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LWF vice president for Central Eastern Europe Archbishop Urmas Viilma. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Oct
“Cooperation is needed today, not isolation”
Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, SDGs, Waking the Giant, Peace-building, peacebuilding, peace building, tolerance, Archbishop, LWF Vice-President, LWF Vice-President for Central Eastern Europe
12 Oct
In a world marked by insecurity and injustice, religious leaders need to jointly contribute to the wellbeing of all, LWF vice president for Central Eastern Europe, Archbishop Urmas Viilma, has told th
Celebration of the 500 years of Reformation at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Photo: Tsion Alemayehu
16 Aug
New peace initiative in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Ethiopia, Peace agreement, Joint Declaration, Peace, civil war, Member Churches, Conflict resolution, conflict, inter-religious relations
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.
Participants in the LWF Peace Messenger Training tour the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Friday September 22, 2017 while visiting holy sites in the Old City. Photo: ELCJHL/Ben Gray
7 Aug
Lutherans concerned about Jewish nation-state law
Israel, Palestine, Palestinian Territories, member church, Jerusalem, Peace-building, AVH, East Jerusalem
7 Aug
ELCJHL Bishop Azar: law excludes other religious groups
The Lutheran - Orthodox Joint Commission gathered for its 17th Plenary Session in Helsinki, Finland, from 7-14 November.
21 Nov
Lutherans and Orthodox finalize statement on ordained ministry
Orthodox Lutheran relations, Ordained Ministry
21 Nov
Commission members commemorate 2017 Reformation anniversary
Holy Land Lutheran Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan accepts the 34th Niwano Peace Prize from Rev. Nichiko Niwano, Honorary President of the Niwano Peace Foundation, during a ceremony on 27 July in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: ELCJHL/Ben Gray
27 Jul
Palestinian Bishop Munib Younan receives Niwano Peace Prize
Peace, Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, Interfaith
27 Jul
Calls for robust moderation that rejects all forms of extremism
Members of the consultation, in Myanmar. The consultation aimed to tell positive stories of how the two faith traditions engage with each other in Myanmar. Photo: Anglican church
1 Feb
Myanmar religions offer voices of hope in a new era
Buddhism, Christianity, inter-religious relations
1 Feb
Lutherans and Anglicans seek better relations with Buddhists in Myanmar
New LWF publication says communities cannot thrive if they withdraw into restricted areas. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
21 Oct
A place for all in the community
DTPW publications
21 Oct
New LWF publication on religious pluralism in Asia
“Our being together here is an expression of the fact we are unanimous in our resolve not to be derailed from the message of peace,” Junge told the gathering, which included the Muslim Council of Elders led by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, and representatives of the World Council of Churches, its member churches and ecumenical partners including the LWF.
3 Oct
Stand together for God’s vision of humanity, Junge urges Muslims and Christians
Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Muslim Council of Elders, World Council of Churches
3 Oct
“Our role is to stand up against attitudes that counter peace”
Rev. Dr Simone Sinn, LWF study secretary for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations, and Indonesian interfaith activist Rev. Elga Joan Sarapung. Photo: LWF/P. Mumia
28 Sep
Indonesian interfaith network urges government to ensure freedom of religion
Universal Periodic Review
28 Sep
LWF to submit findings at UN human rights review
Council member Daniëlle Dokman makes a submission during the 20 June session of the LWF Council meeting. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
27 Jun
Solidarity with peace building and encouragement of efforts to foster democracy
Council 2016, LWF Council 2016 resolutions
27 Jun
LWF Council 2016 resolutions
Brass for Peace make music at the ELCJHL School of Hope, Ramallah. Photo: ELCJHL
5 Feb
People of different faiths living side by side
World Interfaith Harmony Week, Younan
5 Feb
Religious leaders play a critical role, LWF president Younan says
Two crucifixes remain upright in the remnants of an Indonesian church burned in October 2015. Photo: LWF Indonesia
9 Dec
Human Rights Day: Crying out for freedom to worship in Indonesia
Lutheran World Federation Indonesia National Committee
9 Dec
Indonesian Lutheran congregations seek support to end religious marginalization
Japanese theologian Rev. Dr Arata Miyamoto speaks at the interfaith consultation where Pof. Notto R. Thelle from Norway (right) encouraged openness to the wisdom and experiences of other religions. Photo: LWF/I. Benesch
9 Sep
Call for theology that engages with Asia’s realities
Inter-faith consultation, Religious life and public space in Asia, Interfaith consultation Hong Kong
9 Sep
LWF co-sponsored consultation affirms continued dialogue at the grassroots of society
Olga Tshiwewe (WCC), Iman Sandra Pertek (IRW) and Dr Elaine Neuenfeldt (LWF, from left) discuss during the side event on violence against women at the Human Rights Council. Photo: LWF/C.Kästner
17 Jun
Faith-based organizations issue statement at Human Rights Council
Interfaith, Human Rights, Gender Justice
17 Jun
“Common vision to protect dignity of girls and women”
UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt (left) and Mr Ralston Deffenbaugh, LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights. Photo: LWF/P. Mumia
13 Mar
Enhancing Faith-Based Cooperation for Religious Freedom and Expression
Human Rights
13 Mar
LWF Moderates Side Event at UN Human Rights Council
Mourners in Paris pay respects to those slained in the Charlie Hebdo shooting.  Photo: Valentina Calá creative commons flickr
8 Jan
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge Denounces Any Claims for Religious Justification of Violence
Human Rights, Theology, Violence, LWF General Secretary
8 Jan
LWF Condemns Disregard for Human Life in Paris Killings
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
LWF President Bishop Munib A. Younan (right) attending the prayer for peace in the Middle East at the Vatican. Photo: Osservatore Romano
17 Jul
“We need a miracle. We need peace”
Member Churches, Middle East, Peace, LWF President, Pope
17 Jul
LWF President Bishop Munib A. Younan Reflects on Prayer for Peace in the Middle East
Being an agent of peace: Church service in celebration of the 100 years anniversary of The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN). Photo: Felix Samari LCCN/LWF
24 Mar
Freedom of Religion: Liberated From the “Embrace of Power”
Member Churches, Minorities and Indigenous People, Peace, Interfaith, Muslim, United Nations
24 Mar
LWF Reflects on the Report by the Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council