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LWF’s multipurpose cash assistance project will support refugees from the war in Ukraine, like these men, women and children in Korczowa on the Polish border. Photo: Filip Błażejowski
27 Apr
Ukraine: LWF provides cash assistance for refugees in Poland
Ukraine crisis, emergency response, Diakonia, Communion Building, Cash Response, refugee crisis
27 Apr
In response to the needs of growing numbers of refugees fleeing from the war in Ukraine, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is working closely with its member church, the Evangelical Church of the...
In Honduras, the LWF member church and World Service program worked jointly to provide humanitarian response during the Eta and Iota hurricanes in 2020. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
2 Dec
LAC: Member churches and World Service programs explore deeper collaboration
member church, LWF member churches, emergency response, emergency, Diakonia, Humanitarian Response
2 Dec
The LWF member churches and World Service programs in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region have begun exploring how to deepen collaboration in order to strengthen their joint work of serving...
EPUdF pastors Rev. Joël Dahan and Rev. Sophie Ollier and four young people take the stage at the 2021 Grand KIFF. Photo: Patrick Balas
23 Nov
France: Youth advocacy for a ‘shared Earth’ and care for creation
LWF member churches, Climate, Climate Change, Youth, Climate Justice, Diakonia, Youth Participation
23 Nov
As Marion Panoma followed closely the COP 26 discussions in Glasgow, Scotland, she looked back at how young people in her church, the United Protestant Church of France have kept alive the climate...
Delegation observes flood site at Mekane Yesus Seminary. All Photos: Refilwe Mofulatsi/LUCSA, Zacharia Osanga/ELCT
11 Nov
Strengthening communion relations in Africa
Communion Building, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran identity, Education, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Theology, Consultation, solidarity
11 Nov
An extended Lutheran Council in Africa consultation held by the LWF from 22-25 October in Ethiopia, reflected on common concerns in the Africa region particularly the church’s role in the public...
Youth playing on the banks of Río Pogue in Atrato, northwestern Colombia. The LWF supports local communities to uphold their rights and protect the Atrato River, which has been polluted by material from extractive industries for decades. Photo: LWF/G. A. Moreno Clavijo
19 Jul
Supporting marginalized people to organize and empower themselves
Livelihoods, quality services, Protection, Action for Justice, Advocacy, rights-based approach, UPR, Minorities and Indigenous People, Refugees
19 Jul
Through its local-to-global methodology, the LWF continues to work with refugees, internally displaced people, indigenous communities, ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups to access...
The peacebuilding work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia includes supporting ex-combatants to reintegrate into society. Sociologist Ana Eloísa Gómez, leading a workshop in San José de Leó, in the northwestern department of Antioquia, in 2018. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
A resource to strengthen churches’ engagement in exceptional times
Theology, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Public theology, Advocacy
16 Jun
The Church in the Public Space, a study document on Lutherans’ commitment to sharing Christ’s love and serving the neighbor, has been updated to highlight the relevance of church engagement during...
Cover photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Highlights of LWF’s work in a unique year of COVID-19 solidarity
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, member church
10 Jun
The LWF Annual Report 2020 is available online. Under the theme, “Leave no one behind” it gives an overview of the organization’s work in an unprecedented year marked mostly by the COVID-19 pandemic...
View of the Jerusalem Old City from the Mount of Olives. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 May
LWF appeals for an end to violence in Jerusalem
Public Statement, Peace, peace building, Interfaith, Justice, AVH, Palestine homes, LWF member churches, Advocacy
10 May
The LWF has issued an appeal for peace in Jerusalem, where clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in recent days have left hundreds of people injured. The violence has been...
Newly elected president of the EKD Synod, Anna-Nicole Heinrich, during the EKD’s synodal meeting which took place mostly online. Photo: epd-bild
10 May
Germany: Anna-Nicole Heinrich youngest president of EKD synod
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership, Lay people
10 May
This weekend Ms Anna-Nicole Heinrich was elected as the new president of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany on 8 May. A 25-year-old student from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria...
Ms Christine Mangale of the Lutheran Office for World Community in New York, speaking at a session of the CSW61 Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
22 Apr
Urgent task of implementing women’s rights
LWF member churches, Advocacy, Gender Justice, Gender, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's empowerment, Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, CSW, women in leadership, women's human rights, Women's Leadership
22 Apr
A month on from the 65th session of the UN’s CSW, the work has only just begun for Lutheran delegates back in their home countries, who are tasked with monitoring, implementing and holding their...
Ethiopia: Ensuring food security through training in agricultural methods suitable for a changing climate. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert.
22 Apr
Earth Day: Continuing to care for creation and advocate for climate justice
Identity, Lutheran identity, ecotheology, Theology, Climate Justice, Advocacy
22 Apr
"Every year, Earth Day reminds us of the fact that humanity only has one earth to support itself,” says Elena Cedillo, Program Executive for Climate Justice at the LWF. “We need to care for and...
LWF general secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge speaks at the LWF Council meeting in 2018 . Photo: Albin Hillert/LWF
19 Apr
Sweden: Don’t go down the road of hate speech
Theology, Public theology, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Public Space, Migrants, social media, LWF Vice-President
19 Apr
The LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has spoken out about his “deep concern for the current degradation of public discourse” in Swedish society. His words come after the head of the Church...
A woman entrepreneur sews cloth face masks in Kyauk Tan Gyi village, Sittwe Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: LWF/Nu Nu Aye
30 Mar
COVID-19: LWF intensifies rapid response to include long-term recovery
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Member Churches, solidarity
30 Mar
The LWF is shifting its COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund from the current short-term emergency framework to focus more on recovery and livelihood projects. The objective is to address the long-lasting...
“We know that this year is crucial. The world must use the momentum for climate action,” said LWF General Secretary Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert.
25 Mar
Faith leaders prepare for COP26: Urgent climate action needed
General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Lutheran theology, Theology, Climate Justice, Climate, Climate Change, Advocacy, Youth, COP, COP26
25 Mar
Forty-four percent of the LWF's constituency, equaling 33 million people, live in the countries facing the greatest challenges, requiring urgent action. He affirmed LWF's long-standing...
Through the project De la Guerra a la Paz (From War to Peace), the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia accompanies three communities in the Antioquia region, supporting both ex-combatants and the communities they live alongside. Supporting more than 300 families, the project seeks to alleviate the risk of re-victimization or relapse into violent conflict. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
25 Mar
Women brokering peace in conflict and crisis
Gender Justice, Gender, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Women, CSW, United Nations, Commission on the Status of Women, peace building, women in leadership
25 Mar
Research has repeatedly shown that conflict resolution and peace processes that involve women are much more likely to succeed. Yet despite this, women still make up a very small minority of...
Praying at the church of San Lucas of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia, a congregation in the southern areas of Bogotá. (Before COVID-19) . Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Mar
COVID-19: Christians around the globe join ecumenical Week of Prayer
Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, COVID19, Common Prayer, MC/COVID19
19 Mar
One year on from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christian churches and ecumenical organizations across the world are coming together for a Week of Prayer to remember all those affected by the...
Panelists Marcia Blasi, Elitha Moyo, Tamar Haddad and Liria Preciado at the CSW event on ‘Women of Power: Leading together for a better future’. Photos: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano; LWF/Albin Hillert; Private; IELCO
17 Mar
Shaping new narratives of inclusion and equality
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, CSW, Theology, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, Commission on the Status of Women, Gender, Public theology, women in leadership, faith and women’s empowerment
17 Mar
From ancient Greek mythology to 21st century politics, women's voices have been routinely silenced, suppressed and excluded from the public square. Churches and faith-based organizations today...
Past, present and future Lutheran women in leadership discuss challenges and progress in breaking barriers to affirm women’s rights and equality. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
9 Mar
Breaking barriers: LWF women in leadership
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Youth, Women, women in leadership, Women's Leadership, International Women's Rights Day
9 Mar
What can be done to break down barriers that prevent women from fulfilling their potential and reaching top leadership positions in the church and in society? That question was at the heart of a...
Thanks to the Lutheran communion’s emergency support, Gregorio Pérez and other residents of Shupa village are replanting crops lost to two successive hurricanes. Photo: ILUGUA
23 Feb
Guatemalan church assists families recovering from hurricane impact amid COVID-19
COVID19, emergency response, emergency, Food Security, indigenous people, LWF member churches, Diakonia, MC/COVID19
23 Feb
For Gregorio Pérez, a leader of the indigenous Maya Chortí in Guatemala’s southeastern department of Chiquimula, the rising number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is not the only crisis worrying him...
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson. Photo: Richard Orange/Radio Sweden
16 Feb
Faith groups raise voices of refugees and asylum seekers
Public theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, Advocacy, #withrefugees, Refugees, refugees protection, Welcoming the Stranger
16 Feb
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson knows just how difficult it is to change the minds of legislators and decision makers responding to the influx of refugees in her native country. For the past...
Facilitating intergenerational dialogue is part of the young reformers’ activities in the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. Photo: IECLB / Martina Scherer
12 Feb
Young reformers build networks that keep churches connected
Leadership, Governance, Youth, Member Churches, Global Young Reformers Network
12 Feb
More than 30 members of The LWF Global Young Reformers Network 2.0 in the Latin American and Caribbean and North American regions recently met online to discuss the connection between their...
Women of faith have a vital role to play in rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Panelists’ own
9 Feb
Women's voices for interfaith engagement
Gender Justice, Interfaith, Women, Interreligious Dialogue, women in leadership, World Interfaith Harmony Week, COVID19
9 Feb
Women of faith have a vital role to play in promoting more effective dialogue and cooperation in a world struggling to overcome the divisive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. That conviction was...
Photo: Trent Erwin, Unsplash
28 Jan
2020 selection complete, 85 candidates awarded LWF scholarships
Lutheran theology, Theology, Leadership, Scholarships, Diakonia, Women, Youth, Education, Human and Institutional Capacity Development
28 Jan
The LWF has completed its 2020 scholarship approval process, with 85 new candidates from the communion’s member churches set to pursue degree and diploma courses in theology and different areas of...
Prof. Dr Dirk Lange, LWF’s Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
25 Jan
Ecumenical partnerships in a post-pandemic world
ecumenicals relations, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Anglican-Lutheran relations, JDDJ, Pentecostal-Lutheran relations, Orthodox Lutheran relations, PCPCU, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
25 Jan
Reflecting at the close of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations Prof. Dr Dirk Lange looks back on a year of “consolidation and...
Grandchamp sisters join hands with visitors to the community before the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. Photo: All photos by Grandchamp Community
18 Jan
Christian unity: way of life for Grandchamp sisters
Theology, Ecumenical, Women, PCPCU, WCC, World Council of Churches, Ecumenical Centre, Lund, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18 Jan
Working for Christian unity means being grounded in your own identity and thereby being open to other people’s opinions. That’s not simply a slogan for the 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,...