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Bricklayer Makhatutu Siimane, showing what she can do with bricks. Photo: Outreach Foundation
18 Nov
Using arts and creativity to promote skills and well-being
LWF member churches, Diakonia, Women, faith and women’s empowerment, women's empowerment, Youth
18 Nov
An LWF Member Church project from the he Northeastern Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa uses arts and creativity to instill skills, self-expression and self-esteem among youth, women and...
Books from the library formerly housed at the Evangelical Institute of Higher Theological Studies (ISEDET) which closed in 2016. Photo: ISEDET Library Archive
17 Nov
Argentina churches to reopen theological library
Lutheran theology, Theology, students, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Communion Building
17 Nov
In an ecumenical initiative, two LWF member churches in Argentina join three other churches to reopen a theological library that holds the largest collection of university-level historical...
Young people, empowered to advocate for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Nov
Small-scale climate justice projects: Call to youth in member churches
Youth, Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, LWF member churches, Advocacy
13 Nov
The LWF calls for small-scale climate projects initiated and led by youth, i.e. persons aged 30 or younger. Proposals are invited until 6 December. Each project should be initiated and led by young...
LWF project manager in Nepal, Gautam Yagya, briefs a local community about the LWF COVID-19 response during a handover of medical equipment at Morang hospital, Nepal. Photo: LWF Nepal
13 Nov
Empowering faith actors as gender justice advocates
Advocacy, CEDAW, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, women's rights, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, women's advocacy, Women
13 Nov
The rice fields and forests of Morang in eastern Nepal are a world away from the magnificent halls of Geneva’s Palais des Nations. But for three weeks this autumn, Yagya Gautam, project manager for...
Dead locusts in Shilabo, Ethiopia’s Somali region, December 2019. Many locust have died as a result of spraying. Photo: FAO/Petterik Wiggers
11 Nov
Ethiopia: Support after locust plague
LWF member churches, Livelihoods, livelihood, Humanitarian Response, Diakonia, Germany, emergency, humanitarian
11 Nov
The LWF supports people in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, who have been affected by the desert locust infestation this year. In the Bale zone alone, the locusts destroyed more than 20,300 hectares of land...
Rev. Caroline Christopher, from the Arcot Lutheran Church in India, leads a Bible study on 'freedom and fruit of the Spirit' at the global consultation on Lutheran Identities in Addis Ababa from 23 to 27 October 2019. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Nov
Being Lutheran: Priesthood of all baptized
Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran identity, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Reformation, Dalit, Reformation in global perspectives, Global Perspective on Reformation
9 Nov
The LWF webinar on 4 November featured Rev. Caroline Christopher from the Arcot Lutheran Church in India. The webinar, which gathered participants from around the globe, was the fifth in a monthly...
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6 Nov
Online Reformation Day prayer engages Lutherans worldwide
Reformation, JDDJ, ecumenism, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Reformation Day, Youth, Common Prayer, Communion Building, Theology
6 Nov
Lutherans from around the globe, young and old, came together for an online prayer service on Reformation Day. Youth from LWF member churches led the prayer service on 31 October which reached...
Rev. Dr. Grétar Halldór Gunnarsson is a parish pastor in suburban Reykjavík and initiated the website project Amen.is. Photo: Birgir Ísleifur Gunnarsson
6 Nov
Online-support to pray during difficult times
Voices from the Communion, Common Prayer, Theology, Public theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches
6 Nov
As the latest wave of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic hit Iceland, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland launched a new online prayer platform called Amen.is as one of its responses...
Photo: LWF
4 Nov
Appeal for peace in Cameroon after school attack
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, Human Rights, Peace, reconciliation, Violence, LWF General Secretary
4 Nov
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge has sent a message of support to LWF member churches in Cameroon, following an attack on a school which killed at least six children and injured a...
Voters in the United States prepare to cast their ballots in the presidential election on 3 November. Photo: US Embassy in Bern (CC-BY-SA)
2 Nov
U.S. elections: Prayers for unity and peace
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Elections, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
2 Nov
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge has sent a message to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) offering “prayers for unity and peace” as the nation goes to the polls for a...
Mobile devices have become the key source of information, more and more replacing traditional media. Photo: Unsplash
29 Oct
Between faith and fake news
Public theology, media, webinar, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Education, Human Rights, social media
29 Oct
More understanding of social media tools, and more cooperation between faith communities and civil society is needed to counter the flood of fake news and the subsequent polarization of the public...
16 June 2019, Geneva, Switzerland: Gathered in Saint Peter's Cathedral in central Geneva, Emma van Dorp, a theology student from the Reformed congregation, lights five symbolic candles on the altar as the church leaders affirm the 'wish to make more visible our common witness in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity.' Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Oct
LWF youth to lead online Reformation day prayer
Reformation, JDDJ, ecumenism, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Reformation Day, Youth, Common Prayer, Communion Building, Theology
28 Oct
On Reformation Day 31 October 2020, the LWF will gather online to unite in prayer lead by young adults and theologians from around the globe. The LWF youth will lead the liturgy that focuses on...
The “Women of the Reformation” commemorative stamp was designed by Susann Stefanizen and presented to the public in the Market Church in Hannover, Germany. Photo: Federal Ministry of Finance
26 Oct
Postage stamp honors women of the Reformation
Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Women, Lutheran identity, Identity, Reformation, Women in Church and Society, Reformation Day
26 Oct
Alongside men such as Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon, many women had a hand in bringing about the Reformation 500 years ago. This was shown with a commemorative stamp in their honor, which is...
Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi standing next to a statue of Katharina von Bora at Faculdades EST, Brazil. Photo: Private
23 Oct
A time to teach and learn “a diakonia of solidarity”
Voices from the Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Women, women and girls, women's empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, Education, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
23 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi, professor of feminist theology and coordinator of the theology course and the Gender and Religion Program at Faculdades EST (the theological...
ALWS staff visit a community in Jonglei, South Sudan, in January 2020. Photo: ALWS/ Julie Krause
21 Oct
70 years of “bringing love to life”
Diakonia, Livelihoods, quality services, Protection, Refugees, refugees protection, IDP, internally displaced people, Australian Lutheran World Relief, refugee settlements, LWF member churches
21 Oct
The Lutheran World Federation congratulates its related agency, the Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS), on their 70th anniversary.
“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, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence
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...