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LWF Council members follow discussion on the protection of biodiversity.  The report was presented by the Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice chairperson, Ms Vera Tkach, Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Jun
Call to act on climate-related crises, religious and political injustice
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19 Jun
The LWF Council concluded its 2019 meeting with public statements and resolutions on crises related to climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the legacy of slavery and religious...
Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
6 May
Vital role of religions in providing safe space for civil society organization
PaRD, Theology, Ecumenical, partners, Advocacy, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, World Council of Churches, peace and justice
6 May
Faith groups play a vital role in opening spaces for civil society engagement with governments, even if that role is often ignored or misunderstood. That’s the view of Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General...
An app developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover strives to interrupt busy daily routines with spiritual impulses. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Feb
Germany: Attention and space for God’s presence
Germany, information technology, God, member church, LWF member churches, Communications, church
18 Feb
An app developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover strives to interrupt busy daily routines with spiritual impulses.
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...
Season the Creation starts on 1 September with an Ecumeical prayer in Assisi, Italy. Photo: Peter K Burian (CC-BY-SA)
1 Sep
Christians globally unite in call for eco-justice
Season of Creation, Climate Change, pilgrimage, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Theology
1 Sep
On occasion of the first Ecumenical Prayer for Creation on 1 September 2018 in Assisi, the LWF has joined with faith-based organizations and Christian World Communions in a call for eco-justice.
Celebration of the 500 years of Reformation at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Photo: Tsion Alemayehu
16 Aug
New peace initiative in Ethiopia
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16 Aug
LWF set to launch a new initiative to reduce escalating religious tension in Ethiopia, in an expression of its mandate to promote peace.
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jul
Populism, violence, family separation under spotlight
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12 Jul
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues.
Ms Vera Tkach, chairperson of the Ad-hoc Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice, presents the resolution on Nigeria to the LWF council. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
4 Jul
Deep concern about escalating violence in Nigeria
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4 Jul
The Council calls on the government of Nigeria to halt further violence, and initiate a peace process.
Pröpstin Astrid Kleist (left ) and Prof. Dr Puleng LenkaBula (center) in discussion during the conference in Berlin. Photo: LWF/ A. Weyermüller
8 May
Rediscovering the meaning of democracy
DTPW, Advocacy, Public Space, Ecumenical, inter-religious dialogue, inter-religious relations, Interfaith
8 May
„May God bless us with the feeling of being uncomfortable when the answers become too easy,” Singo Maibongwe from the United Theological College Harare in Zimbabwe prayed during a morning devotion of...
Staff from ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid offer food to a young refugee at Beremend, along Hungary's border with Croatia. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants flowed through Hungary in 2015 on their way to western Europe from Syria, Iraq and other countries. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
26 Apr
Churches tackling the problem of populism
DTPW, Advocacy, Public Space, Ecumenical, inter-religious dialogue, inter-religious relations, Interfaith
26 Apr
A global conference bringing together church leaders hopes to find ways to counter growing populist movements that promote racism and hate crime.
LWF delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano
8 Dec
“By his bruises we are healed”
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8 Dec
During an audience at the Vatican on 7 December, The Lutheran World Federation delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá, a powerful symbol of conflict and...
 Churches must be committed to strengthening public space. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
22 Aug
The church in the public space
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22 Aug
Lutheran World Federation produces new study document
Pracha Hutanuwatra, program director at the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, invited participants at the SDG forum in Bangkok to redefine what is considered important in life. Photo: LWF/A. Daníelsson
15 Aug
True diakonia means not leaving anyone behind
Asia Pre-Assembly, Sustainable Development Goals
15 Aug
Public forum on Sustainable Development Goals in Bangkok brings together religious organizations and civil society
A participant from the Myanmar government contributes to the human rights discussion, at a meeting organized by LWF Myanmar. Photo: LWF Myanmar
15 Aug
LWF Myanmar behind “milestone” meeting on human rights
Universal Periodic Review, United Nations, Human Rights, UPR
15 Aug
Government, civil society draw up recommendations for the country
LWF takes to the streets to push for a UN climate change deal, November 2015. The LWF Council says churches should join in networks that build solidarity. Photo: LWF/P.Mumia
21 Jun
Articulating Lutheran presence in the public space
Council 2016, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space
21 Jun
LWF Council approves study document, invites church action
Rev. Dr Busi Suneel Bhanu (second left), other LWF member church representatives and staff, at the February meeting of the study group on Lutheran engagement in the public space, in Sigtuna, Sweden. Photo: LWF
1 Mar
Equal access, safety and meaningful participation
Religious life and public space in Asia, Dalits, Family, Marriage & Sexuality
1 Mar
Interview with Rev. Dr Busi Suneel Bhanu on the role churches play in the public space
A Dalit woman in Nepal. Implementing the Discrimination and Untouchability Act of 2011, which abolishes caste discrimination, is a major human rights challenge in Nepal. Photo: LWF/Lucia de Vries
16 Nov
Human rights: Myanmar and Nepal accept LWF recommendations
DWS Myanmar, Universal Periodic Review, UPR, Myanmar, Nepal
16 Nov
Giving communities a voice on the international stage
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania Presiding Bishop Dr Alex Malasusa: "The church calls for complete tolerance for all Tanzanians, regardless of ideology or faith."
5 Nov
Safeguarding peace in post-election Tanzania
Elections, Tanzania
5 Nov
Lutheran bishop insists on tolerance amid fears of ideological division
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge tells participants at the Global Perspectives on the Reformation conference: uphold the importance of freedom as a key insight of Lutheran Reformation.  Photo: LWF/I. Benesch
29 Oct
LWF General Secretary keynote presentation on global perspectives on the Reformation
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29 Oct
A theology that calls attention to exclusion amidst merciless competition
Christian and Muslim participants of the 2014 consultation in Germany, visiting the Hall of Peace in Münster, which commemorates the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia. Photo: Marion von Hagen
17 Jun
New LWF publication: “Religious Plurality and the Public Space”
Interfaith, Theology
17 Jun
Christian and Muslims scholars reflect on the role faith in the public sphere
LWF member church representatives and staff at the first meeting of the LWF study group on Lutheran engagement in public space, in Stuttgart, Germany. Photo: Dr Thilo Fitzner
6 Feb
Public Space Should Be a Just Place for All, Lutheran Theologians Agree
Public Space, Theology
6 Feb
LWF Study Group Outlines Framework for Two-Year Process
Participants of the African Theologian’s Network meeting in Johannesburg. Photo: LWF
12 Dec
African Lutheran Theologians’ Network Focuses on Churches as Peacemakers
12 Dec
The bible and peace building
(left to right) Dialogue participants Helen Haggai and Amina Ahmed. Photo: LWF/I. Benesch
9 May
Joint Interreligious Declaration on Peace Building, Democracy and Development
Muslim, Peace, Roman Catholic
9 May
Christian and Muslim Leaders Sign at Dialogue Meeting in Tanzania
Bishop Dr Malasusa and Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal. Photo: LWF/I. Benesch
7 May
Tanzania’s vice-president addresses LWF interfaith conference
Peace, Citizenship, Muslim, LWF Vice-President
7 May
“Build new structures to promote peace”
Participants of the Christian-Muslim consultation on public space in the “Peace Hall” in Münster, Germany, where the Peace of Westphalia treaties were signed after the Thirty Years War in Europe. Photo: Marion von Hagen
24 Jan
Religions in the Public Space: A Contested Terrain
Muslim, Middle East
24 Jan
Christian and Muslim Scholars Strive for a Definition of Secularity
Dr. Dina El-Omari, Centre for Islamic Theology (ZIT) Münster, gives a welcome address at the Christian-Muslim consultation "Creating Public Space.” Photo: LWF/E. Gano
16 Jan
Joint Theological Reflection Creates Shared Space
Muslim
16 Jan
First Cooperation between the LWF and a University Institute for Islamic Theology