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Participants in the Global Consultation of Women doing Theology gather outside the Warsaw conference center where they are reflecting on biblical texts and relate them to the challenges they face in their churches today. Photo: LWF/P. Hitchen
15 Nov
Searching for treasures of Lutheran tradition
LWF gender justice policy, Women in Church and Society, Theology
15 Nov
Women doing theology ask: What does the gospel say about gender in the church today?
Rev. Adita Torres Lescano, Pastor President of the Lutheran Church of Peru, visiting the tree planted by representatives of her church in the Luthergarten in Wittenberg. This Reformation 2017 project symbolizes the ecumenical relationships of Christian churches worldwide through 500 trees creating a living memorial. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
11 Oct
A communion of solidarity
Voices from the Communion, Ecumenical, Ronel, LWF member churches, Women in Ordained Ministry, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership
11 Oct
Rev. Adita Torres Lescano, recently elected pastor president of the Lutheran Church of Peru, speaks about her work in the church and the value of being connected to other people of faith in order to...
Olga Navrátilová from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Sep
Uniting faith and reason in the Czech Republic
Voices from the Communion, Women in Church and Society, Women, Communion Building, Advocacy, solidarity, Theology
27 Sep
Olga Navrátilová, a member of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), looks back at the history of the church in her country and reflects on how it can continue to have a positive impact on...
Sisters in faith: (from left) Rev. Sybil Chetty (South Africa), Dr Christy Ponni (India), retired Bishop Dr Margot Käßmann (Germany), Dr Ziyanda Mgugudo-Sello (South Africa) and Moderator Gabriele De Bona (ELM) . Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Aug
Encouraged as sisters in faith
Theology, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Member Churches, LWF member churches, Communion Building
29 Aug
Churches should be bolder and elect women as well as men to leadership positions
Five LWF vice-presidents: from left to right, Desri Maria Sumbayak, Propstin Astrid Klein, Archbishop Antje Jackelen, Rev. Jeannette Ada Epse Maina and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
13 Jun
Promoting gender justice in church and society
Council 2019, pre-council, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women in Church and Society, Women, Gender Justice, Youth, Women in Ordained Ministry
13 Jun
Working together to challenge patriarchal structures and attitudes was at the top of the agenda as participants in a Pre-Council meeting on women gathered in Geneva to share stories and plan...
From left to right: Ordained pastors of the Mexican Lutheran Church; Karina Carmona, José Alcantara, Sofía Tenorio, Ángela Trejo, David Brondos, Roberto Trejo and Moisés Espino following the worship service celebrating 10 years of women’s ordination. Photo: L. Tenorio/ILM
12 Apr
Mexican church marks 10 years of women’s ordination
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women in Ordained Ministry, Gender Justice, Women Ordination, women in leadership
12 Apr
The recent celebration of 10 years of women’s ordination in the Mexican Lutheran Church was an occasion to reaffirm the church’s commitment to empower and encourage both women and men to contribute...
Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien, Presiding Bishop, Church of Norway. Photo: Hege Flo Øfstaas/Church of Norway
12 Apr
Norway’s presiding bishop shares hopes and challenges
Easter, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Voices from the Communion
12 Apr
In the very early hours of Easter Sunday morning, the leader of the Church of Norway, Presiding Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien will be presiding at worship inside the medieval Cathedral of Trondheim...
Prof. Dr Ľubomír Batka was one of the two lecturers at the 19th International theological seminar held at the LWF Center Wittenberg. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
20 Mar
Critically reflecting about Luther for the 21st century
Women in Church and Society, Women in Ordained Ministry, Lutheran Theological Seminary, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, theological formation, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland
20 Mar
Prof. Dr Ľubomír Batka from Slovakia assisted to the 19th International Seminar for theologians at the LWF Center in Wittenberg. He spoke with LWI about the importance of these seminars and Luther’s...
LWF Communion Office staff marked the 2019 International Women’s Day by taking part in activities on gender justice. This included quizzes, book presentations and reflections from General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Mar
LWF celebrates International Women’s Day 2019
Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Justice Policy, women's advocacy
8 Mar
In order to raise awareness around gender justice issues, the LWF Communion Office marked International Women’s Day 2019 with a program of prayer, various activities and a reflection from General...
Ms Kausilya Damai, member of the local government of Nawadurga Rural Municipality in western Nepal. Photo: LWF Nepal
8 Mar
Nepal: Woman leader Damai chronicles her journey from bondage to leadership
women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, gender-based violence, Women, Women in Church and Society
8 Mar
Continuous empowerment toward a dignified life is at the core of LWF’s work among freed Haliyas in western Nepal.
Icelandic pastors and bishops after the consecration of Rev. Agnes Sigurðardóttir as bishop of Iceland in 2012 (seventh from right, front row). Bishop Guðmundsdóttir is fifth from the left in the front row. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
28 Feb
Church of Iceland offers equal opportunities for women
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women Ordination, women in leadership, Youth, Youth Participation
28 Feb
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland takes gender justice seriously and prides itself on offering equal opportunities for women in the workplace.
Paula Müller-Otfried (center, standing) was the first woman to be elected to the regional synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover in 1921. In the political arena she stood for election to the Weimar National Assembly in 1919 and won a seat in the Reichstag in 1920. Photo commissioned by the DEF: Kasch, A.; Th. Möller Nachf., Stralsund; AddF, Kassel, Sign.: NL-K-16, D-F1/00045.
13 Feb
Germany: The long road to equal rights for women in leadership
Women, Women in Church and Society, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership, women's empowerment, women's advocacy
13 Feb
The year 2019 marks 100 years since women obtained the right to vote in Germany. While celebrating this significant anniversary, a new study has shown that the country’s Protestant churches still...
(From left) Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment; Kathrin Wallrabe, ELCS equal opportunities officer and WICAS regional coordinator for Central Western Europe; Bettina Westfeld, LWF Council member and vice-president of the ELCS synod. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
29 Nov
Participation of women and men is a theological issue
Women in Church and Society, Leadership, women in leadership, Human Rights, LWF Twelfth Assembly, Twelfth Assembly, Women
29 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony has passed a law to recognize the fundamental issue of gender justice in the composition of church governing bodies.
Rev. Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for Gender Justice and Women's Empowerment. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
23 Nov
LWF’s invitation to “Walk our Talk” and end violence against women and girls
Women, Women in Church and Society, WICAS, empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Human Rights
23 Nov
This year’s global campaign to end violence against women and girls is an opportunity for the Lutheran communion “to renew and reaffirm our deep commitments toward ending sexual and gender-based...
Rev. Jongkolnee Sampachanyanon Sim receives the blessing from bishop Rt. Rev. Amnuay Yodwong. Photo: LWF/ P. Lok
2 May
Thailand: First Lutheran women ordained into ministry
WICAS, Women in Church and Society, Women's Ordination, church, Gender, Women
2 May
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand, a member church of the LWF, has called its first women into the ordained ministry of word and sacrament.
LWF Communion Office staff participate in a workshop on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. The workshop followed the 2017 Assembly commitment to focus work on eliminating sexual and gender based violence. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Mar
Preventing sexual harassment in the office: from policy to practice
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, IWD, faith and women’s empowerment, Women in Church and Society, International Women's Rights Day, women's day, women's empowerment
8 Mar
The LWF continues its work to ensure a safe workplace that extends beyond policy to practice.
A group of women participants at MLC’s jubilee. Photo: MLC
25 Nov
Precious in God’s Eyes
Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, women's advocacy, gender-based violence, Advocacy, WICAS
25 Nov
16 days of activism to overcome gender based violence
Festive worship service at Tallinn St. Mary’s Cathedral on the occasion of celebrating 50 years of women’s ordination in Estonia on 7 September 2017. Photo: Endel Apsalon
15 Sep
Celebrating 50 years of women’s ordination in Estonia
Women in Church and Society, Women's Ordination, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
15 Sep
Tribute to Rev. Laine Villenthal and call for ongoing reformation
Bishops and other women in church leadership positions met in Wittenberg, Germany, to reflect on their experiences and to share advice and support. LWF/Marco Schoeneberg
15 Aug
“Sister, carry on!”
Leadership, Women in Church and Society, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
15 Aug
WICAS meeting of bishops and women in church leadership ...