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The City Church in Wittenberg where Martin Luther and other reformers preached regularly. All photos: LWF/A. Danielsson
20 Nov
Wittenberg: Belonging to the Lutheran family
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Lutheran theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary, LWF member churches
20 Nov
Twice a year the city of Wittenberg hosts international theological seminars organized by the LWF.
A young boy receives emergency treatment at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Nov
Liberia: Called to bring healing, even when times are tough
Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals, health care, Children, Education
12 Nov
Early November, and the Liberia Council of Churches just hosted a global summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, looking to strengthen church projects that support the United Nations’ 2030...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
8 Nov
Living together as a communion
LWF member churches, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, Lutheran identity, European church leadership consultation, Leadership, Lutheran theology, theological formation, Youth, Gender
8 Nov
There would not be a LWF without local churches, said General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe, in Tallinn, Estonia.
LWF Council member Bettina Westfeld shows a shrapnel cross, moulded from the pieces of shrapnel from bombs dropped over Dresden and Coventry during the Second World War. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
8 Nov
Daring to trust – 30 years after the Peaceful Revolution in 1989
Voices from the Communion, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Youth, Women
8 Nov
In an interview with Lutheran World Information Bettina Westfeld, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, talks about her life in a communist state, the value of cross-border relations and the...
Participants of the LWF Church Leadership Consultation 2019 for Central and Eastern Europe after the opening service at St. Mary's Cathedral (Dome Church) in Tallinn. Photo: EELC/Joel Siim
6 Nov
Churches in Central and Eastern Europe discuss Lutheran identity, diversity and pneumatology
Youth, Gender, theological formation, LWF member churches, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, Lutheran identity, European church leadership consultation, Leadership, Lutheran theology
6 Nov
The consultation with the theme “Diversity and identity – different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit... (1 Corinthians 12, 4-6)” took place from 28 to 30 October in Tallinn, Estonia, and offered...
Refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean often do so in small boats exposing them to a high risk of running into distress at sea. Photo: IOCC/Apostoli/ACT
4 Nov
Misery has no nationality
Diakonia, LWF member churches, IDP, Migrants, Migration, UNHCR, Advocacy
4 Nov
EKD is planning to send a ship to save refugees crossing the Mediterranean.
Prof. Ansu Sonii, Liberian Minister of Education launched the study. All photos: LWF/ Albin Hillert
1 Nov
LWF launches SDGs’ mapping for Liberia
Waking the Giant, SDGs, United Nations, Education, peace building, Diakonia
1 Nov
The LWF has launched a process to help faith-based actors in Liberia track their contribution to implementation of three UN SDGs.
Professor Veli-Matti KaÌrkaÌinnen replies to a response panel to a paper of his. Gathered in Addis Ababa from 23-27 October 2019, Lutherans from across the globe join in consultation under the theme of 'We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'. Hosted by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, the consultation is the first phase of a study process on Lutheran identities. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
29 Oct
Discerning the work of the Spirit in the Lutheran communion
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
29 Oct
The LWF organized the five-day gathering, bringing together around 70 participants including youth from the communion’s seven regions, and representatives of other Christian traditions.
Congregants gather in prayer at the Finfinne Oromo Mekane Yesus Congregation of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus on the first Sunday following the unrest in Ethiopia, which also affected Mekane Yesus members directly. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Oct
Ethiopian church calls for sustainable peace
LWF member churches, Peace, peace building, Peace-building, peace and justice
28 Oct
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus has called for sustainable peace in the country and orderly dialogue around complaints and grievances following recent unrest in Ethiopia.
Finnish Archbishop Tapio Luoma . Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
25 Oct
Finnish church: an integral part of society
Voices from the Communion, Advocacy, Migrants, Human Rights, Refugees, refugees protection, Identity, Christianity
25 Oct
Tapio Luoma elected Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland a year ago, speaks about his churches’ work with refugees and migrants, dealing with populism, and staying relevant in a...
A vibrant performance by the Yetsedik Tsehay choir of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus set the stage, as the consultation ’We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'  opened. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Oct
The church: Always local and always universal
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
24 Oct
“What does it mean to be Lutheran today?” is the question at the heart of a global consultation on Lutheran identities taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week.
Protests in Santiago, Chile, 21 October 2019. Photo: Carlos Figueroa/Wikimedia Chile (CC-BY-SA)
22 Oct
Following unrest and violence Lutherans in Chile issue call for peace with justice
Chile, Peace-building, reconciliation, Latin America and the Caribbean
22 Oct
Lutheran church leaders in Chile have issued a call for peace in the current context of unrest and violence. ...
LWF regional and global gatherings provide space to reflect together on diverse contexts and identify common strategies and themes. In this photo; an intergenerational discussion at the 2019 Leadership Conference for the Latin America and Caribbean & North America regions, in Lima, Peru. LWF/A. Danielsson
21 Oct
How does spirituality shape Lutheran identities?
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith, Youth, Youth Participation, Lutheran theology
21 Oct
The LWF is launching a multi-year theological study on how spirituality forms Lutheran identities and church engagement around the world today.
Rev. Adita Torres Lescano, Pastor President of the Lutheran Church of Peru, visiting the tree planted by representatives of her church in the Luthergarten in Wittenberg. This Reformation 2017 project symbolizes the ecumenical relationships of Christian churches worldwide through 500 trees creating a living memorial. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
11 Oct
A communion of solidarity
Voices from the Communion, Ecumenical, Ronel, LWF member churches, Women in Ordained Ministry, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership
11 Oct
Rev. Adita Torres Lescano, recently elected pastor president of the Lutheran Church of Peru, speaks about her work in the church and the value of being connected to other people of faith in order to...
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...
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge speaks at the opening session of the Asia Church Leadership Conference in Pematang Siantar. Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
4 Oct
Junge to Asian churches: Peace-building is our only choice
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
4 Oct
Call to live and work more closely together as a communion of churches from the LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, at the start of the Asia Church Leadership Conference on 3 October.
Welcome banner outside the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church in Pematang Siantar in North Sumatra, where participants at the 2 -8 October Asia Church Leadership Conference will gather for Sunday worship. Photo: B. Nahampun
2 Oct
Asia Church Leadership Conference to focus on interfaith relations
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
2 Oct
‘Pursuing Peace through Interfaith Relations’ is the theme of the Asia Church Leadership Conference which opens in the Indonesian city of Pematang Siantar on 2 October.
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeus I, leader of the Eastern Orthodox Christians in the world, was awarded the plaque of St. Eric's by Archbishop Antje Jackelén. Photo: Magnus Aronson /Ikon
2 Oct
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew honored by Church of Sweden
Award, Climate, Orthodox-Lutheran, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches
2 Oct
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has received the Plaque of St Erik for his commitment to religious freedom, human rights and care for creation.
Olga Navrátilová from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Sep
Uniting faith and reason in the Czech Republic
Voices from the Communion, Women in Church and Society, Women, Communion Building, Advocacy, solidarity, Theology
27 Sep
Olga Navrátilová, a member of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), looks back at the history of the church in her country and reflects on how it can continue to have a positive impact on...
The anti-femicide demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa following the death of Uyinene Mrwetyana. Protestors cover a police vehicle with placards. Photo: Discott, via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA)
26 Sep
Churches to act for justice, affirm human dignity
gender-based violence, Gender Justice Policy, xenophobia, Welcoming the Stranger, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches
26 Sep
Expressing “deep concern over escalating violence against women, youth, children and foreigners in South Africa,” the LWF encourages its member churches there to “act for justice in situations that...
Leaders of the Returnees’ Network in Edo and Delta States express unity in their commitment to share their stories and raise awareness All photos by Thomas Lohnes/GNC
25 Sep
The dangerous dream of a brighter future
Advocacy, Training, Diakonia, Lutheran theology, Member Churches, Communion Building, Youth
25 Sep
The LWF, through its Symbols of Hope program, supports efforts to raise awareness of the dangers posed by powerful and well-funded trafficking networks and to help those who, for different reasons,...
Zikhai Suela from Mpengo Village shows the water filters and gallons distributed by LWF. Photo: LWF/B. Khanal
19 Sep
“We see so much more hope”
emergency response, environment, Mozambique, floods, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Climate Change
19 Sep
LWF World Service has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people in Mozambique since the beginning of April 2019, after cyclone Idai struck the region.
Bishop Samiec, from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Sep
Polish church joins faith groups for peace conference
Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Public theology, Lutheran theology, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, inter-religious dialogue, Interfaith discussions, Interfaith
16 Sep
Polish Protestants, Catholics, Muslims and Jews come together to discuss peace, democracy and the responsibility of religions in the public space during a conference in Warsaw on 16 September.