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Children play in a rice field in Laos. Photo: LWF/Thomas Lohnes
19 Jun
Global faith leaders endorse Season of Creation
Season of Creation, Climate Justice, Creation - Not for Sale, Creation – Not for Sale
19 Jun
Global faith leaders from different Christian traditions and communions, including the LWF General Secretary Rev.
Rev Robert Goyek Daga, in front of the millennium Cathedral that his church is building in the center of Garoua town. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
6 Feb
Diakonia and dialogue for peace
Diakonia, Interfaith, refugee, IDP, refugee camp, Livelihoods, emergency
6 Feb
Rev Robert Goyek Daga, in front of the millennium Cathedral that his church is building in the center of Garoua town. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
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
Daniel Sinaga. Photo: WCC/Sean Hawkey.
16 Nov
“Climate justice and interfaith dialogue should be connected”
COP23, Climate Justice, Climate Justice Climate Change
16 Nov
Interview with COP23 delegate Daniel Sinaga from Indonesia
Photo: WCC/Sean Hawkey
13 Nov
Global church leaders urge COP23 to take action
COP23, Climate Justice, WCC, ACT Alliance
13 Nov
The needs of the most vulnerable countries must be prioritized
Thousands of climate activists from across the world took to the streets of Bonn just before the start of the UN climate conference COP23. Photo: WCC/Sean Hawkey
6 Nov
Creation – not for sale
COP23, Climate Justice, Climate
6 Nov
LWF youth delegation at COP23 in Bonn, Germany
An interfaith group of religious leaders sits in front of empty trays during a public action at COP21 in Paris in 2015. Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
2 Jun
Climate justice must be prioritized, say ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches
COP21
2 Jun
The ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches, call for a prioritization of climate justice
Mari Oumar Sall, LWF country program in Mauritania, describing efforts to combat desertification and care for refugees, at a side event of COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
16 Nov
People of faith listening to the cries of the earth
COP22, Interfaith, Climate Change
16 Nov
Growing cooperation between LWF Mauritania program and church in Senegal
LWF Ethiopia program coordinator Biruk Kebede (center) speaks at the panel debate on Education, Youth and Climate Change at COP 22, in Marrakech, Morocco. Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
10 Nov
Connecting the local to the global at climate conference
COP22, DWS Ethiopia, Climate Change
10 Nov
LWF Ethiopia brings perspectives from communities devastated by climate change
LWF’s representatives at the COP 22 talks in Marrakech, Morocco, participated in an ecumenical "Prayer for the Planet" at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Martyrs, 8 November. Gloria Jumamil-Mercado, head of the Philippine government delegation (center) meets LWF Youth Secretary Caroline Bader and LWF delegation members [l-r] Cédrick Yumba Kitwa (Democratic Republic of Congo); Pascal Kama (Senegal); and Ditebogo Caroline Lebea (South Africa). Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
9 Nov
Advocates urge transition to low-carbon economy, clean energy
COP22, ACT Alliance, World Council of Churches
9 Nov
This is a joint press release of the ACT Alliance, The Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches.
LWF climate justice advocate Sunemia Pranita Biswasi looks forward to witnessing an important step for Lutherans and Catholics. Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
28 Oct
Indian climate justice activist to speak at Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration in Sweden
Joint Commemoration
28 Oct
Pranita Biswasi seeks solidarity across generations for the sake of the planet
Dozens of people turned out to learn how to make energy-efficient stoves. Photo: LWF Uganda
23 Sep
Keeping the environment - and the peace
energy-efficient stoves, South Sudan conflict
23 Sep
Courses on fuel-efficiency foster peace between refugees and hosts in Uganda
In the face of myriad social crises, Lutherans as a Christian community can still say “we are not perfect” but also offer space for dialogue and nurturing a sense of being together in communion,” said IECLB President , Rev. Dr Nestor Paulo Friedrich (middle). Photo: LWF/P. Cuyatti
1 Sep
Liberated by God’s grace to share the gospel, serve the needy
LAC Pre-Assembly, Reformation 2017, Asia Pre-Assembly, Reformation 500
1 Sep
Two LWF regions prepare together for Twelfth Assembly discussions
Margret Akot collects clay for the stoves. Photo: LWF Uganda
27 Apr
A business made of clay
energy-efficient stoves, DWS Uganda
27 Apr
LWF Teko Wa project in Uganda promotes sustainable energy that generates income
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge reiterates faith leaders advocacy with UN leaders, which took center stage at the COP21 meeting in Paris. Photo: LWF/R. Rodrick Beiler
18 Apr
Faith leaders rally for signature of ambitious climate agreement
COP21
18 Apr
270 religious leaders urge commitment to the most vulnerable
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), greets LWF Secretary General Martin Junge before a ceremony for the presentation of some 1.8 million signatures on an interfaith petition for climate justice during the COP21 climate summit in Paris, France, November 28, 2015. Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
14 Dec
Paris climate agreement hailed by ecumenical leaders
COP21, Climate Change
14 Dec
“What a step and what a goal. Let's put all our weight behind it."
Youth hold symbols of creation during an ecumenical celebration at the Cathredral of Notre Dame de Paris during the COP 21 climate talks taking place in nearby Le Bourget, 3 December 2015 Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
10 Dec
Caring for creation – a bridge between church and society
Climate Change, Climate Justice, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith. COP 21, Youth, Paris, Youth Participation
10 Dec
LWF climate advocates learn about French church eco-justice initiatives
Leaders of Protestant churches in France, Rev. Laurent Schlumberger, Rev. François Clavairoly and Rev. Dr Jean Ravalitera meet LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge (fourth from left) and the COP21 LWF delegtation, in Paris. Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
10 Dec
Churches stand side by side in fight against climate change
Climate Change, Climate Justice, COP21, Youth Participation, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith
10 Dec
COP 21 delegates learn about unique challenges, advantages for churches
LWF partner ACT Alliance action on loss and damage, on the main concourse of the UN climate talks COP21 being held in Paris. © Sean Hawkey/WCC
7 Dec
“Leave no one behind”
COP21, Climate Justice, Climate Change, Interfaith, Youth Participation, Paris
7 Dec
COP 21 must tackle climate risks of the poorest and most vulnerable
An interfaith group of religious leaders sits in front of empty trays during a public action promoting the Fast for the Climate campaign during the COP21 UN climate summit in Paris, France. Photo: LWF/R. Rodrick Beiler
2 Dec
Faith leaders urge action at UN climate talks
COP21, Climate Justice, Climate Change, Youth Participation, Interfaith, Fast for the Climate
2 Dec
Junge’s emphasis on intergenerational justice at “Fast for the Climate” initiative
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dances with Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of South Africa to celebrate some 1.8 million signatures on an interfaith petition for climate justice during the COP21 climate summit in Paris, France. Photo: LWF/R. Rodrick Beiler
29 Nov
Nearly 2 million people-of-faith petition on the eve of COP21
Climate Change, COP21, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith. COP 21, Youth, Climate Justice Climate Change
29 Nov
LWF delegation participates at the "Faith in Climate Justice" Day
LWF and ACT Alliance delegates take part in side event at COP20 negotiations in Lima, Peru.  Photo:  LWF/Sean Hawkey
27 Nov
UN climate summit results vital for world’s future
COP21, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith, Climate Change, Youth, Youth Participation, Climate Justice, Paris
27 Nov
LWF, ACT Alliance and WCC jointly call for a fair, ambitious agreement
LWF President, Bishop Munib Younan, General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge and young council members advocate for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
26 Nov
Climate change is not an abstract reality for the Lutheran communion
COP21, Youth Participation, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith, Climate Change, Climate Justice
26 Nov
Youth and General Secretary lead the LWF at Paris talks
A monument marks the Arctic Circle in Saltfjellet, Norway. Snow previously covered these mountaintops all year round. Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler
23 Nov
Getting ready for a “Climate Train” to Paris
COP21, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Paris, Norway, indigenous people
23 Nov
Norwegian youth see the “urgency” for indigenous people
LWF general secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge greets climate campaigner Yeb Saño as Saño and 17 other pilgrims arrive in Geneva on a march from Rome to Paris to push for a new climate deal. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
4 Nov
Walking in the hope of reaching climate change agreement
The people' Pilgrimage
4 Nov
A message from the People’s Pilgrimage in Geneva
 Joint faith and spiritual leaders present statement to Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Photo:  Sean Hawkey
20 Oct
LWF joins faith communities’ call for ambitious Paris outcome
COP21, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith
20 Oct
Climate change is a threat to life
A villager from Koutou employs new agriculture techniques to produce a good crop. Photo: LWF Laos
9 Jul
Laos: New farming methods suited to climate change
Climate Change, Laos, adaptation, DWS Laos
9 Jul
Combination of old skills and new approaches