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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...
Returnee women migrants now earn income from their own businesses, supported by Symbols of Hope Ethiopia. Photo: EECMY-DASSC
6 May
Ethiopian church documentary shows returnee migrants can find hope at home
Symbols of Hope, Returnees, Member Churches, Diakonia, Women
6 May
Determined to improve her family’s living conditions, Ayelech Abosie embarked on a journey that many unemployed young men and women in southeastern Ethiopia attempt. But things were not turn out as...
In Colombia, the LWF helped increase the resilience of communities living in informal migrant settlements through activities that promote environmental stewardship. Photo: LWF Colombia/Diego Alvarez Ramirez
4 May
Emphasis on good cooperation as LWF invites member churches and World Service to deepen joint work
Diakonia, Member Churches, emergency, World Service
4 May
Emphasis on good cooperation was the key message at a public webinar during which The Lutheran World Federation launched its recently published guidelines on joint engagement of the communion’s...
Rev. Sebastian Bugs had chaired the Youth Committee of the German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (GNC/LWF) since 2013. Photo: private
9 Apr
Germany: Worship and the revival of churches
Communion, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership
9 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Sebastian Bugs talks about the "Revival of the churches" project that the GNC/LWF Youth Committee recently completed and documented in a video, as...
Bishop Azar and EEC Executive Director Simon Awad plant trees in the "Tree of Life" initiative for those who died from COVID-19 in Palestine. Photo: Iyad Amr/School of Hope
7 Apr
COVID-19: “Tree of Life” initiative launched by Palestinian bishop
COVID19, MC/COVID19, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
7 Apr
Prompted to remember those who have died of the virus, Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land launched a memorial to plant an olive or native tree for...
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...
Photo: Ecumenical Information Centre of Dresden
22 Mar
Germany: Exhibition connects lifestyles to Christian roots and responsibility
LWF member churches, member church, Diakonia, Climate, Climate Justice
22 Mar
“Damit die Saat aufgeht” (So that the seeds may grow), an exhibition that opened its doors to the public on 14 March in Saxony, Germany, invites Christians to reflect on how everyday lifestyles can...
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...
LWF country representative Sophie Gebreyes and EECMY-DASSC staff Desta Hadera (right) meet Eritrean refugees in an EECMY church in Mekelle. Photo: LWF/C. Masanga
12 Feb
Ethiopia: Stories of flight and loss from Tigray
WASH, livelihood, quality services, refugees protection, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency, Diakonia, Violence, IDP, Livelihoods, country programs, emergency response, LWF member churches, Member Churches
12 Feb
From everyday life into chaos: For the people affected by the recent conflict in Ethiopia, life as they knew it ended abruptly with the military offensive in the Tigray region. Even before, many had...
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...
Students at Mansfield College, Great Britain. Photo: Greg Smolonski © Photovibe
11 Jan
Lutherans in Great Britain support higher education of refugees and migrants
Scholarships, Youth, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Refugees, Education
11 Jan
The Council of Lutheran Churches recently announced a scholarship for a refugee or migrant to Great Britain, giving them an opportunity for higher education at Mansfield College. The Lutheran Church...
Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea take part in activities for the 2019 campaign against Gender-Based Violence. Photo: ELCPNG/Asenath TUBIAN 
25 Nov
16 days to step up action against gender-based violence
Member Churches, Advocacy, Communion Building, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women
25 Nov
The Lutheran World Federation is calling for stronger efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence, with more resources made available to organizations working towards this goal.
Dead locusts in Shilabo, Ethiopia’s Somali region, December 2019. Many locust have died as a result of spraying. Photo: FAO/Petterik Wiggers
11 Nov
Ethiopia: Support after locust plague
LWF member churches, Livelihoods, livelihood, Humanitarian Response, Diakonia, Germany, emergency, humanitarian
11 Nov
The LWF supports people in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, who have been affected by the desert locust infestation this year. In the Bale zone alone, the locusts destroyed more than 20,300 hectares of land...
“Wear a mask. Respect the regulations and restrictions. The disease is still out there.” This is Ms Sandrine Ilunga’s message to fellow youth, as DRC eases COVID-19 restrictions and her church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Congo, reaches out to students and their families. PHOTO: ELCCo
15 Oct
COVID-19: DRC church keeps students and their families protected
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building, emergency relief, Youth
15 Oct
The ELCCo COVID-19 response initiative is supported by the LWF Rapid Response Fund (RRF), through which requesting churches received an amount of up to EUR 5,000 toward efforts aimed at reducing the...
The Lutheran Center in Tiaong, Quezon Province, a Lutheran Church in the Philippines ministry, gathers in April with social distancing. Photo: LCP
5 Aug
Being the church in times of COVID-19
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Leadership, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, Communion, Human Rights, Climate Change, Gender Justice, MC/COVID19
5 Aug
The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has posed significant challenges for the member churches of the LWF. A survey in all seven regions revealed impact in the same areas, but with largely different...
Photo: Aaron Burden, Unsplash
3 Aug
Applications open for scholarships in theology, diakonia and development
Scholarships, Education, Diakonia, Theology, development, LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, students
3 Aug
The LWF is calling for scholarship applications for studies and training related to theological, diaconal and development work. “Education is a very sustainable way to empower men and women for their...
Wear it, share it. LWF embroidered protective face masks. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
27 Jul
COVID-19: Wear it, share it
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, donate, COVID19, MC/COVID19, coronavirus, Rapid Response Fund, Communion, emergency, Women, empowerment
27 Jul
The LWF invites you to show solidarity with the communion of churches and care for your neighbor by wearing an LWF-branded mask the LWF “Wear it, share it” campaign.
On 12 July, a confirmation service was held in Murska Sobota, observing the distancing and other rules. Photo: ECS
23 Jul
COVID-19: Keeping in contact and breaking new ground
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, digitalization
23 Jul
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovenia, a member church of the LWF in the Central Eastern Europe Region, found that one reply to questions raised during COVID-19 to remain...
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus President Rev. Yonas Yigezu Dibisa in his office in Addis Ababa. Photo: EECMY
17 Jul
COVID-19: Being church in times of Coronavirus
Voices from the Communion, COVID19, LWF member churches, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
17 Jul
In this Voices from the Communion, the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus asks the communion to continue praying for all churches during this time of COVID-19.
Most of the 12 UELCI united churches received approval for funding from the LWF Rapid Response Fund. Photo: UELCI
16 Jul
COVID-19: Youth “frontline warriors” in relief efforts
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building
16 Jul
In the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India found themselves also in a fight against a “social and economic...
The Lutheran church in Guatemala is one of 48 churches that received funding from the LWF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (RRF). Photo: ILAG/Diego GIL
1 Jul
COVID-19: Villages self-isolate to protect against coronavirus
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building
1 Jul
The Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala safely completed a 12-day mission delivering food to remote villages on a three-month, self-imposed quarantine and curfew to avoid contracting Coronavirus...
In this Voices from the Communion, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria talks about the global refugee crisis, a protestant search-and-rescue mission and the biblical roots of welcoming the stranger.
19 Jun
Germany: Advocate for the rights of refugees
Voices from the Communion, COVID19, #withrefugees, World Refugee Day, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Refugees, Advocacy
19 Jun
In this Voices from the Communion, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria talks about the global refugee crisis, a protestant search-and-rescue mission and the...