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Rev. Rebecca Maduley Kurubai, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania Photo: Courtesy
17 Sep
Tanzania: The journey of a woman pastor with her indigenous community
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Member Churches, Ordained Ministry, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People
17 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Rebecca Maduley Kurubai, the first ordained Maasai woman pastor in the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, talks about her passion...
The Church of Sweden to present an official apology to the Sámi People for historical injustices. Issued eight commitments to reconciliation. Photo: Magnus Aronson / Icon
24 Jun
Church of Sweden to make public apology, commitments to Indigenous people of Sweden
Communion Building, LWF member churches, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People
24 Jun
Later this year, the Church of Sweden will make an official public apology for its historical role in the “legitimized repression” of Sweden’s indigenous Sámi people, according to a church statement...
A Mbya Guaraní farmer in Ka’a Kupe community, Misiones province. All photos: Hora de Obrar
13 May
Argentine diaconal foundation lauds LWF’s dedication as it qualifies for new EU funding
Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Food Security, Human Rights, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People
13 May
From its beginnings as a department for diakonia in the Evangelical Church of the River Plate (IERP) through its recognition as an outspoken advocate for the rights of indigenous communities in...
Thanks to the Lutheran communion’s emergency support, Gregorio Pérez and other residents of Shupa village are replanting crops lost to two successive hurricanes. Photo: ILUGUA
23 Feb
Guatemalan church assists families recovering from hurricane impact amid COVID-19
COVID19, emergency response, emergency, Food Security, indigenous people, LWF member churches, Diakonia, MC/COVID19
23 Feb
For Gregorio Pérez, a leader of the indigenous Maya Chortí in Guatemala’s southeastern department of Chiquimula, the rising number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is not the only crisis worrying him...
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...
Pogue Community, Bojayá (Chocó). Photo: LWF/ G. Moreno
22 Jan
Concern over situation in Bojayá
Diakonia, Advocacy, Women, Human Rights, human rights defender, humanitarian, Peace, peacebuilding, Peace-building, peace building, indigenous people
22 Jan
The LWF in Colombia has expressed concern over the confinement, threats and occupation which indigenous communities are suffering in the Chocó department of Colombia.
LWF participants at COP25 – among them, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America – join ecumenical partners in illustrating the lack of balance in finance of the global climate response, where most of the finance is put into mitigation, some into adaptation, but very little into the so-called loss and damage, even though 'that's where the people are'. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Dec
“We must hear the cry of the Earth”
COP25, Latin America and the Caribbean, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, indigenous people
13 Dec
As COP25 in Madrid is set to draw to a close, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America summarize their experiences of what has been a challenging two weeks of climate negotiations and...
Human rights defenders have expressed concern about  the partiality of justice in handling the situation. Photo: ILUGUA
3 Jul
Guatemalan church defends right to peaceful protest
human rights defender, Human Rights, Water, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Peace
3 Jul
The Guatemala Lutheran Church has called on the public prosecutor’s office to carry out “a criminal investigation” into the destruction of conduits that has led to critical water shortages in the...
María Ruth Sanabria, Colombian human rights defender. Photo: LWF Colombia
18 Jan
María Ruth Sanabria: 40 years of taking risks to defend the rights of others
Minorities and Indigenous People, human rights defender, Human Rights, Advocacy, Peace, indigenous people
18 Jan
Despite continued threats on her life, María Ruth Sanabria remains undeterred in the struggle for the rights of marginalized people.
A worship service in a congregation of the Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala. Photo: ILAG
16 Nov
New LWF member: Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala
Peace-building, Peace, member church, LWF member churches, Women, development, Education, women in leadership, indigenous people, council, Council 2018
16 Nov
As a small church comprising predominantly indigenous people, the Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala values its focus on education, peace and justice, because these are relevant issues for many...
Ulla-Maarit Magga, the member of the ELCF General Synod representing the Sami parliament in Finland. Photo: Aarne Ormio
15 Nov
New translation of the Bible in Northern Sami language
Bible Study, bible, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Finland
15 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has approved a new translation of the Bible in the Northern Sami language, with the Finnish Bible Society (FBS) predicting it will strengthen the cultural...
Asmita Nyasur, an indigenous woman in Nepal, used financial support provided by LWF Nepal to recover from the 2015 earthquake. Photo: LWF/Ram Sharan Sedhai
9 Aug
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Nepal, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Dalits, Nepal earthquake, Women
9 Aug
August 9 is International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples...
Guatemalan rights defender Maria Corina Ramirez Hernandez is trying to protect the environment as much as the indigenous people. Photo: LWF/Stéphane Gallay
17 Jul
Guatemalan, Bolivian human rights defenders present at UN
land rights, Human Rights, women's rights, land-grabbing, Minorities and Indigenous People, indigenous people
17 Jul
Maria Corina Ramirez Hernandez, a Mayan, is a member of the Guatemala Lutheran Church, a member of the LWF, and was in Geneva to present at the annual meeting of the UN’s Expert Mechanism on the...
Members of the Colombian Commission of Jurists detail the situation in their country at a Human Rights Council side event on 16 March 2018. Photo: LWF/ Peter Kenny
21 Mar
Increase of attacks on human rights defenders in Colombia
UNHRC, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Advocacy, Human Rights, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, DWS Colombia, UPR
21 Mar
Despite the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the main guerrilla group, human rights violations continue. A parallel report assembled by the Lutheran World Federation and Colombian...
General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge meets with Indigenous people of Pueblo Nuevo, Colombia.  Photo: LWF Colombia/ Diego Álvarez
16 Nov
A faith-inspired resistance to violence
Peace-building, peacebuilding, peace building, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, land rights, Minorities and Indigenous People, indigenous people, Peace
16 Nov
LWF General Secretary Junge visits indigenous community in Colombia
Guatemalan Lutheran church leader Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Cabrera (right) and Anneli Rogeman, We Effect, at the 2017 Lobbyist for Change prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo Ola Richardsson/We Effect"
14 Nov
‘The prize gives us hope’
Human Rights, indigenous people
14 Nov
Guatemalan Lutheran church leader José Pilar Álvarez receives 2017 Lobbyist for Change Award
In June 2017, Lutheran Bishop Mark Whitfield and Cardinal John Dew hosted a joint ecumenical service to commemorate the Reformation in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: LCNZ
14 Aug
A year-long celebration of God’s reforming grace
LWF General Secretary, Reformation 2017, indigenous people, Reformation 500
14 Aug
Lutherans in New Zealand commemorate 500 years of the Reformation
A monument marks the Arctic Circle in Saltfjellet, Norway. Snow previously covered these mountaintops all year round. Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler
23 Nov
Getting ready for a “Climate Train” to Paris
COP21, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Paris, Norway, indigenous people
23 Nov
Norwegian youth see the “urgency” for indigenous people