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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.
Rev Mark Whitfield, Bishop of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand. Photo: LCNZ
26 Apr
Lutherans living the gospel in New Zealand
Voices from the Communion, Muslim-Christian, inter-religious relations, Interfaith, Peace, Violence
26 Apr
Bishop Whitfield talks about ecumenism, interfaith relations and the challenges facing his church “at the bottom of the world.”
Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien, Presiding Bishop, Church of Norway. Photo: Hege Flo Øfstaas/Church of Norway
12 Apr
Norway’s presiding bishop shares hopes and challenges
Easter, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Voices from the Communion
12 Apr
In the very early hours of Easter Sunday morning, the leader of the Church of Norway, Presiding Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien will be presiding at worship inside the medieval Cathedral of Trondheim...
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, Voices from the Communion
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...
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.
Ulla-Maarit Magga, the member of the ELCF General Synod representing the Sami parliament in Finland. Photo: Aarne Ormio
15 Nov
New translation of the Bible in Northern Sami language
Bible Study, bible, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Finland
15 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has approved a new translation of the Bible in the Northern Sami language, with the Finnish Bible Society (FBS) predicting it will strengthen the cultural...
LWF Council member Bishop Dr Tuhoni Telaumbanua. Photo: LWF / Albin Hillert
26 Oct
“God is present and suffering with the people”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, council, LWF Council, Council 2018, Voices from the Communion, inter-religious relations, bombing, earthquake recovery, earthquake, environment
26 Oct
Bishop Telaumbanua describes some of the social and environmental concerns facing The Protestant Christian Church, in Indonesia.
Silvia Beatrice Genz has been elected the first woman pastor president of the IECLB. She is flanked by Pastor First Vice President Odair Braun (right of picture) and Pastor Second Vice President Mauro Batista.
22 Oct
First woman pastor president elected to Brazilian church
Women in Chuch and Society
22 Oct
The Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil has elected a woman president for the first time. ...
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”
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...
Archbishop Christopher Prowse of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and LCA Bishop John Henderson have signed a joint statement issued to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Photo: Ben Macmahon
14 Nov
An opportunity to talk about God in new ways
Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, ecumenical relations, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
14 Nov
Lutherans and Roman Catholics in Australia marked the 500th anniversary of the launching of the Reformation by pledging to renew the church together.
The commemoration of the 500th Reformation anniversary in Myanmar included a worship service, symposium and a common meal in Yangon. From the left: Rev. Peter Hoi Be, Myanmar Lutheran Church general secretary and Bishop Dr Andrew Mang Lone; LWF regional representative for Southeast Asia, Mr David Mueller and Ms Beth Mueller. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Isaac Htun.
7 Nov
Prayers for reconciliation and religious freedom
Reformation 500, inlcusive communion, Mekong Mission Forum
7 Nov
Lutheran churches in Myanmar host festive Reformation anniversary
Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko presented the LWF Assembly theme "Liberated by God's Grace during the Africa Pre-Assembly in Johannesburg. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
13 Feb
“Unequivocal Witness to the Grace of God”
Africa Pre-Assembly
13 Feb
Keynote Address on Assembly Theme by Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko
LWF General Secretary Rev Dr. Martin Junge preaching in Nidarosdomen, the cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. Photo: Church of Norway
31 Jan
A good time to be the church
Church of Norway, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, Reformation anniversary 2017
31 Jan
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge addresses Church of Norway synod
LWF lay leaders: studying Lutheran theology at historical sites of the Reformation and experiencing the worldwide church community.
26 Jan
First LWF seminar for lay leaders offers sound theological knowledge
Lay people, seminar, Wittenberg, Ecumenical Centre
26 Jan
"A priesthood of all believers"...
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
In his semon, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan told delegates they must increase the world’s awareness about contemporary forms of economic slavery. Photo: LWF/A. Daníelsson
16 Aug
Joyful worship as Lutherans in Asia begin LWF Pre-Assembly
Asia Pre-Assembly
16 Aug
Thai culture introduced through song and dance
Women delegates from LWF member churches in Asia make paper windmills at the Women in Church and Society meeting, held before the regional Pre-Assembly. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
15 Aug
Asian women delegates gather to prepare for the Assembly
Asia Pre-Assembly, Women, 12th Assembly
15 Aug
LWF Women on the Move program, Gender Justice Policy introduced at regional meeting
Church leaders at the LWF leaders conference last year. Photo: Johanan Celine P. Valeriano
11 Aug
Asia Pre-Assembly kicks off regional preparations for LWF Twelfth Assembly
Asia Pre-Assembly
11 Aug
Lutherans in Thailand host delegates from 54 churches
The LWF has kept a balanced budget and has adequate cash reserves, Finance Committee chairperson Christina Jackson-Skelton told the LWF Council. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
17 Jun
Higher income, balanced budget despite financial challenges
Council 2016
17 Jun
LWF finance committee report to Council
Rev. Gilberto Mora Quesada said the church ordained Teresa Guadamuz “based on merit and maturity” after a long and sometimes difficult process, in which she always stood firm. Photo: ILCO/Rodolfo Mena Vargas
6 Apr
Costa Rican church ordains committed woman evangelist Teresa Guadamuz
Lutheran Costa Rican Church, Women in Ordained Ministry
6 Apr
A commitment to bring hope and transformation in community
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
Global Fund for Women president, Dr Musimbi Kanyoro, addresses Lutheran church delegates at the May 2015 African region consultation and 60th anniversary gathering in Moshi, Tanzania. Photo: LWF/Tsion Alemayehu
5 Jun
Persist in putting faith into action, Kanyoro urges Lutheran churches
Women, Violence, Africa, prevention, Marangu, Marangu 2015, Africa leadership consultation, WICAS
5 Jun
Violence against women is alarming, congregations can do more
Bishop Medardo Gómez, right, watches theologian Pablo Richard greet Rev. Vilma Rodríguez from the Salvadoran Lutheran Church, who took part in the beatification of assassinated Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero. Photo: R. Menjivar
28 May
Salvadoran Catholic Archbishop Romero: a friend and a great ecumenist
Romero, beatification, El Salvador, Medardo Gomez, Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero
28 May
Lutheran Bishop Gómez reflects on Romero’s influence on the global church
LWF Council member Ms Titi Malik and LWF President Bishop Munib A. Younan plant a commemorative tree for the 60th anniversary of the first Lutheran conference in Marangu. Photo: LWF/Tsion Alemayehu
26 May
Assurance of solidarity in the LWF communion of churches
Marangu Africa leadership consultation, Marangu 60th anniversary, Marangu
26 May
LWF’s President Younan encourages African member churches in their Lutheran journey