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National Bishop Dr Jean Baïguelé, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Erick Adolph
23 Sep
Cameroon: Addressing gaps in theological education and leadership
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Communion Relations, LWF member churches
23 Sep
Voices from the Communion: Cameroon’s Bishop Dr Jean Baïguelé shares his vision of “theological education that matches church needs,” youth and women’s leadership, and how insecurity affects churches.
Vice-President Urmas Viilma during the June 2022 LWF Council meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
9 Sep
Estonia: The church, a treasure for future generations
Voices from the Communion, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, LWF Vice-President, council
9 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion, LWF Vice President Archbishop Urmas Viilma reflects on his childhood in Soviet-occupied Estonia, his discovery of the Christian faith and his journey to become the...
(From right): Bishop Deddy Fajar Purba, Simalungun Protestant Christian Church (GKPS), Indonesia; First Vice-President Odair Airton Braun, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil; Bishop Laurie Jungling, Montana Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Bishop Steven Lawrence, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia; and Presiding Bishop Kenneth Sibanda, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner-Meyer
7 Sep
Leadership for peace and reconciliation
Leadership, Ronel, Induction of Newly Elected Leaders, Governance, Newly-elected leaders' retreat, women in leadership, Women's Leadership, LWF member churches, church unity, Lutheran theology
7 Sep
Addressing the annual retreat of newly elected leaders from LWF’s member churches, General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt emphasized the churches’ role as messengers of peace and reconciliation.
During the UN climate conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, people protested against the inaction of governments to mitigate the climate crisis. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
6 Sep
We need increased climate ambition, says German bishop
Season of Creation, Climate, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Climate Justice
6 Sep
The leading bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, Kristina Kühnbaum-Schmidt, said churches in the global North must address the “uncomfortable questions” regarding climate...
Participants in the Lutheran confessional meeting at the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
2 Sep
Full house when Lutherans gather at WCC Assembly
World Council of Churches, Assembly, Communion Building, Communion Relations, LWF member churches, church unity, Theology, Action for Justice, Gender, Youth
2 Sep
At the WCC 11th Assembly, LWF General Secretary Burghardt leads Lutherans from around the world in sharing their joys, concerns, and hopes, and reflecting on the assembly theme from a theological...
WCC central committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom speaks at the opening plenary of the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, held in Karlsruhe, Germany from 31 August to 8 September, under the theme "Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity." Photo: Albin HILLERT, WCC
31 Aug
LWF participates in 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches
Communion Building, Communion Relations, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, WCC, LWF General Secretary
31 Aug
Christians from all over the world are gathering in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 31 August to 8 September, for the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Together they will reflect and...
Religious leaders join young faith actors working in refugee welcome and integration for a two-day interfaith conference entitled ‘Welcoming the Stranger, Living as Neighbors’. All Photos: LWF/M. Renaux
23 Jun
Vital role of faith in refugee protection and integration
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day, Refugees
23 Jun
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva on 20 June to share best practices in an increasingly challenging global...
Worship and prayer moment during Sunday service at Saint Andrew Lutheran Parish in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Jun
Africa: Prioritizing theological education and leadership formation
Lutheran identity, Education, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Theology, Africa churches, Leadership, Transformative Theological Perspectives
22 Jun
Leaders of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in Africa will gather, 27 June -1 July, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation (ALCLC), held...
Chief Rabbi Sizomu Gershom of Uganda arrives for the start of the Welcoming the Stranger conference. All Photos: LWF/M. Renaux
21 Jun
Standing together to strengthen refugee response
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day, Refugees
21 Jun
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva on 20 June to share best practices in an increasingly challenging global...
At the opening session of the conference: Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, Rev. Anne Burghardt, LWF General Secretary, Waseem Ahmad, CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
20 Jun
Welcoming the Stranger, Shaping the Future
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day
20 Jun
To mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that a record 100 million people have now been forced to flee their homes, seeking sanctuary...
Obongi district, Uganda an LWF staff member speaks with the local community and provides support for women and children. LWF uses a local to global to local methodology where advocacy is conducted at the global level feeding back into efforts at the national and local levels. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
Human rights council: advocating with communities from local to global to local
human rights council, Advocacy, LWF member churches, Women
16 Jun
The 50th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) started this week, The Action for Justice unit leads the Lutheran World Federations’ (LWF) advocacy work at the sessions, connecting local...
Looking forward to the Thirteenth Assembly: (from left) Anna Wrzesińska, Chairperson of the Local Assembly Planning Committee, Jerzy Samiec, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, LWF President Panti Filibus Musa and LWF General Secretary Anne Burghardt. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
15 Jun
Assembly preparations proceeding “with vigor”
Theology, 13th Assembly, Assembly 2023, Communion Building, LWF member churches, council, Council 2022
15 Jun
The war in neighboring Ukraine changed the perspective on the upcoming Assembly, said the Presiding Bishop of the host church – the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland (ECACP) –...
Council members voting. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
14 Jun
German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine joins LWF as individual member
council, Council 2022, Member Churches, LWF member churches, Communion Building
14 Jun
The German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (GELCU) is now an individual member church of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). The LWF Council accepted GELCU’s application for membership today...
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...
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa delivers his address to the Council meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
9 Jun
LWF President opens first in-person Council since start of COVID
council, Council 2022, LWF President, Lutheran theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, 13th Assembly, Assembly 2023
9 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa has welcomed delegates from member churches to the first in-person Council meeting since 2019.
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...
From left to right: IELV project coordinator Judith Bracho Villegas, Elisabeth Perez de Hands, Yuseidy Bolivar and IELV Pastor President Rev. Gerardo Hands, during a visit to deliver livelihood recovery kits. Photo: IELV
30 May
Venezuelan church prioritizes women’s needs on path toward livelihood recovery
Diakonia, LWF member churches, Churches in Mission, Women, women's empowerment, Livelihoods, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
30 May
Hidden from the visible impact of complex humanitarian crises are the tough choices women in low-income communities often have to make between catering to their own critical needs and providing food...