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Training session of FC Okapi, the soccer team currently holding third place in Kakuma premier league. The team trains every weekday afternoon. As they have their own field, they have better training opportunities than the more informal soccer teams. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
17 Jul
LWF World Service and Young Reformers in Wittenberg
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17 Jul
Presence in Heaven’s Tent and youthPointreformation
Seminary students from Pematang Siantar with their bicycles - the project mobilized 50 students in a country where bicycles are expensive and considered an unusual means of transportation. Photo: Daniel Sinaga
14 Jul
Cycling for the climate
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14 Jul
Young reformers in Indonesia use bicycles to inspire youth action on climate change
Rev. Zelda Cristina Cossa (left) and Rev. Rosa Minoria Rafael, the second group of women to be ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mozambique, ready to “share the Word, baptize and administer the sacraments to God’s people.” Photo: Salvador Hilário Chame
3 Jul
Celebrating commitment to women's ordination in Mozambique
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3 Jul
Pastors Zelda Cossa and Rosa Rafael speak of new hope and dedication
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23 Jun
Reviving, rethinking, renewing faith
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23 Jun
Young Reformers in the United States bring youth voices to congregations
“The righteous shall live by faith” is the theme of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Malagasy Lutheran Church, inaugurated at the Masombahoaka Lutheran parish in Fianaratsoa. Photo: MLC
19 Jun
150 years of a grassroots-based revival movement
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19 Jun
Malagasy Lutheran Church starts year-long jubilee and Reformation anniversary
Global Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation - highpoint of the Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation in Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/JC Valeriano
14 May
Global Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation attended by thousands in Windhoek, Namibia
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14 May
Called to be “reformed and reformers, renewed and renewing, liberated and liberating”
Liberated by God's Grace – Wittenberg Pilgrimage 2016. LWF General Secretary Martin Junge and LWF President at the beginning of the pilgrimage in front of the St. Nikolai Church in Coswig. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
6 May
LWF Twelfth Assembly in Namibia – a historic global gathering to mark the ongoing reformation
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6 May
A time to worship together, commemorate 500 years of the Reformation, decide work priorities and new governance
Commemorative stamps are being issued to mark the 12th Assembly and the Reformation Anniversary in Namibia.
10 Apr
Commemorative stamp issued in Namibia
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10 Apr
Commemorating the Reformation and Meeting as a Communion
Young reformers in Poland have set up a Living Reformation project that exceeded expectation. Photo: ECACP
13 Mar
“I believe, therefore…” - hundreds of Polish youth support Reformation project
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13 Mar
More than 400 young people join Living Reformation project
The musical theatre production "Elisabeth and Halldóra - Bach and Grallarinn" tells the history of the two women of the Reformation who challenged norms and opinions on the roles of women in society and the church. Photo: LWF/Gylfi Jonsson
23 Feb
With a Focus on Women’s Participation
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23 Feb
Commemorating the Reformation Anniversary in Iceland
Hundreds of people from sixty congregations gathered in Cuddalore, India on 13-14 January for the Reformation commemoration of the Arcot Lutheran Church (ALC). Photo Dora Hemalatha
16 Feb
Indian Lutherans reaffirming their identity
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16 Feb
The Arcot Lutheran Church commemorates the Reformation
Detail of the cross created for the Reformation commemoration by artist Christian Chavarría Ayala. Photo: LWF
25 Oct
The Salvadoran Cross
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25 Oct
Depicting the Triune God’s creative, reconciling and sanctifying work
Malmö Arena will be the site of the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration on 31 October in Lund, Sweden. Photo: Creative Commons
6 Sep
Together in Hope in Malmö Arena
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6 Sep
Tickets available for the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration
In the face of myriad social crises, Lutherans as a Christian community can still say “we are not perfect” but also offer space for dialogue and nurturing a sense of being together in communion,” said IECLB President , Rev. Dr Nestor Paulo Friedrich (middle). Photo: LWF/P. Cuyatti
1 Sep
Liberated by God’s grace to share the gospel, serve the needy
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1 Sep
Two LWF regions prepare together for Twelfth Assembly discussions
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge said the Asia Pre-Assembly is an opportunity for church representatives to meet, share their work and exchange ideas. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
17 Aug
Where churches share their gifts, enrich each other and serve the world
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17 Aug
LWF General Secretary Junge shares a vision for the LWF at Asia Pre-Assembly
LWF Council member Bishop Aaron Chuan Ching Yap says the international Lutheran-Catholic dialogue provides impetus for Malaysia’s Christians to move forward and embrace each other in a spirit of reconciliation. Photo: LWF
14 Jul
Lutheran-Catholic dialogue inspires closer church cooperation in Malaysia
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14 Jul
Interview with Bishop Aaron Yap
Luther Garden architect Andreas Kipar, right, explains the elements of the art installation, Heavenly Cross, moments before it is unveiled. Looking on are LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, left, German President Joachim Gauck, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and General Secretary of the German National Committee of the LWF, Norbert Denecke, during the unveiling of the Heavenly Cross in the Luther Garden in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
15 Jun
“Heavenly Cross” inaugurated at Luther Garden
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15 Jun
LWF leaders and German President Gauck unveil work of art
Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
15 Jun
Pilgrims on the way to Wittenberg: a documentary in photos
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15 Jun
More than 200 participants in the LWF Wittenberg Pilgrimage walked from the St Nicolai Church in Coswig along the Lutherweg towards Wittenberg
Pilgrims on the way from Coswig to Wittenberg. Photo LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
14 Jun
Lutherans discuss ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation
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14 Jun
LWF Wittenberg Pilgrimage started today ...
Lund Cathedral common prayer service will be based on recently published Catholic-Lutheran “Common Prayer” liturgical guide. Photo: Church of Sweden
1 Jun
Joint Ecumenical Commemoration to be held in Lund Cathedral and Malmö Arena
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1 Jun
Joint commemoration: liturgy in Lund Cathedral and public event in Malmö Arena open to wider participation
Lutheran Bishop Dr Matti Repo (far left) with other ecumenical guests at the 16th Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo: ACNS
28 Apr
Anglicans affirm Lutheran-Catholic agreement, endorse Reformation anniversary
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28 Apr
Finnish Bishop Repo encouraged by enthusiastic discussion at Lusaka meeting
The Catholic-Lutheran commemoration in Lund, Sweden, is an important opportunity for Catholics and Lutherans to remember that the reconciliation to which God calls them is for the unity of the Church of Christ and of the world. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
4 Feb
‘What unites us is stronger than what divides us’
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4 Feb
Joint commemoration in Lund is a bold step to deepen relations between Lutherans and Catholics
Lund Cathedral where the Commemoration will take place in 2016.  Photo: Beth M527 via Flickr (Creative Commons, non-commercial)
25 Jan
Press Release: Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund
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25 Jan
Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Younan and General Secretary Junge to lead October event
Rev. Martin Junge (left) and Cardinal Koch. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Jan
Press Release: A joint Catholic-Lutheran “Common Prayer” for 500 years of Reformation
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8 Jan
General Secretary Junge and Cardinal Koch send liturgical guide to church leaders
A child at Casa Abierta in Carpio, San José, plants one of the first trees to mark ILCO's observance of the 500th anniversrary of the Reformation. Photo: Geraldina Álvarez
25 Nov
500 trees, 500 faces for the Reformation anniversary
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25 Nov
An opportunity to learn about the Lutheran Costa Rican Church
Participants at LWF's conference, "Global Perspectives on the Reformation" in Windhoek, Namibia.
2 Nov
Social transformation through concrete and contextual theology
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2 Nov
Message from LWF conference in Windhoek
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge tells participants at the Global Perspectives on the Reformation conference: uphold the importance of freedom as a key insight of Lutheran Reformation.  Photo: LWF/I. Benesch
29 Oct
LWF General Secretary keynote presentation on global perspectives on the Reformation
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29 Oct
A theology that calls attention to exclusion amidst merciless competition
Photo: LWF/H. Martinussen
20 Oct
Deepening Lutheran theology to engage with economic and political realities
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20 Oct
Global perspectives on the Reformation at LWF conference in Namibia
The Reformation study booklets are an ideal resource to guide churches toward the 2017 anniversary. Photo: S. Gallay
15 Oct
Reformation Day 2015: invitation to reflect on theme, Liberated by God’s Grace
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15 Oct
LWF General Secretary’s letter urges member churches to think about what it means to be liberated by God’s grace