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Churches and agencies are calling on the U.S. government “to extend compassion and help to those who are in need” at this time of global pandemic. Photo: LWF/ Shaban Mortaja (Juzoor Gaza)
27 Mar
COVID-19: Churches in U.S. call for end to Middle East sanctions
Gaza, Syria, Palestine, United States, United Nations, COVID19, coronavirus, Ecumenical, Advocacy
27 Mar
In light of the growing crisis because of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, an ecumenical coalition of U.S. based Christian churches and agencies working in the Middle East has written to...
Journalists interview LWF General Secretary Martin Junge following a meeting with government officials in Harare. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
5 Mar
Churches called to combat exclusion, discrimination
LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Governance, Communion, ecumenical relations, Public Space, Communion Building, Advocacy, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Zimbabwe
5 Mar
Churches around the world today are called to combat “exclusionary, discriminatory narratives and policies”, modelling instead “inclusion as Jesus taught it.” That message was at the heart of a...
An emoji for forgiveness, selected from the proposals submitted in a campaign by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Photo: ELCF
17 Feb
Finland: New emoji for forgiveness presented
Communications, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, forgiveness, reconciliation, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy
17 Feb
Two hands showing the "thumbs up" gesture in front of a heart – this is the winner of the emoji campaign launched by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and its partners last year...
Rev. Toshiki Toma (right) and Rev. Kristín Þórunn Tómasdóttir (third from left) with the congregation at Laugarnes-church in Reykjavik. Photo: Rev. Hjalti Jón Sverrisson
14 Feb
Iceland’s pastor for immigrants and asylum seekers
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, Voices from the Communion
14 Feb
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Toshiki Toma, pastor in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, talks about his work providing advice and counselling to other immigrants in...
Girls in primary school in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF is working to protect their right to education and a childhood without violence. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
12 Feb
A network to stop early marriage
Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Refugees, refugee camp, girls, women and girls, Child Protection, gender-based violence, sgbv, Education
12 Feb
Zawadi was a hard-working student in primary grade 7 when her family tried to arrange a wedding against her will. Not an uncommon occurrence, says Kapis Okeya, LWF protection officer in Kakuma. “LWF...
Olive tree in the Mount of Olives, East Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
29 Jan
Grave concern over US “Peace to Prosperity” plan
Advocacy, Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, United States, AVH, Middle East, Statement, Public Space
29 Jan
The LWF has expressed grave concern over the “Peace to Prosperity ” plan for Israel and Palestine presented by the US administration this week.
Pogue Community, Bojayá (Chocó). Photo: LWF/ G. Moreno
22 Jan
Concern over situation in Bojayá
Diakonia, Advocacy, Women, Human Rights, human rights defender, humanitarian, Peace, peacebuilding, Peace-building, peace building, indigenous people
22 Jan
The LWF in Colombia has expressed concern over the confinement, threats and occupation which indigenous communities are suffering in the Chocó department of Colombia.
Rev. Leonardo Schindler, Pastor President of the Evangelical Church of the River Plate. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
17 Jan
Modelling God’s love, inclusion and mercy
Voices from the Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy
17 Jan
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Leonardo Schindler, pastor president of the Evangelical Church of the River Plate, talks about the challenges facing his church today and the...
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton urges members of the church to be peace-builders. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Jan
Pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy
Member Churches, Advocacy
10 Jan
ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on conflict between United States and Iran 
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
Bishop Deborah Hutterer of the Grand Canyon Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In this Voices from the Communion interview, she talks about the church’s ministry of serving migrants, changing populist rhetoric, and being open to change. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermülle
20 Dec
God’s gifts to care for our neighbor
Youth, Diakonia, Advocacy, Migrants, Refugees, refugees protection, Member Churches, Communion Building, Voices from the Communion
20 Dec
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Deborah Hutterer, Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod in the United States, talks about this ministry, changing populist rhetoric, and being open...
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.
 Rev. Dr Sivin Kit, LWF Program Executive for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations speaking at a Global Refugee Forum side event on scaling up a culture of encounter with people seeking refuge, held in Geneva. Photo:: LWF/A. Danielsson
17 Dec
Faith-based action for people on the move
Theology, Refugees, #withrefugees, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Diakonia, Youth, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Caritas Internationalis, Pope Francis, Pope, UNHCR
17 Dec
Together with many partners, the LWF is bringing the voice of faith-based organizations to the Global Refugee Forum, organized by UNHCR from 16-18 December in Geneva, Switzerland.
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.
Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea take part in activities to launch 20 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Photo: ELCPNG/Asenath TUBIAN
5 Dec
16 Days: Churches stand against gender violence 
Member Churches, Women, gender-based violence, Advocacy
5 Dec
LWF member churches organize activities promoting ‘Awareness, Action and Accountability’  ...
Survivors of sexual violence in conflict take part in a three-day training program in Geneva and call for action to end impunity, stigma and silence surrounding such crimes. Photo: LWF/L. Gillabert
29 Nov
Breaking the silence about sexual violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, Violence, survival, Advocacy
29 Nov
On 28 November, a group of women representing national SEMA networks in DRC, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi and Colombia brought their personal testimonies to a public event in Geneva University. They...
Augusta Victoria Hospital aerial view. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
14 Nov
Agreement reached concerning AVH cash-flow crisis
Augusta Victoria Hospital, Diakonia, Jerusalem, Palestine, Advocacy, AVH, Middle East
14 Nov
Encouraging news for patients at AVH in East Jerusalem: After the recent cash flow crisis, an agreement was reached with the Palestinian Authority, guaranteeing regular monthly payments of NIS 18...
Women leaders from Eastern, Central and Western Europe participated in a Worship Service at Warsaw’s Holy Trinity Lutheran church during a regional consultation on ‘Faith, Gender Justice and Women’s Human Rights’. Photo: LWF/Agnieszka Godfrejów-Tarnagórska
13 Nov
Sharing stories, reforming structures
Advocacy, Women, Theology, Member Churches, Communion Building, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence
13 Nov
Women from European churches meet to discuss ways of overcoming injustice, discrimination and violence