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This year’s theme for the Season of Creation, “Listen to the Voice of Creation”, invites participants to consider ways to contemplate the voices of those who are silenced – among them the voices of indigenous peoples and women. Photo: Sean Hawkey/WCC
1 Sep
Season of Creation 2022: “Listen to the Voice of Creation”
Season of Creation, Theology, ecotheology, Advocacy, Climate, Climate Justice, Ecumenical
1 Sep
Every year, from 1 September to 4 October, Lutherans join many Christians all over the world to observe the Season of Creation. This year its theme is “Listen to the Voice of Creation”. An ecumenical...
Church service and blessing of participants during the LAC regional workshop for climate justice in El Salvador. Photo: LWF/LAC 
4 Aug
LAC: Member churches advocating for climate justice together
Climate Justice, Advocacy, Member Churches, Latin America and the Caribbean
4 Aug
Latin America and the Caribbean already experiences the impacts of climate change through droughts, floods, ocean acidification, sea-level rise, tropical cyclones, and temperature changes negatively...
The Universal Periodic Review is a mechanism used by the Human Rights Council to review the human rights situation of United Nations member states. Photo credit: LWF/C. Kästner
19 Jul
Human rights council: protecting the safety and security of vulnerable groups
Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Youth, Women
19 Jul
“We urge the Government of Uganda to take proactive measures that reduce teenage pregnancy while enabling pregnant teenagers to stay in school,” stated Ester Wolf, Advocacy Officer for Human Rights...
US President Joe Biden delivers his address during his visit to the Augusta Victoria Hospital today. Photo: AVH/Arine Rinawi
15 Jul
Jerusalem: US President Biden visits Augusta Victoria Hospital
Diakonia, Advocacy, quality services, Palestine, LWF Jerusalem, AVH, Augusta Victoria Hospital
15 Jul
The United States President Joe Biden visited the LWF-operated Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) this Friday morning. The visit was part of a two-day presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian...
Archbishop Antje Jackelén ends her term as head of the Church of Sweden in October. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
15 Jul
Sweden: Reformation, reconciliation, and gender justice
Voices from the Communion, Member Churches, Communion Building, ecumenical relations, Gender Studies, Gender, Public theology, Theology, Advocacy, Women, Climate, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Gender Justice, LWF Vice-President
15 Jul
In this Voices from the Communion, Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén looks back at her eight years in office that draw to a close on 30 October 2022. She reflects on some highlights, as well...
Dawn breaks near Ginnir in the Bale Zone of Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
14 Jul
Season of Creation: 2022 Celebration Guide
Season of Creation, Climate Justice, Communion Building, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Climate, Theology, ecotheology, Creation, Climate Change
14 Jul
The 2022 Season of Creation Celebration Guide has been published, providing a wealth of resources for use by churches and schools, individuals and communities across all the different Christian...
Religious leaders join young faith actors working in refugee welcome and integration for a two-day interfaith conference entitled ‘Welcoming the Stranger, Living as Neighbors’. All Photos: LWF/M. Renaux
23 Jun
Vital role of faith in refugee protection and integration
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day, Refugees
23 Jun
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva on 20 June to share best practices in an increasingly challenging global...
Chief Rabbi Sizomu Gershom of Uganda arrives for the start of the Welcoming the Stranger conference. All Photos: LWF/M. Renaux
21 Jun
Standing together to strengthen refugee response
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day, Refugees
21 Jun
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva on 20 June to share best practices in an increasingly challenging global...
At the opening session of the conference: Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, Rev. Anne Burghardt, LWF General Secretary, Waseem Ahmad, CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
20 Jun
Welcoming the Stranger, Shaping the Future
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day
20 Jun
To mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that a record 100 million people have now been forced to flee their homes, seeking sanctuary...
Obongi district, Uganda an LWF staff member speaks with the local community and provides support for women and children. LWF uses a local to global to local methodology where advocacy is conducted at the global level feeding back into efforts at the national and local levels. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
Human rights council: advocating with communities from local to global to local
human rights council, Advocacy, LWF member churches, Women
16 Jun
The 50th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) started this week, The Action for Justice unit leads the Lutheran World Federations’ (LWF) advocacy work at the sessions, connecting local...
In Abu Dis, Palestine, 2020: A woman walks toward the Al-Quds ('Jerusalem') University in Abu Dis, with the separation wall mounted by the Israeli authorities in the background. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
Israel-Palestine conflict: A lasting solution must include ending the occupation
council, Council 2022, Public Statement, Statement, Governance, Advocacy, Israel, Palestine, Augusta Victoria Hospital
16 Jun
The continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, and the escalating violence including killing of innocent victims threatens people’s lives, human rights and dignity, and violates...
Photo: Public domain
14 Jun
“Shocking and disturbing” global food crisis requires sustainable response
council, Council 2022, Public Statement, Statement, Food Security, Governance, hunger, COVID19, Advocacy
14 Jun
It is “shocking and deeply disturbing” that nearly 193 million people in 53 countries experience a food crisis yet there is enough in the world to feed everyone. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)...
LWF Council members in plenary session at this year’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Jun
LWF calls for end to war in Ukraine and “bolder efforts” to address other conflicts
council, Council 2022, Statement, Public Statement, Ukraine crisis, Peace, peace building, conflict, Conflict resolution, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Human Rights, Interfaith, Governance
13 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has reiterated its previous calls for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukraine, and urged greater investment by the international community in peaceful means of...
Youth delegates at the May 2022 LWF Leadership Conference of the Americas in Santiago, Chile. Photo: LWF/E. Albrecht
1 Jun
LWF youth amplify ‘Peace Messengers’ role in churches and communities
Peace, Youth, Peace Messengers, Advocacy, LWF member churches, peace building, Global Young Reformers Network, Training
1 Jun
Youth representing all seven regions of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) continue to promote 2022 as the Global Young Reformers’ Year of Peace, as they gather in-person for the third international...
Ancient olive trees in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 May
Interfaith relations: Gathering around the Tree of Life
Interfaith, Peace, Jewish, Advocacy, Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, inter-religious relations
25 May
In times of hostility and polarization, the biggest challenge facing people of faith is “to raise up leaders” who can heal divisions and strengthen relationships across the different religious...
One of the goals of the new course at the LCCN seminary is to increase advocacy activities among youth in schools and universities in Nigeria. Rev. Emmanuel Subewope Gabriel (right) presents SoH t-shirts during an event in the northeastern city of Gombe. Photo: SoH Nigeria
25 Apr
Nigerian seminary brings education on irregular migration and trafficking to the classroom
Symbols of Hope, Diakonia, Advocacy, Churches in Mission, Education, Migrants, Human Beings - Not for Sale
25 Apr
The June 2022 graduates of the Bronnum Lutheran Seminary in Yola, northeastern Nigeria, will include the first batch of students taking a new orientation course on irregular migration and human...
LWF humanitarian support officer Katerina Brzicova and Samuel Reslour, a volunteer, assist in transporting relief items to a warehouse of the Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), which is partnering with the LWF to distribute food and non-food items to refugees fleeing from Ukraine at the Zosin and Dohoruth borders. Photo: B. Khanal
20 Apr
LWF scales up response to Ukrainian refugee crisis
LWF member churches, Ukraine crisis, emergency response, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, refugee crisis, Humanitarian Response
20 Apr
The LWF is scaling up its response to the war in Ukraine, setting up a team to coordinate both the humanitarian work and support to its member churches in the region. Following meetings with five...