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Participants in the online training included Lillian W. Kantai, LWF Kenya-Somali Program (left) and Sabrina Senger, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. Photos courtesy
17 Sep
A new phase in faith-based advocacy for gender justice
Action for Justice, Human Rights, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, faith-based organizations, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's advocacy, women's human rights
17 Sep
At this year's annual women’s human rights training by faith-based organizations, which after six years of international gatherings is shifting to a more regional-based approach, utilizing the...
A group of nursery gardeners, themselves Nigerian refugees, work in a tree nursery in the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon in 2019. Planted across 20 so-called ‘green spaces’, a five-year planting and harvest cycle provides firewood, vines for building roofs, and a step in alleviating environmental impact in and around Minawao. The refugees are supported by the LWF, together with a range of partners. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 Sep
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for Special Rapporteur on human rights and climate change
Human Rights, human rights council, Climate Change, Interfaith, Advocacy
15 Sep
As part of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights, the LWF has called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish a Special Rapporteur mandate on...
Extreme weather events: LWF representative Carlos Rivera (with white face mask) visiting Chamelecón, Honduras, where many homes were washed away in unexpected flooding from the hurricanes Eta and Iota in 2020. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
10 Aug
LWF welcomes new UN climate report, urges ambitious action to protect the most vulnerable
LWF member churches, Climate Justice, Climate, World Service, Advocacy, Livelihoods, country programs, emergency response
10 Aug
The LWF welcomes the latest scientific report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In the report, the UN body observes that the Earth’s climate is changing in every region and across the...
Webinar showcases churches’ work to bring support and hope to survivors of human trafficking. Photo: Hermes Rivera on Unsplash
3 Aug
Churches must join forces to combat crime of human trafficking
Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Gender Justice, Human Rights, women's empowerment
3 Aug
On the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, survivors shared stories of escaping from their traffickers and helping others to find hope in the wake of such deeply traumatic experiences. The...
Transforming 500 square meters of dry land into fertile land: the Lutheran City Forest at the Luther Study Centre of KN-LWF in Pematang Siantar, Indonesia. Photo: KN-LWF
19 Jul
Indonesia: Encouraging spiritual awareness on climate justice among youth
Youth, Climate, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Climate Justice
19 Jul
Encouraging young people to become advocators and campaigners for climate justice was one of the goals of a project recently undertaken by the National Committee of The Lutheran World Federation in...
Youth playing on the banks of Río Pogue in Atrato, northwestern Colombia. The LWF supports local communities to uphold their rights and protect the Atrato River, which has been polluted by material from extractive industries for decades. Photo: LWF/G. A. Moreno Clavijo
19 Jul
Supporting marginalized people to organize and empower themselves
Livelihoods, quality services, Protection, Action for Justice, Advocacy, rights-based approach, UPR, Minorities and Indigenous People, Refugees
19 Jul
Through its local-to-global methodology, the LWF continues to work with refugees, internally displaced people, indigenous communities, ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups to access...
LWF Council youth delegates hold posters at the launch of the Waking the Giant ecumenical initiative in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
16 Jul
Churches raise prophetic voice for justice and inclusion
2030 Agenda, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals, Youth, Women, Climate
16 Jul
Lutheran churches in Colombia, Indonesia and Namibia have launched new reports reviewing their countries’ performance toward achieving the United Nations SDGs. At a webinar on 14 July, held as a side...
Attendees at a side event at the United Nations in Geneva on using the Universal Periodic Review as an instrument for peace building rooted in human rights in Colombia. Photo: Peter Kenny"
15 Jul
Protect civic space in post-pandemic recovery
Human Rights, UNHRC, Advocacy, Action for Justice, COVID19, human rights defender, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, UN Human Rights Commission
15 Jul
The 47th session of the UNHRC ended on 13 July, adopting resolutions which include a key commitment to protecting the “essential role of civil society” in the post-pandemic period. The LWF has been...
Kavre District, Nepal. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jul
Human Rights Council: LWF asks Nepal to prioritize rights of ethnic, religious minorities
human rights council, Nepal, Justice, Advocacy
12 Jul
In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council last week, LWF called on the government of Nepal to continue working to implement human rights improvements for ethnic and religious minorities.
Photo: Nick Fewings via Unsplash
2 Jul
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for increased efforts to combat extreme poverty
Human Rights, human rights council, Poverty, Advocacy
2 Jul
In a statement to the UN Human rights Council, the LWF, the WCC, and ACT Alliance have called for increased efforts to combat extreme poverty.
LWF’s World Service Department director, Maria Immonen and the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Aloysius John. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Jun
Lutherans and Catholics: Common Vision for joint service
ecumenical relations, Lutheran theology, Theology, Caritas Internationalis, Diakonia, Advocacy, Lutheran-Catholic, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation
25 Jun
The LWF and Caritas Internationalis, the global confederation of Catholic aid and development agencies, have committed to increased cooperation and service to the world’s most marginalized...
Thanks to collaboration between the LWF and IRW, locals have a fountain that provides safe drinking water. Photo: LWF/IRW
18 Jun
Three major faith-based organizations commit to Welcome the Stranger
Interfaith, Peace, peace and justice, peacebuilding, Public theology, Lutheran theology, Diakonia, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day
18 Jun
Three of the world’s leading Jewish, Islamic and Christian humanitarian organisations are teaming up to strengthen faith-based responses to the world’s unprecedented refugee crisis, as growing...
The peacebuilding work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia includes supporting ex-combatants to reintegrate into society. Sociologist Ana Eloísa Gómez, leading a workshop in San José de Leó, in the northwestern department of Antioquia, in 2018. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
A resource to strengthen churches’ engagement in exceptional times
Theology, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Public theology, Advocacy
16 Jun
The Church in the Public Space, a study document on Lutherans’ commitment to sharing Christ’s love and serving the neighbor, has been updated to highlight the relevance of church engagement during...
A scene from the short film ‘Place among the stars’ produced by the LWF National Committee in Indonesia and local partner Jakatarub. Photo: KNLWF-Jakatarub/Yunita Tan
11 Jun
Short films showcase interfaith harmony in Indonesia
Interfaith, Peace, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Advocacy, Youth, peace building, nobel peace prize
11 Jun
Four short films about interfaith dialogue and co-existence in Indonesia were the focus of a 9 June webinar, jointly organized by the LWF, the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies and...
Cover photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Highlights of LWF’s work in a unique year of COVID-19 solidarity
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, member church
10 Jun
The LWF Annual Report 2020 is available online. Under the theme, “Leave no one behind” it gives an overview of the organization’s work in an unprecedented year marked mostly by the COVID-19 pandemic...
In the LWFs women’s networks, lay and ordained women strengthen and support one another in prayer and action. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Evaluation and outlook for women's network in Central and Western Europe
Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy
10 Jun
The WICAS network met for an online conference on 2 and 3 June. Twenty-five participants from LWF member churches in the region attended the conference with the theme "Churches raising their...
A medical team from AVH supports a hospital in Gaza in 2018. Photo: LWF/ D. Nasser
8 Jun
Allow medical and humanitarian access to Gaza
Advocacy, AVH, Augusta Victoria Hospital, Gaza, Palestine, ACT, ACT Alliance, Refugees, COVID19, WS / COVID19
8 Jun
The ACT Palestine Forum, an ecumenical coalition of Christian churches and aid organizations, is calling on the Israeli government to allow humanitarian access for medical staff in the Gaza Strip to...
Erik Siegl from Czech Diaconia with LWF’s Caroline Tveoy and staff from the World Service team in Jordan outside the Aman community center in Zarqa. All photos: LWF/Jordan
8 Jun
Supporting Syria’s refugees, ten years on
Diakonia, Advocacy, COVID19, WS / COVID19, Refugees, Syria Crisis. Refugees, Za'atari Refugee Camp, coronavirus
8 Jun
A decade on from the start of the Syrian conflict, the LWF remains committed to providing vital education, skills training and psycho-social support to thousands of refugees living in neighboring...