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Bishop em. Sumoward E. Harris, Lutheran Church in Liberia. Photo: LCL
19 Jan
Tribute to former Liberian Bishop Sumoward Harris, a voice for justice and peace
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19 Jan
The LWF has paid tribute to Bishop emeritus Sumoward Harris of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, describing him as a leader who offered a “ministry of justice, peace and reconciliation” during...
This year’s LWF Christmas card features an indigenous mother and child from Guyana. Photo: Cleveland Bradford/Eclipse Digitalphoto Studio
11 Dec
LWF Christmas card: “A representation of hope”
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11 Dec
The 2020 Christmas card of The Lutheran World Federation depicts a mother and child in the dress of the indigenous people in Guyana and Suriname.
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4 Nov
Appeal for peace in Cameroon after school attack
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4 Nov
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge has sent a message of support to LWF member churches in Cameroon, following an attack on a school which killed at least six children and injured a...
Voters in the United States prepare to cast their ballots in the presidential election on 3 November. Photo: US Embassy in Bern (CC-BY-SA)
2 Nov
U.S. elections: Prayers for unity and peace
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2 Nov
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge has sent a message to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) offering “prayers for unity and peace” as the nation goes to the polls for a...
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: Dennis Jarvis
15 Jul
Preserve Hagia Sophia as a shared heritage, LWF urges Turkey
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15 Jul
The LWF has cautioned that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent decree designating the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque undermines the significance of “a publicly shared space” that “...
LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge (left) and President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photos: LWF/S. Gallay and LWF/Albin Hillert
29 Jun
LWF leaders: ‘Now is the time to be church’
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29 Jun
Despite the many challenges facing churches as a consequence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Christians are called to encourage each other as they find new ways of proclaiming God’s healing...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge at the LWF’s Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia, in 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 May
LWF General Secretary announces he will step down in 2021
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20 May
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge announced today that he will be stepping down from his position on 31 October 2021, three years before his term ends.
Chapel of Geneva’s Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Mar
COVID-19: Being fully the church in times of Coronavirus
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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...
By keeping social distance and “holding back from unnecessary contact, we are able to show our love and concern for those who are most vulnerable. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
12 Mar
COVID-19: Love and self-discipline needed to protect the vulnerable
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12 Mar
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa and General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge have written to all member churches offering prayers, support and encouragement as they face up to the...
Journalists interview LWF General Secretary Martin Junge following a meeting with government officials in Harare. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
5 Mar
Churches called to combat exclusion, discrimination
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5 Mar
Churches around the world today are called to combat “exclusionary, discriminatory narratives and policies”, modelling instead “inclusion as Jesus taught it.” That message was at the heart of a...
A woman films the ecumenical service while LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge delivers a sermon. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
4 Mar
LWF General Secretary on solidarity visit to Zimbabwe
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4 Mar
Zimbabwe has been suffering from drought in previous years, which has affected food production, putting corn and grain crops at risk, and destroying cattle and livestock. Close to 8 million of its...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Dec
2020 New Year Message: So that all have life in abundance
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27 Dec
In his New Year message, the General Secretary of the LWF Rev. Dr Martin Junge calls on churches to bear witness to the gospel message by proclaiming the good news of salvation, serving the neighbor...
Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Michael Møller addresses the launch of the Waking the Giant self-assessment tool on 17 June. Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
18 Jun
UN endorses LWF work for Development Goals
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18 Jun
The world urgently needs the contribution of Lutheran churches and other faith based organizations if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved. That was the message from the Director...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, presents his report to the 2019 Council meeting Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Jun
LWF General Secretary: ‘Hope is the antidote to paralyzing nostalgia’
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13 Jun
In a context marked by growing insecurity, fragmentation, disregard for international order and rules, the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has urged the global communion to be a witness of...
LWF Council members in the Ecumenical Center Chapel, during the opening worship service of the 2018 meeting. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
5 Jun
Celebration of ecumenical milestone, Thirteenth Assembly, to feature at 2019 LWF Council
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5 Jun
LWF Council to meet in Geneva from 13 to 18 June at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, under the theme “Because we know God’s voice” (John 10:4).
A peace dove and flowers at a monument in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of Albin Hillert
1 Jan
LWF New Year Message: ‘Seek peace and pursue it’
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1 Jan
In his New Year Message to the Lutheran communion, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge reassures churches that “when we root ourselves in Christ, we are well equipped to engage in this...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
31 Oct
Living and working together as churches in ongoing reformation
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31 Oct
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge spoke to Lutheran World Information about the new strategy launched on the 501st anniversary of the Reformation
LWF General Secretary Rev.Dr Martin Junge, during his speech at the Ausburg symposium. Photo: Augsburg University
18 Oct
LWF General Secretary: “Don’t stop now!”
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18 Oct
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge when he addressed a public symposium in Augsburg marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s disputation with Cajetan.
Camp secretary Rev. Tikaram Rasaily shows Rev. Dr Martin Junge around the Beldangi refugee camp, Jhapa district, Nepal. All photos: LWF /  Albin Hillert
21 Sep
Committed to dignified, durable solutions
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21 Sep
On his visit to a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, general secretary of the LWF, has advocated for a durable solution for the close to 6,700 refugees who still remain in the...
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa and His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, together after Vespers at the Stavropegial Monastery of the Life-giving Spring at Baloukli, on Sunday 10 June. Photo: LWF/ A. S. Danielsson
12 Jun
Strengthening relationships between LWF and Orthodox Church
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12 Jun
The dialogue between the LWF and the Orthodox Church has been ongoing without interruption since 1981. It is entering a new phase which will focus on the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
24 April 2018, Bogotá, Colombia: Welcome by local Colombian churches on opening day. The Global Christian Forum gathers in Bogotá on 24-27 April 2018 under the theme of "Let mutual love continue". Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
25 Apr
Global Christian Forum: “Let mutual love continue”
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25 Apr
An important platform of relationship and trust building
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr. Martin Junge. Photo: LWI/A. Hillert
29 Mar
The cross that transforms
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29 Mar
The cross of crucifixion was chosen by early Christians as the symbol of their faith simply because of what it captured so precisely, writes the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge in his Good...
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
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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...
Earlier this year the Lund Cross, which was used at the joint commemoration in Lund in 2016, was installed in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/M. Aronson
2 Mar
Visit of Pope Francis to the Ecumenical Centre will strengthen quest for unity
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2 Mar
The LWF is looking forward to meeting Pope Francis in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 21 June.
LWF delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano
8 Dec
“By his bruises we are healed”
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8 Dec
During an audience at the Vatican on 7 December, The Lutheran World Federation delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá, a powerful symbol of conflict and...