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More than 80 participants representing leadership levels of LWF's 31 member churches in Africa attended the 29 June- 1 July Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/ALCINET Erick Adolph
6 Jul
Africa: Churches name strong theological identity, peace, and justice as key concerns
Africa leadership consultation, Leadership, Member Churches, Communion Building
6 Jul
In the final message from the Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation, delegates highlighted the need to strengthen the theological identity of churches in the region and increase their bold...
Rev. Germán Loayza. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
1 Jul
Bolivia: “Inclusion is a teaching of our Lord that the Aymara, Quechua people have always lived”
Voices from the Communion, Member Churches, indigenous people
1 Jul
In this Voices from the Communion, the Bolivian Evangelical Lutheran Church President Rev. Germán Loayza talks about how the church’s presence within the Indigenous community and outside of the walls...
Youth delegates at the May 2022 LWF Leadership Conference of the Americas in Santiago, Chile. Photo: LWF/E. Albrecht
1 Jun
LWF youth amplify ‘Peace Messengers’ role in churches and communities
Peace, Youth, Peace Messengers, Advocacy, LWF member churches, peace building, Global Young Reformers Network, Training
1 Jun
Youth representing all seven regions of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) continue to promote 2022 as the Global Young Reformers’ Year of Peace, as they gather in-person for the third international...
From left to right: IELV project coordinator Judith Bracho Villegas, Elisabeth Perez de Hands, Yuseidy Bolivar and IELV Pastor President Rev. Gerardo Hands, during a visit to deliver livelihood recovery kits. Photo: IELV
30 May
Venezuelan church prioritizes women’s needs on path toward livelihood recovery
Diakonia, LWF member churches, Churches in Mission, Women, women's empowerment, Livelihoods, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
30 May
Hidden from the visible impact of complex humanitarian crises are the tough choices women in low-income communities often have to make between catering to their own critical needs and providing food...
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...
One of the goals of the new course at the LCCN seminary is to increase advocacy activities among youth in schools and universities in Nigeria. Rev. Emmanuel Subewope Gabriel (right) presents SoH t-shirts during an event in the northeastern city of Gombe. Photo: SoH Nigeria
25 Apr
Nigerian seminary brings education on irregular migration and trafficking to the classroom
Symbols of Hope, Diakonia, Advocacy, Churches in Mission, Education, Migrants, Human Beings - Not for Sale
25 Apr
The June 2022 graduates of the Bronnum Lutheran Seminary in Yola, northeastern Nigeria, will include the first batch of students taking a new orientation course on irregular migration and human...
LWF humanitarian support officer Katerina Brzicova and Samuel Reslour, a volunteer, assist in transporting relief items to a warehouse of the Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), which is partnering with the LWF to distribute food and non-food items to refugees fleeing from Ukraine at the Zosin and Dohoruth borders. Photo: B. Khanal
20 Apr
LWF scales up response to Ukrainian refugee crisis
LWF member churches, Ukraine crisis, emergency response, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, refugee crisis, Humanitarian Response
20 Apr
The LWF is scaling up its response to the war in Ukraine, setting up a team to coordinate both the humanitarian work and support to its member churches in the region. Following meetings with five...
Two friends enjoy a meal on the campus of the ELCT-Diocese of Meru, Usa River Rehabilitation and Training Centre for people with special needs, in Arusha, Tanzania. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert 
30 Mar
Tanzania: Heart-warming witness to the gospel
Member Churches, theological formation, General Secretary, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
30 Mar
Visiting the 8-million-faithful Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt says she sees ‘God at work’ in the way the member...
Photo: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
25 Feb
Ukraine: LWF calls for donations to support people and churches
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
25 Feb
The LWF has launched a call for donations to support the churches and people of Ukraine, who are fleeing their homes and seeking shelter, basic necessities such as food and water, following Russia’s...
Alena Fendrychová, Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, and a member of the “Solidarity Group” that coordinates the LWF European diaconal process. Photo: Private
14 Feb
Café Obýváček - A welcoming space for migrants and refugees in the Czech Republic
LWF member churches, Diakonia, Conviviality, Migrants, Refugees
14 Feb
Fendrychová is a member of the “Solidarity Group” of diaconal practitioners in The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in Europe. They coordinate the “Seeking Conviviality” diaconal...
Outdoor workshops for young people particularly affected by the lockdown measures in Slovakia. Photo: Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Slovak Republic
4 Feb
COVID-19 rapid response fund: “A shared commitment to leave no one behind”
Rapid Response Fund, MC/COVID19, COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Mission
4 Feb
Through the LWF Rapid Response Fund, the communion was able to rally support and provide direct and indirect relief to congregations and local communities facing the unprecedented challenges of the...
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa with LWF Vice-President for Africa Rev. Dr Jeanette Ada Maina, Bishop Theophilus Shadrach of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, and LWF staff and students in the Gado camp. The students held signs and recited a poem on the importance of education. All photos: LWF/Lucie Alalu Grinstein
9 Dec
LWF President commends strength of Cameroon communities served by livelihood programs
Protection, Livelihoods, Diakonia, Mission, Women, Climate, Advocacy, Youth
9 Dec
On his visit to the LWF Country Program in Cameroon, the LWF President, Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, applauded the strength and resilience of the communities served by LWF in Gado where refugees...
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...
Members of a “Shared Table” team that collects and distributes food in Vantaa, Finland. Photo: Jani Laukkanen
18 Nov
LWF commends new ‘conviviality’ resources to all churches
Diakonia, Conviviality, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Member Churches
18 Nov
The LWF has thanked diaconal workers in Europe for producing new resources that offer all member churches inspiration to incorporate the concept of conviviality into diaconal ministries.
Caring for the ‘Silence Garden’ at Augustanahof, a former church building turned into residential apartments, as part of the diaconal work of the Lutheran Church in Amsterdam. Photo: Lutheran Diaconie
16 Nov
Netherlands: Investing in communities to be “carriers of sustainable diakonia”
Conviviality, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Leadership, European Solidarity Group
16 Nov
Four new storybooks on conviviality — the art and practice of living together, have been launched by the LWF, as part of its European Diaconal Process. Wilzing, who has contributed to the first...