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The Catholic-Lutheran commemoration in Lund, Sweden, is an important opportunity for Catholics and Lutherans to remember that the reconciliation to which God calls them is for the unity of the Church of Christ and of the world. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
4 Feb
‘What unites us is stronger than what divides us’
Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, Lund, Common Prayer, Commemoration, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
4 Feb
Joint commemoration in Lund is a bold step to deepen relations between Lutherans and Catholics
Asian church leaders gathered to discuss differences and commonalities across Lutheran churches of the Asia region. Photo: LWF/JC Valeriano
17 Dec
Embracing differences in multi-faceted Asia
Lutheran identity
17 Dec
Lutheran identity acknowledges solidarity amidst suffering
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
Bishops from Tanazania and Sweden deepen relations between the two churches during a four-day meeting in Sweden. Photo: Magnus Aronson/IKON
28 Aug
Tanzanian and Swedish church leadership give thanks for gift of communion
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, ELCT, Church of Sweden, CoS, member relations
28 Aug
Joint meeting produces statement promoting partnership
LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan with Bishop Yuri Novgorodov (very last row) and other pastors and church officials of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Kazakhstan, during the June visit to Astana. Photo: ELCRK
30 Jul
LWF president Bishop Younan visits member church in Kazakhstan
Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Kazakhstan (ELCRK), Federation of the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States
30 Jul
Accompanying each other in the Lutheran communion
Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria Bishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa makes his presentation at the May 2015 consultation and 60th anniversary of African Lutheran church leaders in Moshi, Tanzania. Photo: LWF/Tsion Alemayehu
5 Jun
Renewal of the Lutheran church in Africa must address today’s realities
Marangu, Marangu 2015, Marangu Africa leadership consultation, Bishop Dr Musa P. Filibus
5 Jun
Nigerian Bishop Musa stresses need for critical reforms in theological education, leadership, liturgy and worship
Emmanuel Abraham, when he was one of the five co-chairs of the Marangu 1955 conference. Photo: LWF Archives
28 May
At the age of 102, Marangu 1955 delegate reminds African Lutherans of unity of purpose
Marangu, Marangu 2015, Marangu Africa leadership consultation, Marangu 60th anniversary, Ethiopia, Dr Emmanuel Abraham
28 May
Marangu 1955 co-chair Emmanuel Abraham, 102: the importance of Marangu is that its aim was achieved
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
Bishop Younan (fourth from right) stands among Lutheran leaders welcoming a group of young Lutherans who climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. He told worshippers at the close of the Marangu conference that the challenge for Lutherans was to empower African Christians to more fully contextualize the gospel. Photo: LWF/Tsion Alemayehu
26 May
Africa’s spiritual gifts enrich the global church
Marangu 2015, Marangu 60th anniversary, Marangu Africa leadership consultation, Bishop Younan, Younan, ALCLC, Marangu
26 May
Over 2000 attend Lutheran anniversary celebrations in Tanzania
Lutheran women take to the airwaves in Moshi, Tanzania, with a message that women's rights must be upheld. Photo: LWF/Tsion Alemayehu
24 May
Support from church leaders critical for "gender justice integration"
Marangu 2015, Marangu 60th anniversary, Marangu Africa leadership consultation, women's rights, inlcusive communion, Marangu
24 May
Women’s recommendation to African Lutherans
Bishop Malasusa, centre, with members of the LWF Council
23 May
Malasusa: Challenges in Africa need special attention from Lutherans
Marangu, African leadership conference 2015
23 May
Hundreds attend Marangu anniversary opening worship
LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge delivers his presentation during the Marangu anniversary conference on 20 May 2015. LWF/Tsion Alemayehu
21 May
Marangu conference: Lutheran church unity in Africa strengthens advocacy for justice and peace
Africa leadership consultation, Marangu 60th anniversary, Tanzania, Moshi, Marangu 1955, Marangu 2015, Marangu
21 May
General Secretary Junge encourages churches to build on Marangu uniqueness
Rev. Siv Limstrand, Open Church of Trondheim City Mission, speaks at the LWF Europe panel during the church leadership gathering in Trondheim, Norway. Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
13 May
Perspectives on church witness in European society today
Refugees, Europe, European church leadership consultation, Norway, Easter
13 May
Panelists at LWF European church gathering describe varying contexts
Speakers at the 1955 conference in Marangu included (from left) Dr Emmanuel Abraham (Ethiopia), E. M. Marealle (Tanzania), and LWF Executive Committee President Dr Franklin Clark Fry (USA). Photo: LWF Archives
12 May
Marangu at 60: Celebrating growing Lutheran solidarity in Africa
Marangu Africa leadership consultation, Marangu
12 May
Tanzanian church hosts historic Reformation preparation event
Participants at the 2014 LWF European church leadership gathering in Rome, hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy. Photo: Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus
7 May
Norway’s Lutherans co-host LWF church leadership gathering
European church leadership consultation
7 May
“Liberated by God’s grace” for witness in Europe
LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and other church leaders during the consecration of Estonian Lutheran Archbishop Urmas Viilma (kneeling) at St Mary’s Cathedral in Tallinn. Photo: Erik Peinar
6 Feb
Younan Encourages Baltic Churches to Nurture Interdependence of Lutheran Communion
LWF President
6 Feb
“Carrying the Cross Together”
Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
20 Nov
LWF President Bishop Younan Awarded Honorary Doctorate for Peace Work
Bishop, Interfaith, Interreligious Dialogue, Justice, Peace, LWF President, Leadership
20 Nov
Calls for Bridges of Hope and Reconciliation in Middle East
ELCI Dean Heiner A. Bludau speaks at the LWF European regions’ conference. Photo: Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus
31 Oct
European Lutherans Express Solidarity with Italian Church for ‘Welcoming the Stranger’
Member Churches, Europe Meeting 2014, Refugees, Migrants, National Committee, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
31 Oct
Message from LWF Regional Church Conference
Participants in the LWF European Regions’ Conference in Rome, Italy. Photo: Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus
31 Oct
Impulses from New Media in European Lutheran Churches, But for Some, War Is a Reality
Member Churches, Europe Meeting 2014, LWF Vice-President, Lutheranism
31 Oct
LWF Vice-Presidents Reflect on Hopes and Challenges in Church and Society
LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, with members of the EST Gender Research group in São Leopoldo. Photo: EST/ Adriana Gastellu
22 Oct
In Brazil, LWF President Younan Urges Church to Proclaim Equality and Dignity for All
LWF President, Women
22 Oct
Bishop Younan Visits Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil
ILUGUA General Coordinator Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Cabrera. Photo: LWF/M. Haas
19 Sep
Guatemalan Lutheran Church’s Álvarez on the Importance of LWF Membership
Member Churches, Communion, Diakonia
19 Sep
Greater Visibility of Advocacy and Human Rights Work
EELCO Secretary General Mr Gilbert Ilunga Nkasa Talwa visited the LWF Communion Office in July 2014. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
17 Sep
Moving Forward with Hope in the DRC
Member Churches, Leadership, Peace, Muslim, Communion
17 Sep
Interview with Lutheran Church Secretary General Nkasa Talwa
Bishop Emeritus Dr. Thomas Nyiwe at the LWF Project Committee meeting in May 2006. Photo: LWF/D.-M. Grötzsch
19 Aug
LWF Offers Condolences for ELCC Bishop Emeritus Dr. Thomas Nyiwe
Member Churches, Bishop, LWF General Secretary
19 Aug
General Secretary Junge Expresses “Gratitude for Service”
Violence from northeastern Nigeria, Chad and the Central African Republic is now spreading into northern Cameroon. Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/jbdodane/11594238253/ ">jbdodane.com</a>
18 Aug
LWF Expresses Shock at Kidnapping of Cameroon Pastor
Member Churches, Violence, LWF General Secretary
18 Aug
Spreading Violence is Deeply Distressing, Junge Says
The Archbishop of Canterbury and officials at the Church of England General Synod. Picture By: Keith Blundy | CofE
25 Jul
A Mighty Blessing to the Church
Women in Ordained Ministry
25 Jul
Britain’s Lutherans Celebrating Church of England Decision on Women Bishops
In front of the new Reformation logo of the Polish Lutheran church: (left to right) Bishop Jerzy Samiec, LWF Council member Iwona Baraniec and LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/Florian Hübner
21 Jul
Taking Stock 25 Years after the Fall of the Iron Curtain
LWF General Secretary, Member Churches, Bishop, Leadership
21 Jul
Conference of Central and Eastern Europe Church Leaders in Wroclaw
ELCG Secretary Samuel Jerry Goolsarran plants a tree at the Luther Garden in Wittenberg, Germany, on 10 June. Photo: LWF Center in Wittenberg/Annette Glaubig
27 Jun
Guyanese Church Secretary Goolsarran Reflects on the Reformation, Challenges Facing the ELCG
Luthergarden, Member Churches
27 Jun
Planting Trees as a Living Memorial to the Beginning of the Reformation
Council members vote on LWF decisions. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
19 Jun
LWF Council Actions
Council 2014, LWF Council, Member Churches, Syria Crisis, Staff, Assembly 2017
19 Jun
Changes in Departments, Welcome to New Member Churches
Anastasiya Piddubska of Odessa, Ukraine, reports on the situation in her country during Council 2014. LWF/M. Renaux
17 Jun
LWF Council Issues Public Statement on the Ukraine
Member Churches, Violence
17 Jun
Praying Against Hate in a Divided Country