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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 curb
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 Yo
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
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.
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.
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
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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."