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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...
Newly elected president of the EKD Synod, Anna-Nicole Heinrich, during the EKD’s synodal meeting which took place mostly online. Photo: epd-bild
10 May
Germany: Anna-Nicole Heinrich youngest president of EKD synod
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership, Lay people
10 May
This weekend Ms Anna-Nicole Heinrich was elected as the new president of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany on 8 May. A 25-year-old student from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria...
Ms Christine Mangale of the Lutheran Office for World Community in New York, speaking at a session of the CSW61 Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
22 Apr
Urgent task of implementing women’s rights
LWF member churches, Advocacy, Gender Justice, Gender, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's empowerment, Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, CSW, women in leadership, women's human rights, Women's Leadership
22 Apr
A month on from the 65th session of the UN’s CSW, the work has only just begun for Lutheran delegates back in their home countries, who are tasked with monitoring, implementing and holding their...
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...
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, peacebuilding, 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...
Panelists Marcia Blasi, Elitha Moyo, Tamar Haddad and Liria Preciado at the CSW event on ‘Women of Power: Leading together for a better future’. Photos: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano; LWF/Albin Hillert; Private; IELCO
17 Mar
Shaping new narratives of inclusion and equality
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, CSW, Theology, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, Commission on the Status of Women, Gender, Public theology, women in leadership, faith and women’s empowerment
17 Mar
From ancient Greek mythology to 21st century politics, women's voices have been routinely silenced, suppressed and excluded from the public square. Churches and faith-based organizations today...
Past, present and future Lutheran women in leadership discuss challenges and progress in breaking barriers to affirm women’s rights and equality. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
9 Mar
Breaking barriers: LWF women in leadership
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Youth, Women, women in leadership, Women's Leadership, International Women's Rights Day
9 Mar
What can be done to break down barriers that prevent women from fulfilling their potential and reaching top leadership positions in the church and in society? That question was at the heart of a...
Women of faith have a vital role to play in rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Panelists’ own
9 Feb
Women's voices for interfaith engagement
Gender Justice, Interfaith, Women, Interreligious Dialogue, women in leadership, World Interfaith Harmony Week, COVID19
9 Feb
Women of faith have a vital role to play in promoting more effective dialogue and cooperation in a world struggling to overcome the divisive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. That conviction was...
Rev. Adita Torres Lescano, Pastor President of the Lutheran Church of Peru, visiting the tree planted by representatives of her church in the Luthergarten in Wittenberg. This Reformation 2017 project symbolizes the ecumenical relationships of Christian churches worldwide through 500 trees creating a living memorial. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
11 Oct
A communion of solidarity
Voices from the Communion, Ecumenical, Ronel, LWF member churches, Women in Ordained Ministry, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership
11 Oct
Rev. Adita Torres Lescano, recently elected pastor president of the Lutheran Church of Peru, speaks about her work in the church and the value of being connected to other people of faith in order to...
Sisters in faith: (from left) Rev. Sybil Chetty (South Africa), Dr Christy Ponni (India), retired Bishop Dr Margot Käßmann (Germany), Dr Ziyanda Mgugudo-Sello (South Africa) and Moderator Gabriele De Bona (ELM) . Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Aug
Encouraged as sisters in faith
Theology, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Member Churches, LWF member churches, Communion Building
29 Aug
Churches should be bolder and elect women as well as men to leadership positions
KELC South Coast Church District Gender Justice public participation forum in Mombasa, Kenya. Photo: L. Mwololo
19 Jul
Kenya moving towards gender equality in church and society
Gender Justice, Women Ordination, faith and women’s empowerment, Women in Chuch and Society, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
19 Jul
Rev. Catherine Ngina Musau, head of the Gender Justice Program in the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church says the status of women in her country is improving gradually but there are still challenges...
Members of the Executive Committee of the ELCT Women's Department display their national banner. All Photos: ELCT Communication/Evans Ayo
11 Jul
Tanzania: Towards full women’s inclusion in the ordained ministry
Women in Ordained Ministry, Ordained Ministry, inlcusive communion, Leadership, women in leadership
11 Jul
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania recently marked three decades of women’s ordination by celebrating the more than 300 female clergy in the church, and urging the church to ensure...
Bishop Patricia Davenport, ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. Photo: Bob Fisher-SEPAComm
31 May
Bishop Patricia Davenport: Ministry on the front lines
Women in Chuch and Society, women in leadership, Voices from the Communion, member church, racism, Interfaith, ELCA
31 May
The first black woman bishop in the ELCA reflects on her church’s work to combat racism and build a ‘beloved community’
From left to right: Ordained pastors of the Mexican Lutheran Church; Karina Carmona, José Alcantara, Sofía Tenorio, Ángela Trejo, David Brondos, Roberto Trejo and Moisés Espino following the worship service celebrating 10 years of women’s ordination. Photo: L. Tenorio/ILM
12 Apr
Mexican church marks 10 years of women’s ordination
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women in Ordained Ministry, Gender Justice, Women Ordination, women in leadership
12 Apr
The recent celebration of 10 years of women’s ordination in the Mexican Lutheran Church was an occasion to reaffirm the church’s commitment to empower and encourage both women and men to contribute...
Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien, Presiding Bishop, Church of Norway. Photo: Hege Flo Øfstaas/Church of Norway
12 Apr
Norway’s presiding bishop shares hopes and challenges
Easter, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Voices from the Communion
12 Apr
In the very early hours of Easter Sunday morning, the leader of the Church of Norway, Presiding Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien will be presiding at worship inside the medieval Cathedral of Trondheim...
Ms Kausilya Damai, member of the local government of Nawadurga Rural Municipality in western Nepal. Photo: LWF Nepal
8 Mar
Nepal: Woman leader Damai chronicles her journey from bondage to leadership
women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, gender-based violence, Women, Women in Church and Society
8 Mar
Continuous empowerment toward a dignified life is at the core of LWF’s work among freed Haliyas in western Nepal.
Rev. Sílvia Genz is the first woman to take office as the pastor president of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB). Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
1 Mar
Brazil: Building bridges in challenging times
Voices from the Communion, Leadership, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, church, Climate, Paris Agreement
1 Mar
Rev. Sílvia Genz, Pastor President of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, first female head of the church, talks about creating spaces for dialogue on contemporary issues in...
Icelandic pastors and bishops after the consecration of Rev. Agnes Sigurðardóttir as bishop of Iceland in 2012 (seventh from right, front row). Bishop Guðmundsdóttir is fifth from the left in the front row. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
28 Feb
Church of Iceland offers equal opportunities for women
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women Ordination, women in leadership, Youth, Youth Participation
28 Feb
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland takes gender justice seriously and prides itself on offering equal opportunities for women in the workplace.
Paula Müller-Otfried (center, standing) was the first woman to be elected to the regional synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover in 1921. In the political arena she stood for election to the Weimar National Assembly in 1919 and won a seat in the Reichstag in 1920. Photo commissioned by the DEF: Kasch, A.; Th. Möller Nachf., Stralsund; AddF, Kassel, Sign.: NL-K-16, D-F1/00045.
13 Feb
Germany: The long road to equal rights for women in leadership
Women, Women in Church and Society, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership, women's empowerment, women's advocacy
13 Feb
The year 2019 marks 100 years since women obtained the right to vote in Germany. While celebrating this significant anniversary, a new study has shown that the country’s Protestant churches still...
(From left) Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment; Kathrin Wallrabe, ELCS equal opportunities officer and WICAS regional coordinator for Central Western Europe; Bettina Westfeld, LWF Council member and vice-president of the ELCS synod. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
29 Nov
Participation of women and men is a theological issue
Women in Church and Society, Leadership, women in leadership, Human Rights, LWF Twelfth Assembly, Twelfth Assembly, Women
29 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony has passed a law to recognize the fundamental issue of gender justice in the composition of church governing bodies.
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...
Newly ordained Rev. Karla Steilmann Franco: women in the church have made progress but more victories need to be won. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Nov
“I belong to a church where women work with equal rights”
Voices from the Communion, Gender Justice Policy, LWF gender justice policy, women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women in Ordained Ministry, Youth Participation, council, LWF Council, Council 2018
9 Nov
LWF Council member Rev. Karla Steilmann Franco, from the Evangelical Church of the River Plate (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), discusses the social environment in which her church operates and the...
Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka, LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations and Director of the Department for Theology and Public Witness. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
1 Nov
LWF Assistant General Secretary Kaisamari Hintikka elected as bishop of Espoo, Finland
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Bishop, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership
1 Nov
General Secretary Junge grateful for ecumenical and theological leadership
IERP General Secretary Rev. Sonia Skupch at a past LWF event. She becomes the first woman to be elected as President of the Ecumenical Commission of Christian Churches in Argentina. Photo: LWF/Eugenio Albrecht
29 Nov
Lutheran pastor Skupch is the first woman president of Argentine ecumenical body
women in leadership, Ecumenical, Peace
29 Nov
A forum that strives for unity and peace in a fragmented world
Delegate of the Women's Pre-assembly delivers the message to Twelfth LWF Assembly delegates. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
10 May
Freedom from violence and full participation
12th Assembly, Gender Justice, Women in Chuch and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry
10 May
Women’s Pre-Assembly message to the Twelfth Assembly
Maria Jepsen was elected the first Lutheran bishop 25 years ago.
12 Apr
Encouragement for ordained women
Women in Ordained Ministry, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership
12 Apr
Maria Jepsen was elected bishop in Hamburg 25 year ago. She was the first woman to be elected bishop in Germany and the first Lutheran woman bishop worldwide.