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Vigil candles. Photo: LWF/A.S. Danielsson
18 Mar
Solidarity following mosque attacks in Christchurch
Terrorism, General Secretary Martin Junge, Muslim, LWF member churches
18 Mar
Following the mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, local Lutheran churches have expressed solidarity with the country’s Muslim community.
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Paulino Wanawilla Onango (right) during the LWF-hosted UN side event on human rights in South Sudan. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
13 Mar
South Sudan: Human rights’ review mechanism provides strong foundation for lasting peace
Advocacy, UPR, United Nations, General Secretary Martin Junge, South Sudan
13 Mar
LWF and representatives of both civil society and faith-based actors in South Sudan have noted the government’s growing openness to address human rights violations through constructive engagement...
Viviana Machuca (left), representing the Colombia inter-church platform DIPAZ, and Sara Lara (right), director of the human rights program of IELCO, in Geneva for the CEDAW shadow report on Colombia, meet with Rev. Dr Martin Junge (center), LWF General Secretary. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
26 Feb
Colombia: Pushing for peace and women’s rights
CEDAW, Colombia, women's human rights, Human Rights, General Secretary Martin Junge
26 Feb
Colombia’s hard won peace accords are at risk in the current political climate. That’s the view of a civil society delegation from the South American nation that presented a shadow report to the...
A peace dove and flowers at a monument in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of Albin Hillert
1 Jan
LWF New Year Message: ‘Seek peace and pursue it’
Peace, peace building, peacebuilding, New Years Message, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Member Churches
1 Jan
In his New Year Message to the Lutheran communion, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge reassures churches that “when we root ourselves in Christ, we are well equipped to engage in this...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
31 Oct
Living and working together as churches in ongoing reformation
Council 2018, council, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF Strategy
31 Oct
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge spoke to Lutheran World Information about the new strategy launched on the 501st anniversary of the Reformation
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.
Camp secretary Rev. Tikaram Rasaily shows Rev. Dr Martin Junge around the Beldangi refugee camp, Jhapa district, Nepal. All photos: LWF /  Albin Hillert
21 Sep
Committed to dignified, durable solutions
DWS Nepal, Refugees, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy
21 Sep
On his visit to a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, general secretary of the LWF, has advocated for a durable solution for the close to 6,700 refugees who still remain in the...
The news of the peace agreement “comes like a gentle rain falling down on people around the world thirsting for a message of peace”, LWF General Secretary Junge writes. Photo: LWF/ C.Kästner
13 Jul
A powerful message of peace
Peace agreement, Joint Declaration, Peace, civil war, Member Churches, General Secretary Martin Junge, General Secretary
13 Jul
On 9 July 2018, the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia, ending civil war, and opening diplomatic relations for the...
Opening worship of the Central Committee meeting in the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC.
17 Jun
Witness to unity in a fragmented world
General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, World Council of Churches, Peace
17 Jun
LWF greets World Council of Churches on 70th anniversary
In the wake of the church bombings in Surabaya, young people from the LWF member churches in Indonesia came together and lit 1000 candles, as a symbol of their solidarity with those affected, and also to push back terrorism in all forms. The youth pray that peace will prevail in Indonesia. Photo: National Committee of the LWF in Indonesia
16 May
A voice for peace following bombings in Indonesia
Public Statement, Statement, General Secretary Martin Junge, Violence, Conflict resolution, Terrorism, bombing
16 May
Following terror attacks at three churches and a police station in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Sunday and Monday, the National Committee of the LWF in Indonesia issued a statement calling for peace and...
An olive tree, symbolizing peace, in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
14 May
Call for de-escalation of violence in the Holy Land
Public Statement, Statement, General Secretary Martin Junge, Violence, Human Rights, Conflict resolution
14 May
LWF expresses dismay, on statement, over the escalating violence and disproportionate use of force against demonstrators at the Gaza border which has led to the death of 41 people and more than 1700...
The statement calls for social and climate justice, and support for climate change-hit countries. Climate change can affect weather severely. A tropical storm in El Salvador left devastated fields in its wake. Photo: LWF/M. Boulogne
25 Apr
“Fighting against the commodification of everything”
Public Statement, Statement, Climate Justice, United Nations, World Council of Churches, Creation - Not for Sale, Creation – Not for Sale, Human Beings - Not for Sale, Salvation - Not for Sale, Salvation – Not for Sale, General Secretary Martin Junge
25 Apr
LWF and ecumenical partners urge new economic system serving all
24 April 2018, Bogotá, Colombia: Welcome by local Colombian churches on opening day. The Global Christian Forum gathers in Bogotá on 24-27 April 2018 under the theme of "Let mutual love continue". Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
25 Apr
Global Christian Forum: “Let mutual love continue”
Ecumenical, LWF General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Christianity, Catholic, Orthodox-Lutheran, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, ecumenical relations
25 Apr
An important platform of relationship and trust building
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr. Martin Junge. Photo: LWI/A. Hillert
29 Mar
The cross that transforms
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29 Mar
The cross of crucifixion was chosen by early Christians as the symbol of their faith simply because of what it captured so precisely, writes the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge in his Good...
Refugees walking on the railways at the border between Hungary and Serbia. Photo: ELCH/ Zsuzsanna Horvath-Bolla
14 Mar
LWF General Secretary urges upholding of human rights
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14 Mar
Churches need to stand against the deterioration of humanitarian values and human rights, The Lutheran World Federation General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, said in Germany. Referring to the...
Earlier this year the Lund Cross, which was used at the joint commemoration in Lund in 2016, was installed in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/M. Aronson
2 Mar
Visit of Pope Francis to the Ecumenical Centre will strengthen quest for unity
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2 Mar
The LWF is looking forward to meeting Pope Francis in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 21 June.
Water poured at the Global Commemoration of the 500 years of Reformation in Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
1 Jan
Water without cost
New Years Message, General Secretary Martin Junge, Martin Luther
1 Jan
2018 New Year Message from the LWF General Secretary
LWF delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano
8 Dec
“By his bruises we are healed”
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8 Dec
During an audience at the Vatican on 7 December, The Lutheran World Federation delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá, a powerful symbol of conflict and...
Rev. Dr Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 May
Academic recognition of LWF’s ecumenical engagement
Ecumenical, General Secretary Martin Junge
21 May
General Secretary Junge receives University of Notre Dame honorary doctorate ...
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, addressing the 800 participants from LWF’s 145 member churches at the Twelfth Assembly. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 May
The Reformation anniversary is a milestone, not the endpoint for mission
12th Assembly, Reformation, General Secretary Martin Junge
11 May
Secretary Junge affirms to Twelfth Assembly LWF’s reason to witness with hope in a fractured world
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge invites churches to uphold the three LWF commitments for the Reformation anniversary.  Photo: LWF
2 Jan
God's Gift of Compassion
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2 Jan
In New Year Message General Secretary Junge invites churches to seek inspiration from Reformation anniversary
A little boy watches a football game in a child friendly space, Gendrassa refugee camp, South Sudan. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
5 Jan
"Every single one counts under God's reign”
New Years Message, General Secretary Martin Junge, Martin Luther
5 Jan
2016 New Year Message from the LWF General Secretary
 LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge smiles during the afternoon convocation ceremony at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, during which he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Photo: Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
17 Jun
General Secretary Junge earns Honorary Doctorate for service to LWF communion
General Secretary Martin Junge, honorary doctorate, Waterloo University
17 Jun
Build bridges between communities, Junge urges Canadian graduates