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Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
20 Jan
Bishop Farrell: ‘Synodality’ and the search for Christian unity
ecumenical relations, Theology, ecumenism, Ecumenical, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, PCPCU
20 Jan
As Christians come together to mark the annual ecumenical Week of Prayer, the Secretary of the PCPCU, Bishop Brian Farrell, says Pope Francis’ synodal process could make a “hugely important”...
Members of the Middle East Council of Churches’ commission, including Fr Gaby Hachem (first on left) and Dr Souraya Bechealany (third from right), who drew up the resources for Christian Unity Week. Photo: MECC
18 Jan
Christian Unity Week: following the light from the East
ecumenical relations, Theology, ecumenism, Ecumenical, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18 Jan
A message of hope amid challenges facing churches throughout the Middle East is at the heart of this year’s reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The annual octave of prayer is...
Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Maina, LWF vice president for Africa. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
10 Dec
16 Days: theologies of anger, resistance and hope
Theology, Lutheran theology, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Studies, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Women, Women in Church and Society, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, ecumenical relations, Public theology, women's empowerment
10 Dec
Gender justice activists from different parts of the Christian world met together on 8 December to discuss ways of responding to the ongoing injustice, discrimination and violence against women in...
Participants at a women's march in Oakland in 2019. Photo: Thomas Hawk (CC-BY-NC)
7 Dec
16 Days: ‘Missing and Murdered’ victims of femicide
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Ecumenical, Diakonia, women's rights
7 Dec
The dramatic plight of women and girls who end up ‘Missing and Murdered’ was under the spotlight during two webinars organized in the context of the 16 Days of activism to end gender-based violence.
People of different faith traditions gather for a silent vigil in Glasgow, during the COP26 summit, to remember all those suffering from the impact of climate change. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
19 Nov
ZacTax Toolkit launched to help churches lobby for fair taxation
Zacchaeus Project, Public Space, Public theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Economic justice
19 Nov
Calls for a more just global taxation system were at the heart of the recent COP26 People’s Summit side event “Tax the Rich, Save the Planet”, with faith-based activists calling for an economic order...
In her sermon, Burghardt reflected on the words of St Paul's letter to the Romans, urging Christians to be “transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God.” Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
17 Nov
Burghardt: Churches called to be agents of positive change
Ecumenical Centre, theological formation, Ecumenical, LWF General Secretary, General Secretary
17 Nov
The Lutheran World Federation President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa welcomed colleagues, members and friends from across the global communion of churches on 17 November for the installation of...
The Lutheran Church in Liberia initiates an ecumenical joint project to alleviate hunger through national rice farming. All photos: Rev. Linda Seyenkulo/LCL/ELCA
17 Nov
Church in Liberia follows Gospel: “You give them something to eat”
Communion Building, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches, Diakonia
17 Nov
The Liberian Initiative for Feeding Everyone (LIFE-Liberia), a collaborative project envisioned by the Lutheran Church in Liberia Bishop Dr Jensen Seyenkulo, aims to create food and economic security...
A contemporary crucifix on the altar of the chapel in the Estonian church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
12 Nov
Ancient and modern meet at Estonia’s Institute of Theology
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
12 Nov
Walking into the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn feels like stepping back in time to rediscover the events that have shaped the country and its people. Located...
Rev. Anne Burghardt at work in the Consistory of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
9 Nov
Estonian church life shapes LWF’s new leader
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
9 Nov
The headquarters of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is housed in an elegant 18th century building on a quiet cobbled square in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town. It is known as the Consistory...
Khulekani Magwaza is a member of the LWF Council and youth delegate at the current UN climate conference COP26. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
5 Nov
South Africa: Speaking truth to power with compassion
Voices from the Communion, Youth, Climate, Climate Justice, COP26, Advocacy, Ecumenical
5 Nov
In this Voices from the Communion Khulekani Magwaza, LWF Council member and COP26 youth delegate, speaks about his experiences, his motivation to advocate for climate justice, and his ongoing...
LWF’s new general secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
4 Nov
Anne Burghardt: Hearing God’s word in a secular society
General Secretary, Theology, Ecumenical, Communion Building, Women, LWF General Secretary
4 Nov
Meet Rev. Anne Burghardt from the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, who took up her new role as General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) on 1 November.
Rev. Martin Junge during a solidarity visit to Zimbabwe in March 2020. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Oct
Passion for the Church: in conversation with Martin Junge
Ecumenical, Gender Justice, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF member churches, Women's Ordination, Joint Comemoration of the Reformation
25 Oct
As Lutheran churches, “let us learn from the apostles, who did not shy away from long journeys to come together, to pray, discern and find ways to witness to the good news of the gospel of Jesus...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge addresses faith leaders gathered in the Vatican for the ‘Faith and Science: Towards COP26’ meeting. Photo: Vatican Media
4 Oct
Plea from faith leaders: Save our common home
Climate Change, Creation - Not for Sale, Pope Francis, vatican, Ecumenical, General Secretary, Interfaith
4 Oct
“We have inherited a garden: we must not leave a desert to our children.” That stark warning was at the heart of a joint appeal from leaders of all the world’s religious communities who gathered in...
Diocese of Lund Bishop Johan Tyrberg and a delegation of pastors and deans visiting the LWF Communion Office, hosted by General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Sep
Lund ecumenical commemoration has inspired local initiatives
Lund, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, ecumenical rel, Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Welcoming the Stranger
24 Sep
Almost five years since the historic commemoration of 500 years of the Reformation in Sweden, there is a growing spirit of ecumenism and commitment among Catholics and Lutherans to work for peace and...
Photo: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona/Unsplash
8 Sep
Advocacy at local level a key focus of annual women’s human rights training
advocacy training, women's human rights, Ecumenical
8 Sep
Nearly 60 delegates from faith-based organizations around the world are meeting online for the annual training on advocacy for women’s human rights, 7-9 September.
For many Indigenous people, round things in nature represent the circle of life and all creation. Often, this motive is taken up in the round shape of their dwelling places and homes. Photo: Verónica Álvarez via Unsplash
2 Sep
Season of Creation 2021: “Challenge the world to care for all creation”
Season of Creation, Creation - Not for Sale, Creation, Climate Justice, ecotheology, Ecumenical
2 Sep
For many Indigenous people, round things in nature represent the circle of life and all creation. Often, this motive is taken up in the round shape of their dwelling places and homes. Photo: Verónica...
Lighting a candle during a “Prayer for the Rainforest” as part of the Cumbre Social por el Clima, during COP25 that took place in Madrid, Spain, in 2019. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Aug
Christians around the world invited to celebrate Season of Creation
Theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation, Advocacy, Climate
27 Aug
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), together with ecumenical partners worldwide, opens the Season of Creation with an online global prayer on Wednesday, 1 September.
LWF World Service director Maria Immonen and former Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy at the signing of a 2016 Declaration of Intent in Malmö, Sweden, to step up cooperation on humanitarian action, advocacy and development. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
16 Jun
Vatican visit to mark next step from conflict to communion
Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Diakonia, vatican, PCPCU, Catholic, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Pope Francis, Pope, Caritas Internationalis
16 Jun
A delegation from the LWF travels to Rome at the end of June for a meeting with Pope Francis and the deepening of commitment for increased cooperation with Caritas Internationalis, the global...
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...