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Chanset, an ethnic Khmu girl in northern Laos, with school uniform, books and other items provided by LWF as part of a program to provide access to quality education for girls. Photo: LWF/P. Simayvanh
1 Oct
LWF calls for urgent action on women’s rights
Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Statement, women's rights, women's empowerment, CEDAW, Advocacy, Women, Climate, SDGs
1 Oct
The LWF is urging world leaders, meeting at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 1 October, to “safeguard the gains made in gender equality and women’s empowerment and to commit to further...
Young climate activists gathered in December 2019 at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Spain sound the alarm for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Sep
Prophetic young voices call for climate action
Climate, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Advocacy, Youth, Climate Change, Creation
30 Sep
Young climate activists from different Christian churches took part in a webinar during this Season of Creation to highlight how every person of faith has an urgent and crucial role to play in the...
Rev. Dr Batara Sihombing, general secretary of the Indonesian Christian Church. Photo: Private
17 Sep
Shaping mindsets, strengthening community, “for the sake of ecology”
ecotheology, Theology, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Climate, environment
17 Sep
An eco-theology initiative in Indonesia is changing local perceptions about human responsibility toward creation and strengthening interfaith and community bonds.
Ayuba Tada, a Nigerian refugee, serves his second year as a nursery gardener in one of 20 so-called 'green spaces' in and around the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees. A five-year planting and harvest cycle of trees ensures wood to be used as firewood, vines for building of roofs, and a step in alleviating environmental impact in and around Minawao. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Sep
Cameroon: Protect environment, create employment
Season of Creation, Diakonia, Climate, Livelihoods, livelihood, Women, women and girls, Refugees, Protection, Nigeria
14 Sep
The LWF has transformed a region around the Minawao refugee camp in the far North of Cameroon from a dusty desert to a young forest. At the same time, the LWF project improved the relationship...
In the Church of Norway Rev. Einar Tjelle heads the Section for Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue and the Norwegian Interfaith Climate Network. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Sep
Norway: Interfaith advocacy for climate justice and peace
Voices from the Communion, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Climate, Advocacy
11 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Einar Tjelle, from Church of Norway where he heads the Section for Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue and the Norwegian Interfaith Climate Network, describes...
Three indigenous women discuss the intersection of their Lutheran faith with their cultural beliefs and traditions. Photo: American Indian and Alaska Native Lutheran Association (AI/NALA)
8 Sep
Living at the crossroads of Lutheran and Indigenous cultures
Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran identity, indigenous people, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Climate
8 Sep
A reindeer herder’s daughter serving as leader of the Sami Church Council in the far north of Norway, a Massai pastor from southern Tanzania and an Oglala Lakota Sioux pastor from North America...
ULS students wait in line to receive the LWF food kits, which contained enough or a household of 4 or five people to last about 3 weeks. Photo: LWF/ Z. Urbina
7 Sep
El Salvador: LWF supports students affected by cyclone “Amanda”
Central America, Diakonia, Climate Justice, Climate, emergency operation, emergency, food, Hurricane, Livelihoods
7 Sep
The LWF Program in Central America supported scholarship students of the Salvadoran Lutheran University with food and hygiene kits, to keep them in school after the COVID-19 pandemic and a tropical...
The 1 September online prayer service inaugurated the 2020 Season of Creation which runs until 4 October. Photo: LWF/Chad Rimmer
3 Sep
Youth lead prayers to open Season of Creation
Climate, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Advocacy, Youth
3 Sep
Hundreds of Christian women and men from different churches and from every region of the globe took part in an online ecumenical prayer service to mark the opening of the annual Season of Creation.
By keeping a strict ratio of how many seeds to sow per hectare, and by sowing Cassava and Groundnut together, refugees near the Ngam refugee camp in Cameroon can both increase harvests and retain soil fertility over a longer time. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
25 Aug
Celebrating a “Jubilee for the Earth”
Climate, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Advocacy
25 Aug
Each year, the ecumenical Season of Creation is celebrated from 1 September to 4 October. This year its theme is “Jubilee for the Earth.”
A brochure titled “The critical role of faith actors in national climate debate” published recently in English and Spanish explains the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which are part of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and the contribution faith actors can make. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
31 Jul
LWF brochure: “The critical role of faith actors in national climate debate”
Advocacy, Climate, LWF member churches, LWF Publications
31 Jul
An LWF guide with the title “The critical role of faith actors in national climate debate” published recently in English and Spanish explains the Nationally Determined Contributions, and the faith-...
Carlos Hernandez migrated from Olancho, Honduras, a region heavily affected by climate change and social violence. Photo: Sean Hawkey/ LWF
8 Jul
COVID-19: Interfaith forum calls for protection of human rights
coronavirus, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Climate, COVID19, MC/COVID19
8 Jul
The global pandemic of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and climate change are both heavily affecting those already vulnerable, and aggravating the human rights situations in many countries. To...
Rev. Dr. Elfriede Dörr from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
5 Jun
Romania: Connecting theology, ecology, and personal faith
Voices from the Communion, Climate Justice, Climate, LWF member churches, Communion Building, ecotheology, Theology, Youth
5 Jun
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Dr. Elfriede Dörr from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania reflects on the effects of climate change in her country and the...
The area of San José de León, Mutatá, Antioquia, Colombia, is rich in clean water - a great asset, but also a threat to the community, as mining companies and other interests may enter the scene to exploit or damage the natural resource. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Jun
Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope
Climate, Climate Justice, Season of Creation, Identity, Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecotheology
4 Jun
On 8 June at 16:00 CET, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is co-hosting a webinar "Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope", taking up this year's theme for the Season of...
Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash
27 May
Season of Creation 2020 Celebration Guide to inspire a "Jubilee for the Earth"
Climate, Climate Justice, Season of Creation, Identity, Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecotheology
27 May
The theme for the 2020 Season of Creation is "Jubilee for the Earth" and the Celebration Guide has been released...
Christian communities worldwide should be models for an economy of life in their own contexts urge the global Christian organizations. The photo shows LWF livelihoods projects in Nepal. LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
COVID-19: Adopt an Economy of Life, urge global Christian organizations
Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, coronavirus, COVID19, Christianity, WS / COVID19
15 May
In a joint message, the LWF, WCC, WCRC, and Council of World Mission have urged governments to bolster support for healthcare and social protection. They further called for debt cancellation and the...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
Working together for justice, peace and reconciliation
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, Member Churches
15 May
The LWF Annual Report for the work carried out in 2019 is now available. The report highlights the Communion Office collaboration with churches as they witness in their local and global contexts, and...
For the most vulnerable people access to sufficient and clean water is essential at times of climate change as well as during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In Minawao camp, a young woman waits for her bucket to fill up at one of the tapstands. The Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the North region of Cameroon, hosts some 58,000 refugees from North East Nigeria. The refugees are supported by the Lutheran World Federation, together with a range of partners. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Apr
Earth Day: Acting to prevent hardship and suffering in the future
Climate, Climate Change, Earth Day, Climate Justice, COP, COP26, Interfaith, COVID19, coronavirus
22 Apr
Observing today’s Earth Day, the LWF, together with other inter-faith groups active at UNFCCC conferences has issued a statement. It calls on the UNFCCC, all governments, and all people, to build...
LWF Global Young Reformers Erika Rodning (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada) and Fernanda Zuñiga (Lutheran Church in Chile) during a march through the streets of central Madrid as part of a public contribution to the United Nations climate meeting COP25, urging decision-makers to take action for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Apr
Earth Day: Rethinking our ecological footprint
LWF member churches, Climate, Climate Change, Earth Day, Climate Justice, COP, COP25
22 Apr
Earth Day which is observed on 22 April was an occasion for two young climate activists to measure their ecological footprint. Observed since 1970 and promoted by the United Nations as the...
As COP25 is about to draw to a close, hundreds of young people mobilize through Fridays for Future in a strike for the climate, inside and outside the venue of COP25 in Madrid, calling for urgent action for climate justice. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Dec
COP25 in pictures
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women, Human Rights, Gender
17 Dec
COP25 drew to a close on Sunday, 15 December, after a record-breaking extension of negotiations. For climate justice, undeniably much remains to be done.
LWF participants at COP25 – among them, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America – join ecumenical partners in illustrating the lack of balance in finance of the global climate response, where most of the finance is put into mitigation, some into adaptation, but very little into the so-called loss and damage, even though 'that's where the people are'. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Dec
“We must hear the cry of the Earth”
COP25, Latin America and the Caribbean, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, indigenous people
13 Dec
As COP25 in Madrid is set to draw to a close, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America summarize their experiences of what has been a challenging two weeks of climate negotiations and...