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Two friends enjoy a meal on the campus of the ELCT-Diocese of Meru, Usa River Rehabilitation and Training Centre for people with special needs, in Arusha, Tanzania. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert 
30 Mar
Tanzania: Heart-warming witness to the gospel
Member Churches, theological formation, General Secretary, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
30 Mar
Visiting the 8-million-faithful Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt says she sees ‘God at work’ in the way the member...
LWF youth delegates are joining a march at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, advocating climate justice as intergenerational justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Mar
LWF raises voices of faith and hope at UN Environment Assembly
Climate Justice, Climate, General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, United Nations
2 Mar
People of faith are called “to live in harmony with creation and not abuse, misuse or exhaust it,” said the LWF General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt. On 28 February, she spoke at an online side...
The Augusta Victoria Hospital. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
8 Dec
Walid Nammour steps down as CEO of Augusta Victoria Hospital
Augusta Victoria Hospital, Diakonia, General Secretary, LWF General Secretary
8 Dec
Dr Walid Nammour has stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer of the LWF Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem as of 7 December. Dr. Fadi Atrash will continue as acting CEO of the hospital.
Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
18 Nov
Burghardt: Grace, education, freedom to serve neighbor
General Secretary, Theology, Lutheran theology, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Diakonia. Theology, Education, LWF Council, LWF General Secretary
18 Nov
In her first address as General Secretary to the Council of the LWF, Rev. Anne Burghardt outlined three key principles or “gifts” that lie at the heart of Lutheran identity.
In her sermon, Burghardt reflected on the words of St Paul's letter to the Romans, urging Christians to be “transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God.” Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
17 Nov
Burghardt: Churches called to be agents of positive change
Ecumenical Centre, theological formation, Ecumenical, LWF General Secretary, General Secretary
17 Nov
The Lutheran World Federation President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa welcomed colleagues, members and friends from across the global communion of churches on 17 November for the installation of...
A contemporary crucifix on the altar of the chapel in the Estonian church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
12 Nov
Ancient and modern meet at Estonia’s Institute of Theology
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
12 Nov
Walking into the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn feels like stepping back in time to rediscover the events that have shaped the country and its people. Located...
Worship in an EECMY congregation. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Nov
Ethiopia: LWF in solidarity with church and people yearning for peace
LWF General Secretary, General Secretary, LWF member churches, DWS Ethiopia, Protection, Humanitarian Access, Peace
10 Nov
The LWF has expressed the communion’s “deep concern” over the recent developments in Ethiopia and “solidarity with our sisters and brothers” and all people yearning for peace.
Rev. Anne Burghardt at work in the Consistory of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
9 Nov
Estonian church life shapes LWF’s new leader
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
9 Nov
The headquarters of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is housed in an elegant 18th century building on a quiet cobbled square in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town. It is known as the Consistory...
Representatives of faith-based organizations including the ACT Alliance, the LWF and Christian Aid take a stand for just financing at COP26 in Glasgow. Participants presented a large cheque supposedly signed by “Rich Countries” promising to deliver “Empty Promises Only” to developing countries, as a sum of “USD Blah Blah Blah”. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
8 Nov
COP26: Call to “keep 1.5 alive” and lift up missing voices
COP26, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Youth
8 Nov
The gift of life is inseparable from the health of the earth. Therefore, after the first week of negotiations at the UN climate conference COP26 in Glasgow, the delegates of th LWF urge negotiators...
LWF’s new general secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
4 Nov
Anne Burghardt: Hearing God’s word in a secular society
General Secretary, Theology, Ecumenical, Communion Building, Women, LWF General Secretary
4 Nov
Meet Rev. Anne Burghardt from the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, who took up her new role as General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) on 1 November.
New General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
1 Nov
LWF welcomes new General Secretary Rev Anne Burghardt
LWF member churches, LWF General Secretary, Women, Communion Building, General Secretary
1 Nov
The LWF welcomes its new General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt from the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELC), who takes up her new role on 1 November, All Saints Day 2021. She is the first...
Farewell to General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. 28 October 2021, Ecumenical Center, Geneva. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
29 Oct
Lutheran Communion offers thanks, bids farewell to General Secretary Martin Junge
General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Theology, Lutheran theology, Communion Building
29 Oct
Members of the LWF from all parts of the globe gathered online and in person, in the chapel of Geneva’s Ecumenical Center, on 28 October for a service of farewell to General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge addresses faith leaders gathered in the Vatican for the ‘Faith and Science: Towards COP26’ meeting. Photo: Vatican Media
4 Oct
Plea from faith leaders: Save our common home
Climate Change, Creation - Not for Sale, Pope Francis, vatican, Ecumenical, General Secretary, Interfaith
4 Oct
“We have inherited a garden: we must not leave a desert to our children.” That stark warning was at the heart of a joint appeal from leaders of all the world’s religious communities who gathered in...
The Lutheran World Federation Council has elected Estonian theologian Rev. Anne Burghardt as the next General Secretary of the global communion of Lutheran churches. Photo: Erik Peinar
19 Jun
LWF elects Estonian Anne Burghardt as new General Secretary
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19 Jun
The LWF Council has elected Estonian theologian Rev. Anne Burghardt as the next General Secretary of the global communion of Lutheran churches. The 45-year-old Burghardt is currently serving as Head...
Rev. Anne Burghardt and Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata. Photo: Composite
2 Jun
Two candidates for next LWF general secretary
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2 Jun
Candidates from Estonia and Zimbabwe have been proposed for the position of general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. The search for a new leader of the communion of churches has been...
LWF Council, here meeting in Geneva in 2019, will elect the next General Secretary in June 2021. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 Sep
Call for nominations for LWF General Secretary
Member Churches, Communion Building, General Secretary, Governance, Leadership, council, Council 2021
15 Sep
Lutheran World Federation member churches are invited to send in nominations for the post of the ninth General Secretary of the global communion.  
Photo: LWF
12 Jun
A time for the communion’s presence of healing, compassion, and hope
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12 Jun
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge delivered his report to the LWF Executive Committee, which is holding an exceptional online meeting 10-16 June. The committee will take necessary governance...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Dec
2020 New Year Message: So that all have life in abundance
Peace, peace building, New Years Message, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Member Churches
27 Dec
In his New Year message, the General Secretary of the LWF Rev. Dr Martin Junge calls on churches to bear witness to the gospel message by proclaiming the good news of salvation, serving the neighbor...
During the church service for the launch of the campaign of Bread for the World with the theme "Hunger for Justice", intercessory prayers were spoken by (from right to left) LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, the President of Bread for the World Cornelia Füllkrug Weizel, the Bishop in the region Schleswig and Holstein of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany Gothard Magaard, Ann Kathrein Gräning from the church district Rendsburg-Eckernförde and Heiko Naß, Director of the Schleswig-Holstein D
2 Dec
In the World, for the World
Bread for the World, Humanitarian Response, General Secretary
2 Dec
60 years of cooperation: Bread for the World and LWF
Rev. Tseganesh Ayele of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus welcomes participants to the CMCR. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
6 Feb
“As churches in mission, we belong to each other”
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, General Secretary, Mission, Self-Understanding of Communion, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
6 Feb
LWF General Secretary addresses EECMY Committee of Mutual Christian Responsibility ...
Bhagwati Tamang lays bricks in Jogimara village in central Nepal after the devastating earthquake of April 2015. Following the disaster, the LWF worked jointly with Islamic Relief Worldwide and other partners to provide shelter in remote villages where thousands lost homes and livelihoods. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
31 Jan
LWF highlights value of interfaith collaboration with the United Nations
Interfaith, church, General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, World Interfaith Harmony Week, Peace
31 Jan
A broad-based interfaith group mandated to work on human rights, sustainable development, peace and security issues has pledged its support to the United Nations particularly in enhancing...
A peace dove and flowers at a monument in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of Albin Hillert
1 Jan
LWF New Year Message: ‘Seek peace and pursue it’
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1 Jan
In his New Year Message to the Lutheran communion, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge reassures churches that “when we root ourselves in Christ, we are well equipped to engage in this...
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
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!”
Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Public theology, ecumenism, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, General Secretary, JDDJ
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.
Camp secretary Rev. Tikaram Rasaily shows Rev. Dr Martin Junge around the Beldangi refugee camp, Jhapa district, Nepal. All photos: LWF /  Albin Hillert
21 Sep
Committed to dignified, durable solutions
DWS Nepal, Refugees, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy
21 Sep
On his visit to a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, general secretary of the LWF, has advocated for a durable solution for the close to 6,700 refugees who still remain in the...
LWF general secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge (right) offer a Latin American cross as a gift to the Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church, handing it to NELC president Rev. Joseph Soren (left) and NELC general secretary Rev. Patras Marandi (centre). Photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Sep
Grown out of prayer, committed to service
Nepal, Diakonia, General Secretary
17 Sep
Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church celebrates 75 years
ELCCo Presiding Bishop René Mwamba Sumaili offers a gift to Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania General Secretary Brighton Killewa (left). Third from right is ELCCo General Secretary, Gilbert Ilunga Nkasa Talwa. Photo: LWF/Gracia Rubona
2 Aug
Thanksgiving and prayers for Evangelical Lutheran Church in Congo
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2 Aug
50th jubilee marked with weekend of festivities