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The executive secretary of the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India, Rev. Joshuva Peter, says the disease “is exposing once again India’s deep economic divide” with the country’s poorest people being hardest hit by restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of infections. Photo: Vinod Baluchamy/UELCI.
20 Apr
COVID-19: Indian churches stand with poorest communities
COVID19, coronavirus, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, Economic justice, LWF member churches, MC/COVID19
20 Apr
UELCI appeals for support to help member churches continue vital work with those worst affected by pandemic
Churches have structures in place and contact to communities that are a great asset in containing the spread of COVID-19. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Apr
COVID-19: LWF launches Rapid Response Fund for member churches
coronavirus, COVID19, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Communion Office, emergency response, MC/COVID19
17 Apr
The LWF has launched a Rapid Response Fund to help member churches struggling with unprecedented challenges posed by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Supplies of hand sanitizers, masks and other hygiene products ready for distribution by volunteers of the Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Hong Kong. Photo: ELCHK
16 Apr
COVID-19: Health and faith partnership to promote factual information and reduce fear
Interfaith, Theology, Lutheran theology, Advocacy, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Worship, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
16 Apr
The LWF welcomes a recent guide by the World Health Organization (WHO) outlining the critical role of religious leader in disseminating accurate information, reducing fear and stigma and ensuring...
Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
9 Apr
COVID-19: Churches preparing for an exceptional Easter
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9 Apr
Hope and sorrow lie close together these days. This becomes very clear when speaking to pastors from different member churches of the LWF about their ministry. Despite the Coronavirus disease (COVID-...
Volunteers at the Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Hong Kong prepare supplies to distribute to local people in need. All Photos: ELCHK
7 Apr
COVID-19: Church brings hope amid hardship in Hong Kong
Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
7 Apr
While largely confined to their homes and limited to online worship, volunteers at a Lutheran church in Hong Kong have also been providing a practical and spiritual lifeline to people suffering from...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
7 Apr
COVID-19: LWF offers liturgies for Holy Week and Easter
Easter, Easter Sunday, Good Friday, Maundy Thursday, Common Prayer, coronavirus, COVID19, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion, Worship, Lutheran theology
7 Apr
The LWF proposes the Holy Week and Easter Worship in a time of physical distancing in several languages [link] for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.
Rev Kersten Storch is a spiritual counselor with the Protestant Church in the Netherlands who works in a home with people living with dementia. Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash
3 Apr
COVID-19: Routine helps people with dementia during coronavirus isolation
Voices from the Communion, COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building, MC/COVID19
3 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion spiritual counselor, Rev Kersten Storch of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, discusses how dementia disease may make it difficult for people to understand...
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
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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
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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
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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, 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...