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“Wear a mask. Respect the regulations and restrictions. The disease is still out there.” This is Ms Sandrine Ilunga’s message to fellow youth, as DRC eases COVID-19 restrictions and her church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Congo, reaches out to students and their families. PHOTO: ELCCo
15 Oct
COVID-19: DRC church keeps students and their families protected
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building, emergency relief, Youth
15 Oct
The ELCCo COVID-19 response initiative is supported by the LWF Rapid Response Fund (RRF), through which requesting churches received an amount of up to EUR 5,000 toward efforts aimed at reducing the...
Traditionally baked Ethiopian bread being shared out with participants at a global consultation on Lutheran identities in Addis Abeba in October 2019. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Oct
Spirituality at the heart of Lutheran identity
Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran identity, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Reformation
9 Oct
The LWF webinar on 7 October featured Finnish pastor, Rev. Dr Kirsi Stjerna, a professor of history and theology at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. The webinar,...
Vibrant and beautiful worship at the Njube Centre parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe. LWF General Secretary Martin Junge preached, local choirs sang beautifully and young people from the church offered powerful testimony to a society peace. Ecumenical partners of the ELCZ participated in the service. From 29 February-4 March 2020 the LWF General Secretary and a high level delegation visited Zimbabwe, its churches and people, to show solidarity and offer encouragement. Photo: LWF/A. Daniel
5 Oct
Worshiping together on Reformation Day
Theology, JDDJ, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Ecumenical, Reformation, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Reformation Day
5 Oct
Member churches of the LWF are called to engage more closely with one another as they prepare to mark this year’s anniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2020. Ahead of the annual celebration of...
Rev. Elitha Moyo Gender Justice Coordinator for the ELCZ says, “We need to appreciate each other regardless of gender.” Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Oct
Zimbabwe: Women and men working together for gender justice
Voices from the Communion, gender-based violence, COVID19, coronavirus, Gender Justice, LWF member churches
2 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Elitha Moyo Gender Justice Coordinator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe talks about the importance of men and women being involved in the...
Rev. Angela Trejo Haager of the Mexican Lutheran Church, one of the coordinators of the LWF Women and Gender Justice Network of churches in Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo: LWF/A.Danielsson
29 Sep
Bible studies highlight gender justice work
Gender, Gender Justice, Theology, Communion Building, Women, LWF member churches, Women in Ordained Ministry, women's empowerment
29 Sep
Women in ordained ministry across Latin America and the Caribbean are sharing biblical reflections to support members of their communities and shed light on their work for gender justice at this time...
The Lutheran Church in Grodno, Belarus, Rev. Vladimir Tatarnikov stands with supplies purchased with LWF COVID-19 Rapid Response Funds. Photo: The Lutheran Church in Grodno
25 Sep
COVID-19: Belarus church responds to schools needs
COVID19, coronavirus, Rapid Response Fund, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia
25 Sep
While the Lutheran Church in Grodno, Belarus sheltered demonstrators and rings its bells daily in civil resistance, schools in the country have opened for a new school year. Some are unable to afford...
The vice-presidents of the European regions: Pröpstin Astrid Kleist for Central and Western Europe, Archbishop Antje Jackelén for the Nordic Countries and Archbishop Urmas Viilma for Central and Eastern Europe. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
25 Sep
Digitalization offers opportunities, raises theological questions
European church leadership consultation, Leadership, LWF member churches, Communion Building, coronavirus, COVID19, digitalization
25 Sep
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic accelerated developments and changes that European churches and societies had been facing in the past years. Being church online raises new questions for...
Lutheran World Federation president Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Sep
Witness towards the world, among the people of the world
European church leadership consultation, Leadership, LWF member churches, Communion Building, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa
22 Sep
“There is a ‘prophetic defiance’ in us not letting go of each other because of COVID-19, in us finding ways to be connected, devising paths to continue expressing the relationships into which God is...
In November 2018, representatives of the three European regions met in Moravske Toplice, Slovenia. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
22 Sep
Being church in times of transformation
European church leadership consultation, Leadership, LWF member churches, Communion Building
22 Sep
For the first time, the LWF will host an online leadership consultation with about 100 participants from its member churches in Europe.
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,...
Rev. Dr Batara Sihombing, general secretary of the Indonesian Christian Church. Photo: Private
17 Sep
Shaping mindsets, strengthening community, “for the sake of ecology”
ecotheology, Theology, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Climate, environment
17 Sep
An eco-theology initiative in Indonesia is changing local perceptions about human responsibility toward creation and strengthening interfaith and community bonds.
Photo:LWF/A. Danielsson
14 Sep
COVID-19: Latin America and the Caribbean Lutheran leaders issue pastoral letter
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus
14 Sep
The Lutheran World Federation Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) church leaders have issued a joint pastoral letter of solidarity to the people and churches of LAC that are devastated by the...
In the Church of Norway Rev. Einar Tjelle heads the Section for Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue and the Norwegian Interfaith Climate Network. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Sep
Norway: Interfaith advocacy for climate justice and peace
Voices from the Communion, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Climate, Advocacy
11 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Einar Tjelle, from Church of Norway where he heads the Section for Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue and the Norwegian Interfaith Climate Network, describes...
Three indigenous women discuss the intersection of their Lutheran faith with their cultural beliefs and traditions. Photo: American Indian and Alaska Native Lutheran Association (AI/NALA)
8 Sep
Living at the crossroads of Lutheran and Indigenous cultures
Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran identity, indigenous people, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Climate
8 Sep
A reindeer herder’s daughter serving as leader of the Sami Church Council in the far north of Norway, a Massai pastor from southern Tanzania and an Oglala Lakota Sioux pastor from North America...
The Lutheran Church in Chile organized food distribution to help people who had lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: ILCH
2 Sep
COVID-19: Challenged to a new spiritual language and more efficient diakonia
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia
2 Sep
The Lutheran Church in Chile has responded to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic by switching from in-person church meetings to online versions, using several tools and platforms to do so...
The Women’s Skills Training Center of Huria Kristen Indonesia (HKI) helps low-income and at-risk women find ways to increase family income through sewing. Photo: BLK HKI/Rumah Eco-Theology
1 Sep
Economic independence, spiritual gifts: breaking the chain of COVID-19
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19
1 Sep
The objective of the Women’s Skills Training Center of Huria Kristen Indonesia (HKI), an LWF church, is to help low-income, at-risk women find ways to increase family income, a means of economic...
Pastor President Adita Torres Lescano of the Lutheran Church of Peru. Photo: LWF/P.Cuyatti
12 Aug
LWF sends condolences to church in Peru over loss of leader
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Latin America and the Caribbean, Obituary
12 Aug
Recalling the faithful and caring pilgrimage of Pastor President Adita Torres Lescano who died on Monday 10 August, the Lutheran World Federation has expressed deep condolences to the Lutheran Church...
The Bavarian Bishop and EKD Council Chairperson Heinrich Bedford-Strohm (left) and the Chairperson of the Catholic German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, exchanging a sign of peace during the service of reconciliation taking place in Hildesheim, Germany, in during the 2017 Reformation commemoration. Photo: epd/Jens Schulze
12 Aug
Germany: Lutheran and Catholic honored for their contributions to ecumenism
LWF member churches, Theology, Ecumenical, Communion Building
12 Aug
A strong sign for Christian ecumenism: the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, and the Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx were awarded the 2020 Augsburg Peace...
Ralf Meister, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover speaks about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on church and society in Germany. Photo: Jens Schulze/Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover
7 Aug
COVID-19: New awareness of social cohesion growing in the crisis
COVID19, Theology, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, MC/COVID19, Communion Building, Voices from the Communion
7 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion interview, Bishop Ralf Meister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover reflects on the transitional phase, from handling the acute crisis to the “new normality...
The Lutheran Center in Tiaong, Quezon Province, a Lutheran Church in the Philippines ministry, gathers in April with social distancing. Photo: LCP
5 Aug
Being the church in times of COVID-19
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Leadership, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, Communion, Human Rights, Climate Change, Gender Justice, MC/COVID19
5 Aug
The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has posed significant challenges for the member churches of the LWF. A survey in all seven regions revealed impact in the same areas, but with largely different...
Photo: Aaron Burden, Unsplash
3 Aug
Applications open for scholarships in theology, diakonia and development
Scholarships, Education, Diakonia, Theology, development, LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, students
3 Aug
The LWF is calling for scholarship applications for studies and training related to theological, diaconal and development work. “Education is a very sustainable way to empower men and women for their...
A brochure titled “The critical role of faith actors in national climate debate” published recently in English and Spanish explains the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which are part of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and the contribution faith actors can make. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
31 Jul
LWF brochure: “The critical role of faith actors in national climate debate”
Advocacy, Climate, LWF member churches, LWF Publications
31 Jul
An LWF guide with the title “The critical role of faith actors in national climate debate” published recently in English and Spanish explains the Nationally Determined Contributions, and the faith-...
The LWF Council votes for the Thirteenth Assembly to take place in Krakow, Poland. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
30 Jul
Call for proposals: LWF Assembly logo and visual identity
13th Assembly, logo, Identity, Governance, LWF member churches, Assembly, Communion Building
30 Jul
The LWF has put out a call for proposals to develop the Thirteenth LWF Assembly logo and visual identity. The meeting of the highest LWF decision-making body takes place in September 2023 in Krakow,...
Wear it, share it. LWF embroidered protective face masks. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
27 Jul
COVID-19: Wear it, share it
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, donate, COVID19, MC/COVID19, coronavirus, Rapid Response Fund, Communion, emergency, Women, empowerment
27 Jul
The LWF invites you to show solidarity with the communion of churches and care for your neighbor by wearing an LWF-branded mask the LWF “Wear it, share it” campaign.
On 12 July, a confirmation service was held in Murska Sobota, observing the distancing and other rules. Photo: ECS
23 Jul
COVID-19: Keeping in contact and breaking new ground
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, digitalization
23 Jul
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovenia, a member church of the LWF in the Central Eastern Europe Region, found that one reply to questions raised during COVID-19 to remain...