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18-year-old Julian Appl was elected into the church council of his congregation. Photo: private
9 Jul
The youngest ombudsperson in all Bavaria’s congregation councils
Youth, Youth Participation, Leadership
9 Jul
The congregation council in Hohenstadt in the Hersbruck deanery has elected 18-year-old Julian Appl as its ombudsperson.
Youth members of the LWF Council gather ahead of the 13 to 18 June meeting Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Jun
Young Lutherans raise concerns at Council 2019
Council 2019, pre-council, Youth, Youth Participation, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women, Gender Justice, Climate Change
21 Jun
Young Lutheran ordained and lay leaders from different parts of the globe gathered in Geneva for a Pre-Council meeting, voicing concerns about gender justice and climate change as well as more...
Some of the participants in the LUCSA youth workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: LUCSA
29 Apr
Southern Africa youth resolve to address climate change and gender-based violence
Youth, LUCSA, gender-based violence, emergency response, environment, Mozambique, floods, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Climate Change
29 Apr
Youth from 15 member churches of LUCSA have identified climate change and gender-based violence as key issues to address in their respective countries.
Icelandic pastors and bishops after the consecration of Rev. Agnes Sigurðardóttir as bishop of Iceland in 2012 (seventh from right, front row). Bishop Guðmundsdóttir is fifth from the left in the front row. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
28 Feb
Church of Iceland offers equal opportunities for women
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women Ordination, women in leadership, Youth, Youth Participation
28 Feb
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland takes gender justice seriously and prides itself on offering equal opportunities for women in the workplace.
Rev Rolando Antonio Ortez, Pastor President of the ICLH, presides at the ordinations of three male and four female pastors in 2017. Photo: LWF/P. Cuyatti
20 Feb
Honduran church models inclusion and opportunities for young women
Migration, Honduras, ELCA, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Migrants, Youth
20 Feb
While controversy continues to surround the planned building of a wall along the southern border of the United States, the Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras is working hard to support young...
Ms Sally Azar, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Jan
Witnessing through dialogue, education and women’s empowerment in the Holy Land
Voices from the Communion, Youth, Youth Participation, Gender Justice, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, Palestine, council, LWF Council, Council 2018, Climate, Women, Gender
11 Jan
LWF Council member Ms Sally Azar, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, explains how much she values the education provided to Christians and Muslims by her church and...
Young pilgrims gather in Taize to share their faith and advocate for environmental protection. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
28 Dec
Youth in Taizé: Be builders of hospitality and hope
Taizé, Youth, General Secretary, Europe, Advocacy, ecumenism, Climate
28 Dec
LWF General Secretary sends message to young people at European Encounter in Madrid
LWF COP 24 delegate, Mr Khulekani Magwazah, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, speaks at one of the conference events in Katowice, Poland. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
18 Dec
A strong basis to implement climate agreement but the poor have been left behind
Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale, Climate Justice, Climate Change, COP24, COP
18 Dec
Negotiations at the United Nations climate conference in Katowice, Poland, have resulted in guidelines that provide a strong basis to implement the Paris Agreement.
Part of the LWF delegation to COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Back row L-R: Sindri Geir Oskarsson, Helena Merle Funk, Wylie Cook, Romario Dohmann. Front row L-R Pranita Biswasi, Gloria Marthalena Samosir, Khulekani Magwaza. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
7 Dec
Climate change destroys livelihoods and ecosystems, LWF delegates remind world leaders
Climate intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, COP24, Youth, Climate, Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale
7 Dec
The planet’s future lies in the balance as world leaders, civil society and climate activists meet in Katowice, a coal mining town in Poland, to figure out how to implement the Paris Agreement on...
Ms Pranita Biswasi, LWF youth secretary. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
3 Dec
Care for creation and future generations key issues for LWF delegation at COP 24
Climate intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, COP24, Youth, Climate, Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale
3 Dec
Ms Pranita Biswasi, LWF’s youth secretary, believes that young people are key agents of change. Reson why it is very significant that the LWF is again sending a youth delegation to COP 24.
Visiting the Lutheran office in New York, Helena Funk (third from left) received valuable tips on climate advocacy from Rebekka Pohlmann, Germany; Dennis Frado, LWF’s representative at the UN headquarters; and Christine Mangale, LOWC program director. Photo: Doug Hostetter
20 Nov
On the way to COP24 in Poland
Youth, Climate, Climate Change, COP, COP24, COP23, Climate Justice, Youth Participation, United Nations, United States, Lutheran Office for World Community
20 Nov
Helena Funk, a youth delegate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, received valuable tips on climate advocacy during her visit to the Lutheran Office for World Community in New...
Members of the Presidium of the VELKD General Synod with youth delegates from member church synods and the LWF, and other guests. Photo: VELKD
14 Nov
Participation, encounter, enthusiasm
Youth Participation, young people, Climate Justice Climate Change, Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany
14 Nov
The 2018 General Synod of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD) has made proposals for the participation of youth and young adults in its member churches and governing bodies.
Participants in the LWF European Regions' Meeting in Moravske Toplice, Slovenia, follow the presentation of LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
13 Nov
European churches asked to counter populism by expressing God’s love
Europe, Migrants, Public Space, Lutheran identity, Youth Participation
13 Nov
Representatives of the three European regions of the LWF (Central Eastern Europe, Central Western Europe, Nordic Countries) meeting in Slovenia, said the growing populism and climate of fear in...
Newly ordained Rev. Karla Steilmann Franco: women in the church have made progress but more victories need to be won. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Nov
“I belong to a church where women work with equal rights”
Voices from the Communion, Gender Justice Policy, LWF gender justice policy, women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women in Ordained Ministry, Youth Participation, council, LWF Council, Council 2018
9 Nov
LWF Council member Rev. Karla Steilmann Franco, from the Evangelical Church of the River Plate (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), discusses the social environment in which her church operates and the...
From left to right: Pope Francis, LWF Council member Julia Braband and Thomas Andonie, Chairperson of the Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ). Photo: LWF / Julia Braband
12 Oct
“Meeting at eye-level as the church for all generations”
Ecumenical, Youth, vatican, Youth Participation, ecumenical relations
12 Oct
LWF Council member Julia Braband representing the LWF, addressed the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
Young people at an ecumenical youth gathering in Estonia’s Lutheran St Charles Church were encouraged by Pope Francis that to live a life based on love. Photo: EELC
27 Sep
Young Estonian Lutherans gather with Pope Francis
Pope Francis, Pope, Youth, Archbishop, Archbishop Viilma
27 Sep
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church youth organization presented the Pope with an apple tree during a gathering he attended in their church.
Youth present their pre-Assembly message to the first plenary of the Twelfth Assembly, Namibia, May 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Apr
LWF youth call for revival of churches
Youth, Youth Participation, Global Young Reformers Network, Twelfth Assembly, LWF Twelfth Assembly, Assembly, Youth pre-Assembly
11 Apr
Lutheran youth have started the discussion on revival in the church.
A lie-in in front of the White House, organized by students in Washington after the school shooting in Florida, calls for more legislation on privately owned firearms. Photo: Lorie Shaull/ Flickr
9 Mar
ELCA Bishops stand with youth in addressing gun violence and school safety
peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Youth, United States, ELCA, Bishop, Violence, Peace
9 Mar
Following a school shooting in Florida, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Conference of Bishops has issued a statement calling for “a deeper conversation about school safety and...
Peace messenger training in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/ B. Grey
12 Feb
Empowering young people to train LWF Peace Messengers
Peace Messengers, Peace, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Youth, Interfaith, Muslim, Christian, Jerusalem, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue
12 Feb
The Lutheran World Federation has released a Peace Messenger training manual. A first draft was developed last year and used in September 2017 with young people of Muslim and Christian background...
Newly arrived refugees outside the parish house of Katarina Parish, Stockholm, Sweden. Photo: Magnus Aronson /Ikon
24 Nov
Pleading for the rights of unaccompanied minors fleeing crisis
CoS, Migrants, European refugee crisis, Child Protection, Children, Human Rights
24 Nov
Church of Sweden seeks urgent government protection for vulnerable youth and children from Afghanistan
Helena Funk, Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Northern Germany, is one of ten young adults from the European and Asia region that form the COP23 delegation in Bonn, Germany. Photo: WCC/ Sean Hawkey
20 Nov
“My church aims to be CO₂ neutral by 2050”
COP23, Climate Justice, Climate, Youth
20 Nov
Interview with COP23 delegate Helena Funk from Germany
The statement was delivered by faith leaders on bicycles, promoting sustainable lifestyles. Photo: WCC/Sean Hawkey.
11 Nov
“Walk on Earth Gently”
COP23, Climate Justice
11 Nov
LWF joins multi-faith invitation to promote sustainable lifestyles ...
LCP President Rev. Antonio D. Reyes (second right) joins officials of the Philippine Lutheran Youth League and the young reformers at the commemorative plaque renaming the century-old tamarind tree as the LCP Tree. Photo: Ely Hernandez
8 Nov
‘Luther Gardens’ in the Philippines
Living Reformation projects, Global Young Reformers Network, young reformers, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
8 Nov
Young Reformers in the Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) are keeping the spirit of the 500-year-old Reformation alive by teaching members to become good stewards of God’s creation.