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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.
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.
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.
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 reconciliatio
The Augsburg Peace Festival has been celebrated every year since 1650. Every three years since 1985 the Augsburg Peace Prize “for special achievements promoting areas of interconfessional agreement” has been jointly awarded by the City of Augsburg and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. Photo: Ruth Plössel.
20 Oct
Augsburg Peace Prize awarded to LWF General Secretary
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20 Oct
Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Foundation (LWF), was awarded the Augsburg Peace Prize for 2017 in Augsburg, Germany.
The Wittenberg Witness was signed in the City Church in Wittenberg in July 2017 by The Lutheran World Federation and the World Communion of Reformed Churches. The WCRC also signed an association agreement to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ), originally signed by the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999, and later joined by the World Methodist Council. Photo: WCRC / Anna Siggelkow
3 Oct
This is the perfect time to be the church
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3 Oct
An interview with LWF General Secretary Martin Junge about the Reformation anniversary
General Secretary Junge with Lutheran Community Care workers in Alice Springs, Australia. LCC staff explained how the organisation serves and meets needs of people who are doing it tough through its emergency relief program.
6 Sep
“‘Lutheran’ stands for compassionate embrace and service”
General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary
6 Sep
In August 2017, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge visited the Lutheran churches in Australia and New Zealand.
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
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14 Aug
Lutherans in New Zealand commemorate 500 years of the Reformation
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
8 Aug
LWF General Secretary Junge to receive 2017 Augsburg Peace Prize
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8 Aug
Recognition of a “patient bridge-builder between the continents”
From left: Ricardo Cardinal Blázquez, President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, Bishop Dr Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Rev. Pedro Zamora, pastor of the Spanish Evangelical Church. Photo: Pontifical University of Salamanca
15 Jun
Reorienting ourselves – From Conflict to Communion
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15 Jun
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge maps out next steps in the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin with LWF Youth Pre-Assembly delegates, Grosvyn Ariel Rodríguez Ramírez (Honduras), left, and Karla Steilmann (Argentina) in Ondangwa, Namibia. Photo: LWF/JC Valeriano
13 Jun
“You got us started - we won’t stop now”
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13 Jun
LWF General Secretary thanks youth for leadership in addressing climate change
LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge addresses LWF member churches at the European pre-assembly. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
3 Feb
Called by faith to serve the world
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3 Feb
LWF General Secretary addresses delegates from European member churches at Pre-Assembly
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge invites churches to uphold the three LWF commitments for the Reformation anniversary.  Photo: LWF
2 Jan
God's Gift of Compassion
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2 Jan
In New Year Message General Secretary Junge invites churches to seek inspiration from Reformation anniversary
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge with farmers in a Seeds for Solutions garden in Eastern Chad. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
20 Dec
Seeds for Solutions: refugees and host communities working together
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20 Dec
LWF Chad program helps farmers reap tons of fresh produce from bare farmland
On his visit to Chad, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge encouraged staff working in the country program, met refugees and host communities and discussed the country’s protracted refugee and forgotten humanitarian crisis. Photo: LWF/A. S. Daníelsson
19 Dec
LWF General Secretary visits Chad
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19 Dec
Attention and innovative solutions are needed to address a protracted crisis
A Javanese traditional music band performs during a cultural evening of the LWF Pre-Assemblies for LAC and North America, in Paramaribo, Suriname. Photo: LWF/P. Mumia
2 Sep
One melody together, different, coordinated instruments
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2 Sep
General Secretary Junge says communion relations are growing among LWF churches
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, addressing the Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans: Photo: ELCA
19 Aug
LWF encouraged by member church action to review investments in fossil fuel companies
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19 Aug
General Secretary Junge at Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
16 Jun
With deep roots in history, we reach out to God’s future
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16 Jun
General Secretary Junge’s Report to Council
Children from an indigenous community in Choco watch the sunrise from a river bank. Photo: LWF Colombia
4 Apr
“End the suffering of thousands”
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4 Apr
LWF welcomes inclusion of ELN in Colombia peace talks
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14 Nov
LWF decries massive loss of lives in Beirut and Paris attacks
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14 Nov
Younan and Junge encourage people of faith to strengthen peace efforts
IELCH Bishop Izani Bruch (left) sharing Holy Communion with Peruvian pastor Rev. Ofelia Dávila during the 2015 Latin American and Caribbean Leadership Conference in La Paz, Bolivia. Photo: Eugenio Albrecht
17 Jun
Junge’s recognition brings “joy and pride” to Chilean Lutheran church
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17 Jun
Bishop Bruch affirms advocacy for human rights and justice
Bishop em. Dr Gunnar Stȧlsett (right), during his term as LWF General Secretary. Photo: LWF Archives
10 Feb
A Powerful Witness
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10 Feb
Dr Gunnar Stȧlsett’s Ministry Lauded on 80th Birthday
Mourners in Paris pay respects to those slained in the Charlie Hebdo shooting.  Photo: Valentina Calá creative commons flickr
8 Jan
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge Denounces Any Claims for Religious Justification of Violence
Human Rights, Theology, Violence, LWF General Secretary
8 Jan
LWF Condemns Disregard for Human Life in Paris Killings
Syrian refugees living in the host community of Al Mafraq, ten kilometres from Zaatari camp, Jordan. Photo: LWF/ M. Renaux
11 Dec
LWF Leaders Urge Member Churches to Advocate for Syrian Refugees
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11 Dec
Younan and Junge Underline “Desperate Situation”