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Participants at the Working Together meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
5 Mar
Strengthening partnerships to support holistic mission and service
church growth and sustainability, Member Churches, humanitarian support, service, partners, country programs
5 Mar
Representatives of a dozen member churches and related organizations of the LWF have been meeting in Geneva to discuss ways of strengthening their partnerships to provide more effective support for...
The Tamrazyan family arrived in the Netherlands from Armenia nine years ago. Photo: Peter Wassing
5 Feb
Dutch pastor praises faith of refugee family
Ecumenical, Advocacy, Member Churches, European refugee crisis, Migrants
5 Feb
The family spent 97 days inside a Protestant church before being granted right to remain in the Netherlands
A congregation of new LWF member church the United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod meets in Santiago de Cuba. The church has more female ordained leaders than male. Photo: United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod
23 Jan
New LWF member: United Evangelical Church in Cuba Lutheran Synod
member church, LWF member churches, council, Council 2018, music, Women, bible, Women in Ordained Ministry, development, Member Churches
23 Jan
“Being part of the Lutheran communion allows us to give and receive in every way. We can learn from others and at the same time can offer the gifts the Holy Spirit gave us,” says Bishop Ismael...
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’
Peace, peace building, peacebuilding, New Years Message, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Member Churches
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...
Members of Christ Lutheran Church worship to the sound of drums outside a church. Photo: LWF/Philip Lok
20 Sep
A heart to train our people
Member Churches, member church, LWF member churches, India, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Vocational Training Center, Poverty, transgender, council, LWF Council, Council 2018
20 Sep
One of the newest members of the Lutheran World Federation sees the potential in people struggling in poverty, drug addicts, the unemployed, and has pragmatic solutions to overcome discrimination and...
LWF staff and members of the Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church await the arrival of LWF general secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge at Biratnagar airport, Nepal. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Sep
Bridging the gap: Interfaith development work in Nepal "an eye-opener"
Interfaith, Member Churches, Diakonia, Nepal
14 Sep
LWF General Secretary visits Nepal from 12-19 September
Celebration of the 500 years of Reformation at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Photo: Tsion Alemayehu
16 Aug
New peace initiative in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Ethiopia, Peace agreement, Joint Declaration, Peace, civil war, Member Churches, Conflict resolution, conflict, inter-religious relations
16 Aug
LWF set to launch a new initiative to reduce escalating religious tension in Ethiopia, in an expression of its mandate to promote peace.
A demonstration by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, under the theme “The church says no to violence!” the image was widely shared on social media to advocate for peace. Photo: ZCC
3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe advocate against violence
Member Churches, Advocacy, Violence, Peace, Peace-building, church, election, Africa
3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe have spoken up against the shooting of unarmed protesters after the elections.
The news of the peace agreement “comes like a gentle rain falling down on people around the world thirsting for a message of peace”, LWF General Secretary Junge writes. Photo: LWF/ C.Kästner
13 Jul
A powerful message of peace
Peace agreement, Joint Declaration, Peace, civil war, Member Churches, General Secretary Martin Junge, General Secretary
13 Jul
On 9 July 2018, the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia, ending civil war, and opening diplomatic relations for the...
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jul
Populism, violence, family separation under spotlight
Council 2018, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, LWF President, Climate Changel, security, Migration, Refugees, Palestine, United States, Member Churches, Youth
12 Jul
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues.
Child using the application, developped by the Church of Sweden. Photo: Church of Sweden
1 Jun
Church of Sweden launches app for children
Children, church, Communications, Member Churches
1 Jun
An application named Church (Kyrkan in Swedish), about the faith and traditions of the Church of Sweden, puts children in front and centre.
Malagasy Lutheran Church representatives: overseas mission coordinator Rakotondramiadana Holiharifetra, vice president Rev. Andrianjafy Octave Benil, and pastor Rev. Ravaka Ratovohery. Photo: LWF/P. Lok
14 May
African pastors serving Lutherans in Thailand
Member Churches, member relations, cross-regional relationships, south-south cooperation
14 May
Two Lutheran World Federation churches are breaking the traditional mission partnership mold.
LWF president Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa with participants after the joint worship. Photo: LWF/ I. Htun
7 Feb
LWF president urges member churches to stand united in Myanmar
LWF President, LWF member churches, Member Churches, peace building, peacebuilding, President Myanmar 2018
7 Feb
On his visit to Myanmar, Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, president of the Lutheran World Federation, called upon the LWF member churches in Myanmar to stand united against the forces that seek to...
Meeting of migrants in Sarapiquí being assited with the necessary information on legal procedures for settling in the country and labor rights. Photo: ILCO
22 Nov
A pastoral ministry that empowers migrants
Diakonia, Migrants, rights-based empowerment, Citizenship, Women, Youth, ILCO, Member Churches, LWF member churches
22 Nov
Costa Rican church assists youth and women seeking work in Nicaragua
Freetown from above. Photo: David Hond.
21 Aug
LWF member church affected by mud slides in Sierra Leone
Member Churches
21 Aug
At least 330 dead after mudslide in Freetown
“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
Member Churches, Reformation 2017, Diakonia, Reformation 500
19 Jun
Malagasy Lutheran Church starts year-long jubilee and Reformation anniversary
Songs of praise during a worship service in Asia. Photo: LWF/C.Kästner
30 Aug
More than 74 million members in LWF’s 145 churches
Lutheran, LWF, Lutheran World Federation, Member Churches
30 Aug
Significant growth in the global South
Newly-appointed leaders of LWF member churches repesenting, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean gather for induction meetings at the ‪#‎LWF‬ Communion Office in Geneva.   Photo:  LWF
24 Sep
Strengthening the vision and practice of transformative church leadership
Leadership, Member Churches
24 Sep
LWF induction program for new church leaders
Bishop Emeritus Donald McCoid. Photo: ELCA
21 May
Increasing mutual understanding between US Lutherans and Catholics
From Conflict to Communion, Roman Catholic, Ecumenical, PCPCU, Reformation 2017, Lutheranism, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, vatican, Member Churches, Reformation 500
21 May
From Conflict to Communion study guide helps movement toward unity
The ELCJHL Synod looks over the revised constitution for its Ecclesiastical Court before it was put to a vote. Photo: D. Hudson/ELCJHL
6 Mar
Holy Land Lutherans Adopt Gender Justice in Ecclesiastical Court Constitution
Women, Member Churches
6 Mar
Bishop Younan: Women’s Contribution to a Historic Decision
Lutheran pastor Rev.  Pedro Bullón (left) and  Catholic priest Fr. Marco Agüero Vidal (right) preside at the joint First Communion in Pamplona Alta, Lima, December 2014. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
20 Jan
Joy in a Joint First Communion for Lutherans and Catholics in Peru
Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, From Conflict to Communion, Roman Catholic, vatican, Lutheranism, Ecumenical, Reformation 2017, Reformation Day, PCPCU, Member Churches, Reformation 500
20 Jan
Lima Pastor and Priest Describe a Journey of ‘Grassroots Ecumenism’
Rev. Martin Junge (left) and Cardinal Koch. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
15 Jan
Lutherans and Catholics Plan Joint Ecumenical Commemoration in 2016
Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, From Conflict to Communion, Roman Catholic, vatican, Lutheranism, Ecumenical, Reformation 2017, Reformation Day, PCPCU, Member Churches, Reformation 500
15 Jan
Joint LWF-PCPCU Press Release
Reformation Day in Peru: 15th JDDJ anniversary and dialogue on “From Conflict to Communion.” Photo: ILEP
4 Nov
Peru: Ecumenical Impulse to Dialogue in a Fragmented Society
Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, From Conflict to Communion, Roman Catholic, vatican, Lutheranism, Ecumenical, Reformation 2017, Reformation Day, PCPCU, Member Churches, Reformation 500
4 Nov
"From Conflict to Communion" Can Assist Healing Process...
ELCI Dean Heiner A. Bludau speaks at the LWF European regions’ conference. Photo: Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus
31 Oct
European Lutherans Express Solidarity with Italian Church for ‘Welcoming the Stranger’
Member Churches, Europe Meeting 2014, Refugees, Migrants, National Committee, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
31 Oct
Message from LWF Regional Church Conference
Participants at the panel discussion on the 2017 Reformation anniversary. Photo: Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus
31 Oct
Jubilee of Lutheran – Catholic Dialogue Is a Time to Express Hope
PCPCU, From Conflict to Communion, LWF Vice-President, Europe Meeting 2014, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Roman Catholic, vatican, Lutheranism, Ecumenical, Reformation 2017, Reformation Day, Member Churches, Reformation 500
31 Oct
PCPCU President Cardinal Koch Speaks at LWF European Church Leaders’ Conference
Participants in the LWF European Regions’ Conference in Rome, Italy. Photo: Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus
31 Oct
Impulses from New Media in European Lutheran Churches, But for Some, War Is a Reality
Member Churches, Europe Meeting 2014, LWF Vice-President, Lutheranism
31 Oct
LWF Vice-Presidents Reflect on Hopes and Challenges in Church and Society