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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
EPUDF President Rev. Rev. Laurent Schlumberger (left) and LWF advocacy officer for climate change Martin Kopp. Credit: © EPUDF-DC and LWF/Sean Hawkey
1 Jul
French religious leaders meet President Hollande on climate change
COP21, Climate Change, political leaders
1 Jul
Statement on climate crisis and fasting campaign presented in preparation for COP 21
LWF Councillors vote to not invest in fossil fuels. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
23 Jun
LWF announces decision not to invest in fossil fuels
Climate Justice, Council 2015, LWF Council 2015, Climate Change, fossil fuels
23 Jun
Speaking up and acting for Climate Justice as People of Faith
Members of the LWF Global Young Reformers' Network in Africa, plant a tree during a May 2015 visit to Majengo Lutheran Parish in Moshi, Tanzania. Photo: LWF/Allison Westerhoff
18 Jun
LWF welcomes Pope’s encouragement to tackle climate change
Climate Justice, Roman Catholic
18 Jun
General Secretary Junge: Escalating impact on the poor makes advocacy urgent
LWF Assistant General Secretary Mr Ralston Deffenbaugh (left) speaks at the Ecumenical Center launch of the "Act Now for Climate Justice" campaign on Earth Day. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
22 Apr
A Commitment to Vulnerable People Affected by Climate Change
ACT Alliance, Climate Justice
22 Apr
LWF Joins Ecumenical Launch to “Act Now for Climate Justice”
LWF advocacy officer Dr Ojot M. Ojulu. Photo: LWF/P. Mumia
6 Mar
LWF and ACT Alliance Urge UN Action for Communities Hit by Climate Change
Climate Change, Climate Justice, ACT Alliance
6 Mar
Joint Oral Statements at Human Rights Council
ACT Alliance climate campaigners staged a protest "Don't Gamble with our Future" as the UN climate talks drew to a close. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
16 Dec
Increased LWF Advocacy Needed after Unambitious "Lima Call for Climate Action"
COP20, Climate Change
16 Dec
LWF COP 20 Delegate Kopp Says Mobilizing Churches Is Key to Pushing for Commitments
Standing together for one minute in silent protest, LWF Youth delegates unite with local activists to emphasize the devastating effects of climate change. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
8 Dec
LWF Delegation Joins Human Chain in Solidarity with Climate Vulnerable Communities
Climate Change, COP20
8 Dec
Typhoon in the Philippines Prompts the Call for “Solidarity not just Sympathy”
Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
2 Dec
365 days of fasting launched at COP20
COP20, Climate Change
2 Dec
LWF delegation calling for lasting response to climate change
UN Climate Change General Secretariat, Christiana Figueres poses with LWF’s Fast for the Climate Youth Delegation. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
27 Nov
LWF Youth Delegation to Advocate for Climate Change at UN Conference in Lima
Climate Change, COP20
27 Nov
Fast for Climate on 1 December, Candlelit Vigil
The LWF delegation to the New York Climate events participated in the “Largest Climate March” in history, held 21 September, in New York City. Photo: #FastForTheClimate/Nikola Taylor
14 Nov
LWF Welcomes U.S. and China Agreement on Climate Change, Hopes for Global Accord in 2015
Climate Justice
14 Nov
Calls for Concrete Actions and Decisions to be taken at COP 21
LWF Vice-President Ms Eun-hae Kwon, introducing LWF’s interfaith approaches in advocating for climate justice, at a session of the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change in New York. Photo: LWF
24 Sep
A Spiritual Message of Hope for Climate Justice
Climate Summit 2014, United Nations, Fast for the Climate, LWF Vice-President
24 Sep
LWF Representative Kwon Offers Highlights from New York Climate Change Summits
The LWF delegation to the New York Climate events participated in the “Largest Climate March” in history, held 21 September, in New York City. Photo: #Fast for the Climate: Nikola Taylor
22 Sep
‘Here We March, We can do no other’
Climate Summit 2014, Fast for the Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, United Nations
22 Sep
Religions’ Visibility Matters in Historic Climate March
Martin Kopp (right), LWF delegate to the UN Climate Conference (COP19), speaks with Christina Figueres, director of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Photo: LWF/ Sean Hawkey
19 Sep
LWF to Participate in New York Interfaith Summit on Climate Change
LWF Vice-President, Climate Summit 2014, Climate Justice, Climate Change, Fast for the Climate, United Nations, Interfaith
19 Sep
Lutheran Delegates Host Fast at UN Summit Parallel Event