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A group of participants during the opening worship of the Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation, hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, 13-17 May, in Moshi, Tanzania. All photos: LWF/ALCINET
16 May
Churches must affirm holistic witness despite challenging contexts
Africa leadership consultation, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Women, Youth, LWF Vice-President, theological formation, Economic justice, Communications, ecumenical relations, environment, politics and economics
16 May
LWF member churches in Africa have received messages of gratitude and encouragement for their untiring and vibrant witness to God’s mission in spite of increasing social, political and economic...
Shaping the LWF communion: (from left) LWF Vice-President Astrid Kleist, LCiGB Dean-elect Rev. Eliza Zikmane, Rev. Dr Martin Lind, current Bishop of the LCiGB, and Oberkirchenrat Norbert Denecke, General Secretary of the LWF German National Committee. Photo: Astrid Kleist
15 May
Creating a space where trust can grow
ecumenical relations, Reformation, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Anglican-Lutheran relations, Governance, Peace
15 May
Pröpstin Astrid Kleist, Vice-President for the Central and Western Europe region of the LWF, visited The Lutheran Church in Great Britain for its annual synod held in London on 27 April.
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, addressing the WCRC Executive Committee. Photo: WCRC/P.Tanis
13 May
Witnessing to faith as a source of transformation
ecumenical relations, reformed church, JDDJ, Wittenberg Witness, Reformation, Creation - Not for Sale, Human Beings - Not for Sale, Salvation - Not for Sale
13 May
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge has encouraged members of the WCRC to continue working together with other Christians as they bear witness to “the power and the beauty of faith as a...
The congregation at St John's Cathedral, Hong Kong, for the official opening of ACC-17. Photo: ACNS
30 Apr
LWF thanks Anglicans for witnessing together in a fragmented world
ecumenical relations, Anglican-Lutheran relations, Anglican Consultative Council, JDDJ, Reformation
30 Apr
The LWF has expressed its gratitude to the Anglican Communion for its strong witness in an increasingly divided world and for the mutually beneficial relationships between Anglicans and Lutherans.
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...
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...
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...
The third Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue group meeting in Santiago de Chile called for faithful teaching on the abundance of God’s gifts for the whole human race and for the earth. Photo: LWF
2 Nov
Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue reflects on proclaiming the gospel to the poor
Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue, Theology, gospel, ecumenism, ecumenical relations
2 Nov
The third meeting of the international Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue group drew attention to the situation of the materially poor and how the churches relate to them.
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.
Church services and events on Reformation Day 2018 in Germany seek to deepen the respect and tolerance for different confessions, religions and worldviews in the society. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
25 Oct
Reformation Day a new public holiday in Germany
Reformation, ecumenical relations, Theology, LWF member churches
25 Oct
More than half of Germany’s 16 federal states have now declared Reformation Day a public holiday.
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)
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
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.
Beneficiaries of the GNC/LWF scholarship program: (from left) Daniel Jara (Ecuador), Elizabeth Silayo (Tanzania), Michelle Wong (Malaysia) and Sebastian Dallmann (Germany). Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
27 Apr
“Despite all our differences we are one”
Scholarships, Communion, church, ecumenical relations
27 Apr
GNC/LWF scholarship-holders meet in Hanover
Plenary on Relationships Old and New. The Global Christian Forum gathers in Bogotá on 24-27 April 2018 under the theme of "Let mutual love continue". Here, testimony by Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka, Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations, Lutheran World Federation. Bogotá, Colombia, 25 April 2018 Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
27 Apr
“See one another with new eyes”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Christianity, Catholic, Orthodox-Lutheran, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, holy spirit, JDDJ
27 Apr
“Being reconciled as members of the same body has deepened our mutual commitment to this shared journey where we have been and continue to be led by the Holy Spirit,” Rev Dr Kaisamari Hintikka,...
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
Evening Prayer (May 13) Photo by: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
13 Feb
Anglican-Lutheran leaders offer Lent reflections
lent, reflections, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Anglican-Lutheran relations, Anglican, Easter
13 Feb
Lutherans and Anglicans in North America have joined to to offer a series of Lenten reflections.
Simo Peura, Lutheran bishop, of Lapua, and Teemu Sippo, Catholic bishop of Helsinki, (from left). Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
5 Feb
Impressions from Catholic-Lutheran dialogue in Finland
ecumenical relations, Ecumenical, JDDJ, Joint Declaration, Lund, Catholic, PCPCU
5 Feb
Church, Eucharist and Ministry “not church dividing issues”
The Lund Cross is a symbol of this milestone in ecumenial relations. It will be accessible to visitors and pilgrims in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Jan
Lund Cross placed in chapel of the Ecumenical Center
Lund, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation, Ecumenical Centre, ecumenical relations, Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Common Prayer, Reformation, From Conflict to Communion
18 Jan
The Salvadoran Cross created for the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund 2016 was placed in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, Switzerland, in a dedication...
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”
Pope Francis, Pope, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, Colombia, ecumenical relations, inter-religious dialogue, Caritas Internationalis, Peace
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...