Palestine, United States, Member Churches, Youth
19 Jun
The LWF Council concluded its 2019 meeting with public statements and resolutions on crises related to climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the legacy of slavery and religious...
Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Michael Møller addresses the launch of the Waking the Giant self-assessment tool on 17 June. Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
18 Jun
UN endorses LWF work for Development Goals
Waking the Giant, SDGs, SDG, United Nations, LWF President, LWF General Secretary, council, Council 2019
18 Jun
The world urgently needs the contribution of Lutheran churches and other faith based organizations if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved. That was the message from the Director...
LWF Council members in the Ecumenical Center Chapel, during the opening worship service of the 2018 meeting. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
5 Jun
Celebration of ecumenical milestone, Thirteenth Assembly, to feature at 2019 LWF Council
council, Council 2019, Meeting, LWF member churches, LWF President, LWF Vice-President, LWF General Secretary
5 Jun
LWF Council to meet in Geneva from 13 to 18 June at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, under the theme “Because we know God’s voice” (John 10:4).
The LWF delegation with (from left) Area Secretary for Europe Ireneusz Lukas, General Secretary Martin Junge and Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kazakhstan Jurij Novgorodov meeting with Dariga Nazarbayeva, Chairperson of the Senate of the Kazakh Parliament and Kazakh government officials. All photos: LWF/A. Weyermüller
3 Jun
Working towards peace in this world
LWF member churches, Interreligious Dialogue, inter-religious dialogue, Ecumenical, Orthodox-Lutheran
3 Jun
On 17 May, the General Secretary of the LWF Rev. Dr Martin Junge had a high-level meeting with Dariga Nazarbayeva in the capital Nur-Sultan. Nazarbayeva is Chairperson of the Senate of the Kazakh...
A symbol of peace: During a service in the Church of Christ the Redeemer in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge presents a Liberian cross to ELCRK Archbishop Yuri Novgorodov. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 May
From the underground to the middle of society
Joint Commemoration of the Reformation, Ecumenical, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations, Orthodox-Lutheran
29 May
Rev. Dr Martin Junge, General Secretary of the LWF, during his visit to the ELCRK offered a message of encouragement to the church in Kazakhstan to witness in the public space.
Prize winners Germán Graciano Posso and  Genaro de Jesús Graciano with Verdiana Garcia from the Church of Sweden and Cesar Grajales, Diakonia Sweden Colombia Program. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 May
The dangerous task of defending human rights in Colombia
human rights defender, Human Rights, Peace, peace building, Award, Minorities and Indigenous People
28 May
Three award-winning Colombian human rights defenders visited the LWF on 27-28 May as part of a European tour to raise awareness of the dangers and difficulties faced by so many people working for...
Delegates during the ALCLC, From left: Ms Minia Fecadu, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eritrea; Ms Faith Wambua, Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church; Rev. Seganesh Ayele Asele, The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Rev. Justin Mofolo and Ms Mabel Madinga, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi.
23 May
Peace and justice issues are pertinent to the church’s mission in Africa
Africa leadership consultation, LUCSA, faith and women’s empowerment, LWF gender justice policy, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Youth, albinism, Youth Participation, Climate, theological formation, peace and justice
23 May
African Lutheran church leaders have said holistic witness for peace and justice on the continent today should focus on issues that directly affect the continent such as the “chain of slavery”...
Rev. Angela del Consuelo Trejo Haager, from the Mexican Lutheran Church at the Latin America and the Caribbean & North America leadership meeting in Peru. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
20 May
Churches in the Americas: witnessing together for justice and peace
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, peace and justice
20 May
Participants to Latin American and the Caribbean and North America leadership conference in Lima, Peru, issue a message pledging to strengthen regional cooperation.
Rev. Dr Frank Otfried July, LWF Council member and Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg. Photo: EMH/Gottfried Stoppel
17 May
Getting to know the diversity of a denominational family
Voices from the Communion, cooperation, member church, Peace, Creation, Menonite-Lutheran relations, Pentecostal-Lutheran relations, church growth and sustainability, Orthodox Lutheran relations, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations, church unity
17 May
Rev. Dr Frank Otfried July talks about perspectives gained from his multiple engagements for the Lutheran communion, as well as the situation of the churches in Germany, especially the Evangelical...