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6 Apr
Motivation and renewal inspired by the Reformation Anniversary
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6 Apr
The Reformation is ongoing. Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation has made an impact on LWF member churches.
Postage stamp commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Photo: LWF
23 Nov
Vatican issues commemorative Reformation stamp
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23 Nov
An encouraging step of the joint commitment to “walk the paths of communion”
Archbishop Christopher Prowse of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and LCA Bishop John Henderson have signed a joint statement issued to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Photo: Ben Macmahon
14 Nov
An opportunity to talk about God in new ways
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14 Nov
Lutherans and Roman Catholics in Australia marked the 500th anniversary of the launching of the Reformation by pledging to renew the church together.
High-level guests at the church service marking the return of the Cathedral St Peter and Paul. Photo: ELKRAS/Elena Djakiwa
9 Nov
A day of reconciliation in Moscow
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9 Nov
25 October was a special day for Archbishop Dietrich Brauer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia (ELKR).
LCP President Rev. Antonio D. Reyes (second right) joins officials of the Philippine Lutheran Youth League and the young reformers at the commemorative plaque renaming the century-old tamarind tree as the LCP Tree. Photo: Ely Hernandez
8 Nov
‘Luther Gardens’ in the Philippines
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8 Nov
Young Reformers in the Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) are keeping the spirit of the 500-year-old Reformation alive by teaching members to become good stewards of God’s creation.
The commemoration of the 500th Reformation anniversary in Myanmar included a worship service, symposium and a common meal in Yangon. From the left: Rev. Peter Hoi Be, Myanmar Lutheran Church general secretary and Bishop Dr Andrew Mang Lone; LWF regional representative for Southeast Asia, Mr David Mueller and Ms Beth Mueller. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Isaac Htun.
7 Nov
Prayers for reconciliation and religious freedom
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7 Nov
Lutheran churches in Myanmar host festive Reformation anniversary
A service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was held at Westminster Abbey, London. From left: the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, the Reverend Isabelle Hamley, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the PCPCU Secretary Bishop Dr. Brian Farrell, the Dean of Westminster Rev. Dr John Hall. Photo: Andrew Dunsmore/Westminster Abbey
31 Oct
‘A decisive moment for all churches’
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31 Oct
Special service commemorates 500 years of the Reformation at the Westminster Abbey.
Participants prepare for the 31 October 2016 prayer service in Lund Cathedral, Sweden. The Salvadoran cross used for the event depicts the Triune God’s creative, reconciling and sanctifying work. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
31 Oct
Pastoral responsibility toward sharing of the Eucharist
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31 Oct
Joint LWF - PCPCU statement on Reformation Day 2017
Presiding Bishop Jerzy Samiec (fourth from right) and other church leaders during the Reformation 500 commemoration in Poland. Photo: ELCAC
30 Oct
Church's strength, “never an issue of its numbers”
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30 Oct
LWF General Secretary at Commemoration of Reformation Anniversary in Poland
A volunteer accompanies a child during a 500for500 summer camp in 2016. Photo: Kazydy
27 Oct
Inspired by the spirit of ‘not being indifferent’
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27 Oct
Russian young reformers build sponsor system for children to mark Reformation anniversary.
Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén (left) with LWF and Catholic Church leaders during a press conference for the October 2016  joint commemoration in Lund, Sweden. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
27 Oct
‘I am not ashamed of the gospel’ 
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27 Oct
The Church of Sweden is commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with week-long celebrations.
IERP General Secretary Rev. Sonia Skupch speaks at an ecumenical event in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: WCC/ Albin Hillert
26 Oct
It is about freedom
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26 Oct
500th anniversary of the Reformation in Argentina.
A group discussion on religion and the public space during the Asian Lutheran Identity Seminar in Hong Kong. Photo: LWF/S. Lawrence
24 Oct
Reformation is a catalyst to stand against oppressive systems in Asia
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24 Oct
Lutheran identity seminar on the church in the public space
Delegates at the Church of Norway youth synod where the Young Reformers presented their initiative about young people's involvement in the church. Photo: Church of Norway
13 Oct
The ‘Reformer Today’ is about the church’s future
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13 Oct
Youth in the Church of Norway have initiated nation-wide conversations on the ongoing reformation of the church and the changing role of its young people, calling for space to talk about faith and tak
Rev. Yonas Yigezu Dibisa, EECMY President. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
12 Oct
With passion for the gospel and discipleship
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12 Oct
Interview with Ethiopian church leader Yonas Yigezu Dibisa
Rt Rev. O. Michael Benhur, Bishop of the South Andhra Lutheran Church. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
6 Oct
Ministerial formation is the backbone of church life
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6 Oct
Interview with Indian church leader Michael Benhur
The Wittenberg Witness was signed in the City Church in Wittenberg in July 2017 by The Lutheran World Federation and the World Communion of Reformed Churches. The WCRC also signed an association agreement to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ), originally signed by the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999, and later joined by the World Methodist Council. Photo: WCRC / Anna Siggelkow
3 Oct
This is the perfect time to be the church
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3 Oct
An interview with LWF General Secretary Martin Junge about the Reformation anniversary
From the right: Bishop Dr Jensen Seyenkulo of the Lutheran Church in Liberia;  LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge; LWF Vice-President for Africa, Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Maina, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon; and the Africa region area secretary, Rev. Dr Elieshi Mungure, during the ecumenical worship service at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, Liberia. LWF/Felix  Samari
26 Sep
Remembering Christ’s message
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26 Sep
Liberian churches commemorate Reformation anniversary
Rev. Prof. Thomas-Andreas Põder, head of Systematic Theology at the Institute of Theology, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, leads students, pastors and other church workers in one of the courses on the LWF-produced Reformation booklets. Photo: EELC
18 Sep
Reformation: A bridge between the local and global church
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18 Sep
Courses on LWF booklets in Estonia a source of inspiration for ongoing reformation
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
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15 Sep
Tribute to Rev. Laine Villenthal and call for ongoing reformation
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin delivers the sermon at the eucharistic service for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and 50 years of the Federation of Lutheran Churches in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
11 Sep
Freed to fulfill God’s purpose
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11 Sep
Swiss Lutherans mark 500 years of the Reformation and 50 years of congregational life
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!”
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15 Aug
WICAS meeting of bishops and women in church leadership
Members of the Reformation anniversary Joint Commission in Colombia, during a planning meeting for upcoming events. Photo: LWF/P. Cuyatti
15 Aug
An alternative space for dialogue
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15 Aug
Colombian churches, civil society and government mark Reformation anniversary
In June 2017, Lutheran Bishop Mark Whitfield and Cardinal John Dew hosted a joint ecumenical service to commemorate the Reformation in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: LCNZ
14 Aug
A year-long celebration of God’s reforming grace
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14 Aug
Lutherans in New Zealand commemorate 500 years of the Reformation
Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil National Youth Congress 2016. Photo: F.Scherer
3 Aug
Inspiring youth to make diakonia more visible
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3 Aug
Commemorating 500 years of the Reformation in Brazil
Young reformers at the door of the historic Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF Youth/Edgar Toclo
28 Jul
Lutheran youth lead initiatives at global exhibition
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28 Jul
LWF Young reformers at World Reformation Exhibition in Wittenberg.
Ms Lena Lothring, young reformer of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany leads the workshop on “Geo Caching and Luther trees”. Photo: LWF/C. Bader
26 Jul
Geocaching Luther trees connects young people
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26 Jul
German youth keep the Reformation alive and global
22 Jul
Theologians tasked to remove obstacles that hinder enjoyment of unity
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22 Jul
LWF General Secretary Junge praises Lutheran-Catholic Commission at its 50th anniversary