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Ukrainian refugees at the border between Ukraine and Poland. Photo: Frank Schultze / Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
4 Mar
Welcome all affected by the war in Ukraine
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis, Welcoming the Stranger, Advocacy
4 Mar
In a statement released on 4 March, the LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt expresses grief over reports of discrimination against non-Europeans fleeing the war in Ukraine and calls for the...
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...
Lutheran church leaders across the world have issued calls for a just peace in Ukraine and an end to the Russian invasion. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Feb
Ukraine: Lutheran churches across the world call for Peace and Support 
Member Churches, Communion Building, conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
28 Feb
Lutheran church leaders across the world have issued calls for a just peace in Ukraine and an end to the Russian invasion.
Bishop Jerzy Samiec, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, and Bishop Pavlo Shvarts, German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine. Bishop Samiec has called on the parishes of his church to open their doors to welcome refugees from Ukraine. Photo: Dariusz Bruncz
27 Feb
Ukrainian Bishop Shvarts: “Give shelter to refugees"
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
27 Feb
Lutherans in Ukraine are standing firm against the invasion of Russia and providing support for people in the country. They call on churches in Europe to shelter refugees from Ukraine, advocate...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Feb
Restore peace in Ukraine
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
25 Feb
In a statement released on 25 February, LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and global solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Photo: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
25 Feb
Ukraine: LWF calls for donations to support people and churches
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
25 Feb
The LWF has launched a call for donations to support the churches and people of Ukraine, who are fleeing their homes and seeking shelter, basic necessities such as food and water, following Russia’s...
Photo: Sunguk Kim/Unsplash
24 Feb
Ukraine: Christian World Communions condemn assault, call for peace, invite to prayer
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
24 Feb
Four Christian World Communions are strongly condemning the advance of the Russian military into Ukraine and the assault that began on the night of 24 February 2022.
Students enjoy the multi-purpose-room at Othman Bin Affan Primary School for Boys in Zarqa. Photos: LWF/ A. Alsamra
16 Oct
Jordan: Giving hope to a “lost generation”
Diakonia, Livelihoods, livelihood, quality services, Protection, Syria, Education, Refugees, conflict, host community
16 Oct
Teacher trainings, school improvement projects, school kits, vocational training and counselling for out-of-school youth - thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugee students, as well as Jordanian...
The Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Murye, Bishop of the Diocese of Kajo – Keji, South Sudan, talks to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda during in a road drive campaign with LWF. These road drives are used to sensitize refugees on COVID – 19 in the camps and settlements, to avoid mass gatherings. Photo: K. Logi / LWF
18 May
Lutherans and Anglicans join hands to support South Sudanese refugees
WS / COVID19, Uganda, South Sudan, Anglican, Refugees, Adjumani, Moyo, conflict, refugee settlements, refugee camp, coronavirus, #withrefugees
18 May
The diocese of Kajo-Keji of the episcopal church in South Sudan and the LWF country program in Uganda are exploring joint work across the border, to support South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. The...
The LWF was part of a delegation that recxently met with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Mukwege Foundation
10 Jul
Call for state responsibility in fight against sexual violence in DRC
conflict, gender-based violence, Violence, Women, women's advocacy, Advocacy
10 Jul
The LWF is among five civil society organizations calling on the DRC government to urgently assume its fundamental obligation to combat sexual violence in a country where the rape of women and girls...
A participant offers insight at the LWF International Seminar on Prevention, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. Photo: Scheila Dillenburg
2 Oct
LWF seminar on conflict resolution
Conflict resolution, peace building, conflict transformation, prevention, sustainability, conflict, Peace, LWF member churches, member church
2 Oct
With the aim of equipping member churches to prevent or resolve conflict, the LWF International Seminar on Prevention, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding was held from September 17 to 21 in São...
Celebration of the 500 years of Reformation at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Photo: Tsion Alemayehu
16 Aug
New peace initiative in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Ethiopia, Peace agreement, Joint Declaration, Peace, civil war, Member Churches, Conflict resolution, conflict, inter-religious relations
16 Aug
LWF set to launch a new initiative to reduce escalating religious tension in Ethiopia, in an expression of its mandate to promote peace.
LAC and Nicaraguan youth during an artistic project for the environment with LWF. Young people are largely affected by the violence currently happening in Nicaragua. Photo: LWF/ Chelsea Macek
2 Aug
LWF concerned about rising violence in Nicaragua
Central America, ACT, Nicaragua, conflict, Violence, Peace, peace building, Youth, Justice, Latin America and the Caribbean
2 Aug
LWF has expressed concern about rising violence in Nicaragua
The construction site of the new health center, which will benefit about 14,00 Congolese refugees and nearby host communities. Photo: LWF Angola
27 Jul
LWF improves health care for refugees in Angola
Violence, Angola, health care, conflict, Refugees
27 Jul
Better access to health care: the LWF is constructing a health center in Lovua refugee settlement, northern Angola.
The LWF Council has repeatedly advocated for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
14 Apr
LWF pushes for peaceful resolution of conflict in Syria and respect for international law
Statement, Public Statement, peace and justice, conflict, War, convention, Conflict resolution
14 Apr
Strengthen the international instruments of justice and peace
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
Refugees, Refugees. Displaced person, refugees protection, refugee crisis, conflict, Protection, Welcoming the Stranger, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge
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...
LWF receiving refugees at Lefori collection point, in Northern Uganda. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
28 Feb
South Sudan crisis set to become Africa’s largest
Refugees, War, South Sudan conflict, conflict, internally displaced people, displacement, Displaced Persons, Refugees. Displaced person, Kenya, Uganda, Kakuma, Ethiopia, South Sudan, South Sudan Crisis
28 Feb
The plight of refugees from South Sudan is set to become Africa’s largest refugee crisis, with the Lutheran World Federation on the frontline in South Sudan and the countries receiving the refugees,...
Prague. Protestants in the Czech republic raised half a million Czech crowns for women in the DRC. Photo: Roman Boed, creative commons
26 Jan
Czech Protestants raise 18,000 EUR for rape survivors in DR Congo
12th Assembly, Keynote speaker, gender-based violence, Gender, Violence, conflict, Women
26 Jan
The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, a member church of The Lutheran World Federation in the Czech Republic, has raised money for the Panzi foundation which supports medical treatment for raped...
A DWS staff member vaccinates a the dog belonging to a refugee as part of an animal vaccination campaign, Dosseye camp, southern Chad. The LWF celebrates the work of staff around the world on World Humanitarian Day. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
18 Aug
Praise for LWF staff on World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day 2015, World Humanitarian Day, conflict, emergency response, Humanitarian Response, DWS, Staff
18 Aug
“We know and appreciate the commitment from each one of you.”
LWF World Service team visiting remote rural communities who have been affected by the conflict in Colombia. Photo: LWF Colombia
14 Jul
Calling for a ceasefire in Colombia
conflict, Peace, DWS Colombia
14 Jul
Open letter to conflict parties during Havana peace talks
Caption: Kamla Edno and her five-day-old baby, Shahla Edno, at the Berseve 1 camp near the town of Zakho in northern Iraq in December 2014. The baby lies in a plastic crate used to store vegetables. Photo: LWF/ S. Cox
17 Jun
A vegetable crate for a cradle
ISIS, conflict, LWF Iraq
17 Jun
A child begins life living in a tent