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Kheke Chana warns residents of a Zambian village of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Photo: ELCZ
4 Apr
Youth fight the scourge of drug and alcohol abuse in Zambia
Prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, Youth Zambia
4 Apr
High unemployment and poverty rates push increasing numbers of young Zambians to drugs and alcohol.
A choir prepares for the upcoming LWF Assembly by rehearsing the theme song. Liberated by God’s Grace. Photo: DNK/LWB, F. Hübner
28 Mar
Adding music to the Assembly theme
Assembly, LWF Assembly, Twelfth Assembly Assembly song, Liberated by God’s Grace
28 Mar
Presenting a song of the Assembly
LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge addresses LWF member churches at the European pre-assembly. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
3 Feb
Called by faith to serve the world
Europe pre-Assembly, Pre-Assembly, LWF General Secretary
3 Feb
LWF General Secretary addresses delegates from European member churches at Pre-Assembly
Rev. Ibrahim Azar has been elected a bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
18 Jan
Holy Land Lutheran church elects new bishop Ibrahim Azar
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, ELCJHL, Rev. Ibrahim Azar
18 Jan
ELCJHL important for Middle East
1 Dec
Lutheran voices speaking up for people affected by HIV and AIDS
HIV/AIDS, HIV and AIDS, southern Africa, LWF member churches
1 Dec
World AIDS Day 2016
Genet Girma Eshete of Ethiopia talks to another particpant during the LWF Diakonia and HRM workshop in Nairobi. Photo: LWF/Afram Pete
1 Dec
Expressing God’s love through serving the neighbor
Diakonia, Human resource management, Human and Institutional Capacity Development
1 Dec
LWF human resource management training for churches in Central and East Africa
In a group work session, delegates at the consultationdiscussed how youth in many churches that are experiencing membership growth are a driving force for mission across all generations. Participants shared strategies on focus themes, resource mobilization, and inspiring activities that help to get more youth engaged in what the church is doing.  Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
29 Nov
Diverse communities in different contexts seeking new ways of doing mission
Mission, Contemporary mission, LWF Consultation on Contemporary Mission in Global Christianity
29 Nov
Opening the discussion on contemporary mission
Keynote speaker Rev. Dr Rafael Malpica-Padilla, director of Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
21 Nov
Back to basics, bearing witness to God’s mission
Contemporary mission, LWF Consultation on Contemporary Mission in Global Christianity
21 Nov
Practitioners seek new strategies and collaboration for mission work in the LWF
Rev. Dr Fidon Mwombeki, director of the LWF Department for Mission and Development, presents a 70-year trajectory of mission thinking and activities in the LWF, during the Consultation on Contemporary Mission in Global Christianity in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Nov
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation…”
Contemporary mission, Mission
18 Nov
Junge: Proclaim, serve without exclusion and “witness with joy and hope”
Participants in the LWF workshop at Ngaoundéré, Cameroon, included Rev. Mamadou T. Diouf (left), President of the Lutheran Church of Senegal. Photo: LWF/ David Adjia
27 Oct
Seeking innovative approaches to diaconal service
Diakonia, Human resource management
27 Oct
LWF facilitates workshop for churches in West Africa
LWF Vice-President for Asia Eun-hae Kwon: looking forward to witnessing unity in Christ. Photo: LWF/Romans Wong
19 Oct
A beautiful tapestry of diversity
Joint Commemoration of the Reformation
19 Oct
LWF Asia Vice-President Kwon shares her hope for unity
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark attends a tree planting ceremony in the Luther Garden, Wittenberg. Photo: Felix Kalbe
6 Oct
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark visits Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
6 Oct
Flowering ash in Luther Garden and altar cloth for Castle Church
Current and past bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, with the first eight female clergy in the Northern Diocese, which recently marked 25 years of women’s ordination. Photo: ELCT/Richard A. Mmbaga
23 Sep
More than 250 female pastors and growing
Women's Ordination, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT)
23 Sep
Celebrating 25 years of Lutheran women’s ordination in Tanzania’s Northern Diocese
Refugees queue at Chios, Greece. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
22 Sep
Immediate commitments to refugees and migrants needed
New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants
22 Sep
New York declaration “an historic opportunity”
A group of recently elected Lutheran church leaders took part in a week-long program at the LWF Communion Office to learn more about LWF’s work and exchange ideas from their respective regions. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
20 Sep
Proposals to pool resources to sustain Lutheran theological formation in LWF regions
Leadership, Induction of Newly Elected Leaders, Training
20 Sep
Church leaders seek collaboration in finding solutions to common challenges
Christian Chavarria Ayala in his workshop. Photo: Juan Arrieta 
6 Sep
A symbol of life and hope 
Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Lund, Joint Commemoration
6 Sep
A cross from El Salvador for the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration  
Malmö Arena will be the site of the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration on 31 October in Lund, Sweden. Photo: Creative Commons
6 Sep
Together in Hope in Malmö Arena
Lund, Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Reformation 2017, Reformation Day, Joint Commemoration, Reformation 500
6 Sep
Tickets available for the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration
A Javanese traditional music band performs during a cultural evening of the LWF Pre-Assemblies for LAC and North America, in Paramaribo, Suriname. Photo: LWF/P. Mumia
2 Sep
One melody together, different, coordinated instruments
LAC Pre-Assembly, LWF General Secretary
2 Sep
General Secretary Junge says communion relations are growing among LWF churches
"An end to hunger is not only possible but doable because God has provided. … As people of faith we can say yes to zero hunger and gender equity and better serve our neighbor.” Mikka McCracken, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Photo: LWF/Hubert Hermelijn
31 Aug
Addressing the root causes of poverty, marginalization and exclusion
LWF Assembly, LAC Pre-Assembly, SDGs
31 Aug
Many Lutheran churches are engaged with the Sustainable Development Goals
LWF WICAS secretary Rev. Dr Elaine Neuenfeldt and regional coordinators Dr Mary Streufert (United States), Elizabeth Arciniegas Sanchez (Colombia) and Rev. Marcia Blasi (Brazil), at the women's pre-meeting for the Pre-Assemblies for Latin American & the Caribbean and North America, in Paramaribo, Suriname. Photo: LWF/P.Mumia
30 Aug
Churches’ prophetic voice critical in struggle for gender justice
women's advocacy, WICAS, Gender Justice
30 Aug
Women in LWF’s LAC and North American regions prepare for Twelfth Assembly
Participants discuss diaconal strategies during the workshop in Managua, Nicaragua. Photo: Grosvyn Ariel Rodriguez
29 Aug
Churches share best practice in fight against injustice
HIV and AIDS, Diakonia, Theology, Human resource management
29 Aug
Workshop for diaconal workers in Latin American churches
LWF Council member Bishop Aaron Chuan Ching Yap says the international Lutheran-Catholic dialogue provides impetus for Malaysia’s Christians to move forward and embrace each other in a spirit of reconciliation. Photo: LWF
14 Jul
Lutheran-Catholic dialogue inspires closer church cooperation in Malaysia
DTPW, DMD, Ecumenical. Malaysia, Reformation 2017, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, Reformation 500
14 Jul
Interview with Bishop Aaron Yap
Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
15 Jun
Pilgrim Station, Opening worship, "Heavenly Cross" inauguration in the Luther Garden - The day in pictures
Council 2016, Heavenly Cross, pilgrimage, Wittenberg
15 Jun
A look back at the day's events. ...
Luther Garden architect Andreas Kipar, right, explains the elements of the art installation, Heavenly Cross, moments before it is unveiled. Looking on are LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, left, German President Joachim Gauck, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and General Secretary of the German National Committee of the LWF, Norbert Denecke, during the unveiling of the Heavenly Cross in the Luther Garden in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
15 Jun
“Heavenly Cross” inaugurated at Luther Garden
2016 LWF Council Meetings, Luther Garden, Heavenly Cross, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, German President Joachim Gauck, Reformation 2017, Council 2016, Reformation 500
15 Jun
LWF leaders and German President Gauck unveil work of art
Bishop Gerhard Ulrich, chairperson of LWF German National Committee and Bishop Ilse Junkermann of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany enter the Town Church in Wittenberg for opening worship service. LWF/Felix Kalbe
15 Jun
Inspired by “a miracle of peaceful revolution”
Council 2016
15 Jun
LWF Council opening worship at Wittenberg’s town church
The LWF is looking for a young pastor to deliver an inspiring and challenging sermon to close its Assembly next year.
10 Jun
Young pastor to preach at LWF Assembly Closing Worship
Preaching contest, LWF Assembly
10 Jun
Join the preaching contest for the Twelfth Assembly closing sermon
Ghadeer Altawil at her work station in Beit Hanina. Photo: LWF/ Jerusalem
8 Mar
Young women with a knack for electronics
Jerusalem, Women, women's rights, women's empowerment, women's human rights, International Women's Rights Day, IWD2016
8 Mar
LWF vocational training centers reach out to female students