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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...
A woman holds up a sign offering practical support for newly arrived families from Ukraine, at Nyugati station in Budapest, Hungary. At the station, a range of civil society organisations and other volunteers offer support to incoming refugees, including support in arranging free accommodation, tickets for onward travel, as well as necessary items such as snacks and food, diapers for the children, clothes and basic medical supplies. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Apr
European churches call for commitment to all refugees
Ecumenical, Diakonia, Advocacy, Europe, Ukraine crisis, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger
14 Apr
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt has joined church leaders from many different Christian churches and organizations in Europe who are calling on governments and people on the continent...
Leading Bishop Ralf Meister (right) and Diaconia Board Spokesperson Hans-Joachim Lenke in conversation with women who have fled Ukraine. Svitlana Kryzhanivska (left) interprets the discussion. Photo: Lothar Veit
6 Apr
Ukraine: “I don’t want to sit around until the war is over” 
Member Churches, Diakonia, Refugees, Ukraine crisis
6 Apr
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover, Germany, has opened a “blue-and-yellow meeting place” in a quiet residential neighborhood near Hanover on 17 March. 
LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt hears the testimonies of two teenage mothers in the Palorinya refugee settlement, Obongi district, Uganda, as part of a visit to the LWF country program in Uganda in April 2022. All photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
5 Apr
Uganda: ‘We understand our work as putting faith into action’
General Secretary, DWS South Sudan, DWS Uganda, Refugees, host communities
5 Apr
Supporting more than 700,000 refugees in the country, testimonies abound to the impact of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) World Service program in Uganda.
Emmanuel, a Nigerian student who fled from Ukraine and has been welcomed in Budapest by staff and students at the Theological Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary. All photos: LWF/A. Hillert
31 Mar
Ukraine: “One minute we’re in school, the next we’re running for our lives”
Ukraine crisis, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Refugees
31 Mar
In Budapest, the Theological Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) now provides accommodation for twenty-year-old medical student Emmanuel and others who have fled from the...
The refugee crisis in Korczowa, on the Polish-Ukrainian border, caused by the war in Ukraine. Photo: Filip Błażejowski
29 Mar
Hot meals and kind hugs: Polish welcome for Ukrainian refugees
Ukraine crisis, emergency response, Member Churches, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger
29 Mar
A hot meal, a place to stay, a welcoming smile, a comforting hug. All along the border between Poland and Ukraine, Allan A. Calma has been witnessing small acts of kindness.
Anna Hjälm, program director for A World of Neighbours. Photo: Magnus Aronson
17 Feb
A World of Neighbours offers vision of welcoming society
Public theology, Lutheran theology, Theology, Interfaith, Advocacy, Interreligious Dialogue, Migrants, Refugees
17 Feb
‘Keeping our humanity’ is the theme of an online interfaith summit taking place from 20 to 24 February, organized by the European interreligious network ‘A World of Neighbours’ (AWoN). Initiated by...
Alena Fendrychová, Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, and a member of the “Solidarity Group” that coordinates the LWF European diaconal process. Photo: Private
14 Feb
Café Obýváček - A welcoming space for migrants and refugees in the Czech Republic
LWF member churches, Diakonia, Conviviality, Migrants, Refugees
14 Feb
Fendrychová is a member of the “Solidarity Group” of diaconal practitioners in The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in Europe. They coordinate the “Seeking Conviviality” diaconal...
Rev. Toshiki Toma and Bishop of Hólar Diocese Solveig Lara Gudmundsdottir at the LWF Ecumenical Center in 2019. Rev. Toshiki Toma of the International Congregation in Breiðholts Church is pastor to immigrants and refugees at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Nov
Icelandic church strengthens commitment to immigrants, refugees
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Migrants, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger
25 Nov
The General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland recently approved a comprehensive immigration and refugee policy that pledges to improve the church’s services to people with a foreign...
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...
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...
Clients and staff of South Australia’s Lutheran Disability Service joined hundreds of participants taking part in a ‘Walk My Way’ fundraising event through the Barossa Valley on 1 May. All photos: ALWS
14 May
Australians ‘Walk My Way’ to support refugee children
LWF member churches, Diakonia, Youth, Australian Lutheran World Service, Education, Kenya, DWS Kenya, Kenya refugee camps, Refugees
14 May
Thousands of refugee children in East Africa will be able to attend school and get a better start in life thanks to the generosity of Lutherans of all ages who are taking part in the Lutheran Church...
South Sudanese refugee, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, runs the 800-metres for the Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016. Photo: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau
8 Apr
Refugees journey to the Olympic Games
quality services, country programs, Refugees, Olympics 2016, Protection, disability, sport, Kakuma, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, Joint Commemoration, UNHCR, Diakonia
8 Apr
Leading up to the Olympic summer games in Tokyo, Japan, the UNHCR has released a video calling for support for the refugee teams in the Olympic and Paralympic competitions.
Hand washing before a distribution in Burundi. Water is essential to proper hygiene and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo: LWF Burundi
22 Mar
On World Water Day, LWF calls for access to safe water
World Water Day, Advocacy, Refugees, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, internally displaced people, IDP, COVID19, WASH, Diakonia, Gender, livelihood, Livelihoods, Protection, refugees protection, quality services
22 Mar
One year after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic; many people still live without access to clean and safe water. "Access to water is still a problem in many places where we work," said...
Webinar participants after the session in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
8 Mar
Young women from Kakuma speak about gender justice
Women, quality services, refugees protection, Protection, Diakonia, Global event, International Women's Rights Day, Advocacy, Youth, Kakuma, Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Refugees
8 Mar
Young women in Kakuma refugee camp face many obstacles when aiming for equal opportunities as men and boys. In a webinar: “Emerging Women who Choose to Challenge”, young refugees and staff of the...
LWF distributed mosquito nets to more than 12,000 households in two camps in Cox'’s Bazaar refugee camp. The nets will protect especially small children against diseases such as Dengue fever and Malaria. Photo: Bela Wadud/ RDRS/LREP
3 Mar
LWF supports displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh
emergency, emergency response, #withrefugees, Refugees, refugees protection, Displaced Persons, environment, WASH, livelihood, Livelihoods, health care, Water, Hygiene
3 Mar
In October 2017, violence in Myanmar forced over 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. They found a temporary home in Cox’s Bazaar refugee camp, one of the largest refugee camps...
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson. Photo: Richard Orange/Radio Sweden
16 Feb
Faith groups raise voices of refugees and asylum seekers
Public theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, Advocacy, #withrefugees, Refugees, refugees protection, Welcoming the Stranger
16 Feb
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson knows just how difficult it is to change the minds of legislators and decision makers responding to the influx of refugees in her native country. For the past...