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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
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...
Getting together: Scholarship holders of the GNC/LWF with Rev. Dionisie Arion, Scholarship Secretary of the GNC/LWF (left) and Rev. Norbert Denecke, General Secretary of the GNC/LWF. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
11 Apr
Deepening communion, strengthening churches, encouraging people
Lutheran theology, Theology, Youth, Communion, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Ecumenical, GNC
11 Apr
Studying abroad, getting to know a different culture and language, taking up impulses from theology and church: every year about 35 students from member churches of the LWF make use this opportunity...
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...
The representatives of five Christian World Communions --Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and the Reformed-- at the Notre Dame Consultation. Photo: Steve Toepp / University of Notre Dame
3 Apr
Statement from Notre Dame Consultation: Visible Unity and Common Witness
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist, Joint Statement, Statement
3 Apr
Participants at a historic gathering of church leaders from five Christian World Communions have issued a statement recommitting themselves to communicating the biblical message of salvation in new...
A facsimile of the Official Common Statement of the JDDJ. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
29 Mar
From Conflict to Communion: The future of Christians together in the world
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist
29 Mar
Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Anglicans and Reformed discern further steps towards deeper ecclesial communion and common witness
Attending the service as guests of honor: WMC President Rev. Dr JC Park; LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge; Kurt Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Roman Catholic Church); Very Rev. Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, Dean of St Davids Cathedral in Wales (Anglican Communion); and WCRC General Secretary Rev. Dr Chris Ferguson. Photo: Peter Ringenberg/University of Notre Dame
27 Mar
Ecumenical prayer service on opening day of JDDJ consultation
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist
27 Mar
An ecumenical prayer service in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States, marked the opening of a three-day consultation of five Christian World...
The University of Notre Dame in the U.S. state of Indiana where the consultation on the future of the JDDJ will take place. Photo: University of Notre Dame/Barbara Johnston
21 Mar
Ecumenical meeting in U.S. to follow up on Joint Declaration on Doctrine of Justification
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue
21 Mar
Leaders of five Christian World Communions meet at the Catholic University of Notre Dame in the United States next week to discuss the significance of the JDDJ and its impact on their search for full...
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...
Participants attending the Colloquium at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies in Ecumenism listen to LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge giving his keynote address. Photo: Ivan Karageorgiev/Unité des Chrétiens
18 Mar
Paris conference marks 20 years of Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, JDDJ, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue
18 Mar
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church, an ecumenical gathering in Paris examined its role in inter-church...
LWF Secretary General Rev Dr. Martin Junge speaking at a colloquium organized by the Institute of Advanced Ecumenical Studies of the Catholic University of Paris. Photo: Stephen Brown
13 Mar
JDDJ: Building bridges of reconciliation and theological understanding
Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, JDDJ, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church
13 Mar
Speaking on 12 March at a colloquium in Paris, jointly organized by the Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic theology faculties, the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge looked back to the signing...
Msgr Matthias Türk, outgoing head of the Lutheran Catholic desk at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, addresses participants at the LWF Council meeting in June 2018. Photo:Albin Hillert/LWF
11 Feb
"You cannot be Christian without working hard for church unity"
PCPCU, Ecumenical, ecumenicals relations, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations
11 Feb
One of the key figures in Lutheran-Catholic dialogue over the last two decades is leaving his desk at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and returning to his native Germany
The Tamrazyan family arrived in the Netherlands from Armenia nine years ago. Photo: Peter Wassing
5 Feb
Dutch pastor praises faith of refugee family
Ecumenical, Advocacy, Member Churches, European refugee crisis, Migrants
5 Feb
The family spent 97 days inside a Protestant church before being granted right to remain in the Netherlands
From left: Lutheran Bishop Jerzy Samiec, President of the Polish Ecumencial Council and Orthodox Archbishop Abel, Diocese of Lublin-Chełm of the Church of Poland. Photo: PEC
18 Jan
Churches in Poland call for tolerance after killing of Gdansk mayor
Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Ecumenical, Violence
18 Jan
The Polish Ecumenical Council, has urged the country to “stop the spiral of hate” following the brutal murder of the mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz.
Rev. Dr Miriam Haar, LWF’s Theological Assistant. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
16 Jan
Deeply Committed to Christian unity
Ecumenical, JDDJ, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches, Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Joint Comemoration of the Reformation
16 Jan
Entitled ‘The Lutheran World Federation’s Commitments on the Ecumenical Way to Ecclesial Communion’, the publication was launched at a prayer service in the Geneva Ecumenical Center Chapel on 16...
From left to right, Wartburg professor of pastoral theology, Rev. Nathan Frambach, LWF’s communications officer, Philippa Hitchen, 3rd year student Carrie Petersen and 2nd year student Marietta Nelson-Bitte. Photo:LWF/N. Torrecillas
15 Jan
USA seminarians reflect on global ecumenism and reconciliation
Ecumenical, Ecumenical Centre, ecumenicals relations, Institute for Ecumenical Research, Taizé, Lutheran Theological Seminary, students, Lutheran theology, Theology
15 Jan
A group of students and professors from the Wartburg Theological Seminary in Iowa (USA) visited the LWF headquarters in Geneva.
LWF Council member Bishop Dr Tuhoni Telaumbanua. Photo: LWF / Albin Hillert
26 Oct
“God is present and suffering with the people”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, council, LWF Council, Council 2018, Voices from the Communion, inter-religious relations, bombing, earthquake recovery, earthquake, environment
26 Oct
Bishop Telaumbanua describes some of the social and environmental concerns facing The Protestant Christian Church, in Indonesia.
LWF General Secretary Rev.Dr Martin Junge, during his speech at the Ausburg symposium. Photo: Augsburg University
18 Oct
LWF General Secretary: “Don’t stop now!”
Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Public theology, ecumenism, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, General Secretary, JDDJ
18 Oct
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge when he addressed a public symposium in Augsburg marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s disputation with Cajetan.
From left to right: Pope Francis, LWF Council member Julia Braband and Thomas Andonie, Chairperson of the Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ). Photo: LWF / Julia Braband
12 Oct
“Meeting at eye-level as the church for all generations”
Ecumenical, Youth, vatican, Youth Participation, ecumenical relations
12 Oct
LWF Council member Julia Braband representing the LWF, addressed the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
LWF Council member Rev. William Flippin Jr. Photo: LWF / Albin Hillert
5 Oct
Ecumenism is glorification and love
Advocacy, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, council, LWF Council, Council 2018, Voices from the Communion
5 Oct
Rev. William Flippin Jr is a strong advocate of ecumenism, he stated: All our work is grounded in our statement “…that they may all be one.” (John 17:21)
Season the Creation starts on 1 September with an Ecumeical prayer in Assisi, Italy. Photo: Peter K Burian (CC-BY-SA)
1 Sep
Christians globally unite in call for eco-justice
Season of Creation, Climate Change, pilgrimage, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Theology
1 Sep
On occasion of the first Ecumenical Prayer for Creation on 1 September 2018 in Assisi, the LWF has joined with faith-based organizations and Christian World Communions in a call for eco-justice.
Commission members in front of Strasbourg Cathedral. Photo: LWF
30 Jul
Catholic-Lutheran dialogue phase concluded
ecumenical relations, Lund 2016, PCPCU, Pope Francis, dialogue, Lutheran-Catholic, Ecumenical
30 Jul
Nine year process to result in study report ...
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa and His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, together after Vespers at the Stavropegial Monastery of the Life-giving Spring at Baloukli, on Sunday 10 June. Photo: LWF/ A. S. Danielsson
12 Jun
Strengthening relationships between LWF and Orthodox Church
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Orthodox Lutheran relations, LWF President, LWF General Secretary
12 Jun
The dialogue between the LWF and the Orthodox Church has been ongoing without interruption since 1981. It is entering a new phase which will focus on the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
Bishop Ulrich and Pope Francis during the audience in the Vatican. Photo: VaticanPress
6 Jun
“A momentum which is irreversible”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Pope Francis, Lund, Catholic, Italy, dialogue, GNC, Germany, ordination, Bishop, Nepal, Malmö, diaconia
6 Jun
German Lutherans meet LWF member church and Pope Francis in Italy
Representatives of the five churches who signed the JDDJ in Rome. Photo: LWF
5 Jun
“Healing the wounds in the body of Christ”
Ecumenical, ecumenicals relations, Lund, PCPCU, reformed church, Anglican, Methodist, Pope Francis, JDDJ
5 Jun
Five signatories of JDDJ to discuss implications for church life ...
Rev. Karla Steilmann, centre, with Dr. Vidal Rodriguez (Spain) and Nun Aura Guadalupe Ortega (Guatemala), who were both representing the Theological Education Institution. Photo: LWF
31 May
“Listening to different ways of thinking”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, inter-religious dialogue, vatican
31 May
Young Catholics pose the same questions of the church and their role within the church as young people of any other confession.
Pröpstin Astrid Kleist (left ) and Prof. Dr Puleng LenkaBula (center) in discussion during the conference in Berlin. Photo: LWF/ A. Weyermüller
8 May
Rediscovering the meaning of democracy
DTPW, Advocacy, Public Space, Ecumenical, inter-religious dialogue, inter-religious relations, Interfaith
8 May
„May God bless us with the feeling of being uncomfortable when the answers become too easy,” Singo Maibongwe from the United Theological College Harare in Zimbabwe prayed during a morning devotion of...