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LWF Council members in plenary session at this year’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Jun
LWF calls for end to war in Ukraine and “bolder efforts” to address other conflicts
council, Council 2022, Statement, Public Statement, Ukraine crisis, Peace, peace building, conflict, Conflict resolution, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Human Rights, Interfaith, Governance
13 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has reiterated its previous calls for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukraine, and urged greater investment by the international community in peaceful means of...
Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
1 Feb
Preparing next phase of Jewish-Christian encounter
Public theology, Interfaith, Peace, Theology, LWF member churches, Member Churches, inter-religious relations, Jewish
1 Feb
A task force of the LWF has been meeting to prepare a study document focused on equipping member churches to engage in dialogue with Jewish communities. In the context of the 2023 Krakow Assembly and...
A scene from the short film ‘Place among the stars’ produced by the LWF National Committee in Indonesia and local partner Jakatarub. Photo: KNLWF-Jakatarub/Yunita Tan
11 Jun
Short films showcase interfaith harmony in Indonesia
Interfaith, Peace, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Advocacy, Youth, peace building, nobel peace prize
11 Jun
Four short films about interfaith dialogue and co-existence in Indonesia were the focus of a 9 June webinar, jointly organized by the LWF, the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies and...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 May
Sowing seeds of hope in soil of online conversation
social media, Public theology, Hate speech, COVID19, Public Space, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Communications, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space
28 May
Churches have a responsibility to educate, equip and engage on social media to promote a culture of respect, counter hate speech and sow seeds of hope. That was the message from panelists at a...
A group of girls head to a school in Jordan’s Sahab district that is supported by LWF for both Jordanian and Syrian children. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Sep
Peacebuilding a priority for post-pandemic world
Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Peace, peace and justice, peace building, Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, Advocacy
21 Sep
Celebrating the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the Lutheran World Federation has signed on to a statement highlighting the urgency of peacebuilding for a post-pandemic world. This year,...
Mary Philip is Associate Professor for Lutheran Global Theology and Mission at the Martin Luther University College, Canada. One of her areas of expertise is Environmental Theology and Ecojustice. Photo: Mary Philip
28 Aug
Embracing sustainable practices and values
Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Member Churches, Climate Change, Youth, Gender, Voices from the Communion
28 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion, “We cannot go back to what was normal,” says Mary Philip, Associate Professor for Lutheran Global Theology and Mission at the Martin Luther University College,...
Christian communities worldwide should be models for an economy of life in their own contexts urge the global Christian organizations. The photo shows LWF livelihoods projects in Nepal. LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
COVID-19: Adopt an Economy of Life, urge global Christian organizations
Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, coronavirus, COVID19, Christianity, WS / COVID19
15 May
In a joint message, the LWF, WCC, WCRC, and Council of World Mission have urged governments to bolster support for healthcare and social protection. They further called for debt cancellation and the...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
Working together for justice, peace and reconciliation
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15 May
The LWF Annual Report for the work carried out in 2019 is now available. The report highlights the Communion Office collaboration with churches as they witness in their local and global contexts, and...
LWF and Islamic Relief Worldwide issue a joint appeal for a ceasefire in Syria and other countries where conflict is hampering humanitarian efforts to help those facing increased suffering as a result of COVID-19. Photo: LWF/R. Schlott
11 May
COVID-19: Faith based organizations call for immediate ceasefire
Advocacy, Conflict resolution, Interfaith, Islamic Relief Worldwide, COVID19, coronavirus
11 May
The LWF and Islamic Relief Worldwide are appealing for an immediate ceasefire in ongoing conflicts in order to guarantee humanitarian access and protect people from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19...
Rev. Dr Sivin Kit and World Service Emergency Program Coordinator Clovis Mwambutsa in dialogue with the Muslim Chief of a community in Cameroon hosting refugees from neighbouring countries. Photo: LWF/Moise Amedje
3 Feb
LWF marks World Interfaith Harmony Week
Theology, Interfaith, Interreligious Dialogue, LWF member churches, Communion Building
3 Feb
During the first week of February, the LWF is joining with the WCC and many other faith-based organizations to mark the 10th edition of World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Finnish Archbishop Tapio Luoma . Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
25 Oct
Finnish church: an integral part of society
Voices from the Communion, Advocacy, Migrants, Human Rights, Refugees, refugees protection, Identity, Christianity
25 Oct
Tapio Luoma elected Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland a year ago, speaks about his churches’ work with refugees and migrants, dealing with populism, and staying relevant in a...
Indonesian church leaders meet with the President of the Republic’s special envoy on interfaith relations and intercultural dialogue, Professor Syafiq Mughni (center). Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
7 Oct
Asian church leaders call for greater interfaith cooperation
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership, Youth, Climate, Lutheran theology
7 Oct
The Asia Church Leadership Conference has concluded in Indonesia with a call to all churches to work more closely together with other faith communities to promote urgent issues such as gender justice...
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge speaks at the opening session of the Asia Church Leadership Conference in Pematang Siantar. Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
4 Oct
Junge to Asian churches: Peace-building is our only choice
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
4 Oct
Call to live and work more closely together as a communion of churches from the LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, at the start of the Asia Church Leadership Conference on 3 October.
Welcome banner outside the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church in Pematang Siantar in North Sumatra, where participants at the 2 -8 October Asia Church Leadership Conference will gather for Sunday worship. Photo: B. Nahampun
2 Oct
Asia Church Leadership Conference to focus on interfaith relations
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
2 Oct
‘Pursuing Peace through Interfaith Relations’ is the theme of the Asia Church Leadership Conference which opens in the Indonesian city of Pematang Siantar on 2 October.
Olga Navrátilová from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Sep
Uniting faith and reason in the Czech Republic
Voices from the Communion, Women in Church and Society, Women, Communion Building, Advocacy, solidarity, Theology
27 Sep
Olga Navrátilová, a member of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), looks back at the history of the church in her country and reflects on how it can continue to have a positive impact on...
Candle lighting during a church service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Apr
Sri Lanka: LWF condemns violence, urges religious leaders to promote peace
General Secretary Martin Junge, Muslim, Statement, LWF member churches, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Violence, Interreligious Dialogue, Humanitarian Law, peace building
24 Apr
The LWF continues to express the communion’s solidarity with all those affected by the Easter Sunday attacks targeting Christian places of worship and hotels in Sri Lanka.
Vigil candles. Photo: LWF/A.S. Danielsson
18 Mar
Solidarity following mosque attacks in Christchurch
Terrorism, General Secretary Martin Junge, Muslim, LWF member churches, Violence
18 Mar
Following the mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, local Lutheran churches have expressed solidarity with the country’s Muslim community.
Lutheran delegation on the first day of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, 11 March, 2019. Photo: Rich Copley
15 Mar
Advocating for women’s access to social protection
Interfaith, UN Women, Commission on the Status of Women, faith and women’s empowerment, Advocacy, CSW
15 Mar
Lutheran women and men from around the world are taking part in the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, advocating for increased partnerships between governments and faith-...
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, 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...
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.