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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...
Photo by Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash
6 Nov
Online Reformation Day prayer engages Lutherans worldwide
Reformation, JDDJ, ecumenism, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Reformation Day, Youth, Common Prayer, Communion Building, Theology
6 Nov
Lutherans from around the globe, young and old, came together for an online prayer service on Reformation Day. Youth from LWF member churches led the prayer service on 31 October which reached...
Preparations for the joint Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of the Reformation in October 2016, in Lund, Sweden. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Oct
Witnessing together in a broken world
Theology, Ecumenical, JDDJ, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Reformation, WCRC, Methodist, PCPCU, Anglican Consultative Council, Anglican
30 Oct
On this year’s Reformation Day, the LWF shares with joy its commitment with other Christian world communions to proclaim “with common urgency” God’s liberating grace and hope for this world. For this...
16 June 2019, Geneva, Switzerland: Gathered in Saint Peter's Cathedral in central Geneva, Emma van Dorp, a theology student from the Reformed congregation, lights five symbolic candles on the altar as the church leaders affirm the 'wish to make more visible our common witness in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity.' Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Oct
LWF youth to lead online Reformation day prayer
Reformation, JDDJ, ecumenism, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Reformation Day, Youth, Common Prayer, Communion Building, Theology
28 Oct
On Reformation Day 31 October 2020, the LWF will gather online to unite in prayer lead by young adults and theologians from around the globe. The LWF youth will lead the liturgy that focuses on...
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...
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,...
Vibrant and beautiful worship at the Njube Centre parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe. LWF General Secretary Martin Junge preached, local choirs sang beautifully and young people from the church offered powerful testimony to a society peace. Ecumenical partners of the ELCZ participated in the service. From 29 February-4 March 2020 the LWF General Secretary and a high level delegation visited Zimbabwe, its churches and people, to show solidarity and offer encouragement. Photo: LWF/A. Daniel
5 Oct
Worshiping together on Reformation Day
Theology, JDDJ, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Ecumenical, Reformation, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Reformation Day
5 Oct
Member churches of the LWF are called to engage more closely with one another as they prepare to mark this year’s anniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2020. Ahead of the annual celebration of...
Ms Maria Immonen, director of LWF World Service, said practical ecumenical collaboration, “shows that faith and life are inseparable.”
24 May
Lutherans and Catholics: Together we can work miracles
Caritas Internationalis, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Reformation, women's empowerment, Women
24 May
Practical collaboration between Lutherans and Catholics is vital because it represents the visible consequence of ecumenical theological endeavours. That was the message which the head of the LWF...
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.
Namibian Lutheran pastors Rev. Klaus-Peter Tietz (left) and Rev. Isak Malua. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
22 Nov
Working together, growing friendships
Lutheran identity, Bible Study, Wittenberg, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Namibia, 12th Assembly, Assembly, Reformation
22 Nov
Isak Malua and Klaus-Peter Tietz are both pastors in Namibia, serving in two different Lutheran churches in the country. Lutheran World Information spoke to them about the hopes and challenges they...
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 Vice-Presidents. Photo: LWF
6 Apr
Motivation and renewal inspired by the Reformation Anniversary
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6 Apr
The Reformation is ongoing. Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation has made an impact on LWF member churches. Across the communion, they marked the occasion with diversity and colour...
Wittenberg city street. Photo: LWF / M. Renaux
13 Mar
LWF Center remains in Wittenberg after reformation anniversary
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Wittenberg, Reformation, German National Committee, Lutheranism
13 Mar
The Lutheran World Federation will remain in Wittenberg for the coming ten years. This was announced during a press conference by the German National Committee, which represents the LWF member...
Photo: LWF/I. Benesch
8 Feb
Online Theology Course Deepens Engagement
online course, Theology, Lutheran theology, Communion, Creation - Not for Sale, Reformation
8 Feb
A group of 28 students from all LWF regions successfully finished a new online course on Lutheran theology, devised and facilitated by The Lutheran World Federation. The course aims to equip...
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 president Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa speaking at the VELKD General Synod in Bonn, Germany. Photo: epd/Norbert Neetz.
17 Nov
“The Reformation must continue”
LWF President, Gender Justice, Reformation, VELKD
17 Nov
LWF President Musa speaks to VELKD General Synod
The LWF Heaven’s Tent in the Luthergarten in Wittenberg awaits visitors to the World Reformation Exhibition. Photo: LWF/Annette Glaubig
8 Jun
LWF opens Heaven’s Tent in Wittenberg
Reformation, Wittenberg
8 Jun
Hosts from all over the world present the Lutheran Communion at World Reformation Exhibition
Thousands of Lutherans and guests gathered for a festival of worship, witness, song and word and sacrament in Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia on Sunday, May 14th to mark commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Photo: LWF/JC Valeriano
15 May
Namibian musical extravaganza gets bishops dancing and worshippers swaying
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15 May
After 500th Reformation ceremony at Sam Nujoma Stadium Namibian churches present cultural performances
Global Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation - highpoint of the Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation in Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/JC Valeriano
14 May
Global Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation attended by thousands in Windhoek, Namibia
12th Assembly, Reformation, Commemoration, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
14 May
Called to be “reformed and reformers, renewed and renewing, liberated and liberating”
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, addressing the 800 participants from LWF’s 145 member churches at the Twelfth Assembly. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 May
The Reformation anniversary is a milestone, not the endpoint for mission
12th Assembly, Reformation, General Secretary Martin Junge
11 May
Secretary Junge affirms to Twelfth Assembly LWF’s reason to witness with hope in a fractured world
Liberated by God's Grace – Wittenberg Pilgrimage 2016. LWF General Secretary Martin Junge and LWF President at the beginning of the pilgrimage in front of the St. Nikolai Church in Coswig. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
6 May
LWF Twelfth Assembly in Namibia – a historic global gathering to mark the ongoing reformation
12th Assembly, Reformation, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
6 May
A time to worship together, commemorate 500 years of the Reformation, decide work priorities and new governance
Commemorative stamps are being issued to mark the 12th Assembly and the Reformation Anniversary in Namibia.
10 Apr
Commemorative stamp issued in Namibia
12th Assembly, Reformation 2017, Reformation, Reformation 500
10 Apr
Commemorating the Reformation and Meeting as a Communion
Young reformers in Poland have set up a Living Reformation project that exceeded expectation. Photo: ECACP
13 Mar
“I believe, therefore…” - hundreds of Polish youth support Reformation project
Global Young Reformers Network, Living Reformation projects, ECACP, The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, Reformation 2017, Reformation, Reformation 500
13 Mar
More than 400 young people join Living Reformation project
Hundreds of people from sixty congregations gathered in Cuddalore, India on 13-14 January for the Reformation commemoration of the Arcot Lutheran Church (ALC). Photo Dora Hemalatha
16 Feb
Indian Lutherans reaffirming their identity
Reformation, Commemoration, reconciliation, Reformation 2017, India, Reformation 500
16 Feb
The Arcot Lutheran Church commemorates the Reformation
Faustina Manyangu, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Bishop Absalom Mnisi, ELCSA and Shoni Ngobeni, LUCSA at the opening worship of the LWF Africa Pre-Assembly. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
7 Feb
A chance for greater awareness about freely-given salvation
LWF Assembly, Africa Pre-Assembly, Reformation, Assembly 2017
7 Feb
LWF Africa Pre-Assembly starts in South Africa
 Churches must be committed to strengthening public space. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
22 Aug
The church in the public space
LWF Publications, church, Public Space, study guide, Reformation, ABCDE of the Church’s Engagement in the Public Space
22 Aug
Lutheran World Federation produces new study document