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Vice-President Urmas Viilma during the June 2022 LWF Council meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
9 Sep
Estonia: The church, a treasure for future generations
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9 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion, LWF Vice President Archbishop Urmas Viilma reflects on his childhood in Soviet-occupied Estonia, his discovery of the Christian faith and his journey to become the...
In Abu Dis, Palestine, 2020: A woman walks toward the Al-Quds ('Jerusalem') University in Abu Dis, with the separation wall mounted by the Israeli authorities in the background. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
Israel-Palestine conflict: A lasting solution must include ending the occupation
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16 Jun
The continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, and the escalating violence including killing of innocent victims threatens people’s lives, human rights and dignity, and violates...
Looking forward to the Thirteenth Assembly: (from left) Anna Wrzesińska, Chairperson of the Local Assembly Planning Committee, Jerzy Samiec, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, LWF President Panti Filibus Musa and LWF General Secretary Anne Burghardt. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
15 Jun
Assembly preparations proceeding “with vigor”
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15 Jun
The war in neighboring Ukraine changed the perspective on the upcoming Assembly, said the Presiding Bishop of the host church – the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland (ECACP) –...
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14 Jun
“Shocking and disturbing” global food crisis requires sustainable response
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14 Jun
It is “shocking and deeply disturbing” that nearly 193 million people in 53 countries experience a food crisis yet there is enough in the world to feed everyone. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)...
Council members voting. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
14 Jun
German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine joins LWF as individual member
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14 Jun
The German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (GELCU) is now an individual member church of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). The LWF Council accepted GELCU’s application for membership today...
LWF Council members in plenary session at this year’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Jun
LWF calls for end to war in Ukraine and “bolder efforts” to address other conflicts
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13 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has reiterated its previous calls for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukraine, and urged greater investment by the international community in peaceful means of...
Rev. Prof Ioan Sauca, WCC Acting General Secretary, Fr. Dr Augustinus Sander from Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Rev. Dr Hanns Lessing, WCRC Acting General Secretary, Bishop Ivan Abrams, General Secretary of World Methodist Council, Dr. Jean-Daniel Plüss of Pentecostal World Fellowship. Photos: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Jun
Holding together a world plagued by violence and division
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13 Jun
Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal, Reformed and Orthodox church leaders have been speaking at the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Council meeting about the urgency of deepening theological...
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa delivers his address to the Council meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
9 Jun
LWF President opens first in-person Council since start of COVID
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9 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa has welcomed delegates from member churches to the first in-person Council meeting since 2019.
Delegates from around the LWF communion gather for the women’s Pre-Council meeting in Geneva’s Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Jun
Strengthening gender justice and women’s leadership
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8 Jun
Women leaders representing all regions of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) gathered in Geneva on 8 June for a Pre-Council meeting
The 2022 LWF Council meeting takes place in Geneva on 8-14 June. The LWF Council meets yearly and is the highest authority of the LWF between assemblies. It consists of the President, the Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and 48 members from LWF member churches in seven regions. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Jun
Assembly preparations and 75th anniversary of LWF feature at 2022 LWF Council
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3 Jun
The Council of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) will hold its annual meeting in Geneva, 9-14 June, under the theme “In Christ all things hold together." This marks the first time since 2019...
Members of the LWF Council follow the finance report during the 2018 meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Jun
Finance chairperson thanks LWF’s churches and partners for “faithful support”
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22 Jun
LWF Council receives 2020 financial results
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
21 Jun
Junge highlights LWF’s agility, resilience, clarity of mission
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21 Jun
The LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has highlighted the agility and resilience of the organization in responding to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. The creativity and commitment...
The Lutheran World Federation Council has elected Estonian theologian Rev. Anne Burghardt as the next General Secretary of the global communion of Lutheran churches. Photo: Erik Peinar
19 Jun
LWF elects Estonian Anne Burghardt as new General Secretary
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19 Jun
The LWF Council has elected Estonian theologian Rev. Anne Burghardt as the next General Secretary of the global communion of Lutheran churches. The 45-year-old Burghardt is currently serving as Head...
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
18 Jun
LWF President: “Be witnesses of radical hope”
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18 Jun
The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa has urged all member churches to be witnesses of “radical hope” as they look forward to the next Assembly to be held in Krakow, Poland in 2023. In...
LWF Council meeting, 2019: Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Jun
LWF Council to meet online, 18-23 June
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14 Jun
The LWF Council will hold its annual meeting online, 18-23 June. LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, head of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, will formally open the meeting.
Rev. Anne Burghardt and Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata. Photo: Composite
2 Jun
Two candidates for next LWF general secretary
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2 Jun
Candidates from Estonia and Zimbabwe have been proposed for the position of general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. The search for a new leader of the communion of churches has been...
LWF Council, here meeting in Geneva in 2019, will elect the next General Secretary in June 2021. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 Sep
Call for nominations for LWF General Secretary
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15 Sep
Lutheran World Federation member churches are invited to send in nominations for the post of the ninth General Secretary of the global communion.  
Rev. Dr David Rakotonirina, President, Malagasy Lutheran Church Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Jul
LWF offers condolences to the Malagasy Lutheran Church
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13 Jul
The Lutheran World Federation has conveyed sincere condolences to the Malagasy Lutheran following the death of the church’s president, Rev. Dr David Rakotonirina. 
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge at the LWF’s Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia, in 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 May
LWF General Secretary announces he will step down in 2021
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20 May
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge announced today that he will be stepping down from his position on 31 October 2021, three years before his term ends.
LWF Council members follow discussion on the protection of biodiversity.  The report was presented by the Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice chairperson, Ms Vera Tkach, Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Jun
Call to act on climate-related crises, religious and political injustice
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19 Jun
The LWF Council concluded its 2019 meeting with public statements and resolutions on crises related to climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the legacy of slavery and religious...