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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.
Rev. Martin Junge during a solidarity visit to Zimbabwe in March 2020. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Oct
Passion for the Church: in conversation with Martin Junge
Ecumenical, Gender Justice, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF member churches, Women's Ordination, Joint Comemoration of the Reformation
25 Oct
As Lutheran churches, “let us learn from the apostles, who did not shy away from long journeys to come together, to pray, discern and find ways to witness to the good news of the gospel of Jesus...
The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras President Pastor Rev. Julio Cabellero. Photo: LWF
8 Oct
Honduras: "We go without fear, we bless them”
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, peace building, unemployment, Violence, COVID19, coronavirus
8 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras President Pastor Rev. Julio Cabellero talks about the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents for his church in addition...
Diocese of Lund Bishop Johan Tyrberg and a delegation of pastors and deans visiting the LWF Communion Office, hosted by General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Sep
Lund ecumenical commemoration has inspired local initiatives
Lund, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, ecumenical rel, Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Welcoming the Stranger
24 Sep
Almost five years since the historic commemoration of 500 years of the Reformation in Sweden, there is a growing spirit of ecumenism and commitment among Catholics and Lutherans to work for peace and...
Children behind an onion tank to filter drinking water in Minawao refugee camp. Cameroon, December 2017. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
22 Sep
“An unequivocal ‘no’ to violence against children”
Child Protection, Protection, Children's rights, rights of children, Children, Violence, LWF member churches
22 Sep
On 16 September 2021, as part of the Together to #EndViolence Solutions Summit Series, the LWF pledged to raise awareness and strengthen advocacy on how to prevent violence against children with the...
At the 2019 Peace Messengers international training workshop in Tallinn, Estonia, Juan Carlos Orantes Rodríguez (left) and Oneyda Elizabeth Fuentes Rivera, sharing about the church’s role in peacebuilding in El Salvador. Photo: LWF/S. Kit
21 Sep
International Day of Peace: LWF calls for proposals of youth-led projects
Interfaith, LWF member churches, peace building, Youth, Public theology
21 Sep
The LWF has invited young people in its member churches to propose projects that advance the promotion of peace in their communities and build societies where all people are included. Youth—under 30...
Participants in the online training included Lillian W. Kantai, LWF Kenya-Somali Program (left) and Sabrina Senger, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. Photos courtesy
17 Sep
A new phase in faith-based advocacy for gender justice
Action for Justice, Human Rights, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, faith-based organizations, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's advocacy, women's human rights
17 Sep
At this year's annual women’s human rights training by faith-based organizations, which after six years of international gatherings is shifting to a more regional-based approach, utilizing the...
Rev. Rebecca Maduley Kurubai, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania Photo: Courtesy
17 Sep
Tanzania: The journey of a woman pastor with her indigenous community
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Member Churches, Ordained Ministry, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People
17 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Rebecca Maduley Kurubai, the first ordained Maasai woman pastor in the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, talks about her passion...
With LWF’s support, the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren runs the DOOR diaconal project to raise awareness about welcoming refugees and migrants in the Czech Republic. In this photo, a children’s day, organized by the Teplice congregation as part of DOOR’s integration activities. Photo: Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren
6 Sep
Call for proposals: Member church projects and COVID-19 response
LWF member churches, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Member Churches, Diakonia, Capacity development
6 Sep
The LWF has issued an open call to its member churches to submit proposals for new long-term projects starting in 2023 and for the fourth phase of its ongoing COVID-19 RRF.
Bishop Jaroslav Javornik from the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia. Photo: SEAVC
20 Aug
Serbia: Passing on the Slovak language and the message of faith
Voices from the Communion, Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches
20 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion, Dr. Jaroslav Javornik, Bishop of the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia, talks about the power of faith, his church’s dynamic history,...
With the LWF Rapid Response Fund, 35 women living in poverty in the UELCI member church areas have regained their livelihoods. A tiffin owner serves lunch. UELCI
17 Aug
COVID-19: India’s churches help women achieve economic independence
Rapid Response Fund, MC/COVID19, COVID19, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Gender Justice, Livelihoods
17 Aug
As tailoring requests from the Lutheran congregation in the Chindwara region of India began to pour in, other women took notice of the formerly impoverished mother of five daughters, now, an...
Extreme weather events: LWF representative Carlos Rivera (with white face mask) visiting Chamelecón, Honduras, where many homes were washed away in unexpected flooding from the hurricanes Eta and Iota in 2020. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
10 Aug
LWF welcomes new UN climate report, urges ambitious action to protect the most vulnerable
LWF member churches, Climate Justice, Climate, World Service, Advocacy, Livelihoods, country programs, emergency response
10 Aug
The LWF welcomes the latest scientific report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In the report, the UN body observes that the Earth’s climate is changing in every region and across the...
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven of the Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace-Lorraine. Photo: UEPAL
6 Aug
France: Finding the voice of gender justice in Scripture
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Voices from the Communion
6 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven of the Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace-Lorraine talks about her journey to ordination, as she increasingly found words in Scripture...