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The City Church in Wittenberg where Martin Luther and other reformers preached regularly. All photos: LWF/A. Danielsson
20 Nov
Wittenberg: Belonging to the Lutheran family
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Lutheran theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary, LWF member churches
20 Nov
Twice a year the city of Wittenberg hosts international theological seminars organized by the LWF.
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
8 Nov
Living together as a communion
LWF member churches, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, Lutheran identity, European church leadership consultation, Leadership, Lutheran theology, theological formation, Youth, Gender
8 Nov
There would not be a LWF without local churches, said General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe, in Tallinn, Estonia.
LWF Council member Bettina Westfeld shows a shrapnel cross, moulded from the pieces of shrapnel from bombs dropped over Dresden and Coventry during the Second World War. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
8 Nov
Daring to trust – 30 years after the Peaceful Revolution in 1989
Voices from the Communion, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Youth, Women
8 Nov
In an interview with Lutheran World Information Bettina Westfeld, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, talks about her life in a communist state, the value of cross-border relations and the...
Participants of the LWF Church Leadership Consultation 2019 for Central and Eastern Europe after the opening service at St. Mary's Cathedral (Dome Church) in Tallinn. Photo: EELC/Joel Siim
6 Nov
Churches in Central and Eastern Europe discuss Lutheran identity, diversity and pneumatology
Youth, Gender, theological formation, LWF member churches, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, Lutheran identity, European church leadership consultation, Leadership, Lutheran theology
6 Nov
The consultation with the theme “Diversity and identity – different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit... (1 Corinthians 12, 4-6)” took place from 28 to 30 October in Tallinn, Estonia, and offered...
Refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean often do so in small boats exposing them to a high risk of running into distress at sea. Photo: IOCC/Apostoli/ACT
4 Nov
Misery has no nationality
Diakonia, LWF member churches, IDP, Migrants, Migration, UNHCR, Advocacy
4 Nov
EKD is planning to send a ship to save refugees crossing the Mediterranean.
Congregants gather in prayer at the Finfinne Oromo Mekane Yesus Congregation of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus on the first Sunday following the unrest in Ethiopia, which also affected Mekane Yesus members directly. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Oct
Ethiopian church calls for sustainable peace
LWF member churches, Peace, peace building, Peace-building, peace and justice
28 Oct
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus has called for sustainable peace in the country and orderly dialogue around complaints and grievances following recent unrest in Ethiopia.
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...
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeus I, leader of the Eastern Orthodox Christians in the world, was awarded the plaque of St. Eric's by Archbishop Antje Jackelén. Photo: Magnus Aronson /Ikon
2 Oct
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew honored by Church of Sweden
Award, Climate, Orthodox-Lutheran, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches
2 Oct
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has received the Plaque of St Erik for his commitment to religious freedom, human rights and care for creation.
The anti-femicide demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa following the death of Uyinene Mrwetyana. Protestors cover a police vehicle with placards. Photo: Discott, via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA)
26 Sep
Churches to act for justice, affirm human dignity
gender-based violence, Gender Justice Policy, xenophobia, Welcoming the Stranger, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches
26 Sep
Expressing “deep concern over escalating violence against women, youth, children and foreigners in South Africa,” the LWF encourages its member churches there to “act for justice in situations that...
Participants of the 2019 Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders with LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge and LWF Area Secretaries. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
9 Sep
Being “a church for others”
Ronel, LWF member churches, member church, Member Churches, ELCA, Evangelical Church of the River Plate (IERP), Lutheran Church in Korea, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ghana, Bolivian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church
9 Sep
(LWI) - To be the church is to care for people in need. This was one of the main observations when eleven recently elected Lutheran church leaders met in Geneva and Wittenberg, to exchange about...
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
As part of the events to mark the tenth anniversary of the coup, Lutherans held a public prayer service at the spot where the first fatal victim of the coup was killed. Riot police and army surrounded the event as a memorial cross was carried to the center of the capital city afterwards. All photos: LWF/S.Hawkey
29 Jul
Lutherans support struggle against repression, violence and poverty in Honduras
Peace, peace and justice, Justice, LWF member churches, Migrants, Honduras, United States, Mexico, Advocacy
29 Jul
Ten years on from the military coup against President Mel Zelaya in Honduras, the Lutheran church in the Central American nation continues to raise its voice for justice and peace in the country,...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge participated in the opening worship of the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and addressed the convention, offering greetings and insights from the LWF. Photo: ELCIC Communications.
16 Jul
The church belongs to the present and has a future
Women Ordination, Youth Participation, Women in Ordained Ministry, LWF member churches, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)
16 Jul
Addressing the 2019 National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan, on 12 July, the General Secretary said that in times “marked by profound change” which...
LWF Council members in the Ecumenical Center Chapel, during the opening worship service of the 2018 meeting. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
5 Jun
Celebration of ecumenical milestone, Thirteenth Assembly, to feature at 2019 LWF Council
council, Council 2019, Meeting, LWF member churches, LWF President, LWF Vice-President, LWF General Secretary
5 Jun
LWF Council to meet in Geneva from 13 to 18 June at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, under the theme “Because we know God’s voice” (John 10:4).
The LWF delegation with (from left) Area Secretary for Europe Ireneusz Lukas, General Secretary Martin Junge and Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kazakhstan Jurij Novgorodov meeting with Dariga Nazarbayeva, Chairperson of the Senate of the Kazakh Parliament and Kazakh government officials. All photos: LWF/A. Weyermüller
3 Jun
Working towards peace in this world
LWF member churches, Interreligious Dialogue, inter-religious dialogue, Ecumenical, Orthodox-Lutheran
3 Jun
On 17 May, the General Secretary of the LWF Rev. Dr Martin Junge had a high-level meeting with Dariga Nazarbayeva in the capital Nur-Sultan. Nazarbayeva is Chairperson of the Senate of the Kazakh...
Rev. Angela del Consuelo Trejo Haager, from the Mexican Lutheran Church at the Latin America and the Caribbean & North America leadership meeting in Peru. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
20 May
Churches in the Americas: witnessing together for justice and peace
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, peace and justice
20 May
Participants to Latin American and the Caribbean and North America leadership conference in Lima, Peru, issue a message pledging to strengthen regional cooperation.
A group of participants during the opening worship of the Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation, hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, 13-17 May, in Moshi, Tanzania. All photos: LWF/ALCINET
16 May
Churches must affirm holistic witness despite challenging contexts
Africa leadership consultation, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Women, Youth, LWF Vice-President, theological formation, Economic justice, Communications, ecumenical relations, environment, politics and economics
16 May
LWF member churches in Africa have received messages of gratitude and encouragement for their untiring and vibrant witness to God’s mission in spite of increasing social, political and economic...
Intergenerational discussion on the witness of the LWF member churches in Latin America and the Caribbean & North America. Photo:LWF/A. Danielsson
13 May
Signs of hope amid challenging times
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event
13 May
Vibrant churches who are visible and present in their communities, empowering youth and women, and working on human rights, gender justice, climate justice, and migration, were in focus on the...
Candle lighting during a church service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Apr
Sri Lanka: LWF condemns violence, urges religious leaders to promote peace
General Secretary Martin Junge, Muslim, Statement, LWF member churches, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Violence, Interreligious Dialogue, Humanitarian Law, peacebuilding
24 Apr
The LWF continues to express the communion’s solidarity with all those affected by the Easter Sunday attacks targeting Christian places of worship and hotels in Sri Lanka.
Getting together: Scholarship holders of the GNC/LWF with Rev. Dionisie Arion, Scholarship Secretary of the GNC/LWF (left) and Rev. Norbert Denecke, General Secretary of the GNC/LWF. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
11 Apr
Deepening communion, strengthening churches, encouraging people
Lutheran theology, Theology, Youth, Communion, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Ecumenical, GNC
11 Apr
Studying abroad, getting to know a different culture and language, taking up impulses from theology and church: every year about 35 students from member churches of the LWF make use this opportunity...
Members of the VELKD Bishops' Conference, ecumenical guests and staff of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. Photo: VELKD
25 Mar
Helping to shape Europe as a peace project
Institute for Ecumenical Research, ecumenism, Europe, European, reconciliation, racism, Peace, LWF member churches
25 Mar
Bishops from German Lutheran churches have reaffirmed the commitment to promoting the spirit of Europe as a community of countries.
Faustina Nillan, national director for women and children in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo: Doug Hostetter
19 Mar
UN side event highlights churches’ successes in furthering Sustainable Development Goals
Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, North America, Colombia, Liberia, Tanzania, United Nations, Event, Peace, advocacy training, Education, Peace-building, hunger, Women, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Diakonia, Ecumenical
19 Mar
At a side event on 12 March, organized during the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, participants gave an overview of the LWF’s “Waking the Giant” initiative, which aims to...
Vigil candles. Photo: LWF/A.S. Danielsson
18 Mar
Solidarity following mosque attacks in Christchurch
Terrorism, General Secretary Martin Junge, Muslim, LWF member churches, Violence
18 Mar
Following the mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, local Lutheran churches have expressed solidarity with the country’s Muslim community.
ELCT Presiding Bishop Dr Fredrick Onael Shoo. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
4 Mar
Tanzania: Presiding Bishop calls for leadership values that foster unity
Lutheran identity, Leadership, Capacity development, LWF member churches
4 Mar
Church unity, sustainability, and a vibrant church were key topics at a recent retreat of bishops, management team, youth and women leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
An app developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover strives to interrupt busy daily routines with spiritual impulses. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Feb
Germany: Attention and space for God’s presence
Germany, information technology, God, member church, LWF member churches, Communications, church
18 Feb
An app developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover strives to interrupt busy daily routines with spiritual impulses.
A congregation of new LWF member church the United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod meets in Santiago de Cuba. The church has more female ordained leaders than male. Photo: United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod
23 Jan
New LWF member: United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod
member church, LWF member churches, council, Council 2018, music, Women, bible, Women in Ordained Ministry, development, Member Churches
23 Jan
“Being part of the Lutheran communion allows us to give and receive in every way. We can learn from others and at the same time can offer the gifts the Holy Spirit gave us,” says Bishop Ismael...
Rev. Dr Miriam Haar, LWF’s Theological Assistant. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
16 Jan
Deeply Committed to Christian unity
Ecumenical, JDDJ, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches, Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Joint Comemoration of the Reformation
16 Jan
Entitled ‘The Lutheran World Federation’s Commitments on the Ecumenical Way to Ecclesial Communion’, the publication was launched at a prayer service in the Geneva Ecumenical Center Chapel on 16...
A peace dove and flowers at a monument in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of Albin Hillert
1 Jan
LWF New Year Message: ‘Seek peace and pursue it’
Peace, peace building, peacebuilding, New Years Message, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Member Churches
1 Jan
In his New Year Message to the Lutheran communion, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge reassures churches that “when we root ourselves in Christ, we are well equipped to engage in this...
27 Nov
Geographical diversity, but common challenges face Lutheran communion regions
Newly-elected leaders' retreat, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Leadership, Induction of Newly Elected Leaders, LWF member churches
27 Nov
Coming from 12 different countries, a group of 12 newly elected church leaders at an LWF retreat in Geneva noticed their vastly different realities, but also that they face similar challenges and...