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Students from schools in the West Bank take part in a training workshop on environmental leadership. Photo: Adrainne Gray
21 Feb
LWF promotes religious education as a path to ecological sustainability
Creation, ecotheology, Education, Interfaith, sustainability, Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Climate
21 Feb
Over 130 professionals including representatives of the LWF, and university students, recently met at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences in Bergen, Norway, for a conference on...
A farmer in El Salvador, showing the impact of prolonged drought on his crop of corn. LWF/C. Kästner 
2 Jan
Interdisciplinary conference on sustainability and the climate
Climate Justice, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy
2 Jan
Faith leaders, educators and scientists explore the potential for practical cooperation
As COP25 is about to draw to a close, hundreds of young people mobilize through Fridays for Future in a strike for the climate, inside and outside the venue of COP25 in Madrid, calling for urgent action for climate justice. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Dec
COP25 in pictures
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women, Human Rights, Gender
17 Dec
COP25 drew to a close on Sunday, 15 December, after a record-breaking extension of negotiations. For climate justice, undeniably much remains to be done.
LWF participants at COP25 – among them, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America – join ecumenical partners in illustrating the lack of balance in finance of the global climate response, where most of the finance is put into mitigation, some into adaptation, but very little into the so-called loss and damage, even though 'that's where the people are'. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Dec
“We must hear the cry of the Earth”
COP25, Latin America and the Caribbean, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, indigenous people
13 Dec
As COP25 in Madrid is set to draw to a close, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America summarize their experiences of what has been a challenging two weeks of climate negotiations and...
LWF delegates join ecumenical partners in calling for climate justice at COP25 in Madrid. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Dec
With human rights in focus at COP25
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women, Human Rights, Gender
10 Dec
It’s Human Rights Day, and as negotiations at the United Nations climate meeting (COP25) in Madrid approach their most intense phase, LWF delegates are zeroing in on a range of thematic blocks – each...
Ecumenical prayer service gathered in the Iglesia de Jesús in central Madrid. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Dec
A light to overcome darkness, for climate justice
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women
9 Dec
Christians from around the globe gathered with local congregants in the Iglesia de Jesús in central Madrid on Sunday, for an ecumenical prayer service during COP25.
Lutheran World Federation delegates walk towards the plenary hall on day one of COP25 in Madrid. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert 
4 Dec
Young climate activists represent LWF at COP25
COP25, Youth, Climate Justice
4 Dec
Introducing LWF’s delegation  ...
"Cambio Climático y Esperanza" (‘Climate Change and Hope') reads the text, as Lutheran World Federation delegate Sebastian Ignacio Muñoz Oyarzo from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile holds a sheet of paper on which key discussion points have been summarized at an interfaith dialogue in Madrid, 1 December. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Dec
Faith communities mobilize in Madrid on eve of COP25
COP25, Climate Justice, Youth, Interfaith
2 Dec
Interfaith service and dialogue set tone for fortnight ahead
A march took place through Katowice, Poland during the UN climate negotiations of COP24, with marchers from all over the world, protesting the dangerously slow process of the negotiations. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
7 Nov
LWF looking forward to COP25 in Spain 
Climate Justice, Advocacy, Youth, Member Churches, COP25
7 Nov
There can be no delay in addressing the climate crisis 
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.