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Rev. Sebastian Bugs had chaired the Youth Committee of the German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (GNC/LWF) since 2013. Photo: private
9 Apr
Germany: Worship and the revival of churches
Communion, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership
9 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Sebastian Bugs talks about the "Revival of the churches" project that the GNC/LWF Youth Committee recently completed and documented in a video, as...
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...
23-27 September 2019, Faculty EST, São Leopoldo, Brazil. LAC and North America HUB training on mediation, using the tool “Dialogue for Peaceful Change.” Photo: Scheila Dillenburg/InS"
31 Mar
“Blessed are the peacemakers” – new publication on reconciliation
LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion, Communion Building
31 Mar
“In a world with increasing violence, loss, pain and loneliness, churches retain their relevance as spaces for healing,” writes Rev. Dr Patricia Cuyatti, outgoing Regional Secretary for Latin America...
A woman entrepreneur sews cloth face masks in Kyauk Tan Gyi village, Sittwe Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: LWF/Nu Nu Aye
30 Mar
COVID-19: LWF intensifies rapid response to include long-term recovery
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Member Churches, solidarity
30 Mar
The LWF is shifting its COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund from the current short-term emergency framework to focus more on recovery and livelihood projects. The objective is to address the long-lasting...
In the Salvadoran Lutheran Church, the Stewards of Creation, play a key role in promoting climate justice and creation care in church and society. Here they enjoy lunch during a workshop. Photo: SLS
29 Mar
El Salvador: Climate education and climate action go hand in hand
Youth, Climate, Climate Justice, LWF member churches, member church, COVID19, MC/COVID19
29 Mar
Rev. Maritza Albertina Carrillo Herrera, a pastor of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church, as a member of the youth coordinating group of the church’s Stewards of Creation, the 26-year-old launched several...
Photo: Ecumenical Information Centre of Dresden
22 Mar
Germany: Exhibition connects lifestyles to Christian roots and responsibility
LWF member churches, member church, Diakonia, Climate, Climate Justice
22 Mar
“Damit die Saat aufgeht” (So that the seeds may grow), an exhibition that opened its doors to the public on 14 March in Saxony, Germany, invites Christians to reflect on how everyday lifestyles can...
Rev. Charlotte Frycklund serves as the Church of Sweden’s “internet priest.” Photo by: Argument/Pierre Eriksson
19 Mar
Sweden: Internet pastor engages faith seekers online
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, COVID19, MC/COVID19, social media, Voices from the Communion
19 Mar
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Charlotte Frycklund talks about her work as the Church of Sweden’s first “internet priest” and the request of the people for access to their questions via...
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...
Pastor Miroslav Ponjičan (back right) with youth and children, preparing for a tree planting activity in the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia (SEAVC). Photos: SEAVC
15 Mar
Serbia: Apple trees as a sign of faith and creation
Theology, LWF member churches, Climate, Youth, Communion Building, Climate Justice
15 Mar
“Even if I knew that the world was to collapse tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.” This hope-filled quote, attributed to the reformer Martin Luther, inspired Miroslav Ponjičan, a...
LWF’s delegation to the 65th Commission on the Status of Women brings vital voices of women and girls to ensure a gender just lens on COVID-19 response and recovery. (File photo taken before the start of COVID-19) Photo: Life on Earth photos/Sean Hawkey
12 Mar
Gender-just lens needed for COVID-19 recovery
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, inter-religious dialogue, women and girls, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, UN Women, Women, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, United Nations, COVID19
12 Mar
The LWF will be taking part in the 65th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) from 15 to 26 March 2021. A delegation of over seventy lay and ordained women and men...
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...
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...
Evangelical Church of the River Plate Vice President Karina Arntzen. Photo: LWF/E. Albrecht
5 Mar
Argentina: "I’m convinced that dialogue is always the solution”
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches
5 Mar
In this Voices from the Communion Attorney Karina Arntzen discusses her newly elected position as vice president on the board of directors of the Evangelical Church of the River Plate (IERP), the...
In one of its COVID-19 response activities, the Cuban Lutheran church organized a community lunch for 320 people including members of the congregations of Cristo Vive, Cristo Redentor, Nuestro Salvador and Aposento Alto. Photo: IEU-SL
26 Feb
COVID-19: Cuban Lutheran church extends food and psychosocial aid
Rapid Response Fund, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building, COVID19, MC/COVID19
26 Feb
The LWF is supporting its member church in Cuba to continue offering assistance through the communion’s COVID-19 RRF, now in its second phase. Churches that apply for funding receive up to EUR 5,000...
Participants in the LWF Peace Messenger Training in Jerusalem in September 2017. Photo: Ben Gray
25 Feb
Strengthening advocacy in LWF member churches through exchange and collaboration
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Peace, Climate Justice
25 Feb
Through its Action for Justice Unit, the LWF has initiated two forums focusing on climate justice and interfaith relations and peacebuilding. The forums will support and promote the advocacy work of...
Thanks to the Lutheran communion’s emergency support, Gregorio Pérez and other residents of Shupa village are replanting crops lost to two successive hurricanes. Photo: ILUGUA
23 Feb
Guatemalan church assists families recovering from hurricane impact amid COVID-19
COVID19, emergency response, emergency, Food Security, indigenous people, LWF member churches, Diakonia, MC/COVID19
23 Feb
For Gregorio Pérez, a leader of the indigenous Maya Chortí in Guatemala’s southeastern department of Chiquimula, the rising number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is not the only crisis worrying him...
Rev. Frank Mexon Mng’ong’o (wearing red stole), ELCT’s new Youth Coordinator, in a photo from early 2020. Mng’ong’o was ordained in Jan. 2020. Photo: ELCT
19 Feb
Tanzania: Youth preaching the Gospel, planting trees
LWF member churches, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Climate, Youth
19 Feb
In this Voices from the Communion ELCT Youth Coordinator, Rev. Frank Mexon Mng’ong’o shares his plans to engage more ELCT youth in the life of the church and to continue supporting creation care...
LWF country representative Sophie Gebreyes and EECMY-DASSC staff Desta Hadera (right) meet Eritrean refugees in an EECMY church in Mekelle. Photo: LWF/C. Masanga
12 Feb
Ethiopia: Stories of flight and loss from Tigray
WASH, livelihood, quality services, refugees protection, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency, Diakonia, Violence, IDP, Livelihoods, country programs, emergency response, LWF member churches, Member Churches
12 Feb
From everyday life into chaos: For the people affected by the recent conflict in Ethiopia, life as they knew it ended abruptly with the military offensive in the Tigray region. Even before, many had...
In its COVID-19 response, the Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala distributed food and sanitation supplies to families living in remote villages. Photo: ILAG/Diego Gil
11 Feb
LWF churches prioritize prevention and vulnerable families in second RRF phase
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia
11 Feb
Implementation of a second phase of The LWF COVID-19 RRF has begun, with 44 of the communion’s member churches providing pastoral care and basic survival support to vulnerable communities still...
The LWF National Committee in Indonesia installed an internet satellite tower on the properties of four Lutheran churches in remote areas to assist online learning. Church pictured is HKBP. Photo: by Andi Gultom/KNLWF.
9 Feb
Indonesian churches enable online learning in rural areas
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Member Churches, COVID19, Diakonia
9 Feb
When stay-at-home measures were implemented due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the KNLWF wanted to increase access to the internet and began building satellite towers that receive internet...
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...
Presiding Bishop MJH Ubane passed away 28 January. Photo: ELCSA
3 Feb
Remembering South African Bishop Ubane who stood for dignity, equality
condolences, Obituary, tribute, LWF member churches, Communion Building
3 Feb
The LWF has sent condolences to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa after the sudden loss of its Presiding Bishop Molwane Job Henock Ubane, describing him as a leader who “stood up for...
Rev. Joann Conroy, an Oglala Sioux woman, explains how the church might learn to care for creation from Indigenous people around the world. Photo: ELCA
29 Jan
USA: Creation care requires Indigenous voices
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Creation, community, North America
29 Jan
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Joann Conroy, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, an Oglala Sioux woman, explains how the church might learn to care for creation from Native...
Gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October 2019, Lutherans from across the globe took part in a consultation on the theme of ’We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities’. During the meeting, participants shared a large loaf of traditional Ethiopian bread, baked in banana leaves. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
26 Jan
LWF launches survey on contemporary Lutheran identity
Being Lutheran, Lutheran theology, Theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Assembly
26 Jan
A new survey sent this week to member churches of the LWF is the next step of an ongoing study process on contemporary Lutheran identity. The process began with a global consultation of theologians...
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...
Students at Mansfield College, Great Britain. Photo: Greg Smolonski © Photovibe
11 Jan
Lutherans in Great Britain support higher education of refugees and migrants
Scholarships, Youth, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Refugees, Education
11 Jan
The Council of Lutheran Churches recently announced a scholarship for a refugee or migrant to Great Britain, giving them an opportunity for higher education at Mansfield College. The Lutheran Church...
We stand with you in prayer and solidarity, wrote general secretary Junge to presiding bishop Eaton. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
7 Jan
Lutheran communion stands with church in U.S.
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, ELCA, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space
7 Jan
The global Lutheran family stands with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as it seeks to accompany, reconcile and work for justice and peace during this critical moment in the nation’s...
Like many of his colleagues, Social Media Coordinator Karsten Kopjar has spent a lot of time working in his home office in the past months. Photo: private
18 Dec
Germany: Online church “does not always have to be complicated”
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Theology, LWF member churches
18 Dec
In this Voices from the Communion Dr. Karsten Kopjar, Social Media Coordinator of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany, talks about ways and means of being a church digitally in times of the...
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”
Christmas, Christmas message, LWF President, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches
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.