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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria went on a joint journey of discovery of their Lutheran identities. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
7 Jun
Lutheran identity in Germany today - a journey of discovery
Lutheran theology, Lutheran identity, Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building
7 Jun
Pastor Nora Steen of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, has initiated a three-part online event series to contribute to the LWF “Lutheran Identities” study process. It brings people...
LWF Program Executive for Identity, Communion and Formation, Rev. Dr Chad Rimmer at the October 2019 Addis Consultation. Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
30 Apr
Living out Lutheran identity: liberty, love, service
Lutheran identity, Lutheran self-understanding, Member Churches, Lutheran theology
30 Apr
Foundational Lutheran values of freedom, love and service to neighbor are increasingly needed as a counter-witness to societies’ growing narratives of exclusion and injustice.
Ethiopia: Ensuring food security through training in agricultural methods suitable for a changing climate. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert.
22 Apr
Earth Day: Continuing to care for creation and advocate for climate justice
Identity, Lutheran identity, ecotheology, Theology, Climate Justice, Advocacy
22 Apr
"Every year, Earth Day reminds us of the fact that humanity only has one earth to support itself,” says Elena Cedillo, Program Executive for Climate Justice at the LWF. “We need to care for and...
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...
Luther’s short treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ calls believers to love God and serve our neighbors in need. Photo: LWF/M. Dölker
9 Mar
Freedom of a Christian: a compass for contemporary church
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Lutheran identity, Identity, COVID19
9 Mar
Luther’s 500-year-old treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ provides a compass for the churches today as they seek to navigate the complex challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though 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...
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...
Young Lutherans gathered at the global consultation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October 2019 on the theme of 'We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Jan
Being Lutheran: Lifting up voices of youth
theological formation, Youth, Youth Participation, Being Lutheran, Lutheran identity
14 Jan
How can young Lutherans ensure that their views and voices are seen and heard in the church today?
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...
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...
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.
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...
During the meeting in Geneva, Mr Diego Calquin Campos (Chile), Dr Ulla Morre Bidstrup (Denmark) and Rev. Dr Songram Basumatary (India), in a small-group discussion.  Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 Jan
Theological education that strengthens Lutheran identity
Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Education, Lutheran identity
28 Jan
The LWF is in the final stages of launching a network for Theological Education and Formation to strengthen the study of theology, facilitate joint reflection, and build on the self-understanding of...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
8 Nov
Living together as a communion
LWF member churches, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, Lutheran identity, European church leadership consultation, Leadership, Lutheran theology, theological formation, Youth, Gender
8 Nov
There would not be a LWF without local churches, said General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe, in Tallinn, Estonia.
Participants of the LWF Church Leadership Consultation 2019 for Central and Eastern Europe after the opening service at St. Mary's Cathedral (Dome Church) in Tallinn. Photo: EELC/Joel Siim
6 Nov
Churches in Central and Eastern Europe discuss Lutheran identity, diversity and pneumatology
Youth, Gender, theological formation, LWF member churches, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, Lutheran identity, European church leadership consultation, Leadership, Lutheran theology
6 Nov
The consultation with the theme “Diversity and identity – different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit... (1 Corinthians 12, 4-6)” took place from 28 to 30 October in Tallinn, Estonia, and offered...
Professor Veli-Matti KaÌrkaÌinnen replies to a response panel to a paper of his. Gathered in Addis Ababa from 23-27 October 2019, Lutherans from across the globe join in consultation under the theme of 'We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'. Hosted by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, the consultation is the first phase of a study process on Lutheran identities. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
29 Oct
Discerning the work of the Spirit in the Lutheran communion
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
29 Oct
The LWF organized the five-day gathering, bringing together around 70 participants including youth from the communion’s seven regions, and representatives of other Christian traditions.
A vibrant performance by the Yetsedik Tsehay choir of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus set the stage, as the consultation ’We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'  opened. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Oct
The church: Always local and always universal
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
24 Oct
“What does it mean to be Lutheran today?” is the question at the heart of a global consultation on Lutheran identities taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week.
LWF regional and global gatherings provide space to reflect together on diverse contexts and identify common strategies and themes. In this photo; an intergenerational discussion at the 2019 Leadership Conference for the Latin America and Caribbean & North America regions, in Lima, Peru. LWF/A. Danielsson
21 Oct
How does spirituality shape Lutheran identities?
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith, Youth, Youth Participation, Lutheran theology
21 Oct
The LWF is launching a multi-year theological study on how spirituality forms Lutheran identities and church engagement around the world today.
ELCT Presiding Bishop Dr Fredrick Onael Shoo. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
4 Mar
Tanzania: Presiding Bishop calls for leadership values that foster unity
Lutheran identity, Leadership, Capacity development, LWF member churches
4 Mar
Church unity, sustainability, and a vibrant church were key topics at a recent retreat of bishops, management team, youth and women leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
Dr. Nikola Schmutzler, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Nov
A long tradition of training lay and ordained church workers
Lutheran theology, Public theology, Lutheran identity, Bible Study, Wittenberg, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Training, Lay people, Lutheran Theological Seminary
29 Nov
Dr. Nikola Schmutzler a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, reports on theological formation and education for non-theologians, Lutheran worship and the value of international...
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...
Participants in the LWF European Regions' Meeting in Moravske Toplice, Slovenia, follow the presentation of LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
13 Nov
European churches asked to counter populism by expressing God’s love
Europe, Migrants, Public Space, Lutheran identity, Youth Participation
13 Nov
Representatives of the three European regions of the LWF (Central Eastern Europe, Central Western Europe, Nordic Countries) meeting in Slovenia, said the growing populism and climate of fear in...