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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...
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.
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...
Participants in the women’s self-help group Tesfa (‘hope’) gather for the day. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Feb
Ethiopian church empowers communities to thrive on their own
Climate Change, Diakonia, Livelihoods, Food Security, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Ethiopia, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
22 Feb
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus supports communities across the country through its Development and Social Services Commission
Guest and church leadership at the anniversary celebrations of MLC. Photo: LWF
11 Jun
From a few families to a worldwide mission
11 Jun
Malagasy Lutheran Church celebrates 150 years
A volunteer welcomes 40 people from Lebanon at Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday, January 29, 2018. Families and individuals will be living in different regions, depending on reception possibilities. Photo: Jean-Michel Hitter/FEP
20 Mar
Churches in France open “Humanitarian Corridors”
refugees protection, Refugees, Refugees. Displaced person, civil war, Humanitarian space, Advocacy
20 Mar
Churches in France, among them the LWF member church, have united to welcome refugees to the country. The “Humanitarian Corridors” project follows a similar example from Italy. Its purpose is to...
Meeting of migrants in Sarapiquí being assited with the necessary information on legal procedures for settling in the country and labor rights. Photo: ILCO
22 Nov
A pastoral ministry that empowers migrants
Diakonia, Migrants, rights-based empowerment, Citizenship, Women, Youth, ILCO, Member Churches, LWF member churches
22 Nov
Costa Rican church assists youth and women seeking work in Nicaragua
Participants in the Africa Region Advocacy Training Workshop on Gender and Child Rights in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo: Emmanuel Kimweri, ELCT Upendo Radio
13 Oct
Integrity, the hallmark of a prophetic church leader
Economic justice, Gender Justice, Diakonia, Children's rights
13 Oct
LWF President Archbishop Musa speaks at African region workshop on gender and child rights
Indian shawls, a gift from UELCI staff to delegates from Africa and Asia, jointly reviewing the LWF HICD frameworks, during the meeting in Chennai. Photo: LWF/Immanuel
25 Aug
Diaconal training and praxis sharing are paying off
Human and Institutional Capacity Development, Diakonia, Capacity development
25 Aug
African and Asian church leaders assess effectiveness of capacity development
Representatives from nine Lutheran World Federation (LWF)  member churches in Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo: LWF/ Peru
30 Mar
I am because you are: churches working together for capacity building
Diakonia
30 Mar
Help churches share experiences of their diaconal work ...
LWF churches confirm that graduates contribute to spiritual and social change in communities. This group of members of the Bangladesh Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church recently completed a course on Lutheran understanding and practice. Photo: LWF
24 Jan
More than 100 LWF scholarship graduates
Human and Institutional Capacity Development, Scholarships, Diakonia
24 Jan
Program makes “significant contribution” to churches
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
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
Bishop Jack Urame congratulates church members for 130 years of Lutheran mission in Papua New Guinea, which was celebrated on 8-10 July. He says it is important to recapture Jesus’ unique approach of preaching against social injustices. Photo: ELCPNG
12 Jul
Celebrating 130 years of Lutheran mission in Papua New Guinea
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea, ELCPNG
12 Jul
Bishop Urame seeks greater focus on social injustice
AIDS work in the Nicaraguan Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope prioritizes children. Rev. Soliette López, left, Alexander García, Kevin Mena and Sergio Rios take part in a children's Christmas party for children often  left out because of discrimination, in the western city of Masaya, near the capital Managua. Photo: Daniela Cruz
6 Jul
Nicaraguan Lutheran pastor puts smile on the faces of children affected by AIDS
HIV/AIDS, Nicaragua, Central America
6 Jul
LWF among faith bodies attending AIDS 2016
Women and children are often the most affected by poverty. The ELCM Matsimbe project equips them with skills to earn income from small-scale trade, such as poultry keeping. Photo: Allison Westerhoff
20 May
Children's rights key to fighting injustice and poverty
African Lutheran Information and Communication Network (ALCINET), Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM), gender-based violence
20 May
Eliminate poverty and violence through theology
Elected deacons and officers at Augustdorf in the British zone, west Germany. Photo: LWF Archives
22 Apr
Serving refugees then and now
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Exile, Refugees, World War Two, Latvian Cross
22 Apr
Encouragement from LWF’s history with Latvian refugees
DMD staff facilitated the LWF online conferences, aimed at highlighting diakonia as an important part of Lutheran church identity. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
16 Mar
Helping communities move toward change
16 Mar
Good practices and challenges in project management
Participants take part in a LWF evaluation of a scholarship program. Photo: LWF
17 Feb
Global online meeting expected to draw more than 400 participants
Management for Effective Diakonia, online conference
17 Feb
Good management critical for diakonia work
Thanks to the work of the Lutheran churches in Myanmar, children from marginalized communities can go to school and aspire to a brighter future. Photo: LWF/I. Dorji
27 Nov
Healing wounds of isolation and deprivation
Myanmar Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church of Myanmar
27 Nov
Myanmar Lutheran churches contribution to education in the country
“Fences and walls are no way to shape a good life together for people," say Europe's LWF Vice-Presidents,  Bishops Tamás Fabiny, Helga Haugland Byfuglien and Frank Otfried July, following a solidarity visit with the Hungarian Lutheran church in Budapest. Photo: ELCH
5 Oct
Europe’s Lutheran leaders call for dignified refugee policy
5 Oct
“Fences and walls are no way to shape a good life together for people”
Bishop Dr Tamás Fabiny, speaks to an ecumenical group of church leaders visiting Hungary, 26 September 2015. File Photo: Paul Jeffrey/WCC
1 Oct
“It is right to provide shelter”
European refugee crisis
1 Oct
Focus on refugee crisis at Budapest Diakonia Day sermon
Humanitarian aid is collected for children in Donbas area, one of the worst affected of the Ukraine conflict. Photo: Janka Adameová
10 Aug
Solidarity for Ukrainian church diaconal work amid conflict
Diakonia, Children, Refugees, People with Disabilities, Conviviality
10 Aug
Assistance to the displaced and people with disabilities
Augusta Victoria Hospital staff before entering Gaza at the time of the 2014 conflict. The LWF Council has condemned the continued violence in the region. Photo: LWF Jerusalem
3 Aug
Middle East “needs justice not more arms”
Council 2015, LWF Council 2015, Middle East, Middle East conflict, Council resolution
3 Aug
LWF Council concern over violence against religious minorities ...