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Transforming 500 square meters of dry land into fertile land: the Lutheran City Forest at the Luther Study Centre of KN-LWF in Pematang Siantar, Indonesia. Photo: KN-LWF
19 Jul
Indonesia: Encouraging spiritual awareness on climate justice among youth
Youth, Climate, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Climate Justice
19 Jul
Encouraging young people to become advocators and campaigners for climate justice was one of the goals of a project recently undertaken by the National Committee of The Lutheran World Federation in...
LWF Council youth delegates hold posters at the launch of the Waking the Giant ecumenical initiative in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
16 Jul
Churches raise prophetic voice for justice and inclusion
2030 Agenda, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals, Youth, Women, Climate
16 Jul
Lutheran churches in Colombia, Indonesia and Namibia have launched new reports reviewing their countries’ performance toward achieving the United Nations SDGs. At a webinar on 14 July, held as a side...
Malagasy Lutheran Church pioneer woman theologian Hélène Ralivao. Photo: Gustav Steensland/VID
29 Jun
LWF’s Hélène Ralivao Fund awards first scholarships for women in Africa
Theology, Education, Lutheran identity, Identity, Leadership, LWF member churches, Governance, Women
29 Jun
The legacy of Malagasy Lutheran Church pioneer woman theologian Hélène Ralivao will live on through a new program dedicated to women’s theological education and leadership development in Africa. The...
General Secretary of the Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod, Mr. Leon Chau in his office in Hong Kong. Photo: CRCHKS
25 Jun
Hong Kong: Cooperation, friendship, benefits of LWF communion relations
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building
25 Jun
In this Voices from the Communion General Secretary of the Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod, Mr. Leon Chau speaks about the gift of giving, fellowship with other LWF leaders, the importance of...
The Church of Sweden to present an official apology to the Sámi People for historical injustices. Issued eight commitments to reconciliation. Photo: Magnus Aronson / Icon
24 Jun
Church of Sweden to make public apology, commitments to Indigenous people of Sweden
Communion Building, LWF member churches, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People
24 Jun
Later this year, the Church of Sweden will make an official public apology for its historical role in the “legitimized repression” of Sweden’s indigenous Sámi people, according to a church statement...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Jun
New publication explores global perspectives on Lutheran identities
Lutheran theology, Public theology, Lutheran identity, LWF member churches, LWF Documentation Series, Education
24 Jun
The LWF has published a new resource to explore the diverse theological identities of Lutherans across the communion of churches. We Believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran...
Members of the LWF Council follow the finance report during the 2018 meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Jun
Finance chairperson thanks LWF’s churches and partners for “faithful support”
COVID19, Finance, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Governance, council, Council 2021
22 Jun
LWF Council receives 2020 financial results
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
21 Jun
Junge highlights LWF’s agility, resilience, clarity of mission
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, report, council, Council 2021, COVID19, Theology, Lutheran theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches
21 Jun
The LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has highlighted the agility and resilience of the organization in responding to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. The creativity and commitment...
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
18 Jun
LWF President: “Be witnesses of radical hope”
LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, Theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches, council, Council 2021, COVID19
18 Jun
The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa has urged all member churches to be witnesses of “radical hope” as they look forward to the next Assembly to be held in Krakow, Poland in 2023. In...
The peacebuilding work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia includes supporting ex-combatants to reintegrate into society. Sociologist Ana Eloísa Gómez, leading a workshop in San José de Leó, in the northwestern department of Antioquia, in 2018. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
A resource to strengthen churches’ engagement in exceptional times
Theology, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Public theology, Advocacy
16 Jun
The Church in the Public Space, a study document on Lutherans’ commitment to sharing Christ’s love and serving the neighbor, has been updated to highlight the relevance of church engagement during...
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...
Cover photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Highlights of LWF’s work in a unique year of COVID-19 solidarity
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, member church
10 Jun
The LWF Annual Report 2020 is available online. Under the theme, “Leave no one behind” it gives an overview of the organization’s work in an unprecedented year marked mostly by the COVID-19 pandemic...
In the LWFs women’s networks, lay and ordained women strengthen and support one another in prayer and action. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Evaluation and outlook for women's network in Central and Western Europe
Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy
10 Jun
The WICAS network met for an online conference on 2 and 3 June. Twenty-five participants from LWF member churches in the region attended the conference with the theme "Churches raising their...
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria went on a joint journey of discovery of their Lutheran identities. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
7 Jun
Lutheran identity in Germany today - a journey of discovery
Lutheran theology, Lutheran identity, Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building
7 Jun
Pastor Nora Steen of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, has initiated a three-part online event series to contribute to the LWF “Lutheran Identities” study process. It brings people...
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan Johnson pictured in 2017 at the LWF Twelfth Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Jun
Canada: In mission for others, when church and home feel the same
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building
4 Jun
In this Voices from the Communion, National Bishop Susan Johnson says her nurturing family and childhood church shaped how she leads the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada into the world with love...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 May
Sowing seeds of hope in soil of online conversation
social media, Public theology, Hate speech, COVID19, Public Space, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Communications, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space
28 May
Churches have a responsibility to educate, equip and engage on social media to promote a culture of respect, counter hate speech and sow seeds of hope. That was the message from panelists at a...
The Learning Programme was developed with interdiac partner organizations. November 2020, Tallinn, Estonia consultative meeting. Photo: interdiac
26 May
New diaconal program teaches conflict transformation
LWF member churches, Diakonia, ecumenical relations, Communion Building, Communion
26 May
The International Academy for Diaconia and Christian Social Action and Diaconia in Central and Eastern Europe (interdiac) offers a new Learning Programme that teaches diaconal players within the...
There are many risks on the irregular migration journey from El Salvador to the U.S border. Photo: F. Arucha/ Salvadoran Lutheran Church
21 May
El Salvador: “Witnessing migration is one of the hardest things”
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building
21 May
In this Voices from the Communion: Mr. Fernando Arucha, a church communicator and a member of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church talks about his faith, the risks people take to embark on irregular...
LWF President Panti Filibus Musa. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 May
LWF President Musa: “God wants a new beginning”
LWF President, Communion Building, Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches
17 May
The 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag took place from 13-16 May. This time it was mainly an online event, gathering thousands of Christians from different denominations in Germany under the theme “Take a...
Clients and staff of South Australia’s Lutheran Disability Service joined hundreds of participants taking part in a ‘Walk My Way’ fundraising event through the Barossa Valley on 1 May. All photos: ALWS
14 May
Australians ‘Walk My Way’ to support refugee children
LWF member churches, Diakonia, Youth, Australian Lutheran World Service, Education, Kenya, DWS Kenya, Kenya refugee camps, Refugees
14 May
Thousands of refugee children in East Africa will be able to attend school and get a better start in life thanks to the generosity of Lutherans of all ages who are taking part in the Lutheran Church...
A Mbya Guaraní farmer in Ka’a Kupe community, Misiones province. All photos: Hora de Obrar
13 May
Argentine diaconal foundation lauds LWF’s dedication as it qualifies for new EU funding
Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Food Security, Human Rights, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People
13 May
From its beginnings as a department for diakonia in the Evangelical Church of the River Plate (IERP) through its recognition as an outspoken advocate for the rights of indigenous communities in...
IELCO pastoral body. Photo by Melissa Gómez Yepes/ IELCO
11 May
Colombia: Church calls on government to protect life, peacefully listen
Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches, Advocacy
11 May
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia pastoral body issued a letter expressing deep concern over recent widespread unrest in Colombia that left 26 dead, thousands injured and hundreds missing...
Dr Nababan was always willing to bring a prophetic voice to the global communion and “he was truly a leader with vision and passion for the Church,” wrote LWF general secretary Junge in a letter to the church. Photo: WCC
11 May
LWF remembers Indonesian church leader Nababan as "a leader with vision and passion for the church”
Obituary, Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches
11 May
The LWF sent condolences to the Protestant Christian Batak Church following the death of former HKBP Ephorus and former LWF Vice President Rev. Dr Soritua A.E. Nababan remembering him for his “...