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Dr Nababan was always willing to bring a prophetic voice to the global communion and “he was truly a leader with vision and passion for the Church,” wrote LWF general secretary Junge in a letter to the church. Photo: WCC
11 May
LWF remembers Indonesian church leader Nababan as "a leader with vision and passion for the church”
Obituary, Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches
11 May
The LWF sent condolences to the Protestant Christian Batak Church following the death of former HKBP Ephorus and former LWF Vice President Rev. Dr Soritua A.E. Nababan remembering him for his “...
View of the Jerusalem Old City from the Mount of Olives. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 May
LWF appeals for an end to violence in Jerusalem
Public Statement, Peace, peace building, Interfaith, Justice, AVH, Palestine homes, LWF member churches, Advocacy
10 May
The LWF has issued an appeal for peace in Jerusalem, where clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in recent days have left hundreds of people injured. The violence has been...
Newly elected president of the EKD Synod, Anna-Nicole Heinrich, during the EKD’s synodal meeting which took place mostly online. Photo: epd-bild
10 May
Germany: Anna-Nicole Heinrich youngest president of EKD synod
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership, Lay people
10 May
This weekend Ms Anna-Nicole Heinrich was elected as the new president of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany on 8 May. A 25-year-old student from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria...
Ms Christine Mangale of the Lutheran Office for World Community in New York, speaking at a session of the CSW61 Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
22 Apr
Urgent task of implementing women’s rights
LWF member churches, Advocacy, Gender Justice, Gender, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's empowerment, Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, CSW, women in leadership, women's human rights, Women's Leadership
22 Apr
A month on from the 65th session of the UN’s CSW, the work has only just begun for Lutheran delegates back in their home countries, who are tasked with monitoring, implementing and holding their...
The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. Photo: Denis Leypold
21 Apr
Strasbourg institute invites Lutheran pastors for online seminar on ecumenism
Ecumenical, Institute for Ecumenical Research, LWF member churches, Interreligious Dialogue
21 Apr
The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, will offer its recently introduced ecumenism study seminar online, this time focusing on the self-understanding, “to be Lutheran is to be...
LWF general secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge speaks at the LWF Council meeting in 2018 . Photo: Albin Hillert/LWF
19 Apr
Sweden: Don’t go down the road of hate speech
Theology, Public theology, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Public Space, Migrants, social media, LWF Vice-President
19 Apr
The LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has spoken out about his “deep concern for the current degradation of public discourse” in Swedish society. His words come after the head of the Church...
"Rooted in seeking justice” Janka Adameová is the director and co-founder of the International Academy of Diakonia and Social Action of Central and Eastern Europe (interdiac). Photo: LWF
16 Apr
Czech Republic: The Church is “a facilitator of change”
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building, Diakonia
16 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion Janka Adameová, director of the International Academy of Diakonia and Social Action of Central and Eastern Europe (interdiac) talks about how her vocation integrates...
LWF supports the empowerment for climate action by young people. Photo: Amber – Unsplash
12 Apr
Encouraging youth engagement for climate justice action
Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, LWF member churches, Youth, Advocacy
12 Apr
The LWF has issued a call for small-scale climate projects initiated and led by young people. The deadline for proposals is 16 May. Each project should be initiated and led by young people, aged 30...
Rev. Sebastian Bugs had chaired the Youth Committee of the German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (GNC/LWF) since 2013. Photo: private
9 Apr
Germany: Worship and the revival of churches
Communion, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership
9 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Sebastian Bugs talks about the "Revival of the churches" project that the GNC/LWF Youth Committee recently completed and documented in a video, as...
During a 30 March webinar, four ordained women from Mexico, Austria, Tanzania and Malaysia talked about the challenges they face and responsibilities they share in bringing an alternative voice to the highest levels of church leadership. Photo: Composite
6 Apr
Public Theology: Echoing Miriam’s prophetic song
Theology, Lutheran theology, Identity, Lutheran identity, Public Space, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Communion, Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender, Public theology, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry
6 Apr
Women working in public theology today are echoing the prophetic voice of Miriam, Moses’ sister, who protected life and proclaimed the liberation of her people from oppression. During a 30 March...
23-27 September 2019, Faculty EST, São Leopoldo, Brazil. LAC and North America HUB training on mediation, using the tool “Dialogue for Peaceful Change.” Photo: Scheila Dillenburg/InS"
31 Mar
“Blessed are the peacemakers” – new publication on reconciliation
LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion, Communion Building
31 Mar
“In a world with increasing violence, loss, pain and loneliness, churches retain their relevance as spaces for healing,” writes Rev. Dr Patricia Cuyatti, outgoing Regional Secretary for Latin America...
A woman entrepreneur sews cloth face masks in Kyauk Tan Gyi village, Sittwe Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: LWF/Nu Nu Aye
30 Mar
COVID-19: LWF intensifies rapid response to include long-term recovery
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Member Churches, solidarity
30 Mar
The LWF is shifting its COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund from the current short-term emergency framework to focus more on recovery and livelihood projects. The objective is to address the long-lasting...
In the Salvadoran Lutheran Church, the Stewards of Creation, play a key role in promoting climate justice and creation care in church and society. Here they enjoy lunch during a workshop. Photo: SLS
29 Mar
El Salvador: Climate education and climate action go hand in hand
Youth, Climate, Climate Justice, LWF member churches, member church, COVID19, MC/COVID19
29 Mar
Rev. Maritza Albertina Carrillo Herrera, a pastor of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church, as a member of the youth coordinating group of the church’s Stewards of Creation, the 26-year-old launched several...
Photo: Ecumenical Information Centre of Dresden
22 Mar
Germany: Exhibition connects lifestyles to Christian roots and responsibility
LWF member churches, member church, Diakonia, Climate, Climate Justice
22 Mar
“Damit die Saat aufgeht” (So that the seeds may grow), an exhibition that opened its doors to the public on 14 March in Saxony, Germany, invites Christians to reflect on how everyday lifestyles can...
Rev. Charlotte Frycklund serves as the Church of Sweden’s “internet priest.” Photo by: Argument/Pierre Eriksson
19 Mar
Sweden: Internet pastor engages faith seekers online
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, COVID19, MC/COVID19, social media, Voices from the Communion
19 Mar
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Charlotte Frycklund talks about her work as the Church of Sweden’s first “internet priest” and the request of the people for access to their questions via...
Panelists Marcia Blasi, Elitha Moyo, Tamar Haddad and Liria Preciado at the CSW event on ‘Women of Power: Leading together for a better future’. Photos: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano; LWF/Albin Hillert; Private; IELCO
17 Mar
Shaping new narratives of inclusion and equality
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, CSW, Theology, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, Commission on the Status of Women, Gender, Public theology, women in leadership, faith and women’s empowerment
17 Mar
From ancient Greek mythology to 21st century politics, women's voices have been routinely silenced, suppressed and excluded from the public square. Churches and faith-based organizations today...
Pastor Miroslav Ponjičan (back right) with youth and children, preparing for a tree planting activity in the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia (SEAVC). Photos: SEAVC
15 Mar
Serbia: Apple trees as a sign of faith and creation
Theology, LWF member churches, Climate, Youth, Communion Building, Climate Justice
15 Mar
“Even if I knew that the world was to collapse tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.” This hope-filled quote, attributed to the reformer Martin Luther, inspired Miroslav Ponjičan, a...
LWF’s delegation to the 65th Commission on the Status of Women brings vital voices of women and girls to ensure a gender just lens on COVID-19 response and recovery. (File photo taken before the start of COVID-19) Photo: Life on Earth photos/Sean Hawkey
12 Mar
Gender-just lens needed for COVID-19 recovery
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Interreligious Dialogue, women and girls, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, UN Women, Women, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, United Nations, COVID19
12 Mar
The LWF will be taking part in the 65th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) from 15 to 26 March 2021. A delegation of over seventy lay and ordained women and men...
Past, present and future Lutheran women in leadership discuss challenges and progress in breaking barriers to affirm women’s rights and equality. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
9 Mar
Breaking barriers: LWF women in leadership
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Youth, Women, women in leadership, Women's Leadership, International Women's Rights Day
9 Mar
What can be done to break down barriers that prevent women from fulfilling their potential and reaching top leadership positions in the church and in society? That question was at the heart of a...
Luther’s short treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ calls believers to love God and serve our neighbors in need. Photo: LWF/M. Dölker
9 Mar
Freedom of a Christian: a compass for contemporary church
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Lutheran identity, Identity, COVID19
9 Mar
Luther’s 500-year-old treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ provides a compass for the churches today as they seek to navigate the complex challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the...
Evangelical Church of the River Plate Vice President Karina Arntzen. Photo: LWF/E. Albrecht
5 Mar
Argentina: "I’m convinced that dialogue is always the solution”
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches
5 Mar
In this Voices from the Communion Attorney Karina Arntzen discusses her newly elected position as vice president on the board of directors of the Evangelical Church of the River Plate (IERP), the...
In one of its COVID-19 response activities, the Cuban Lutheran church organized a community lunch for 320 people including members of the congregations of Cristo Vive, Cristo Redentor, Nuestro Salvador and Aposento Alto. Photo: IEU-SL
26 Feb
COVID-19: Cuban Lutheran church extends food and psychosocial aid
Rapid Response Fund, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building, COVID19, MC/COVID19
26 Feb
The LWF is supporting its member church in Cuba to continue offering assistance through the communion’s COVID-19 RRF, now in its second phase. Churches that apply for funding receive up to EUR 5,000...
Participants in the LWF Peace Messenger Training in Jerusalem in September 2017. Photo: Ben Gray
25 Feb
Strengthening advocacy in LWF member churches through exchange and collaboration
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Peace, Climate Justice
25 Feb
Through its Action for Justice Unit, the LWF has initiated two forums focusing on climate justice and interfaith relations and peacebuilding. The forums will support and promote the advocacy work of...
Thanks to the Lutheran communion’s emergency support, Gregorio Pérez and other residents of Shupa village are replanting crops lost to two successive hurricanes. Photo: ILUGUA
23 Feb
Guatemalan church assists families recovering from hurricane impact amid COVID-19
COVID19, emergency response, emergency, Food Security, indigenous people, LWF member churches, Diakonia, MC/COVID19
23 Feb
For Gregorio Pérez, a leader of the indigenous Maya Chortí in Guatemala’s southeastern department of Chiquimula, the rising number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is not the only crisis worrying him...
Rev. Frank Mexon Mng’ong’o (wearing red stole), ELCT’s new Youth Coordinator, in a photo from early 2020. Mng’ong’o was ordained in Jan. 2020. Photo: ELCT
19 Feb
Tanzania: Youth preaching the Gospel, planting trees
LWF member churches, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Climate, Youth
19 Feb
In this Voices from the Communion ELCT Youth Coordinator, Rev. Frank Mexon Mng’ong’o shares his plans to engage more ELCT youth in the life of the church and to continue supporting creation care...
LWF country representative Sophie Gebreyes and EECMY-DASSC staff Desta Hadera (right) meet Eritrean refugees in an EECMY church in Mekelle. Photo: LWF/C. Masanga
12 Feb
Ethiopia: Stories of flight and loss from Tigray
WASH, livelihood, quality services, refugees protection, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency, Diakonia, Violence, IDP, Livelihoods, country programs, emergency response, LWF member churches, Member Churches
12 Feb
From everyday life into chaos: For the people affected by the recent conflict in Ethiopia, life as they knew it ended abruptly with the military offensive in the Tigray region. Even before, many had...
In its COVID-19 response, the Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala distributed food and sanitation supplies to families living in remote villages. Photo: ILAG/Diego Gil
11 Feb
LWF churches prioritize prevention and vulnerable families in second RRF phase
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia
11 Feb
Implementation of a second phase of The LWF COVID-19 RRF has begun, with 44 of the communion’s member churches providing pastoral care and basic survival support to vulnerable communities still...
The LWF National Committee in Indonesia installed an internet satellite tower on the properties of four Lutheran churches in remote areas to assist online learning. Church pictured is HKBP. Photo: by Andi Gultom/KNLWF.
9 Feb
Indonesian churches enable online learning in rural areas
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Member Churches, COVID19, Diakonia
9 Feb
When stay-at-home measures were implemented due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the KNLWF wanted to increase access to the internet and began building satellite towers that receive internet...
Participants at the Being Lutheran webinar believe the experience of digitally-mediated worship is “changing who we will be in the future.” Photo: Congerdesign via Pixabay
5 Feb
Being Lutheran: Real Presence in Digital Church
Being Lutheran, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Lutheran identity, technology
5 Feb
In a 3 February ‘Being Lutheran’ webinar, three theologians from the United States, the Netherlands and Malaysia reflected on these questions, as they shared personal perspectives on the way the...