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Pastor President Adita Torres Lescano of the Lutheran Church of Peru. Photo: LWF/P.Cuyatti
12 Aug
LWF sends condolences to church in Peru over loss of leader
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Latin America and the Caribbean, Obituary
12 Aug
Recalling the faithful and caring pilgrimage of Pastor President Adita Torres Lescano who died on Monday 10 August, the Lutheran World Federation has expressed deep condolences to the Lutheran Church...
The Bavarian Bishop and EKD Council Chairperson Heinrich Bedford-Strohm (left) and the Chairperson of the Catholic German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, exchanging a sign of peace during the service of reconciliation taking place in Hildesheim, Germany, in during the 2017 Reformation commemoration. Photo: epd/Jens Schulze
12 Aug
Germany: Lutheran and Catholic honored for their contributions to ecumenism
LWF member churches, Theology, Ecumenical, Communion Building
12 Aug
A strong sign for Christian ecumenism: the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, and the Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx were awarded the 2020 Augsburg Peace...
Ralf Meister, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover speaks about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on church and society in Germany. Photo: Jens Schulze/Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover
7 Aug
COVID-19: New awareness of social cohesion growing in the crisis
COVID19, Theology, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, MC/COVID19, Communion Building
7 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion interview, Bishop Ralf Meister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover reflects on the transitional phase, from handling the acute crisis to the “new normality...
The Lutheran Center in Tiaong, Quezon Province, a Lutheran Church in the Philippines ministry, gathers in April with social distancing. Photo: LCP
5 Aug
Being the church in times of COVID-19
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Leadership, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, Communion, Human Rights, Climate Change, Gender Justice, MC/COVID19
5 Aug
The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has posed significant challenges for the member churches of the LWF. A survey in all seven regions revealed impact in the same areas, but with largely different...
The LWF Council votes for the Thirteenth Assembly to take place in Krakow, Poland. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
30 Jul
Call for proposals: LWF Assembly logo and visual identity
13th Assembly, logo, Identity, Governance, LWF member churches, Assembly, Communion Building
30 Jul
The LWF has put out a call for proposals to develop the Thirteenth LWF Assembly logo and visual identity. The meeting of the highest LWF decision-making body takes place in September 2023 in Krakow,...
Wear it, share it. LWF embroidered protective face masks. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
27 Jul
COVID-19: Wear it, share it
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, donate, COVID19, coronavirus, Rapid Response Fund, Communion, emergency, Women, empowerment
27 Jul
The LWF invites you to show solidarity with the communion of churches and care for your neighbor by wearing an LWF-branded mask the LWF “Wear it, share it” campaign.
On 12 July, a confirmation service was held in Murska Sobota, observing the distancing and other rules. Photo: ECS
23 Jul
COVID-19: Keeping in contact and breaking new ground
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, digitalization
23 Jul
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovenia, a member church of the LWF in the Central Eastern Europe Region, found that one reply to questions raised during COVID-19 to remain...
Global Commemoration of the 500 years of Reformation. Photo by: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
22 Jul
More than 77.8 million Lutherans in 148 LWF member churches
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Annual Report/Report, Communion
22 Jul
The LWF has more than 77.8 million members in its 148 member churches in seven regions. The figure, based on statistics provided by churches for the period ending in 2019, shows an overall increase...
Most of the 12 UELCI united churches received approval for funding from the LWF Rapid Response Fund. Photo: UELCI
16 Jul
COVID-19: Youth “frontline warriors” in relief efforts
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building
16 Jul
In the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India found themselves also in a fight against a “social and economic...
The collection center of the Salvadorian Lutheran Church. Photo: ILS/Rafael Menjivar
10 Jul
COVID-19: Storms batter El Salvador, worsen food insecurities
coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building
10 Jul
Two tropical storms in El Salvador further exacerbates food insecurities already experienced by residents due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. ...
Congregations in Denmark have increased their online presence during the lockdown. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
2 Jul
COVID-19: "Push for digital engagement” in Denmark
COVID19, coronavirus, church, LWF member churches, digital, digitalization, Communion Building
2 Jul
The Interchurch Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark shared its “Learnings for churches and organizations in digitalization during COVID-19 lockdown”, summarizing first findings and...
The Lutheran church in Guatemala is one of 48 churches that received funding from the LWF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (RRF). Photo: ILAG/Diego GIL
1 Jul
COVID-19: Villages self-isolate to protect against coronavirus
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building
1 Jul
The Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala safely completed a 12-day mission delivering food to remote villages on a three-month, self-imposed quarantine and curfew to avoid contracting Coronavirus...
LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge (left) and President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photos: LWF/S. Gallay and LWF/Albin Hillert
29 Jun
LWF leaders: ‘Now is the time to be church’
Communion Building, LWF President, LWF General Secretary, Member Churches, Theology, Diakonia, Advocacy, COVID19, coronavirus
29 Jun
Despite the many challenges facing churches as a consequence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Christians are called to encourage each other as they find new ways of proclaiming God’s healing...
Participants at the October 2019 consultation in Addis Ababa on the theme ‘We believe in the Holy Spirit: global perspectives on Lutheran identity’. Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
26 Jun
Launch of ‘Being Lutheran’ series of webinars
Lutheran identity, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building
26 Jun
The LWF is launching a new series of monthly webinars exploring the creative, vibrant and life-giving diversity of what it means to be Lutheran in countries around the world today.
A look through a smartphone to the Regensburg Dom Cathedral, Germany. Photo: ANBerlin/ flickr
24 Jun
COVID-19: Online worship increases outreach and attendance
MC/COVID19, COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Communion Building, online, digital, Communion
24 Jun
Lockdown, confinement and the prohibition of actual church services have sparked an immense creativity in German churches, a recent study finds.
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Jun
Redefining churches’ role in post-COVID19 world
Theology, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus, Women, LWF President, Advocacy, Member Churches, Communion Building, MC/COVID19
22 Jun
In the aftermath of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lutherans must learn to redefine their role in society as they continue “to advocate and to ensure that no-one is left behind.”
In this Voices from the Communion, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria talks about the global refugee crisis, a protestant search-and-rescue mission and the biblical roots of welcoming the stranger.
19 Jun
Germany: Advocate for the rights of refugees
Voices from the Communion, COVID19, #withrefugees, World Refugee Day, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Refugees, Advocacy
19 Jun
In this Voices from the Communion, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria talks about the global refugee crisis, a protestant search-and-rescue mission and the...
Evening Prayer - May 11, 2017 Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
17 Jun
“One Body, One Spirit, One Hope” is the theme of LWF Thirteenth Assembly
Executive Committee, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Governance, 13th Assembly, Assembly
17 Jun
The focus of the Thirteen Assembly of the LWF has been set with the theme, “One Body, One Spirit, One Hope.“ The assembly will be held 13-19 September 2023 in Krakow, Poland.
Photo: LWF (Finance chart)
16 Jun
Positive financial performance equips communion to serve during challenging times
COVID19, coronavirus, Finance, Executive Committee, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Governance
16 Jun
The LWF “excellent financial performance in 2019 contributed to the stability of the organization,” making it well equipped “to meet the current global challenges of COVID-19 and to continue serving...
Photo: LWF
12 Jun
A time for the communion’s presence of healing, compassion, and hope
COVID19, coronavirus, Meeting of Officers, Governance, Executive Committee, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF member churches, Communion Building
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...
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...
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...