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PM Abiy Ahmed at an inauguration event in Addis Ababa. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia
11 Oct
Ethiopian Prime Minister wins Nobel Peace Prize
Advocacy, Peace, nobel peace prize
11 Oct
LWF hails “powerful and daring story of peace building” and hope ...
In a country experiencing recurring drought, the LWF country program work in Ethiopia includes support to farmers in Lalibela to build irrigation canals and terraces for food and water conservation. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
4 Oct
LWF country programs in East Africa plan joint approach to humanitarian crises
Climate Change, Humanitarian Response, South Sudan, Refugees. Displaced person, Kenya, Advocacy
4 Oct
A regional response to the humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Somalia, and joint work on thematic areas such as climate change were the themes of a Regional Meeting of the LWF World Service...
Olga Navrátilová from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Sep
Uniting faith and reason in the Czech Republic
Voices from the Communion, Women in Church and Society, Women, Communion Building, Advocacy, solidarity, Theology
27 Sep
Olga Navrátilová, a member of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), looks back at the history of the church in her country and reflects on how it can continue to have a positive impact on...
Pastor President of the IELV, Rev. Gerardo Hands  Photo: LWF/A.Danielsson
13 Sep
Hope, support and comfort amid the crisis
Voices from the Communion, Advocacy, Diakonia, Communion Building
13 Sep
Interview with Rev. Gerardo Hands, Pastor President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Venezuela
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia accompanies ex-combatants and the communities into which they are reintegrating. Here, former FARC commander "Harrison" greets Lutheran pastor Rev. John Hernández. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Sep
Colombian church leaders urge former combatants to ‘follow path of peace’
Advocacy, peace building, Conflict resolution, Colombia
3 Sep
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia issues a statement urging former combatants not to take up arms
Delegates follow a presentation at the 20th General Assembly of the ELCT at the Tumaini University in Makumira, near Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: ELCT/Neng’ida Lairumbe
28 Aug
LWF President Musa: The church needs 21st century "shepherds"
Advocacy, LWF President, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
28 Aug
Unity a key topic at Tanzanian church assembly, Presiding Bishop Fredrick Shoo re-elected
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa (second left), LCCN Abuja Bishop Dr Benjamin Fuduta (fourth left) and SOH national coordinator Rev. Dr Lesmore G. Ezekiel (third right), with SOH Ambassadors of Hope (from left to right) Osaretin Ushoma, Happiness Ehime, Ngozi Nwachuku and Kenneth Bright. Photo: ALCINET/Felix Samari
2 Aug
Interfaith network to counter human trafficking launched in Nigeria
Human Beings - Not for Sale, advocacy training, Interfaith, Advocacy
2 Aug
The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria has inaugurated a nationwide interfaith network to help different stakeholders mitigate the impact of irregular migration and human trafficking in the country.
As part of the events to mark the tenth anniversary of the coup, Lutherans held a public prayer service at the spot where the first fatal victim of the coup was killed. Riot police and army surrounded the event as a memorial cross was carried to the center of the capital city afterwards. All photos: LWF/S.Hawkey
29 Jul
Lutherans support struggle against repression, violence and poverty in Honduras
Peace, peace and justice, Justice, LWF member churches, Migrants, Honduras, United States, Mexico, Advocacy
29 Jul
Ten years on from the military coup against President Mel Zelaya in Honduras, the Lutheran church in the Central American nation continues to raise its voice for justice and peace in the country,...
Signatories of a new Spiritual Alliance for the Climate gather in Santiago, Chile on 21 July. Photo: Monserrat Madariaga/Lutheran Church in Chile
26 Jul
Faith groups in Chile launch spiritual climate alliance
Ecumenical, Advocacy, Youth, Climate, Interfaith
26 Jul
Ecumenical and interfaith networks plan non-stop shared celebration, reflection and advocacy during COP25
LWF Third International Lay Leaders’ Seminar, held from 27 June to 6 July in Geneva and Wittenberg. Participants Mabel Ngee-fui Ho (Malaysia), Melkion Panuaitan (Indonesia) and Anna Christine Ursula Unruh-lungfiel (Germany). Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Jul
Reinforcing the contribution of lay people to the church
Lay people, Leadership, church growth and sustainability, Wittenberg, General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy, United Nations
18 Jul
Lutherans from 16 countries participated in the Lutheran World Federation’s 3rd International Lay Leaders’ Seminar which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, and Wittenberg, Germany, from 27 June to 6...
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 ...
"Taxation and Reparation. Tools for promoting equity, climate justice & an economy of life. A side event at the UN High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs." Photo: ELCA/Rebecca Anderson
16 Jul
LWF and ecumenical partners launch Zacchaeus campaign for tax justice
Advocacy, NIFEA, Zacchaeus Project, WCC, WCRC, CWM, United Nations
16 Jul
A new, ecumenical campaign advocating for tax justice was launched on 11 July at the United Nations in New York City. The “Zacchaeus Project” is a part of the New International Financial and Economic...
The LWF was part of a delegation that recxently met with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Mukwege Foundation
10 Jul
Call for state responsibility in fight against sexual violence in DRC
conflict, gender-based violence, Violence, Women, women's advocacy, Advocacy
10 Jul
The LWF is among five civil society organizations calling on the DRC government to urgently assume its fundamental obligation to combat sexual violence in a country where the rape of women and girls...
The leadership of the Honduran church presenting the 2019 general assembly statement in front of the Martin Luther bust in Tegucigalpa’s public square.  Photo: Roger Rivas
5 Jul
Church solidarity with Hondurans demanding justice and human rights
Human Rights, Peace, Advocacy, human rights defender, health care, Education
5 Jul
The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras has declared its solidarity with the “clamor of the Honduran people” for better living conditions amid a social and political crisis characterized by attacks...
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
Dr Denis Mukwege with women at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: Torleif Svensson
24 Jun
LWF supports survivors of sexual violence in DRC
Diakonia, Women, Advocacy
24 Jun
Delegation visits Panzi hospital and pledges support to survivor network in Kasai region ...
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...