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In Voices from the Communion, LoeRose Mbise of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania says education and awareness-raising are critical if violence against women and girls is to be tackled. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Aug
Supporting women and girls in the struggle to end violence
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16 Aug
In a video interview for Voices from the Communion, LWF Council member LoeRose Mbise, who works as general secretary of a diocese of the church, talks about the distressing effect of child marriage an
A demonstration by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, under the theme “The church says no to violence!” the image was widely shared on social media to advocate for peace. Photo: ZCC
3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe advocate against violence
Member Churches, Advocacy, Violence, Peace, Peace-building, church, election, Africa
3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe have spoken up against the shooting of unarmed protesters after the elections.
LAC and Nicaraguan youth during an artistic project for the environment with LWF. Young people are largely affected by the violence currently happening in Nicaragua. Photo: LWF/ Chelsea Macek
2 Aug
LWF concerned about rising violence in Nicaragua
Central America, ACT, Nicaragua, conflict, Violence, Peace, peace building, Youth, Justice, Latin America and the Caribbean
2 Aug
LWF has expressed concern about rising violence in Nicaragua
The news of the peace agreement “comes like a gentle rain falling down on people around the world thirsting for a message of peace”, LWF General Secretary Junge writes. Photo: LWF/ C.Kästner
13 Jul
A powerful message of peace
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13 Jul
On 9 July 2018, the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia, ending civil war, and opening diplomatic relations for the firs
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jul
Populism, violence, family separation under spotlight
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12 Jul
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues.
LWF encourages member churches to apply for scholarships. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
11 Jul
LWF call for scholarship applications
Scholarships, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, capacity building, theological formation, development, Training
11 Jul
LWF is calling for scholarship applications for studies and training related to theological, diaconal and development work.
Members of the LWF Council welcome three new members to the communion. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Jul
LWF welcomes three new churches to the communion
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3 Jul
The LWF Council has voted to welcome with joy three new member churches to the LWF.
Departure with enormous gratitude: (from l.) LWF General Secretary Martin Junge and Pastor Hans Kasch. Photo LWF/A. Weyermüller
27 Jun
“Energetic manner and theological wisdom”
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27 Jun
Hans Kasch retires as director of the LWF Center in Wittenberg
“Freely you have received, freely give” (Mt 10:8) is the theme of the Council. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Jun
Setting the tone for the communion in coming years
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22 Jun
LWF Council to meet in Geneva 28 June - 2 July
Archbishop Antje Jackelén during her keynote presentation at the CEC General Assembly in Novi Sad. Photo: Mladen Trkulja/CEC
8 Jun
Witnessing - a challenge for Europe
CEC, Christian, church, Public Space
8 Jun
LWF Vice-President delivers keynote address at CEC Assembly
More than 400 delegates, advisors, stewards, youth, staff, and distinguished guests take part in the 2018 General Assembly and related events. Photo: CEC/ Mladen Trkulja
8 Jun
Unity as a prophetic witness
CEC, Christian, church, Public Space
8 Jun
LWF General Secretary’s greeting to CEC General Assembly
Bishop Ulrich and Pope Francis during the audience in the Vatican. Photo: VaticanPress
6 Jun
“A momentum which is irreversible”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Pope Francis, Lund, Catholic, Italy, dialogue, GNC, Germany, ordination, Bishop, Nepal, Malmö, diaconia
6 Jun
German Lutherans meet LWF member church and Pope Francis in Italy
Child using the application, developped by the Church of Sweden. Photo: Church of Sweden
1 Jun
Church of Sweden launches app for children
Children, church, Communications, Member Churches
1 Jun
An application named Church (Kyrkan in Swedish), about the faith and traditions of the Church of Sweden, puts children in front and centre.
Bishop Samiec, left, receives the award recognising his efforts to improve relations between his native Poland and Germany. Photo: Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland
28 May
Polish bishop Samiec Awarded for Work on Polish-German Reconciliation
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28 May
Actively working for justice, peace and reconciliation in the public space
The document on ecumenical diakonia is meant to clarify the understanding of diakonia and provide a common platform for acting and reflecting together. – The Vesper Church in Stuttgart has been a venue for local diaconal action. Photo: Gottfried Stoppel
24 May
New ecumenical study aims to strengthen diakonia
Diakonia, Diakonia Network, internally displaced people, Refugees, WCC, ACT Alliance
24 May
A new document on Ecumenical Diakonia, fruit of the collaboration by ACT, LWF, and WCC, aims to clarify the understanding of diakonia and provide a common platform for acting and reflecting together.
Rev. Jongkolnee Sampachanyanon Sim receives the blessing from bishop Rt. Rev. Amnuay Yodwong. Photo: LWF/ P. Lok
2 May
Thailand: First Lutheran women ordained into ministry
WICAS, Women in Church and Society, Women's Ordination, church, Gender, Women
2 May
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand, a member church of the LWF, has called its first women into the ordained ministry of word and sacrament.
Beneficiaries of the GNC/LWF scholarship program: (from left) Daniel Jara (Ecuador), Elizabeth Silayo (Tanzania), Michelle Wong (Malaysia) and Sebastian Dallmann (Germany). Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
27 Apr
“Despite all our differences we are one”
Scholarships, Communion, church, ecumenical relations
27 Apr
GNC/LWF scholarship-holders meet in Hanover
Early in the morning, a boy runs amid the tents in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, located near Mafraq, Jordan. Opened in July, 2012, the camp holds upwards of 20,000 refugees from the civil war inside Syria, but its numbers are growing. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
19 Apr
Be the voices and hands of hope!
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19 Apr
The Church of Norway has issued a striking plea to the country’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg to show courage by offering a concrete welcome to refugees to the Scandinavian nation.
Campaigning for young congregation council members in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria: Synod President Annekathrin Preidel, Lisa Schaube and Paula Tiggemann. Photo: Johannes Kurt Minkus
17 Apr
Young Germans urged to run for congregation councils
election, Elections, Youth, Youth Participation
17 Apr
“Young, Protestant, with something to say?
Youth present their pre-Assembly message to the first plenary of the Twelfth Assembly, Namibia, May 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Apr
LWF youth call for revival of churches
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11 Apr
Lutheran youth have started the discussion on revival in the church.
Young people with disabilities receive support and therapy, such as painting lessons, by a small Lutheran congregation in Tolyatti, Russia. Photo: Marcus Mockler, epd -Bild
10 Apr
Lutherans in Russia assist people with disabilities
Diakonia, People with Disabilities, disability, psychosocial support
10 Apr
A small Lutheran congregation in Tolyatti, west Russia, has taken up the challenge of being an inclusive congregation, providing vital support for disabled young adults.