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LWF President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa and Pope Francis. Photo credit: Vatican media
25 Jun
With passion on the journey from conflict to communion
ecumenical relations, Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran-Catholic, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation
25 Jun
Meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican on 25 June, both the LWF President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa and Pope Francis expressed the hope that the 500th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession...
LWF’s World Service Department director, Maria Immonen and the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Aloysius John. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Jun
Lutherans and Catholics: Common Vision for joint service
ecumenical relations, Lutheran theology, Theology, Caritas Internationalis, Diakonia, Advocacy, Lutheran-Catholic, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation
25 Jun
The LWF and Caritas Internationalis, the global confederation of Catholic aid and development agencies, have committed to increased cooperation and service to the world’s most marginalized...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Jun
New publication explores global perspectives on Lutheran identities
Lutheran theology, Public theology, Lutheran identity, LWF member churches, LWF Documentation Series, Education
24 Jun
The LWF has published a new resource to explore the diverse theological identities of Lutherans across the communion of churches. We Believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
21 Jun
Junge highlights LWF’s agility, resilience, clarity of mission
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, report, council, Council 2021, COVID19, Theology, Lutheran theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches
21 Jun
The LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has highlighted the agility and resilience of the organization in responding to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. The creativity and commitment...
Thanks to collaboration between the LWF and IRW, locals have a fountain that provides safe drinking water. Photo: LWF/IRW
18 Jun
Three major faith-based organizations commit to Welcome the Stranger
Interfaith, Peace, peace and justice, peacebuilding, Public theology, Lutheran theology, Diakonia, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day
18 Jun
Three of the world’s leading Jewish, Islamic and Christian humanitarian organisations are teaming up to strengthen faith-based responses to the world’s unprecedented refugee crisis, as growing...
LWF World Service director Maria Immonen and former Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy at the signing of a 2016 Declaration of Intent in Malmö, Sweden, to step up cooperation on humanitarian action, advocacy and development. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
16 Jun
Vatican visit to mark next step from conflict to communion
Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Diakonia, vatican, PCPCU, Catholic, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Pope Francis, Pope, Caritas Internationalis
16 Jun
A delegation from the LWF travels to Rome at the end of June for a meeting with Pope Francis and the deepening of commitment for increased cooperation with Caritas Internationalis, the global...
Cover photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Highlights of LWF’s work in a unique year of COVID-19 solidarity
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, member church
10 Jun
The LWF Annual Report 2020 is available online. Under the theme, “Leave no one behind” it gives an overview of the organization’s work in an unprecedented year marked mostly by the COVID-19 pandemic...
In the LWFs women’s networks, lay and ordained women strengthen and support one another in prayer and action. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Evaluation and outlook for women's network in Central and Western Europe
Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy
10 Jun
The WICAS network met for an online conference on 2 and 3 June. Twenty-five participants from LWF member churches in the region attended the conference with the theme "Churches raising their...
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria went on a joint journey of discovery of their Lutheran identities. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
7 Jun
Lutheran identity in Germany today - a journey of discovery
Lutheran theology, Lutheran identity, Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building
7 Jun
Pastor Nora Steen of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, has initiated a three-part online event series to contribute to the LWF “Lutheran Identities” study process. It brings people...
Members of the international Lutheran-Orthodox Commission meeting with Archbishop Anastasios in Albania in 2019. All photos: N. Hoppe
19 May
Orthodox perspectives on path to church unity
Ecumenical Perspectives, ecumenical relations, Ecumenical, Orthodox-Lutheran, Orthodox Lutheran relations, Lutheran theology, Theology, Youth
19 May
Dr Nathan Hoppe was born in Colombia, the son of Evangelical Protestant missionaries from the United States. Today, he is a member of the Orthodox Church and lives with his family in the Albanian...
LWF President Panti Filibus Musa. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 May
LWF President Musa: “God wants a new beginning”
LWF President, Communion Building, Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches
17 May
The 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag took place from 13-16 May. This time it was mainly an online event, gathering thousands of Christians from different denominations in Germany under the theme “Take a...
LWF Program Executive for Identity, Communion and Formation, Rev. Dr Chad Rimmer at the October 2019 Addis Consultation. Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
30 Apr
Living out Lutheran identity: liberty, love, service
Lutheran identity, Lutheran self-understanding, Member Churches, Lutheran theology
30 Apr
Foundational Lutheran values of freedom, love and service to neighbor are increasingly needed as a counter-witness to societies’ growing narratives of exclusion and injustice.
During a 30 March webinar, four ordained women from Mexico, Austria, Tanzania and Malaysia talked about the challenges they face and responsibilities they share in bringing an alternative voice to the highest levels of church leadership. Photo: Composite
6 Apr
Public Theology: Echoing Miriam’s prophetic song
Theology, Lutheran theology, Identity, Lutheran identity, Public Space, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Communion, Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender, Public theology, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry
6 Apr
Women working in public theology today are echoing the prophetic voice of Miriam, Moses’ sister, who protected life and proclaimed the liberation of her people from oppression. During a 30 March...
Rev. Larry Miller, as Secretary of the Global Christian Forum, addressing the Third Global Gathering in Bogotà, Colombia in 2018. All Photos: LWF/A.Hillert
31 Mar
Mennonite reflections on the ecumenical journey
Mennonite, baptism, Menonite-Lutheran relations, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, Theology, Lutheran theology, Mennonite World Conference, Ecumenical Perspectives
31 Mar
Looking back on a career spent working for Christian unity, Rev. Dr Larry Miller speaks of the divided church as actual “wounds in the Body of Christ.” During Holy Week, the former General Secretary...
“We know that this year is crucial. The world must use the momentum for climate action,” said LWF General Secretary Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert.
25 Mar
Faith leaders prepare for COP26: Urgent climate action needed
General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Lutheran theology, Theology, Climate Justice, Climate, Climate Change, Advocacy, Youth, COP, COP26
25 Mar
Forty-four percent of the LWF's constituency, equaling 33 million people, live in the countries facing the greatest challenges, requiring urgent action. He affirmed LWF's long-standing...
Praying at the church of San Lucas of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia, a congregation in the southern areas of Bogotá. (Before COVID-19) . Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Mar
COVID-19: Christians around the globe join ecumenical Week of Prayer
Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, COVID19, Common Prayer, MC/COVID19
19 Mar
One year on from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christian churches and ecumenical organizations across the world are coming together for a Week of Prayer to remember all those affected by the...
Participants at the Being Lutheran webinar believe the experience of digitally-mediated worship is “changing who we will be in the future.” Photo: Congerdesign via Pixabay
5 Feb
Being Lutheran: Real Presence in Digital Church
Being Lutheran, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Lutheran identity, technology
5 Feb
In a 3 February ‘Being Lutheran’ webinar, three theologians from the United States, the Netherlands and Malaysia reflected on these questions, as they shared personal perspectives on the way the...
Photo: Trent Erwin, Unsplash
28 Jan
2020 selection complete, 85 candidates awarded LWF scholarships
Lutheran theology, Theology, Leadership, Scholarships, Diakonia, Women, Youth, Education, Human and Institutional Capacity Development
28 Jan
The LWF has completed its 2020 scholarship approval process, with 85 new candidates from the communion’s member churches set to pursue degree and diploma courses in theology and different areas of...
Faith-based organizations gather for a vigil, as COP25 is about to draw to a close, praying that negotiations will bear fruit, bringing about urgent and just action to find a way out of the climate crisis. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Jan
Ecumenical imperative to protect our common home
Lutheran theology, Lutheran identity, Theology, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenis, Creation, Season of Creation
27 Jan
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity may have ended on 25 January, but the task of praying and working together to protect our planet continues to be a priority for all churches, every day of the...
Gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October 2019, Lutherans from across the globe took part in a consultation on the theme of ’We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities’. During the meeting, participants shared a large loaf of traditional Ethiopian bread, baked in banana leaves. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
26 Jan
LWF launches survey on contemporary Lutheran identity
Being Lutheran, Lutheran theology, Theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Assembly
26 Jan
A new survey sent this week to member churches of the LWF is the next step of an ongoing study process on contemporary Lutheran identity. The process began with a global consultation of theologians...
Children from four Lutheran Schools in Liberia take part in a march to say no to all forms of violence in their country. Photo: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
30 Nov
Building on the Bible to promote positive masculinity
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, ecumenical relations, Identity, Lutheran identity, Gender, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Women, Theology, Lutheran theology
30 Nov
Building on biblical and theological resources to combat gender-based violence and the power of patriarchy in the church. That's the ambitious goal of a new initiative launched on 26 November by...
Books from the library formerly housed at the Evangelical Institute of Higher Theological Studies (ISEDET) which closed in 2016. Photo: ISEDET Library Archive
17 Nov
Argentina churches to reopen theological library
Lutheran theology, Theology, students, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Communion Building
17 Nov
In an ecumenical initiative, two LWF member churches in Argentina join three other churches to reopen a theological library that holds the largest collection of university-level historical...
Rev. Caroline Christopher, from the Arcot Lutheran Church in India, leads a Bible study on 'freedom and fruit of the Spirit' at the global consultation on Lutheran Identities in Addis Ababa from 23 to 27 October 2019. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Nov
Being Lutheran: Priesthood of all baptized
Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran identity, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Reformation, Dalit, Reformation in global perspectives, Global Perspective on Reformation
9 Nov
The LWF webinar on 4 November featured Rev. Caroline Christopher from the Arcot Lutheran Church in India. The webinar, which gathered participants from around the globe, was the fifth in a monthly...
The “Women of the Reformation” commemorative stamp was designed by Susann Stefanizen and presented to the public in the Market Church in Hannover, Germany. Photo: Federal Ministry of Finance
26 Oct
Postage stamp honors women of the Reformation
Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Women, Lutheran identity, Identity, Reformation, Women in Church and Society, Reformation Day
26 Oct
Alongside men such as Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon, many women had a hand in bringing about the Reformation 500 years ago. This was shown with a commemorative stamp in their honor, which is...
Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi standing next to a statue of Katharina von Bora at Faculdades EST, Brazil. Photo: Private
23 Oct
A time to teach and learn “a diakonia of solidarity”
Voices from the Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Women, women and girls, women's empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, Education, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
23 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi, professor of feminist theology and coordinator of the theology course and the Gender and Religion Program at Faculdades EST (the theological...