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Ms Desri Maria Sumbayak, LWF Vice-President for Asia and Council member Ms LoeRose Mbise, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo. LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Feb
The LWF Strategy in Bahasa Indonesia and Swahili
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Lutheran World Federation Indonesia National Committee, council, Council 2018, LWF Council, LWF Publications
21 Feb
The LWF Strategy 2019-2024 is now available in Bahasa Indonesia and Swahili languages, thanks to translation coordinated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and the LWF National Committee...
Rev Rolando Antonio Ortez, Pastor President of the ICLH, presides at the ordinations of three male and four female pastors in 2017. Photo: LWF/P. Cuyatti
20 Feb
Honduran church models inclusion and opportunities for young women
Migration, Honduras, ELCA, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Migrants, Youth
20 Feb
While controversy continues to surround the planned building of a wall along the southern border of the United States, the Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras is working hard to support young...
Bishop Daniel Jayaraj, Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church. Photo: LWF/P. Lok
15 Feb
India: Sharing the gospel and working for social justice in Tamil Nadu
Dalits, India, reconciliation, United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India
15 Feb
The Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church is marking two major milestones this year—its 100th anniversary as an independent church body in India, and the consecration of a newly elected leader Bishop...
Paula Müller-Otfried (center, standing) was the first woman to be elected to the regional synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover in 1921. In the political arena she stood for election to the Weimar National Assembly in 1919 and won a seat in the Reichstag in 1920. Photo commissioned by the DEF: Kasch, A.; Th. Möller Nachf., Stralsund; AddF, Kassel, Sign.: NL-K-16, D-F1/00045.
13 Feb
Germany: The long road to equal rights for women in leadership
Women, Women in Church and Society, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership, women's empowerment, women's advocacy
13 Feb
The year 2019 marks 100 years since women obtained the right to vote in Germany. While celebrating this significant anniversary, a new study has shown that the country’s Protestant churches still...
The Tamrazyan family arrived in the Netherlands from Armenia nine years ago. Photo: Peter Wassing
5 Feb
Dutch pastor praises faith of refugee family
Ecumenical, Advocacy, Member Churches, European refugee crisis, Migrants
5 Feb
The family spent 97 days inside a Protestant church before being granted right to remain in the Netherlands
Visiting LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and his team join EECMY church leaders in a meeting with members of the Hundedo self-help group in Hadiya, on 31 January. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
1 Feb
Ethiopia: Symbols of Hope help rebuild lives of young people
Diakonia, diaconia, DWS Ethiopia, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Ethiopia, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, gender-based violence, Migrants, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
1 Feb
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and the LWF are helping young migrant returnees rebuild their lives through a project called Symbols of Hope
Mexican Lutheran Church Pastor President Rev. Roberto Trejo Haager. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
1 Feb
Mexican Lutheran church leader shares his vision of a healing community of believers
Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Violence, Advocacy, Voices from the Communion
1 Feb
Rev. RTH Roberto Trejo Haager, Pastor President of the Mexican Lutheran Church, envisages the Lutheran church in Mexican society today as a healing community of believers
A congregation of new LWF member church the United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod meets in Santiago de Cuba. The church has more female ordained leaders than male. Photo: United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod
23 Jan
New LWF member: United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod
member church, LWF member churches, council, Council 2018, music, Women, bible, Women in Ordained Ministry, development, Member Churches
23 Jan
“Being part of the Lutheran communion allows us to give and receive in every way. We can learn from others and at the same time can offer the gifts the Holy Spirit gave us,” says Bishop Ismael...
Participating in the e-mobility pilot project, from left: Jan Westphal (director, Horizonte gGmbH Altenburg), Dietmar Wiegand (deputy head, Altenburger Land church district), Rev. Christian Sparsbrod ( Rudolstadt-Saalfeld church district) and Rev. Jens Bechtloff ( Kindelbrück pastorate) with the new cars. Photo: EKM/Diana Steinbauer
23 Jan
Speed limit, electric cars and a forest towards a climate-friendly church
Climate Change, Climate, Advocacy, member church, pollution, environment
23 Jan
A petition to introduce a 130 km-per-hour speed limit on the German highway is one of the steps the Evangelical Church in Central Germany envisages in an ambitious campaign promoting care for the...
More than 250 migrants have drowned since the beginning of 2019 as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea to escape poverty and violence. Photo: Óglaigh na hÉireann
22 Jan
Lutherans in Italy call for compassion to end migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea
Migrants, Italy, Advocacy, Human Rights
22 Jan
The Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Italy has called for greater solidarity and compassion to end the tragedy of migrants dying in the Mediterranean Sea.
From left: Lutheran Bishop Jerzy Samiec, President of the Polish Ecumencial Council and Orthodox Archbishop Abel, Diocese of Lublin-Chełm of the Church of Poland. Photo: PEC
18 Jan
Churches in Poland call for tolerance after killing of Gdansk mayor
Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Ecumenical, Violence
18 Jan
The Polish Ecumenical Council, has urged the country to “stop the spiral of hate” following the brutal murder of the mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz.
LWF Vice-President Rev. Huberto Kirchheim, during the 1998 LWF Council meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/C. Rothenbühler
17 Jan
Tribute to former LWF Vice-President Huberto Kirchheim (1938-2019)
Brazil, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, tribute, death, council, Latin America and the Caribbean, LWF Vice-President
17 Jan
Brazilian church leader Rev. Huberto Kirchheim, former Vice-President of the LWF, died on 14 January at the age of 80.
Rev. Inken Wöhlbrand has been director of the LWF Center Wittenberg since October 2018. Photo: LWF/Weyermüller
16 Jan
A home that connects Lutherans around the world
theological formation, Theology, Lutheran theology, Luther Garden, Wittenberg, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg
16 Jan
Rev. Inken Wöhlbrand, the new director of the LWF center, discusses about the center’s work, the potential of ecumenical and international encounters, and how the Luther Garden has woven a worldwide...
From left to right, Wartburg professor of pastoral theology, Rev. Nathan Frambach, LWF’s communications officer, Philippa Hitchen, 3rd year student Carrie Petersen and 2nd year student Marietta Nelson-Bitte. Photo:LWF/N. Torrecillas
15 Jan
USA seminarians reflect on global ecumenism and reconciliation
Ecumenical, Ecumenical Centre, ecumenicals relations, Institute for Ecumenical Research, Taizé, Lutheran Theological Seminary, students, Lutheran theology, Theology
15 Jan
A group of students and professors from the Wartburg Theological Seminary in Iowa (USA) visited the LWF headquarters in Geneva.
Ms Sally Azar, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Jan
Witnessing through dialogue, education and women’s empowerment in the Holy Land
Voices from the Communion, Youth, Youth Participation, Gender Justice, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, Palestine, council, LWF Council, Council 2018, Climate, Women, Gender
11 Jan
LWF Council member Ms Sally Azar, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, explains how much she values the education provided to Christians and Muslims by her church and...
LWF COP 24 delegate, Mr Khulekani Magwazah, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, speaks at one of the conference events in Katowice, Poland. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
18 Dec
A strong basis to implement climate agreement but the poor have been left behind
Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale, Climate Justice, Climate Change, COP24, COP
18 Dec
Negotiations at the United Nations climate conference in Katowice, Poland, have resulted in guidelines that provide a strong basis to implement the Paris Agreement.
Acolytes of the Lutheran Church in Liberia prepare to lead the march protesting all forms of violence in the Thursdays in Black campaign. All photos: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
13 Dec
Liberia’s Thursdays in Black campaign amplifies efforts to end gender-based violence
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Advocacy, Women, women's advocacy, women and girls, Gender Justice Policy, gender-based violence
13 Dec
...The launch of a Thursdays in Black campaign by the Lutheran Church in Liberia recently was a public call for action against violence directed at women and girls.
Part of the LWF delegation to COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Back row L-R: Sindri Geir Oskarsson, Helena Merle Funk, Wylie Cook, Romario Dohmann. Front row L-R Pranita Biswasi, Gloria Marthalena Samosir, Khulekani Magwaza. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
7 Dec
Climate change destroys livelihoods and ecosystems, LWF delegates remind world leaders
Climate intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, COP24, Youth, Climate, Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale
7 Dec
The planet’s future lies in the balance as world leaders, civil society and climate activists meet in Katowice, a coal mining town in Poland, to figure out how to implement the Paris Agreement on...
Young people: "The St. Stephen Episcopal Church choir performs at the launch of the Waking the Giant initiative at the Liberia Council of Churches General Assembly in Monrovia, Liberia. Photos: LWF/John Healey
5 Dec
Government thanks Liberia’s faith-based organizations for education and peacebuilding
Waking the Giant, Advocacy, DMD, SDGs, peace building, Education
5 Dec
The Liberian government has commended faith-based organizations for their critical role in providing education and enhancing peace building in the country.
The CCME and CEC representatives presented the Christmas statement to First Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness in Brussels. Photo: CEC/Naveen Qayyum
4 Dec
European church leaders call for welcome of migrants in Christmas statement
Migrants, Welcoming the Stranger, Europe, Migration, Leadership
4 Dec
The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe has issued a statement calling on political leaders, churches and European citizens to work toward a more inclusive and welcoming society.
Württemberg Bishop Dr Frank O. July is installed as the new chairperson of the German National Committee, in Hanover, Germany. Photo: GNC
3 Dec
LWF welcomes Bishop July’s election as chairperson of the German National Committee
Leadership, election, German National Committee, GNC
3 Dec
The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa welcomes the election of Württemberg Bishop Frank O. July as the new chairperson of the GNC, and thanked the GNC for its vital role of facilitating...
Ms Pranita Biswasi, LWF youth secretary. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
3 Dec
Care for creation and future generations key issues for LWF delegation at COP 24
Climate intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, COP24, Youth, Climate, Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale
3 Dec
Ms Pranita Biswasi, LWF’s youth secretary, believes that young people are key agents of change. Reson why it is very significant that the LWF is again sending a youth delegation to COP 24.
LWF food security project in Shumes hah, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Through a cash-for-work program, local farmers build irrigation channels and terraces for food and water conservation. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
30 Nov
COP24: Global church bodies urge transformative action to protect the most vulnerable
Climate, intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, WCC, ACT Alliance, LWF, COP24, COP
30 Nov
Global church organizations WCC, the LWF and ACT Alliance have called for renewed global solidarity and urgency of action to support the communities at the frontline of climate change impacts.
Dr. Nikola Schmutzler, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Nov
A long tradition of training lay and ordained church workers
Lutheran theology, Public theology, Lutheran identity, Bible Study, Wittenberg, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Training, Lay people, Lutheran Theological Seminary
29 Nov
Dr. Nikola Schmutzler a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, reports on theological formation and education for non-theologians, Lutheran worship and the value of international...
(From left) Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment; Kathrin Wallrabe, ELCS equal opportunities officer and WICAS regional coordinator for Central Western Europe; Bettina Westfeld, LWF Council member and vice-president of the ELCS synod. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
29 Nov
Participation of women and men is a theological issue
Women in Church and Society, Leadership, women in leadership, Human Rights, LWF Twelfth Assembly, Twelfth Assembly, Women
29 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony has passed a law to recognize the fundamental issue of gender justice in the composition of church governing bodies.