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One of the panels of the “And It Is Good” photo exhibition. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
9 Oct
Seeking wisdom to listen to creation and learn from it
Climate Justice, Climate, COP25, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Creation – Not for Sale, Season of Creation
9 Oct
An online prayer that was among events around the world marking the end of the Season of Creation 2019 campaign on biodiversity and the web of life is now available.
Students from schools in the West Bank take part in the August 2019 training workshop on environmental leadership. Photo: Adrainne Gray
3 Oct
Preparing young Palestinians to care for creation
Creation, environment, Youth Participation, Season of Creation
3 Oct
Students from schools in the West Bank learn to preserve the rich biodiversity in the region.
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeus I, leader of the Eastern Orthodox Christians in the world, was awarded the plaque of St. Eric's by Archbishop Antje Jackelén. Photo: Magnus Aronson /Ikon
2 Oct
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew honored by Church of Sweden
Award, Climate, Orthodox-Lutheran, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches
2 Oct
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has received the Plaque of St Erik for his commitment to religious freedom, human rights and care for creation.
Photo: On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, churches are calling for immediate action to address the climate emergency. ACT/Joanna Patouris
23 Sep
As Climate Summit begins, Churches Call for Action Now!
Climate, Theology, COP25, Climate Change, Public theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation
23 Sep
As states gather at the United Nations for the Climate Action Summit, taking place on 23 September, the ACT Alliance, Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches, which together represent...
One of the photos in the exhibition, showing sunrise in Bauko, Mountain Province, Philippines. Photo: Johanan Celine Valeriano
20 Sep
“The wisdom of God woven into the fabric of creation”
Climate, Theology, COP25, Climate Change, Public theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation
20 Sep
On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, four ecumenical organizations are launching a photo exhibition on the Bible and biodiversity. Titled “And It Is Good.
One of 20 so-called 'green spaces' in and around the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the Far North Region, Cameroon. A five-year planting and harvest cycle ensures wood to be used as firewood, vines for building of roofs, and a step in alleviating environmental impact in and around Minawao, which hosts some 58,000 refugees from North East Nigeria. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Sep
Season of Creation: Called to be stewards of the web of life
Climate Change, Climate Justice, Creation, Creation - Not for Sale, Ecumenical, ecotheology
2 Sep
One of 20 so-called 'green spaces' in and around the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the Far North Region, Cameroon. A five-year planting and harvest cycle ensures wood to be...
EECMY staff take part in the country-wide initiative to plant trees as part of the church’s commitment to care for creation and mitigate against climate change. Photo: EECMY/Abeya Wakwoya
27 Aug
Plant a tree, care for creation
environment, Season of Creation, Climate, Climate Change, Creation
27 Aug
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus recently mobilized its members in a countrywide campaign to plant more than 9 million trees in one day.
Plenary at the conference in Nairobi entitled ‘Laudato Si’ Generation: Young People Caring for our Common Home’ Photo: Helmut Fluhrer
17 Jul
Lutheran youth delegate calls for urgent climate action
Climate Change, Advocacy, Youth, Ecumenical, Interfaith
17 Jul
Young German environmental activist joins ecumenical and interfaith participants at Laudato Si’ conference in Kenya ...
Photo: Daniel Olaleye on Unsplash
27 Jun
Celebrating creation’s ‘Web of Life’
Ecumenical, Theology, Advocacy, Climate, Season of Creation
27 Jun
2019 Season of Creation guide now available
Panelists at the 27 March event in the Bundestag. From left to right: Lisa Binder (Bread for the World), Sabine Minninger (Policy Advisor on Climate Change, Bread for the World), Maina Talia (Panelist from Tuvalu), Claudia Roth (German Green Party politician and Bundestag Vice President), Dr. Julia Duchrow (Human Rights Expert, Bread for the World), Sophie Gebreyes (LWF Country Representative in Ethiopia). Photo: Sabine Mininger/BftW
3 Apr
Industrialized nations must ‘honor moral responsibility’ to mitigate effects of climate change in Ethiopia
Diakonia, DWS Ethiopia, Climate, IDP, internally displaced people, Climate Change, drought relief
3 Apr
The devastating effects of climate change and conflict on rural communities in Ethiopia were under the spotlight at the German Parliament during a recent presentation by the LWF representative in...
Faustina Nillan, national director for women and children in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo: Doug Hostetter
19 Mar
UN side event highlights churches’ successes in furthering Sustainable Development Goals
Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, North America, Colombia, Liberia, Tanzania, United Nations, Event, Peace, advocacy training, Education, Peace-building, hunger, Women, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Diakonia, Ecumenical
19 Mar
At a side event on 12 March, organized during the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, participants gave an overview of the LWF’s “Waking the Giant” initiative, which aims to...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr. Martin Junge speaks at an interfaith panel on the opening day of the Vatican conference on Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals. Photo: GCCM
7 Mar
Faith-based organizations are “uniquely placed to support” UN’s 2030 Agenda
SDGs, Waking the Giant, ecumenicals relations, PCPCU, vatican, Sustainable Development Goals, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge
7 Mar
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge addressed an international conference in the Vatican on Thursday, urging faith-based organizations to play a more incisive role in the implementation of...
Participating in the e-mobility pilot project, from left: Jan Westphal (director, Horizonte gGmbH Altenburg), Dietmar Wiegand (deputy head, Altenburger Land church district), Rev. Christian Sparsbrod ( Rudolstadt-Saalfeld church district) and Rev. Jens Bechtloff ( Kindelbrück pastorate) with the new cars. Photo: EKM/Diana Steinbauer
23 Jan
Speed limit, electric cars and a forest towards a climate-friendly church
Climate Change, Climate, Advocacy, member church, pollution, environment
23 Jan
A petition to introduce a 130 km-per-hour speed limit on the German highway is one of the steps the Evangelical Church in Central Germany envisages in an ambitious campaign promoting care for the...
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.
LWF food security project in Shumes hah, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Through a cash-for-work program, local farmers build irrigation channels and terraces for food and water conservation. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
30 Nov
COP24: Global church bodies urge transformative action to protect the most vulnerable
Climate, intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, WCC, ACT Alliance, LWF, COP24, COP
30 Nov
Global church organizations WCC, the LWF and ACT Alliance have called for renewed global solidarity and urgency of action to support the communities at the frontline of climate change impacts.
Rescue teams work to save people stranded after severe flooding in Kerala, India. Photo: Shishir Kurian/CSI
21 Nov
Act now to avoid climate catastrophe, faith groups urge
Climate, intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, WCC, BftW, ACT Alliance, LWF
21 Nov
The LWF, ACT Alliance, WCC and Bread for the World are appealing to world leaders to take swift and coordinated action to limit global warming to 1.5°C as a humanitarian and ethical obligation.
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...
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...
Symbolic tree planting in the Luthergarten in Wittenberg, Germany, during the global young reformers meeting, Workshop Wittenberg, in 2015. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
10 Oct
Climate justice: time to ramp up efforts
Youth, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, intergenerational justice, intergovernmental panel
10 Oct
LWF says a recently released report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is alarming. In a statement issued today LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge says the LWF is "...
LWF Council member Bishop Dr Jensen Seyenkulo. Photo: LWF / Albin Hillert
21 Sep
“We celebrated like one family”
Voices from the Communion, Climate Change, Waking the Giant, council, LWF Council
21 Sep
Bishop Dr Jensen Seyenkulo describes the esteem with which Lutheran churches are held during times of crisis, and discusses climate change.
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.