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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
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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
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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...
A group of participants during the opening worship of the Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation, hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, 13-17 May, in Moshi, Tanzania. All photos: LWF/ALCINET
16 May
Churches must affirm holistic witness despite challenging contexts
Africa leadership consultation, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Women, Youth, LWF Vice-President, theological formation, Economic justice, Communications, ecumenical relations, environment, politics and economics
16 May
LWF member churches in Africa have received messages of gratitude and encouragement for their untiring and vibrant witness to God’s mission in spite of increasing social, political and economic...
Shaping the LWF communion: (from left) LWF Vice-President Astrid Kleist, LCiGB Dean-elect Rev. Eliza Zikmane, Rev. Dr Martin Lind, current Bishop of the LCiGB, and Oberkirchenrat Norbert Denecke, General Secretary of the LWF German National Committee. Photo: Astrid Kleist
15 May
Creating a space where trust can grow
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15 May
Pröpstin Astrid Kleist, Vice-President for the Central and Western Europe region of the LWF, visited The Lutheran Church in Great Britain for its annual synod held in London on 27 April.
Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania and the Church of Sweden during their joint retreat in Moshi, Tanzania Photo: LWF
14 May
Tanzanian and Swedish church leaders hold joint retreat
Education, Common Prayer, service, ministry, Jesus, Member Churches, Women, Climate, Advocacy, Youth, Diakonia
14 May
Lutheran bishops from Sweden and Tanzania have met together to discern ways of supporting each other’s ministry through prayer, service and public witness.
Intergenerational discussion on the witness of the LWF member churches in Latin America and the Caribbean & North America. Photo:LWF/A. Danielsson
13 May
Signs of hope amid challenging times
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event
13 May
Vibrant churches who are visible and present in their communities, empowering youth and women, and working on human rights, gender justice, climate justice, and migration, were in focus on the...
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
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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...
Some of the participants in the LUCSA youth workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: LUCSA
29 Apr
Southern Africa youth resolve to address climate change and gender-based violence
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29 Apr
Youth from 15 member churches of LUCSA have identified climate change and gender-based violence as key issues to address in their respective countries.
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.”
Candle lighting during a church service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Apr
Sri Lanka: LWF condemns violence, urges religious leaders to promote peace
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24 Apr
The LWF continues to express the communion’s solidarity with all those affected by the Easter Sunday attacks targeting Christian places of worship and hotels in Sri Lanka.
From left to right: Rev. Dr Hugo Adán Fernandez (Holy Trinity with St Matthew parish), Rev. Sarah Farrow (St Anne’s Lutheran Church), Dr Chris Asprey (l' Arche) and Rev. Dr Jaakko Rusama (Lutheran co-moderator, Anglican Lutheran Society). Photo: LWF/P. Bouwman
17 Apr
Anglican-Lutheran Society explores spirituality and living in diversity
Anglican-Lutheran relations, Roman Catholic
17 Apr
Exploring spirituality and living in diversity were key topics of the 2019 general meeting of the Anglican-Lutheran Society in London.
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...
Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien, Presiding Bishop, Church of Norway. Photo: Hege Flo Øfstaas/Church of Norway
12 Apr
Norway’s presiding bishop shares hopes and challenges
Easter, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Voices from the Communion
12 Apr
In the very early hours of Easter Sunday morning, the leader of the Church of Norway, Presiding Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien will be presiding at worship inside the medieval Cathedral of Trondheim...
Getting together: Scholarship holders of the GNC/LWF with Rev. Dionisie Arion, Scholarship Secretary of the GNC/LWF (left) and Rev. Norbert Denecke, General Secretary of the GNC/LWF. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
11 Apr
Deepening communion, strengthening churches, encouraging people
Lutheran theology, Theology, Youth, Communion, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Ecumenical, GNC
11 Apr
Studying abroad, getting to know a different culture and language, taking up impulses from theology and church: every year about 35 students from member churches of the LWF make use this opportunity...
Workshop participants with local church staff in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Malabon, Manila. All photos: LWF/Marina Dölker
10 Apr
Philippines church hosts workshop to support regional mission and development
Member Churches, Capacity development, Diakonia, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Scholarships
10 Apr
Climate change, economic pressures and the challenges of operating in a minority church context were among the topics of discussion at a recent workshop, hosted by the Lutheran Church in the...
Participants in the ‘People on the Move’ workshop visit the ‘Augustanahof’ housing project and ecumenical center in Amsterdam. Photo: Holger Lux
8 Apr
Dutch church’s work on diversity and integration inspires LWF delegates from across Europe
Diakonia, Conviviality, Europe, Migration, capacity building
8 Apr
Delegates representing member churches of the LWF in Europe gained new insights when they visited a revitalized church, that that has been turned into a social housing complex, and an ecumenical...