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Cardinal Edward Cassidy at the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in St Anna Lutheran Church, Augsburg Germany on 31 October 1999. Photo: ELCA/ Edgar R. Trexler for The Lutheran
13 Apr
Remembering Cardinal Cassidy: Dialogue and reconciliation
ecumenism, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Roman Catholic, vatican, JDDJ
13 Apr
The LWF joins Catholics and other religious leaders in giving thanks for the life of Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy who died in Australia on 10 April at the age of 96.
Rev. Larry Miller, as Secretary of the Global Christian Forum, addressing the Third Global Gathering in Bogotà, Colombia in 2018. All Photos: LWF/A.Hillert
31 Mar
Mennonite reflections on the ecumenical journey
Mennonite, baptism, Menonite-Lutheran relations, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, Theology, Lutheran theology, Mennonite World Conference
31 Mar
Looking back on a career spent working for Christian unity, Rev. Dr Larry Miller speaks of the divided church as actual “wounds in the Body of Christ.” During Holy Week, the former General Secretary...
Prof. Dr Dirk Lange, LWF’s Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
25 Jan
Ecumenical partnerships in a post-pandemic world
ecumenicals relations, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Anglican-Lutheran relations, JDDJ, Pentecostal-Lutheran relations, Orthodox Lutheran relations, PCPCU, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
25 Jan
Reflecting at the close of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations Prof. Dr Dirk Lange looks back on a year of “consolidation and...
Landscape in Amhara province, the state bordering Tigray, Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
4 Dec
Churches express deep solidarity with Ethiopia
Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Ethiopia, EECMY, ecumenism, ecumenical relations, WCC, ACT Alliance, Methodist, Anglican, Reformed, IDP, emergency, humanitarian, Peace
4 Dec
Ecumenical organizations have sent a pastoral letter of solidarity to the churches and people of Ethiopia, expressing commitment to accompany them as they address multiple challenges and crises.
Books from the library formerly housed at the Evangelical Institute of Higher Theological Studies (ISEDET) which closed in 2016. Photo: ISEDET Library Archive
17 Nov
Argentina churches to reopen theological library
Lutheran theology, Theology, students, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Communion Building
17 Nov
In an ecumenical initiative, two LWF member churches in Argentina join three other churches to reopen a theological library that holds the largest collection of university-level historical...
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6 Nov
Online Reformation Day prayer engages Lutherans worldwide
Reformation, JDDJ, ecumenism, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Reformation Day, Youth, Common Prayer, Communion Building, Theology
6 Nov
Lutherans from around the globe, young and old, came together for an online prayer service on Reformation Day. Youth from LWF member churches led the prayer service on 31 October which reached...
16 June 2019, Geneva, Switzerland: Gathered in Saint Peter's Cathedral in central Geneva, Emma van Dorp, a theology student from the Reformed congregation, lights five symbolic candles on the altar as the church leaders affirm the 'wish to make more visible our common witness in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity.' Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Oct
LWF youth to lead online Reformation day prayer
Reformation, JDDJ, ecumenism, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Reformation Day, Youth, Common Prayer, Communion Building, Theology
28 Oct
On Reformation Day 31 October 2020, the LWF will gather online to unite in prayer lead by young adults and theologians from around the globe. The LWF youth will lead the liturgy that focuses on...
The executive secretary of the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India, Rev. Joshuva Peter, says the disease “is exposing once again India’s deep economic divide” with the country’s poorest people being hardest hit by restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of infections. Photo: Vinod Baluchamy/UELCI.
20 Apr
COVID-19: Indian churches stand with poorest communities
COVID19, coronavirus, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, Economic justice, LWF member churches, MC/COVID19
20 Apr
UELCI appeals for support to help member churches continue vital work with those worst affected by pandemic
Supplies of hand sanitizers, masks and other hygiene products ready for distribution by volunteers of the Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Hong Kong. Photo: ELCHK
16 Apr
COVID-19: Health and faith partnership to promote factual information and reduce fear
Interfaith, Theology, Lutheran theology, Advocacy, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Worship, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
16 Apr
The LWF welcomes a recent guide by the World Health Organization (WHO) outlining the critical role of religious leader in disseminating accurate information, reducing fear and stigma and ensuring...
Christians worldwide will pray the Lord's Prayer simultaneously at noon (CET+1) on Wednesday, 25 March. Photo by Amaury Gutierrez on Unsplash
24 Mar
United in the Lord's Prayer across the globe
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24 Mar
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has joined Pope Francis in a call that Christians worldwide pray the Lord's Prayer simultaneously on Wednesday, 25 March...
The Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity agreed to mark the 500th anniversary in 2021 together, during their annual joint staff meeting in Geneva.  From left to right: Father Dr Augustinus Sander (PCPCU), LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, PCPCU President Kurt Cardinal Koch, LWF consultant Rev. Anne Burghardt, and PCPCU Secretary Bishop Dr Brian Farrell. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Jan
Remembering history with an openness to the future
PCPCU, PCPCU President Koch, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, From Conflict to Communion, ecumenism, Lutheran-Catholic
24 Jan
The LWF and the PCPCU held their annual joint staff meeting on 14 January in Geneva. At the meeting, the LWF and the PCPCU agreed to jointly mark the 500th anniversary of the excommunication of...
LWF Council member Bettina Westfeld shows a shrapnel cross, moulded from the pieces of shrapnel from bombs dropped over Dresden and Coventry during the Second World War. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
8 Nov
Daring to trust – 30 years after the Peaceful Revolution in 1989
Voices from the Communion, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Youth, Women
8 Nov
In an interview with Lutheran World Information Bettina Westfeld, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, talks about her life in a communist state, the value of cross-border relations and the...
Emma van Dorp lit five symbolic candles on the altar, as the church leaders affirmed the “wish to make more visible our common witness in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity.” Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
A source of hope towards Christian unity
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16 Jun
Leaders of Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Reformed and Anglican global church bodies today reaffirmed commitment to unity, joint witness and service as they co-presided a special prayer service...
LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu addresses the Geneva conference. Photo: WCC/Ivars Kupcis
22 May
Educating for peace in a multi-religious world
Peace, Pope Francis, Human Rights, Migrants, ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue
22 May
LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu, spoke at an ecumenical and interfaith conference on 'Promoting Peace Together'...
Members of the VELKD Bishops' Conference, ecumenical guests and staff of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. Photo: VELKD
25 Mar
Helping to shape Europe as a peace project
Institute for Ecumenical Research, ecumenism, Europe, European, reconciliation, racism, Peace, LWF member churches
25 Mar
Bishops from German Lutheran churches have reaffirmed the commitment to promoting the spirit of Europe as a community of countries.
Bishop Pawel Hause, Diocese of Masuria, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
15 Mar
Polish Lutheran bishop shares his motto: “Do not let your hearts be troubled”
Voices from the Communion, Leadership, Communion, ecumenism
15 Mar
Bishop Paweł Hause, from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland in the Diocese of Masuria, talks about witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this part of the country.
Young pilgrims gather in Taize to share their faith and advocate for environmental protection. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
28 Dec
Youth in Taizé: Be builders of hospitality and hope
Taizé, Youth, General Secretary, Europe, Advocacy, ecumenism, Climate
28 Dec
LWF General Secretary sends message to young people at European Encounter in Madrid
Mayerlis serves woman leader Aida a meal of sarapa – rice and chicken wrapped in a Cachibou leaf. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Dec
Churches accompany ex-combatant communities through delicate peace process
Advocacy, Colombia, ecumenism, reconciliation
21 Dec
FARC ex-combatants live fragile peace in Colombia
The third Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue group meeting in Santiago de Chile called for faithful teaching on the abundance of God’s gifts for the whole human race and for the earth. Photo: LWF
2 Nov
Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue reflects on proclaiming the gospel to the poor
Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue, Theology, gospel, ecumenism, ecumenical relations
2 Nov
The third meeting of the international Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue group drew attention to the situation of the materially poor and how the churches relate to them.
LWF Council member Bishop Dr Tuhoni Telaumbanua. Photo: LWF / Albin Hillert
26 Oct
“God is present and suffering with the people”
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26 Oct
Bishop Telaumbanua describes some of the social and environmental concerns facing The Protestant Christian Church, in Indonesia.
LWF General Secretary Rev.Dr Martin Junge, during his speech at the Ausburg symposium. Photo: Augsburg University
18 Oct
LWF General Secretary: “Don’t stop now!”
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18 Oct
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge when he addressed a public symposium in Augsburg marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s disputation with Cajetan.
LWF Council member Rev. William Flippin Jr. Photo: LWF / Albin Hillert
5 Oct
Ecumenism is glorification and love
Advocacy, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, council, LWF Council, Council 2018, Voices from the Communion
5 Oct
Rev. William Flippin Jr is a strong advocate of ecumenism, he stated: All our work is grounded in our statement “…that they may all be one.” (John 17:21)
Plenary of the CPCE general assembly. Photo: Oliver Hochstrassser/CPCE
17 Sep
“Unity has its roots in God’s mission to the world”
Rev. Dr Martin Junge, Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, church unity, ecumenism, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation, Wittenberg Witness, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
17 Sep
LWF general secretary greets European protestants ...
Participants of the demonstration against hate and violence in Chemnitz, Germany. Photo: EVLKS/W.A. Müller-Wähner
3 Sep
Sending a signal against hate and violence
Welcoming the Stranger, ecumenism, peacebuilding, Peace-building, peace building, Peace
3 Sep
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony (ELCS), Germany organized a demonstration against hate and violence in the German city of Chemnitz on 2 September, after a week of violent outbreaks and...
Lund Cathedral, the 12th century cathedral owned by the Church of Sweden, founded in 1080 and consecrated in the 12th century. Photo: Albin Hillert/Church of Sweden
30 Apr
Lund cathedral to host first Catholic mass since reformation
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30 Apr
“Called to witness together to God’s grace in this world”