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The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus leaders during the inauguration of MY TV in Addis Ababa; from left, Rev. Dr Kiros Lakew (Vice-President), Rev. Teshome Amenu (General Secretary), Rev. Yonas Yigezu (President) and Mr Girma Borishe (Commissioner, Development and Social Services Commission). Photo: EECMY/Ruth Osmundsen
6 Dec
MY TV: A new tool to increase gospel outreach, promote peace in Ethiopia
Member Churches, Communion Building
6 Dec
Lutheran church inaugurates its first TV station ...
Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea take part in activities to launch 20 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Photo: ELCPNG/Asenath TUBIAN
5 Dec
16 Days: Churches stand against gender violence 
Member Churches, Women, gender-based violence, Advocacy
5 Dec
LWF member churches organize activities promoting ‘Awareness, Action and Accountability’  ...
Lit advent candles. Photo by Jan-Henrik Franz on Unsplash
28 Nov
A singing communion during Advent
Member Churches, Advent, Hymns
28 Nov
From 1-24 December LWF member churches share Advent and Christmas hymns  ...
Women leaders from Eastern, Central and Western Europe participated in a Worship Service at Warsaw’s Holy Trinity Lutheran church during a regional consultation on ‘Faith, Gender Justice and Women’s Human Rights’. Photo: LWF/Agnieszka Godfrejów-Tarnagórska
13 Nov
Sharing stories, reforming structures
Advocacy, Women, Theology, Member Churches, Communion Building, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence
13 Nov
Women from European churches meet to discuss ways of overcoming injustice, discrimination and violence 
A march took place through Katowice, Poland during the UN climate negotiations of COP24, with marchers from all over the world, protesting the dangerously slow process of the negotiations. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
7 Nov
LWF looking forward to COP25 in Spain 
Climate Justice, Advocacy, Youth, Member Churches, COP25
7 Nov
There can be no delay in addressing the climate crisis 
The anti-femicide demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa following the death of Uyinene Mrwetyana. Protestors cover a police vehicle with placards. Photo: Discott, via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA)
26 Sep
Churches to act for justice, affirm human dignity
gender-based violence, Gender Justice Policy, xenophobia, Welcoming the Stranger, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches
26 Sep
Expressing “deep concern over escalating violence against women, youth, children and foreigners in South Africa,” the LWF encourages its member churches there to “act for justice in situations that...
Leaders of the Returnees’ Network in Edo and Delta States express unity in their commitment to share their stories and raise awareness All photos by Thomas Lohnes/GNC
25 Sep
The dangerous dream of a brighter future
Advocacy, Training, Diakonia, Lutheran theology, Member Churches, Communion Building, Youth
25 Sep
The LWF, through its Symbols of Hope program, supports efforts to raise awareness of the dangers posed by powerful and well-funded trafficking networks and to help those who, for different reasons,...
Participants of the 2019 Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders with LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge and LWF Area Secretaries. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
9 Sep
Being “a church for others”
Ronel, LWF member churches, member church, Member Churches, ELCA, Evangelical Church of the River Plate (IERP), Lutheran Church in Korea, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ghana, Bolivian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church
9 Sep
(LWI) - To be the church is to care for people in need. This was one of the main observations when eleven recently elected Lutheran church leaders met in Geneva and Wittenberg, to exchange about...
Sisters in faith: (from left) Rev. Sybil Chetty (South Africa), Dr Christy Ponni (India), retired Bishop Dr Margot Käßmann (Germany), Dr Ziyanda Mgugudo-Sello (South Africa) and Moderator Gabriele De Bona (ELM) . Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Aug
Encouraged as sisters in faith
Theology, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Member Churches, LWF member churches, Communion Building
29 Aug
Churches should be bolder and elect women as well as men to leadership positions
LWF Council members follow discussion on the protection of biodiversity.  The report was presented by the Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice chairperson, Ms Vera Tkach, Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Jun
Call to act on climate-related crises, religious and political injustice
Council 2019, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, LWF President, Climate Changel, security, Migration, Refugees, Palestine, United States, Member Churches, Youth
19 Jun
The LWF Council concluded its 2019 meeting with public statements and resolutions on crises related to climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the legacy of slavery and religious...
Working through the agenda: Consultations touched on the perspectives of the LWF, the “People on the move” diaconia process, the Nordic initiative “Being church in times of change”, the Jewish-Christian dialogue, and the work of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. All photos: LWF/A.Weyermüller
6 Jun
"Only together we can be the Body of Christ"
Communion Building, Theology, Ecumenical, Member Churches, Youth, Climate
6 Jun
LWF regional leadership consultation for Central and Western Europe in Hamburg
Rev. Angela del Consuelo Trejo Haager, from the Mexican Lutheran Church at the Latin America and the Caribbean & North America leadership meeting in Peru. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
20 May
Churches in the Americas: witnessing together for justice and peace
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, peace and justice
20 May
Participants to Latin American and the Caribbean and North America leadership conference in Lima, Peru, issue a message pledging to strengthen regional cooperation.
Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania and the Church of Sweden during their joint retreat in Moshi, Tanzania Photo: LWF
14 May
Tanzanian and Swedish church leaders hold joint retreat
Education, Common Prayer, service, ministry, Jesus, Member Churches, Women, Climate, Advocacy, Youth, Diakonia
14 May
Lutheran bishops from Sweden and Tanzania have met together to discern ways of supporting each other’s ministry through prayer, service and public witness.
Intergenerational discussion on the witness of the LWF member churches in Latin America and the Caribbean & North America. Photo:LWF/A. Danielsson
13 May
Signs of hope amid challenging times
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event
13 May
Vibrant churches who are visible and present in their communities, empowering youth and women, and working on human rights, gender justice, climate justice, and migration, were in focus on the...
Getting together: Scholarship holders of the GNC/LWF with Rev. Dionisie Arion, Scholarship Secretary of the GNC/LWF (left) and Rev. Norbert Denecke, General Secretary of the GNC/LWF. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
11 Apr
Deepening communion, strengthening churches, encouraging people
Lutheran theology, Theology, Youth, Communion, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Ecumenical, GNC
11 Apr
Studying abroad, getting to know a different culture and language, taking up impulses from theology and church: every year about 35 students from member churches of the LWF make use this opportunity...
Workshop participants with local church staff in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Malabon, Manila. All photos: LWF/Marina Dölker
10 Apr
Philippines church hosts workshop to support regional mission and development
Member Churches, Capacity development, Diakonia, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Scholarships
10 Apr
Climate change, economic pressures and the challenges of operating in a minority church context were among the topics of discussion at a recent workshop, hosted by the Lutheran Church in the...
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...