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Participants of the LWFs 19th International Seminar for pastors held at the LWF Center Wittenberg in March 2019 connect via video conference. Photo: Michael Grimmsmann
1 Apr
COVID-19: Encouraging each other in a time of need
COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Lutheran theology, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Wittenberg, member relations, Communion, Identity, Lutheran identity, MC/COVID19
1 Apr
A group of 20 pastors from 17 countries has developed into a stable network to share fears and concerns, encourage each other and exchange new ideas for church work, especially now because of the...
Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
26 Mar
COVID-19: LWF calls for donations to support member churches’ response
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26 Mar
The LWF is calling for donations to support its member churches in their response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
A nurse at the Villa Betania Evangelical Hospital wearing full protective gear to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Photo: Brandmaker
20 Mar
COVID-19: Saving lives at Protestant Hospital in Naples, Italy
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus
20 Mar
Italy remains on lockdown following the highest number of infections and deaths from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak outside of China, where it began.
By keeping social distance and “holding back from unnecessary contact, we are able to show our love and concern for those who are most vulnerable. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
12 Mar
COVID-19: Love and self-discipline needed to protect the vulnerable
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, coronavirus, COVID19, LWF member churches, MC/COVID19
12 Mar
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa and General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge have written to all member churches offering prayers, support and encouragement as they face up to the...
Seeking asylum is a human right, Lutheran and Catholic bishops in the Nordic countries insist and EU member States have both a legal commitment and a moral obligation to support people escaping from oppression and persecution. In the image, Oreokastro refugee camp outside of Thessaloniki, Greece. Photo: Håvard Bjelland/Kirkens Nødhjelp
11 Mar
Lutheran and Catholic leaders call on EU to support refugees
Ecumenical, refugees protection, Human Rights, Refugees, church, LWF member churches, ecumenical relations, coronavirus
11 Mar
Lutheran and Catholic bishops in the Nordic countries have issued an unprecedented joint statement urging Europe’s leaders to act responsibly towards refugees fleeing from violence and conflict...
Moments after this photograph was taken a bomb was thrown into the church. No one was harmed. Photo: IELCH
10 Mar
Molotov Bomb Thrown into Congregation In Chile
LWF member churches, bombing, Chile, Peace-building, reconciliation, Latin America and the Caribbean
10 Mar
On 27 February, the Congregation La Paz of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile was the victim of an attack during a discussion of an upcoming referendum on reforming the national Constitution of...
Journalists interview LWF General Secretary Martin Junge following a meeting with government officials in Harare. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
5 Mar
Churches called to combat exclusion, discrimination
LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Governance, Communion, ecumenical relations, Public Space, Communion Building, Advocacy, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Zimbabwe
5 Mar
Churches around the world today are called to combat “exclusionary, discriminatory narratives and policies”, modelling instead “inclusion as Jesus taught it.” That message was at the heart of a...
Chapel of the Christian Council in Malaysia. Churches in Asia have advised their members to introduce measures at worship to ensure good hygiene, but to avoid spreading panic. Photo: LWF/C. Rendón
20 Feb
COVID-19: Churches in Asia advise for prudence in COVID19 outbreak
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Communion, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
20 Feb
LWF member churches in Asia have advised congregations to act prudently and avoid spreading panic, while introducing additional hygienic measures.
 Participants at a workshop in Nepal in December 2019 develop ideas on how to pilot the “Churches and Emergencies” program in the two target communities. Photo: LWF/NELC
19 Feb
Nepal: Ready to respond to those in need
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, disaster preparedness, natural disaster, emergency response
19 Feb
The Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church has learnt much with the help of the LWF World Service Nepal program, the church has increased its capacity to prepare for and respond to such tragedies. When...
An emoji for forgiveness, selected from the proposals submitted in a campaign by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Photo: ELCF
17 Feb
Finland: New emoji for forgiveness presented
Communications, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, forgiveness, reconciliation, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy
17 Feb
Two hands showing the "thumbs up" gesture in front of a heart – this is the winner of the emoji campaign launched by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and its partners last year...
Rev. Toshiki Toma (right) and Rev. Kristín Þórunn Tómasdóttir (third from left) with the congregation at Laugarnes-church in Reykjavik. Photo: Rev. Hjalti Jón Sverrisson
14 Feb
Iceland’s pastor for immigrants and asylum seekers
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14 Feb
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Toshiki Toma, pastor in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, talks about his work providing advice and counselling to other immigrants in...
Rev. Dr Sivin Kit and World Service Emergency Program Coordinator Clovis Mwambutsa in dialogue with the Muslim Chief of a community in Cameroon hosting refugees from neighbouring countries. Photo: LWF/Moise Amedje
3 Feb
LWF marks World Interfaith Harmony Week
Theology, Interfaith, Interreligious Dialogue, LWF member churches, Communion Building
3 Feb
During the first week of February, the LWF is joining with the WCC and many other faith-based organizations to mark the 10th edition of World Interfaith Harmony Week.
During the meeting in Geneva, Mr Diego Calquin Campos (Chile), Dr Ulla Morre Bidstrup (Denmark) and Rev. Dr Songram Basumatary (India), in a small-group discussion.  Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 Jan
Theological education that strengthens Lutheran identity
Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Education, Lutheran identity
28 Jan
The LWF is in the final stages of launching a network for Theological Education and Formation to strengthen the study of theology, facilitate joint reflection, and build on the self-understanding of...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Dec
2020 New Year Message: So that all have life in abundance
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27 Dec
In his New Year message, the General Secretary of the LWF Rev. Dr Martin Junge calls on churches to bear witness to the gospel message by proclaiming the good news of salvation, serving the neighbor...
LWF participants at COP25 – among them, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America – join ecumenical partners in illustrating the lack of balance in finance of the global climate response, where most of the finance is put into mitigation, some into adaptation, but very little into the so-called loss and damage, even though 'that's where the people are'. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Dec
“We must hear the cry of the Earth”
COP25, Latin America and the Caribbean, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, indigenous people
13 Dec
As COP25 in Madrid is set to draw to a close, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America summarize their experiences of what has been a challenging two weeks of climate negotiations and...
A member of a women’s group with the Abhilasha Federation, shares her views during an empowerment training seminar focusing on the role of women in community development, leadership and economic empowerment, in Shahpur, Betul, Madhya Pradesh, India. Photo: ELC WESA PROJECT
12 Dec
No justification for violence against women
Member Churches, LWF member churches, Gender Justice, Gender Justice Policy, gender-based violence, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, UELCI
12 Dec
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has encouraged of all LWF member churches in India to step up efforts to stop violence against women and promote greater gender justice in their country.
The City Church in Wittenberg where Martin Luther and other reformers preached regularly. All photos: LWF/A. Danielsson
20 Nov
Wittenberg: Belonging to the Lutheran family
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Lutheran theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary, LWF member churches
20 Nov
Twice a year the city of Wittenberg hosts international theological seminars organized by the LWF.