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Outdoor workshops for young people particularly affected by the lockdown measures in Slovakia. Photo: Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Slovak Republic
4 Feb
COVID-19 rapid response fund: “A shared commitment to leave no one behind”
Rapid Response Fund, MC/COVID19, COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Mission
4 Feb
Through the LWF Rapid Response Fund, the communion was able to rally support and provide direct and indirect relief to congregations and local communities facing the unprecedented challenges of the...
Rev. Lilana Kasper Executive Director of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA), the first woman to hold the office. Photo: R. Mofulatsi/LUCSA
4 Feb
South Africa: “Seeking God wholeheartedly” in her work
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, LUCSA, sgbv
4 Feb
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Lilana Kasper recounts how chaplaincy with the South African Police Service and other rich pastoral experiences shaped her journey and prepared her for her...
Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
1 Feb
Preparing next phase of Jewish-Christian encounter
Public theology, Interfaith, Peace, Theology, LWF member churches, Member Churches, inter-religious relations, Jewish
1 Feb
A task force of the LWF has been meeting to prepare a study document focused on equipping member churches to engage in dialogue with Jewish communities. In the context of the 2023 Krakow Assembly and...
Eva Christina Nilsson, director of LWF’s Department for Theology, Mission and Justice. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 Jan
From Swedish countryside to global church coordination
Theology, Ecumenical, Communion Building, Youth, Communion, Women, Diakonia, Diakonia. Theology, LWF member churches, Mission
28 Jan
Growing up on a farm in the southern Swedish countryside seems a far cry from the high-flying career in international development and mission that Eva Christina Nilsson has been pursuing for almost...
"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.