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After an eight-month dry season, the riverbed of Tsanaga River lies dry at the outskirts of the city of Maroua, Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Mar
Human Rights Council: LWF welcomes appointment of special rapporteur for climate
United Nations Human Rights Council, Statement, Human Rights, human rights council, Lutheran theology, Theology, Interfaith, Peace, Action for Justice, Ecumenical, Youth, Climate
24 Mar
At the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and its interfaith partners welcomed the appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on...
Representatives from more than ten different religions gather at an interfaith service in Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow, on the opening day of a United Nations climate change conference. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Mar
Human Rights Council: Upholding the right to freedom of religion or belief
United Nations Human Rights Council, Statement, Human Rights, human rights council, Lutheran theology, Theology, Interfaith, Peace, Action for Justice, Ecumenical
22 Mar
At the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in partnership with the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) expressed concern about...
Hungarian volunteers assisting Ukrainian refugees. Photo: Elekes Andor (CC-BY-SA)
4 Mar
Ukraine: Lutheran churches in neighboring countries provide shelter and support
conflict, Ukraine crisis, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Peace, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building, emergency operation, emergency, emergency relief, emergency response
4 Mar
An unprecedented wave of prayer, solidarity, and help has swept across Europe and the world during the week since the beginning of the Russian invasion into Ukraine on 24 February. Member churches of...
Christians gather to pray for justice and peace in Ukraine during ecumenical Ash Wednesday service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Mar
A pall of ashes covers Ukraine: Christians join prayer for peace
Common Prayer, Prayer, conflict, Ukraine crisis, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Peace
3 Mar
On Ash Wednesday, 2 March, Christians from around the globe joined in a powerful prayer service of lament and solidarity with all those suffering from the effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The...
Eva Christina Nilsson, director of LWF’s Department for Theology, Mission and Justice. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 Jan
From Swedish countryside to global church coordination
Theology, Ecumenical, Communion Building, Youth, Communion, Women, Diakonia, Diakonia. Theology, LWF member churches, Mission
28 Jan
Growing up on a farm in the southern Swedish countryside seems a far cry from the high-flying career in international development and mission that Eva Christina Nilsson has been pursuing for almost...
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.