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LWF Council members follow discussion on the protection of biodiversity.  The report was presented by the Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice chairperson, Ms Vera Tkach, Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Jun
Call to act on climate-related crises, religious and political injustice
Council 2019, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, LWF President, Climate Changel, security, Migration, Refugees, Palestine, United States, Member Churches, Youth
19 Jun
The LWF Council concluded its 2019 meeting with public statements and resolutions on crises related to climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the legacy of slavery and religious...
Participants during the October 2018 training of trainers’ workshop in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. On the far left, front row, is former EECMY president, Rev. Dr Wakseyoum Idosa, who coordinates the peace project. Photo: EECMY
7 Jun
Many partners, one objective: peace
Interfaith, Advocacy, Ethiopia, Women
7 Jun
Ethiopia’s church-led initiative builds trust among religions and community members
Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania and the Church of Sweden during their joint retreat in Moshi, Tanzania Photo: LWF
14 May
Tanzanian and Swedish church leaders hold joint retreat
Education, Common Prayer, service, ministry, Jesus, Member Churches, Women, Climate, Advocacy, Youth, Diakonia
14 May
Lutheran bishops from Sweden and Tanzania have met together to discern ways of supporting each other’s ministry through prayer, service and public witness.
Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
6 May
Vital role of religions in providing safe space for civil society organization
PaRD, Theology, Ecumenical, partners, Advocacy, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, World Council of Churches, peace and justice
6 May
Faith groups play a vital role in opening spaces for civil society engagement with governments, even if that role is often ignored or misunderstood. That’s the view of Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General...
Caritas Secretary General Michel Roy and World Service Director Maria Immonen at LWF’s Geneva headquarters. Photo: S.Gallay/LWF
5 Apr
LWF and Caritas reaffirm shared commitment to serving the most vulnerable
Ecumenical, Caritas Internationalis, From Conflict to Communion, Diakonia, Advocacy
5 Apr
Nearly three years on from the signing of a joint declaration on increased cooperation, the World Service department of the LWF and the global Catholic aid and development confederation, Caritas...
Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Cabrera, President of the Guatemala Lutheran Church. Photo: Craig Foster
26 Mar
Guatemala: Church concern over setback in fight against impunity
Human Rights, human rights defender, Guatemala, Advocacy, Peace
26 Mar
In January 2019, the Guatemalan government rescinded an agreement with the CICG, effectively disbanding the work of the commission which was set up in 2006 with support from the UN.
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...
Lutheran delegation on the first day of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, 11 March, 2019. Photo: Rich Copley
15 Mar
Advocating for women’s access to social protection
Interfaith, UN Women, Commission on the Status of Women, faith and women’s empowerment, Advocacy, CSW
15 Mar
Lutheran women and men from around the world are taking part in the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, advocating for increased partnerships between governments and faith-...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Paulino Wanawilla Onango (right) during the LWF-hosted UN side event on human rights in South Sudan. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
13 Mar
South Sudan: Human rights’ review mechanism provides strong foundation for lasting peace
Advocacy, UPR, United Nations, General Secretary Martin Junge, South Sudan
13 Mar
LWF and representatives of both civil society and faith-based actors in South Sudan have noted the government’s growing openness to address human rights violations through constructive engagement...
Norman was on his way to Nairobi in order to attend the UN Environment Assembly and the launch of the campaign “Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice”. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
11 Mar
Austrian Pastor Tendis among victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash
condolences, tribute, Obituary, Advocacy, Climate Justice, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, WCC, 12th Assembly, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria and the Reformed Church
11 Mar
The Lutheran World Federation has expressed sincere condolences to the family of Rev. Norman Tendis of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Austria, who was among the victims of the...
The Tamrazyan family arrived in the Netherlands from Armenia nine years ago. Photo: Peter Wassing
5 Feb
Dutch pastor praises faith of refugee family
Ecumenical, Advocacy, Member Churches, European refugee crisis, Migrants
5 Feb
The family spent 97 days inside a Protestant church before being granted right to remain in the Netherlands
Mexican Lutheran Church Pastor President Rev. Roberto Trejo Haager. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
1 Feb
Mexican Lutheran church leader shares his vision of a healing community of believers
Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Violence, Advocacy, Voices from the Communion
1 Feb
Rev. RTH Roberto Trejo Haager, Pastor President of the Mexican Lutheran Church, envisages the Lutheran church in Mexican society today as a healing community of believers
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...
More than 250 migrants have drowned since the beginning of 2019 as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea to escape poverty and violence. Photo: Óglaigh na hÉireann
22 Jan
Lutherans in Italy call for compassion to end migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea
Migrants, Italy, Advocacy, Human Rights
22 Jan
The Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Italy has called for greater solidarity and compassion to end the tragedy of migrants dying in the Mediterranean Sea.
María Ruth Sanabria, Colombian human rights defender. Photo: LWF Colombia
18 Jan
María Ruth Sanabria: 40 years of taking risks to defend the rights of others
Minorities and Indigenous People, human rights defender, Human Rights, Advocacy, Peace, indigenous people
18 Jan
Despite continued threats on her life, María Ruth Sanabria remains undeterred in the struggle for the rights of marginalized people.
Young pilgrims gather in Taize to share their faith and advocate for environmental protection. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
28 Dec
Youth in Taizé: Be builders of hospitality and hope
Taizé, Youth, General Secretary, Europe, Advocacy, ecumenism, Climate
28 Dec
LWF General Secretary sends message to young people at European Encounter in Madrid
Mayerlis serves woman leader Aida a meal of sarapa – rice and chicken wrapped in a Cachibou leaf. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Dec
Churches accompany ex-combatant communities through delicate peace process
Advocacy, Colombia, ecumenism, reconciliation
21 Dec
FARC ex-combatants live fragile peace in Colombia
Acolytes of the Lutheran Church in Liberia prepare to lead the march protesting all forms of violence in the Thursdays in Black campaign. All photos: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
13 Dec
Liberia’s Thursdays in Black campaign amplifies efforts to end gender-based violence
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Advocacy, Women, women's advocacy, women and girls, Gender Justice Policy, gender-based violence
13 Dec
...The launch of a Thursdays in Black campaign by the Lutheran Church in Liberia recently was a public call for action against violence directed at women and girls.
Young people: "The St. Stephen Episcopal Church choir performs at the launch of the Waking the Giant initiative at the Liberia Council of Churches General Assembly in Monrovia, Liberia. Photos: LWF/John Healey
5 Dec
Government thanks Liberia’s faith-based organizations for education and peacebuilding
Waking the Giant, Advocacy, DMD, SDGs, peace building, Education
5 Dec
The Liberian government has commended faith-based organizations for their critical role in providing education and enhancing peace building in the country.
LWF humanitarian workers assist a woman in the Middle East. Photo: Christian Jepsen
30 Oct
LWF looks forward to new strategic period with ACT Alliance
ACT Alliance, Governance, Humanitarian Response, development, Advocacy
30 Oct
LWF is looking forward to the future direction of ACT Alliance, which is holding its third general assembly in Uppsala, Sweden.
LWF Council member Rev. William Flippin Jr. Photo: LWF / Albin Hillert
5 Oct
Ecumenism is glorification and love
Advocacy, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, council, LWF Council, Council 2018, Voices from the Communion
5 Oct
Rev. William Flippin Jr is a strong advocate of ecumenism, he stated: All our work is grounded in our statement “…that they may all be one.” (John 17:21)
Camp secretary Rev. Tikaram Rasaily shows Rev. Dr Martin Junge around the Beldangi refugee camp, Jhapa district, Nepal. All photos: LWF /  Albin Hillert
21 Sep
Committed to dignified, durable solutions
DWS Nepal, Refugees, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy
21 Sep
On his visit to a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, general secretary of the LWF, has advocated for a durable solution for the close to 6,700 refugees who still remain in the...
Michelle Bachelet receives flowers during a visit to Haiti in 2012 during her tenure as UN Women executive director. Photo: UN Women (CC-BY-NC-SA)
10 Sep
LWF congratulates High Commissioner Bachelet
Advocacy, Human Rights
10 Sep
Support to new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as she starts work
Messages of peace in a school run by LWF in Upper Nile State, South Sudan. Photo: LWF/ C: Kästner
17 Aug
World Humanitarian Day: LWF calls for protection of humanitarian space
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17 Aug
On World Humanitarian Day, the LWF calls for a better protection of humanitarian space.
A demonstration by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, under the theme “The church says no to violence!” the image was widely shared on social media to advocate for peace. Photo: ZCC
3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe advocate against violence
Member Churches, Advocacy, Violence, Peace, Peace-building, church, election, Africa
3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe have spoken up against the shooting of unarmed protesters after the elections.