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Religious leaders join young faith actors working in refugee welcome and integration for a two-day interfaith conference entitled ‘Welcoming the Stranger, Living as Neighbors’. All Photos: LWF/M. Renaux
23 Jun
Vital role of faith in refugee protection and integration
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day, Refugees
23 Jun
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva on 20 June to share best practices in an increasingly challenging global...
Chief Rabbi Sizomu Gershom of Uganda arrives for the start of the Welcoming the Stranger conference. All Photos: LWF/M. Renaux
21 Jun
Standing together to strengthen refugee response
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day, Refugees
21 Jun
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva on 20 June to share best practices in an increasingly challenging global...
At the opening session of the conference: Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, Rev. Anne Burghardt, LWF General Secretary, Waseem Ahmad, CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
20 Jun
Welcoming the Stranger, Shaping the Future
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day
20 Jun
To mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that a record 100 million people have now been forced to flee their homes, seeking sanctuary...
A woman holds up a sign offering practical support for newly arrived families from Ukraine, at Nyugati station in Budapest, Hungary. At the station, a range of civil society organisations and other volunteers offer support to incoming refugees, including support in arranging free accommodation, tickets for onward travel, as well as necessary items such as snacks and food, diapers for the children, clothes and basic medical supplies. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Apr
European churches call for commitment to all refugees
Ecumenical, Diakonia, Advocacy, Europe, Ukraine crisis, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger
14 Apr
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt has joined church leaders from many different Christian churches and organizations in Europe who are calling on governments and people on the continent...
The refugee crisis in Korczowa, on the Polish-Ukrainian border, caused by the war in Ukraine. Photo: Filip Błażejowski
29 Mar
Hot meals and kind hugs: Polish welcome for Ukrainian refugees
Ukraine crisis, emergency response, Member Churches, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger
29 Mar
A hot meal, a place to stay, a welcoming smile, a comforting hug. All along the border between Poland and Ukraine, Allan A. Calma has been witnessing small acts of kindness.
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...
Rev. Toshiki Toma and Bishop of Hólar Diocese Solveig Lara Gudmundsdottir at the LWF Ecumenical Center in 2019. Rev. Toshiki Toma of the International Congregation in Breiðholts Church is pastor to immigrants and refugees at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Nov
Icelandic church strengthens commitment to immigrants, refugees
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Migrants, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger
25 Nov
The General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland recently approved a comprehensive immigration and refugee policy that pledges to improve the church’s services to people with a foreign...
Diocese of Lund Bishop Johan Tyrberg and a delegation of pastors and deans visiting the LWF Communion Office, hosted by General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Sep
Lund ecumenical commemoration has inspired local initiatives
Lund, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, ecumenical rel, Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Welcoming the Stranger
24 Sep
Almost five years since the historic commemoration of 500 years of the Reformation in Sweden, there is a growing spirit of ecumenism and commitment among Catholics and Lutherans to work for peace and...
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...
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...
The anti-femicide demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa following the death of Uyinene Mrwetyana. Protestors cover a police vehicle with placards. Photo: Discott, via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA)
26 Sep
Churches to act for justice, affirm human dignity
gender-based violence, Gender Justice Policy, xenophobia, Welcoming the Stranger, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches
26 Sep
Expressing “deep concern over escalating violence against women, youth, children and foreigners in South Africa,” the LWF encourages its member churches there to “act for justice in situations that...
Migrants from Central America at the Mexican border in Nov 2018. Many of them have been walking for 22 hours or more. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
9 Aug
A “visionary and prophetic stand” to welcome the stranger
ELCA, Migrants, United States, Welcoming the Stranger
9 Aug
LWF thanks the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for its “visionary and prophetic stand” of declaring the denomination as a sanctuary church body.
The CCME and CEC representatives presented the Christmas statement to First Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness in Brussels. Photo: CEC/Naveen Qayyum
4 Dec
European church leaders call for welcome of migrants in Christmas statement
Migrants, Welcoming the Stranger, Europe, Migration, Leadership
4 Dec
The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe has issued a statement calling on political leaders, churches and European citizens to work toward a more inclusive and welcoming society.
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...
Aminatou Abubakar, president of the women’s association in Minawao refugee camp, speaks at a public event about the dangers of spontaneous and unassisted return to Nigeria. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
30 Jan
Security first for refugees from Nigeria
Cameroon, DWS, emergency response, emergency operation, Refugees, Refugees. Displaced person, Displaced Persons, host community, Nigeria, UNHCR, refugee camps, Welcoming the Stranger, security
30 Jan
Four years ago, thousands of people fled the Boko Haram terror in Nigeria to Cameroon. Now, the Minawao refugee camp sees a wave of refugees spontaneously returning to unsafe areas in eastern Nigeria...
Livelihoods and peace-building go hand in hand for this women’s group of widows who are now producing snacks to sell at the market. Photo: LWF/ S. Muis
29 Jan
Building trust between refugees and hosts in Chad
Refugees, refugee camps, CAR, Chad, Welcoming the Stranger, host communities, peace building
29 Jan
Chad in central Africa continues to receive refugees from surrounding countries experiencing civil war, including the Central African Republic.
Islamic Relief Worldwide CEO Dr Mohamed Ashmawey (second from left) shakes hands with Nan Buzard, Executive Director of the International Council for Voluntary Agencies as the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk, left, and LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge look on after the October 8 side event at the United Nations. Türk praised the humanitarian work of faith-based organizations and urged more cooperation. Photo: LWF/S.Cox
8 Oct
UN praise for faith-based humanitarian response
Welcoming the Stranger, UNHRC, Refugees, faith-based organizations
8 Oct
Faith organizations at forefront of emergency operations
The Spanish coastguard intercepts a traditional fishing boat carrying African migrants off the island of Tenerife in the Canaries. Photo: UNHCR/A. Rodriguez / 24 October 2007
5 Aug
Central America: young migrants flee gang violence
Council 2015, LWF Council 2015, Migrants, Advocacy, El Salvador, Welcoming the Stranger
5 Aug
LWF Council asks for advocacy for migrants