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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
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...
Traditionally baked Ethiopian bread being shared out with participants at a global consultation on Lutheran identities in Addis Abeba in October 2019. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Oct
Spirituality at the heart of Lutheran identity
Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran identity, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Reformation
9 Oct
The LWF webinar on 7 October featured Finnish pastor, Rev. Dr Kirsi Stjerna, a professor of history and theology at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. The webinar,...
Three indigenous women discuss the intersection of their Lutheran faith with their cultural beliefs and traditions. Photo: American Indian and Alaska Native Lutheran Association (AI/NALA)
8 Sep
Living at the crossroads of Lutheran and Indigenous cultures
Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran identity, indigenous people, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Climate
8 Sep
A reindeer herder’s daughter serving as leader of the Sami Church Council in the far north of Norway, a Massai pastor from southern Tanzania and an Oglala Lakota Sioux pastor from North America...
Participants at the October 2019 consultation in Addis Ababa on the theme ‘We believe in the Holy Spirit: global perspectives on Lutheran identity’. Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
26 Jun
Launch of ‘Being Lutheran’ series of webinars
Lutheran identity, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building
26 Jun
The LWF is launching a new series of monthly webinars exploring the creative, vibrant and life-giving diversity of what it means to be Lutheran in countries around the world today.
The area of San José de León, Mutatá, Antioquia, Colombia, is rich in clean water - a great asset, but also a threat to the community, as mining companies and other interests may enter the scene to exploit or damage the natural resource. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Jun
Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope
Climate, Climate Justice, Season of Creation, Identity, Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecotheology
4 Jun
On 8 June at 16:00 CET, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is co-hosting a webinar "Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope", taking up this year's theme for the Season of...
Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash
27 May
Season of Creation 2020 Celebration Guide to inspire a "Jubilee for the Earth"
Climate, Climate Justice, Season of Creation, Identity, Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecotheology
27 May
The theme for the 2020 Season of Creation is "Jubilee for the Earth" and the Celebration Guide has been released...
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven, ‘inspectrice ecclésiastique with the Union of Protestant Churches in Alsace and Lorraine writes her daily reflection on 9 May. Photo: Wolff-Bonsirven
19 May
COVID-19: leading the church in post-crisis world
Theology, Ecumenical, Lutheran theology, Public theology, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Youth, Women, death, Deepening Faith, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19
19 May
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven, is an ‘inspectrice ecclésiastique’ or leader of the church in Alsace-Lorraine in eastern France. In mid-March she became sick with the COVID-19 virus, just as the death...
Christian communities worldwide should be models for an economy of life in their own contexts urge the global Christian organizations. The photo shows LWF livelihoods projects in Nepal. LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
COVID-19: Adopt an Economy of Life, urge global Christian organizations
Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, coronavirus, COVID19, Christianity, WS / COVID19
15 May
In a joint message, the LWF, WCC, WCRC, and Council of World Mission have urged governments to bolster support for healthcare and social protection. They further called for debt cancellation and the...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
Working together for justice, peace and reconciliation
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, Member Churches
15 May
The LWF Annual Report for the work carried out in 2019 is now available. The report highlights the Communion Office collaboration with churches as they witness in their local and global contexts, and...
Supplies of hand sanitizers, masks and other hygiene products ready for distribution by volunteers of the Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Hong Kong. Photo: ELCHK
16 Apr
COVID-19: Health and faith partnership to promote factual information and reduce fear
Interfaith, Theology, Lutheran theology, Advocacy, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Worship, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
16 Apr
The LWF welcomes a recent guide by the World Health Organization (WHO) outlining the critical role of religious leader in disseminating accurate information, reducing fear and stigma and ensuring...
Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
14 Apr
COVID-19: Solidarity prayers during the 50 days of Easter
Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Easter, Worship, Communion, Communion Building, COVID19, coronavirus
14 Apr
The LWF continues its prayer solidarity with churches and individuals around the world during the COVID-19 global pandemic with a 50-day Easter guide “Rejoice Now All the Earth!”
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
7 Apr
COVID-19: LWF offers liturgies for Holy Week and Easter
Easter, Easter Sunday, Good Friday, Maundy Thursday, Common Prayer, coronavirus, COVID19, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion, Worship, Lutheran theology
7 Apr
The LWF proposes the Holy Week and Easter Worship in a time of physical distancing in several languages [link] for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.
Participants of the LWFs 19th International Seminar for pastors held at the LWF Center Wittenberg in March 2019 connect via video conference. Photo: Michael Grimmsmann
1 Apr
COVID-19: Encouraging each other in a time of need
COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Lutheran theology, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Wittenberg, member relations, Communion, Identity, Lutheran identity, MC/COVID19
1 Apr
A group of 20 pastors from 17 countries has developed into a stable network to share fears and concerns, encourage each other and exchange new ideas for church work, especially now because of the...
Chapel of Geneva’s Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Mar
COVID-19: Being fully the church in times of Coronavirus
Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Public theology, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, Reformation in global perspectives, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
19 Mar
As restrictions to contain the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak spread to countries around the globe, LWF leaders have written to all member churches reflecting on the best ways of responding...