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Women theologians and pastors of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, and guests, have held a conference for the first time. Photo: LCCN
1 Oct
Female pastors of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria hold first joint conference
Women Ordination, equity, Nigeria, Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria
1 Oct
Conference participants: “We affirm the LWF Gender Justice Policy”
The installation of Archbishop Tapio Luoma in Turku cathedral, Finland. Photo: Timo Jakonen
4 Jun
Tapio Luoma installed Archbishop in Finland
Finland, Award, General Secretary, Archbishop, installation, member church
4 Jun
LWF General Secretary receives St Henry’s cross, highest honour of Finnish church
Participants to the LAC leadership conference. Photo: LWF/Eugenio Albrecht
18 May
Promoting good leadership in the Lutheran churches of the Americas
Leadership, theological formation, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
18 May
“The Lutheran doctrine is the same, but the social contexts differ”
^The new board of the Costan Rican church are ready to be custodians of the resources of the church. Photo: ILCO
28 Mar
Renewed optimism for Costa Rican church
Lutheran Costa Rican Church, Governance, Assembly
28 Mar
The Costa Rican church has new governance and renewed optimism for the future.
Bishop Azar at his consecration in Bethlehem. Photo: ELCJHL/ Ben Gray
16 Feb
Proud to be Lutherans in the Middle East
Holy Land, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, Middle East, AVH, church, LWF member churches, Bishop, Jerusalem, Palestine, Palestinian homes, Jordan
16 Feb
Bishop Ibrahim Azar has been installed as the new bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land , following the departure of Bishop Munib A. Younan from the post.
LWF president Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa with participants after the joint worship. Photo: LWF/ I. Htun
7 Feb
LWF president urges member churches to stand united in Myanmar
LWF President, LWF member churches, Member Churches, peace building, peacebuilding, President Myanmar 2018
7 Feb
On his visit to Myanmar, Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, president of the Lutheran World Federation, called upon the LWF member churches in Myanmar to stand united against the forces that seek to is
IERP General Secretary Rev. Sonia Skupch at a past LWF event. She becomes the first woman to be elected as President of the Ecumenical Commission of Christian Churches in Argentina. Photo: LWF/Eugenio Albrecht
29 Nov
Lutheran pastor Skupch is the first woman president of Argentine ecumenical body
women in leadership, Ecumenical, Peace
29 Nov
A forum that strives for unity and peace in a fragmented world
Rev. Yonas Yigezu Dibisa, EECMY President. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
12 Oct
With passion for the gospel and discipleship
capacity building, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500, church growth and sustainability
12 Oct
Interview with Ethiopian church leader Yonas Yigezu Dibisa
Bishop Jack Urame, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
22 Sep
“A time of deep reflection”
Leadership, Newly-elected leaders' retreat
22 Sep
Bishop Jack Urame (ELCPNG) looks back on the Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders
Bishop Barbara Collins (ELCA) at the LWF Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
20 Sep
“It felt like meeting the world – and my world got bigger with it!”
Newly-elected leaders' retreat, Leadership
20 Sep
Bishop Barbara Collins (ELCA) reflects on the Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders
Retreat of newly-elected leaders (RoNEL) meeting in Geneva, 12 September 2017. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
19 Sep
A deeper understanding of Lutheranism worldwide
Newly-elected leaders' retreat, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Leadership
19 Sep
Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders in Geneva and Wittenberg
Festive worship service at Tallinn St. Mary’s Cathedral on the occasion of celebrating 50 years of women’s ordination in Estonia on 7 September 2017. Photo: Endel Apsalon
15 Sep
Celebrating 50 years of women’s ordination in Estonia
Women in Church and Society, Women's Ordination, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
15 Sep
Tribute to Rev. Laine Villenthal and call for ongoing reformation
Rev. Yonas Yigezu, right, pledges to lead the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus with unity and love. On left, outgoing EECMY president, Rev. Dr Wakseyoum Idosa. Photo: EECMY/Tsion Alemayehu
30 Jan
Ethiopian church elects Yonas Yigezu as president
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, EECMY, Leadership, Rev. Yonas Yigezu
30 Jan
LWF General Secretary invites EECMY to continue strong engagement in the Lutheran Communion
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
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
Discussing solidarity in Europe: Bishop Dr Tamás Fabiny (2nd from left), Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien (middle) and Bishop Dr Frank July (right). Photo: EKD/U. Hacke
10 Nov
Europe in Solidarity – Evangelical Lutheran insights
Refugees, LWF Vice-President, VELKD
10 Nov
Panel with European LWF vice-presidents
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
Eleven leaders from LWF member churches are meeting in Geneva 12-18 September, to share and learn about vocation in their respective churches and in the global LWF communion. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Sep
LWF hosts second retreat for Lutheran church leaders
Leadership, Induction of Newly Elected Leaders
13 Sep
Junge addresses shared identity as churches in communion
Holding the green card: members of the LWF Council vote on a proposal at the 2016 Council meeting. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
6 Jul
Council 2016: moving the LWF toward the Twelfth Assembly
Council 2016
6 Jul
Council meeting photo essay
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, seen here with delegates of the international workshop for Young Reformers, held in Wittenberg, Germany, August 2015. Photo: Marko Schoeneberg
16 Jun
A second term for LWF General Secretary Martin Junge
Rev. Dr Martin Junge, Council 2016
16 Jun
LWF Council thanks Chilean theologian for dedicated passion
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eritrea vice president, Rev. Habtom Tewolde, and General Secretary, Temesghen Berhane, visited Geneva to discuss Reformation celebrations. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
7 Jun
Double celebration for Eritrean church
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eritrea, Reformation
7 Jun
Church ties 150th anniversary to Reformation festivities
At the 1-3 April synod of the Polish Lutheran church, many theologians and congregation members took part in discussion on women’s ordination to pastoral ministry and supported the move. Photo: Beata Michalek
11 Apr
Ordination of women in Poland: “The church is on the way”
Women, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland
11 Apr
Advocating for a church with women in ordained ministry
The head of Brazil's Lutheran church says talks could counter unpredictable and dangerous divisions in Brazil. Photo: LWF Brazil
1 Apr
Brazilian Lutheran leader calls for dialogue to safeguard democracy
Brazil, Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession in Brazil
1 Apr
Catholic-Lutheran document offers guidelines to local situation
Rev. Taryn Montgomery making the sign of the cross on her daughter's forehead at the Bread of Life Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota, United States. Photo: ELCA
25 Nov
Celebrating 45 years of ordaining women
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
25 Nov
ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton gives thanks for women pastors
Bishop Medardo E. Gómez Soto (middle), seen here at the 2013 LAC church leadership conference in Nicaragua, invited churches in Latin America and the Caribbean for prayers of solidarity as the Salvadoran Lutheran Church's Pastoral Initiative for Life and Peace program appeals for peace in El Salvador. Photo: LWF/Hellen Ríos
13 Nov
Church-led peace march brings cessation of violence in El Salvador
Salvadoran Lutheran Church
13 Nov
Salvadoran Lutheran Church leads peace initiative