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"We urge all parties to de-escalate the situation,” said LWF General Secretary Burghardt. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
26 Jan
A peaceful solution must be found for Ukraine
LWF member churches, LWF General Secretary, Human Rights
26 Jan
The LWF is calling on the international community to take immediate action to avert further conflict and war between Russia and Ukraine.
Voices from the Communion Rev. Auður Eir Vilhjálmsdóttir the first woman ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland preaches to the Woman’s Church. Photo: Kvennakirkjan
21 Jan
Iceland: She trailblazed a legacy of women's ordination
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building
21 Jan
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Auður Eir Vilhjálmsdóttir the first woman ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, gives us a glimpse of the joys she experienced, the...
The online campaign “17 Weeks, 17 Goals” spotlights one SDG every week and calls for action on the specific theme. Photo LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Jan
Germany: “17 Weeks, 17 Goals” online campaign on the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Waking the Giant, Communion Building, LWF member churches, SDG, SDGs, Advocacy
17 Jan
With an online campaign that runs from 17 January to 17 May, Mission EineWelt from Germany invites people to participate in a local, national, and international journey to discover the 17 UN...
Ms Phelister Njile from Tanzania’s northern Shinyanga region, a participant at the 29 November event in Dar es Salaam which brought together doctors, researchers, faith leaders and key partners to end gender-based violence. All photos: Zacharia Osanga
3 Dec
Tanzania: faith leaders highlight rights of people living with disabilities
Gender Justice, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, albinism, disability
3 Dec
The vital role of religious leaders and faith-based organizations in ending gender-based violence was at the heart of a conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 29 November entitled ‘A wealth of...
In Honduras, the LWF member church and World Service program worked jointly to provide humanitarian response during the Eta and Iota hurricanes in 2020. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
2 Dec
LAC: Member churches and World Service programs explore deeper collaboration
member church, LWF member churches, emergency response, emergency, Diakonia, Humanitarian Response
2 Dec
The LWF member churches and World Service programs in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region have begun exploring how to deepen collaboration in order to strengthen their joint work of serving...
The Church of Sweden apologizes for its complicity in the abuse of indigenous Sámi People. Magnus Aronson / Icon
25 Nov
Church of Sweden apologizes for abuse of the Sámi People
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Minorities and Indigenous People, indigenous people
25 Nov
The Church of Sweden delivered a public apology on 24 November for its role in “legitimized repression” and centuries of “mistreatment and complacency” toward the Sámi People. The apology to leaders...
Dr Bijaya Bajracharya, Country Director of LWF Nepal, Rev. Liria Consuelo Preciado of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Colombia and Rev. Denver Grauman of the Moravian Church in South Africa shared experiences of their work to combat gender-based violence. Photos: Panelists’ own.
25 Nov
16 Days: LWF steps up commitments to end gender-based violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, LWF member churches, Advocacy, women's rights
25 Nov
At the start of the 16 Days campaign to end gender-based violence , the LWF has reaffirmed its “unwavering commitment” towards ending "one of the gravest forms of violations of the human rights...
Rev. Toshiki Toma and Bishop of Hólar Diocese Solveig Lara Gudmundsdottir at the LWF Ecumenical Center in 2019. Rev. Toshiki Toma of the International Congregation in Breiðholts Church is pastor to immigrants and refugees at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Nov
Icelandic church strengthens commitment to immigrants, refugees
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Migrants, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger
25 Nov
The General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland recently approved a comprehensive immigration and refugee policy that pledges to improve the church’s services to people with a foreign...
Rev. Dr Angela Olotu, Dean of the theology faculty of the Tumaini University Makumira in northern Tanzania. Photo: Erick Adolph/ELCT
23 Nov
Tanzanian church hosts regional gender justice resource hub
Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Women, Lutheran theology, women's empowerment, women in leadership
23 Nov
The LWF sees theological education as a way to promote systemic change for greater gender justice in the church and in society. That principle was at the heart of the launch, in October, of the...
EPUdF pastors Rev. Joël Dahan and Rev. Sophie Ollier and four young people take the stage at the 2021 Grand KIFF. Photo: Patrick Balas
23 Nov
France: Youth advocacy for a ‘shared Earth’ and care for creation
LWF member churches, Climate, Climate Change, Youth, Climate Justice, Diakonia, Youth Participation
23 Nov
As Marion Panoma followed closely the COP 26 discussions in Glasgow, Scotland, she looked back at how young people in her church, the United Protestant Church of France have kept alive the climate...
Attorney Scarlet Bishara is a judge in the Ecclesiastical Court of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) and a member of the ELCJHL Church of the Reformation at Beit Jala. Photo: LWF/Ben Gray
19 Nov
Palestine: Women trust a woman judge to “understand them”
Communion Building, Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches
19 Nov
In this Voices from the Communion Judge Scarlet Bishara, talks about how her presence on the court fosters trust and a welcome familiarity for women seeking justice.
Members of a “Shared Table” team that collects and distributes food in Vantaa, Finland. Photo: Jani Laukkanen
18 Nov
LWF commends new ‘conviviality’ resources to all churches
Diakonia, Conviviality, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Member Churches
18 Nov
The LWF has thanked diaconal workers in Europe for producing new resources that offer all member churches inspiration to incorporate the concept of conviviality into diaconal ministries.
Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
18 Nov
Burghardt: Grace, education, freedom to serve neighbor
General Secretary, Theology, Lutheran theology, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Diakonia. Theology, Education, LWF Council, LWF General Secretary
18 Nov
In her first address as General Secretary to the Council of the LWF, Rev. Anne Burghardt outlined three key principles or “gifts” that lie at the heart of Lutheran identity.
The Lutheran Church in Liberia initiates an ecumenical joint project to alleviate hunger through national rice farming. All photos: Rev. Linda Seyenkulo/LCL/ELCA
17 Nov
Church in Liberia follows Gospel: “You give them something to eat”
Communion Building, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches, Diakonia
17 Nov
The Liberian Initiative for Feeding Everyone (LIFE-Liberia), a collaborative project envisioned by the Lutheran Church in Liberia Bishop Dr Jensen Seyenkulo, aims to create food and economic security...
Caring for the ‘Silence Garden’ at Augustanahof, a former church building turned into residential apartments, as part of the diaconal work of the Lutheran Church in Amsterdam. Photo: Lutheran Diaconie
16 Nov
Netherlands: Investing in communities to be “carriers of sustainable diakonia”
Conviviality, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Leadership, European Solidarity Group
16 Nov
Four new storybooks on conviviality — the art and practice of living together, have been launched by the LWF, as part of its European Diaconal Process. Wilzing, who has contributed to the first...
COP26 has concluded, but the LWF will continue to advocate for climate and intergenerational justice and creation care. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Nov
COP26: LWF Delegates “disappointed but not disheartened by the lack of results”
Youth, Action for Justice, Climate, Climate Justice, COP26, LWF member churches, Climate Change, Women
16 Nov
While there have been some positive outcomes to the UN climate conference COP26, the path to climate justice is still very long.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres addresses COP26 delegates during a UN High-Level Event for Global Climate Action – “Racing to a Better World” – at COP26. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Nov
COP26: Faith organizations call on world leaders to “step up and deliver”
COP26, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice
12 Nov
Current negotiation texts at the UN climate conference COP26 are failing in vital points. As COP26 draws to a close, The LWF joins other faith organizations in an urgent call “for urgent and...
A contemporary crucifix on the altar of the chapel in the Estonian church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
12 Nov
Ancient and modern meet at Estonia’s Institute of Theology
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
12 Nov
Walking into the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn feels like stepping back in time to rediscover the events that have shaped the country and its people. Located...
Delegation observes flood site at Mekane Yesus Seminary. All Photos: Refilwe Mofulatsi/LUCSA, Zacharia Osanga/ELCT
11 Nov
Strengthening communion relations in Africa
Communion Building, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran identity, Education, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Theology, Consultation, solidarity
11 Nov
An extended Lutheran Council in Africa consultation held by the LWF from 22-25 October in Ethiopia, reflected on common concerns in the Africa region particularly the church’s role in the public...
Worship in an EECMY congregation. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Nov
Ethiopia: LWF in solidarity with church and people yearning for peace
LWF General Secretary, General Secretary, LWF member churches, DWS Ethiopia, Protection, Humanitarian Access, Peace
10 Nov
The LWF has expressed the communion’s “deep concern” over the recent developments in Ethiopia and “solidarity with our sisters and brothers” and all people yearning for peace.
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Nov
COP26: Church leaders call for increased ambition for climate justice
COP26, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice
10 Nov
The UN climate conference COP26 enters into its decisive phase this week. Leaders from the LWF member churches worldwide and their ecumenical partners have urged negotiators to limit global warming...
Rev. Anne Burghardt at work in the Consistory of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
9 Nov
Estonian church life shapes LWF’s new leader
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
9 Nov
The headquarters of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is housed in an elegant 18th century building on a quiet cobbled square in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town. It is known as the Consistory...
New General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
1 Nov
LWF welcomes new General Secretary Rev Anne Burghardt
LWF member churches, LWF General Secretary, Women, Communion Building, General Secretary
1 Nov
The LWF welcomes its new General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt from the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELC), who takes up her new role on 1 November, All Saints Day 2021. She is the first...
Farewell to General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. 28 October 2021, Ecumenical Center, Geneva. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
29 Oct
Lutheran Communion offers thanks, bids farewell to General Secretary Martin Junge
General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Theology, Lutheran theology, Communion Building
29 Oct
Members of the LWF from all parts of the globe gathered online and in person, in the chapel of Geneva’s Ecumenical Center, on 28 October for a service of farewell to General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin...
Lutheran World Federation General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge visits a community inhabited by Santal and Dalit (Musahar) people in Nepal. The community is supported by the Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church and LWF World Service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Oct
Passion for the world: in conversation with Martin Junge
Advocacy, Assembly, Climate Justice, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF member churches
27 Oct
For the LWF, diakonia and advocacy - or service to neighbors in need and work to change unjust structures - are two sides of the same coin, says outgoing General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge.