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Archbishop Antje Jackelén ends her term as head of the Church of Sweden in October. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
15 Jul
Sweden: Reformation, reconciliation, and gender justice
Voices from the Communion, Member Churches, Communion Building, ecumenical relations, Gender Studies, Gender, Public theology, Theology, Advocacy, Women, Climate, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Gender Justice, LWF Vice-President
15 Jul
In this Voices from the Communion, Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén looks back at her eight years in office that draw to a close on 30 October 2022. She reflects on some highlights, as well...
Anna Hjälm, program director for A World of Neighbours. Photo: Magnus Aronson
17 Feb
A World of Neighbours offers vision of welcoming society
Public theology, Lutheran theology, Theology, Interfaith, Advocacy, Interreligious Dialogue, Migrants, Refugees
17 Feb
‘Keeping our humanity’ is the theme of an online interfaith summit taking place from 20 to 24 February, organized by the European interreligious network ‘A World of Neighbours’ (AWoN). Initiated by...
Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
1 Feb
Preparing next phase of Jewish-Christian encounter
Public theology, Interfaith, Peace, Theology, LWF member churches, Member Churches, inter-religious relations, Jewish
1 Feb
A task force of the LWF has been meeting to prepare a study document focused on equipping member churches to engage in dialogue with Jewish communities. In the context of the 2023 Krakow Assembly and...
Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Maina, LWF vice president for Africa. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
10 Dec
16 Days: theologies of anger, resistance and hope
Theology, Lutheran theology, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Studies, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Women, Women in Church and Society, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, ecumenical relations, Public theology, women's empowerment
10 Dec
Gender justice activists from different parts of the Christian world met together on 8 December to discuss ways of responding to the ongoing injustice, discrimination and violence against women in...
People of different faith traditions gather for a silent vigil in Glasgow, during the COP26 summit, to remember all those suffering from the impact of climate change. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
19 Nov
ZacTax Toolkit launched to help churches lobby for fair taxation
Zacchaeus Project, Public Space, Public theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Economic justice
19 Nov
Calls for a more just global taxation system were at the heart of the recent COP26 People’s Summit side event “Tax the Rich, Save the Planet”, with faith-based activists calling for an economic order...
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...
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, peace building, 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...
The peacebuilding work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia includes supporting ex-combatants to reintegrate into society. Sociologist Ana Eloísa Gómez, leading a workshop in San José de Leó, in the northwestern department of Antioquia, in 2018. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
A resource to strengthen churches’ engagement in exceptional times
Theology, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Public theology, Advocacy
16 Jun
The Church in the Public Space, a study document on Lutherans’ commitment to sharing Christ’s love and serving the neighbor, has been updated to highlight the relevance of church engagement during...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 May
Sowing seeds of hope in soil of online conversation
social media, Public theology, Hate speech, COVID19, Public Space, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Communications, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space
28 May
Churches have a responsibility to educate, equip and engage on social media to promote a culture of respect, counter hate speech and sow seeds of hope. That was the message from panelists at a...
LWF general secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge speaks at the LWF Council meeting in 2018 . Photo: Albin Hillert/LWF
19 Apr
Sweden: Don’t go down the road of hate speech
Theology, Public theology, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Public Space, Migrants, social media, LWF Vice-President
19 Apr
The LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has spoken out about his “deep concern for the current degradation of public discourse” in Swedish society. His words come after the head of the Church...
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...
Panelists Marcia Blasi, Elitha Moyo, Tamar Haddad and Liria Preciado at the CSW event on ‘Women of Power: Leading together for a better future’. Photos: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano; LWF/Albin Hillert; Private; IELCO
17 Mar
Shaping new narratives of inclusion and equality
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, CSW, Theology, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, Commission on the Status of Women, Gender, Public theology, women in leadership, faith and women’s empowerment
17 Mar
From ancient Greek mythology to 21st century politics, women's voices have been routinely silenced, suppressed and excluded from the public square. Churches and faith-based organizations today...
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson. Photo: Richard Orange/Radio Sweden
16 Feb
Faith groups raise voices of refugees and asylum seekers
Public theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, Advocacy, #withrefugees, Refugees, refugees protection, Welcoming the Stranger
16 Feb
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson knows just how difficult it is to change the minds of legislators and decision makers responding to the influx of refugees in her native country. For the past...
Ahead of a summit in Saudi Arabia, Christian leaders write to the heads of G20 countries urging them to take action on debt relief and financial restructuring. Photo: Unsplash/Kyle Glenn
19 Nov
Appeal to G20: address debt crisis and save lives
Ecumenical, Interfaith, Public theology, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy, Economic justice, Poverty, COVID19
19 Nov
The LWF is joining with ecumenical partners to call on leaders of the G20 nations to provide urgently needed debt relief for countries struggling to cope with the consequences of the COVID-19...
Crowds of demonstrators gathered in Warsaw to protest the Constitutional Court ruling on tightening the country’s abortion law. Photo: Jakub Zabinski (CC-BY-SA) 
16 Nov
Poland’s bishops call for dialogue with protesters
Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, Gender Justice, Public theology
16 Nov
The Church’s mission is to preach the Gospel and to shape consciences, “not to coerce, impose its will or control.”
Rev. Dr. Grétar Halldór Gunnarsson is a parish pastor in suburban Reykjavík and initiated the website project Amen.is. Photo: Birgir Ísleifur Gunnarsson
6 Nov
Online-support to pray during difficult times
Voices from the Communion, Common Prayer, Theology, Public theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches
6 Nov
As the latest wave of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic hit Iceland, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland launched a new online prayer platform called Amen.is as one of its responses...
Mobile devices have become the key source of information, more and more replacing traditional media. Photo: Unsplash
29 Oct
Between faith and fake news
Public theology, media, webinar, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Education, Human Rights, social media
29 Oct
More understanding of social media tools, and more cooperation between faith communities and civil society is needed to counter the flood of fake news and the subsequent polarization of the public...
Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Jul
LWF publication on “Transformative Readings of Sacred Scriptures” available in German
LWF Publications, Public theology, Interfaith, Muslim, Interreligious Dialogue, Muslim-Christian
24 Jul
The LWF publication Heilige Schriften heute verstehen: Christen und Muslime im Dialog. The German edition of the publication Transformative Readings of Sacred Scriptures: Christians and Muslims in...
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...
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...
One of the photos in the exhibition, showing sunrise in Bauko, Mountain Province, Philippines. Photo: Johanan Celine Valeriano
20 Sep
“The wisdom of God woven into the fabric of creation”
Climate, Theology, COP25, Climate Change, Public theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation
20 Sep
On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, four ecumenical organizations are launching a photo exhibition on the Bible and biodiversity. Titled “And It Is Good.