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A group of participants during the June 2022 Peace Messengers training in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Sullivan
21 Sep
Lutheran youth continue to focus on peace in 2022
Youth, Communion Building, Peace, peace building, Interfaith
21 Sep
Youth in LWF’s member churches continue to lead the way by engaging in important conversations on peace in their churches and communities.
LWF Council members in plenary session at this year’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Jun
LWF calls for end to war in Ukraine and “bolder efforts” to address other conflicts
council, Council 2022, Statement, Public Statement, Ukraine crisis, Peace, peace building, conflict, Conflict resolution, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Human Rights, Interfaith, Governance
13 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has reiterated its previous calls for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukraine, and urged greater investment by the international community in peaceful means of...
Youth delegates at the May 2022 LWF Leadership Conference of the Americas in Santiago, Chile. Photo: LWF/E. Albrecht
1 Jun
LWF youth amplify ‘Peace Messengers’ role in churches and communities
Peace, Youth, Peace Messengers, Advocacy, LWF member churches, peace building, Global Young Reformers Network, Training
1 Jun
Youth representing all seven regions of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) continue to promote 2022 as the Global Young Reformers’ Year of Peace, as they gather in-person for the third international...
The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras President Pastor Rev. Julio Cabellero. Photo: LWF
8 Oct
Honduras: "We go without fear, we bless them”
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, peace building, unemployment, Violence, COVID19, coronavirus
8 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras President Pastor Rev. Julio Cabellero talks about the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents for his church in addition...
At the 2019 Peace Messengers international training workshop in Tallinn, Estonia, Juan Carlos Orantes Rodríguez (left) and Oneyda Elizabeth Fuentes Rivera, sharing about the church’s role in peacebuilding in El Salvador. Photo: LWF/S. Kit
21 Sep
International Day of Peace: LWF calls for proposals of youth-led projects
Interfaith, LWF member churches, peace building, Youth, Public theology
21 Sep
The LWF has invited young people in its member churches to propose projects that advance the promotion of peace in their communities and build societies where all people are included. Youth—under 30...
Thanks to collaboration between the LWF and IRW, locals have a fountain that provides safe drinking water. Photo: LWF/IRW
18 Jun
Three major faith-based organizations commit to Welcome the Stranger
Interfaith, Peace, peace and justice, peace building, Public theology, Lutheran theology, Diakonia, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day
18 Jun
Three of the world’s leading Jewish, Islamic and Christian humanitarian organisations are teaming up to strengthen faith-based responses to the world’s unprecedented refugee crisis, as growing...
A scene from the short film ‘Place among the stars’ produced by the LWF National Committee in Indonesia and local partner Jakatarub. Photo: KNLWF-Jakatarub/Yunita Tan
11 Jun
Short films showcase interfaith harmony in Indonesia
Interfaith, Peace, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Advocacy, Youth, peace building, nobel peace prize
11 Jun
Four short films about interfaith dialogue and co-existence in Indonesia were the focus of a 9 June webinar, jointly organized by the LWF, the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies and...
View of the Jerusalem Old City from the Mount of Olives. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 May
LWF appeals for an end to violence in Jerusalem
Public Statement, Peace, peace building, Interfaith, Justice, AVH, Palestine homes, LWF member churches, Advocacy
10 May
The LWF has issued an appeal for peace in Jerusalem, where clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in recent days have left hundreds of people injured. The violence has been...
Through the project De la Guerra a la Paz (From War to Peace), the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia accompanies three communities in the Antioquia region, supporting both ex-combatants and the communities they live alongside. Supporting more than 300 families, the project seeks to alleviate the risk of re-victimization or relapse into violent conflict. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
25 Mar
Women brokering peace in conflict and crisis
Gender Justice, Gender, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Women, CSW, United Nations, Commission on the Status of Women, peace building, women in leadership
25 Mar
Research has repeatedly shown that conflict resolution and peace processes that involve women are much more likely to succeed. Yet despite this, women still make up a very small minority of...
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
condolences, Obituary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Communion Building, peace building, reconciliation
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...
 Young people from the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church lead a tree-planting campaign. Photo: KELC Youth
5 Jan
Young Reformers in Africa ‘make things happen’ with limited resources
Global Young Reformers Network, gender-based violence, mental health, environment, peace building
5 Jan
Over three days in December, Young Reformers from 31 LWF member churches in Africa met online to assess their work since 2018 and agree on an action plan for the next two years.
Participants in the 2019 LWF Peace Messengers training workshop in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo: LWF/S.Kit
2 Dec
Young peacemakers key to post-pandemic world
Peace Messengers, Youth, Interfaith, Ecumenical, Diakonia, Advocacy, COVID19, peace building
2 Dec
A webinar entitled ‘Youth as Agents of Change’ showcased problems encountered and best practices developed over recent months by three young interfaith experts – a Lutheran human rights activist from...
A group of girls head to a school in Jordan’s Sahab district that is supported by LWF for both Jordanian and Syrian children. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Sep
Peacebuilding a priority for post-pandemic world
Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Peace, peace and justice, peace building, Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, Advocacy
21 Sep
Celebrating the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the Lutheran World Federation has signed on to a statement highlighting the urgency of peacebuilding for a post-pandemic world. This year,...
Moments after this photograph was taken a bomb was thrown into the church. No one was harmed. Photo: IELCH
10 Mar
Molotov Bomb Thrown into Congregation In Chile
LWF member churches, bombing, Chile, peace building, reconciliation, Latin America and the Caribbean
10 Mar
On 27 February, the Congregation La Paz of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile was the victim of an attack during a discussion of an upcoming referendum on reforming the national Constitution of...
An emoji for forgiveness, selected from the proposals submitted in a campaign by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Photo: ELCF
17 Feb
Finland: New emoji for forgiveness presented
Communications, peace building, forgiveness, reconciliation, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy
17 Feb
Two hands showing the "thumbs up" gesture in front of a heart – this is the winner of the emoji campaign launched by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and its partners last year...
The old city of Jerusalem. The US “Peace to prosperity” plan’s suggestion about the future situation of the capitals for Israel and Palestine is but one of the contested measures proposed. Photo: LWF/ A. Danielsson
5 Feb
LWF joins coalition to reject US “Peace to Prosperity” plan
Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, United States, Peace, peace building, Middle East
5 Feb
LWF has signed on to a statement with a coalition of other non-government organizations, advocating against the “Peace to prosperity” plan for the Middle East which was announced by the US...
Olive tree in the Mount of Olives, East Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
29 Jan
Grave concern over US “Peace to Prosperity” plan
Advocacy, Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Peace, peace building, United States, AVH, Middle East, Statement, Public Space
29 Jan
The LWF has expressed grave concern over the “Peace to Prosperity ” plan for Israel and Palestine presented by the US administration this week.
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, 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.
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Dec
2020 New Year Message: So that all have life in abundance
Peace, peace building, New Years Message, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Member Churches
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...
Zhiyan Abdullad during the AVP training in November 2019. Photo: LWF/ R. Omar
11 Dec
Iraq: Alternatives to Violence
Middle East, Middle East conflict, IDP, internally displaced people, host community, host communities, emergency, peace building
11 Dec
Peace in a post-conflict region is hard to achieve – even on a very personal level. Trauma, past hurts often in the immediate neighborhood, and challenges in everyday life often carry stress levels...
Prof. Ansu Sonii, Liberian Minister of Education launched the study. All photos: LWF/ Albin Hillert
1 Nov
LWF launches SDGs’ mapping for Liberia
Waking the Giant, SDGs, United Nations, Education, peace building, Diakonia
1 Nov
The LWF has launched a process to help faith-based actors in Liberia track their contribution to implementation of three UN SDGs.
Protests in Santiago, Chile, 21 October 2019. Photo: Carlos Figueroa/Wikimedia Chile (CC-BY-SA)
22 Oct
Following unrest and violence Lutherans in Chile issue call for peace with justice
Chile, peace building, reconciliation, Latin America and the Caribbean
22 Oct
Lutheran church leaders in Chile have issued a call for peace in the current context of unrest and violence. ...