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Rev. Sebastian Bugs had chaired the Youth Committee of the German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (GNC/LWF) since 2013. Photo: private
9 Apr
Germany: Worship and the revival of churches
Communion, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership
9 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Sebastian Bugs talks about the "Revival of the churches" project that the GNC/LWF Youth Committee recently completed and documented in a video, as...
During a 30 March webinar, four ordained women from Mexico, Austria, Tanzania and Malaysia talked about the challenges they face and responsibilities they share in bringing an alternative voice to the highest levels of church leadership. Photo: Composite
6 Apr
Public Theology: Echoing Miriam’s prophetic song
Theology, Lutheran theology, Identity, Lutheran identity, Public Space, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Communion, Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender, Public theology, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry
6 Apr
Women working in public theology today are echoing the prophetic voice of Miriam, Moses’ sister, who protected life and proclaimed the liberation of her people from oppression. During a 30 March...
23-27 September 2019, Faculty EST, São Leopoldo, Brazil. LAC and North America HUB training on mediation, using the tool “Dialogue for Peaceful Change.” Photo: Scheila Dillenburg/InS"
31 Mar
“Blessed are the peacemakers” – new publication on reconciliation
LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion, Communion Building
31 Mar
“In a world with increasing violence, loss, pain and loneliness, churches retain their relevance as spaces for healing,” writes Rev. Dr Patricia Cuyatti, outgoing Regional Secretary for Latin America...
Rev. Charlotte Frycklund serves as the Church of Sweden’s “internet priest.” Photo by: Argument/Pierre Eriksson
19 Mar
Sweden: Internet pastor engages faith seekers online
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, COVID19, MC/COVID19, social media, Voices from the Communion
19 Mar
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Charlotte Frycklund talks about her work as the Church of Sweden’s first “internet priest” and the request of the people for access to their questions via...
Pastor Miroslav Ponjičan (back right) with youth and children, preparing for a tree planting activity in the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia (SEAVC). Photos: SEAVC
15 Mar
Serbia: Apple trees as a sign of faith and creation
Theology, LWF member churches, Climate, Youth, Communion Building, Climate Justice
15 Mar
“Even if I knew that the world was to collapse tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.” This hope-filled quote, attributed to the reformer Martin Luther, inspired Miroslav Ponjičan, a...
Past, present and future Lutheran women in leadership discuss challenges and progress in breaking barriers to affirm women’s rights and equality. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
9 Mar
Breaking barriers: LWF women in leadership
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Youth, Women, women in leadership, Women's Leadership, International Women's Rights Day
9 Mar
What can be done to break down barriers that prevent women from fulfilling their potential and reaching top leadership positions in the church and in society? That question was at the heart of a...
Luther’s short treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ calls believers to love God and serve our neighbors in need. Photo: LWF/M. Dölker
9 Mar
Freedom of a Christian: a compass for contemporary church
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Lutheran identity, Identity, COVID19
9 Mar
Luther’s 500-year-old treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ provides a compass for the churches today as they seek to navigate the complex challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the...
Evangelical Church of the River Plate Vice President Karina Arntzen. Photo: LWF/E. Albrecht
5 Mar
Argentina: "I’m convinced that dialogue is always the solution”
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches
5 Mar
In this Voices from the Communion Attorney Karina Arntzen discusses her newly elected position as vice president on the board of directors of the Evangelical Church of the River Plate (IERP), the...
In one of its COVID-19 response activities, the Cuban Lutheran church organized a community lunch for 320 people including members of the congregations of Cristo Vive, Cristo Redentor, Nuestro Salvador and Aposento Alto. Photo: IEU-SL
26 Feb
COVID-19: Cuban Lutheran church extends food and psychosocial aid
Rapid Response Fund, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building, COVID19, MC/COVID19
26 Feb
The LWF is supporting its member church in Cuba to continue offering assistance through the communion’s COVID-19 RRF, now in its second phase. Churches that apply for funding receive up to EUR 5,000...
Rev. Frank Mexon Mng’ong’o (wearing red stole), ELCT’s new Youth Coordinator, in a photo from early 2020. Mng’ong’o was ordained in Jan. 2020. Photo: ELCT
19 Feb
Tanzania: Youth preaching the Gospel, planting trees
LWF member churches, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Climate, Youth
19 Feb
In this Voices from the Communion ELCT Youth Coordinator, Rev. Frank Mexon Mng’ong’o shares his plans to engage more ELCT youth in the life of the church and to continue supporting creation care...
LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge (left) and President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photos: LWF/S. Gallay and LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Feb
Churches offer “witness of hope and compassion”
Communion Building, LWF President, LWF General Secretary, Member Churches, Theology, Diakonia, Advocacy, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19, lent
17 Feb
The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa and General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge have written to member church leaders offering thanks and support at the start of the Lenten season.
The LWF National Committee in Indonesia installed an internet satellite tower on the properties of four Lutheran churches in remote areas to assist online learning. Church pictured is HKBP. Photo: by Andi Gultom/KNLWF.
9 Feb
Indonesian churches enable online learning in rural areas
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Member Churches, COVID19, Diakonia
9 Feb
When stay-at-home measures were implemented due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the KNLWF wanted to increase access to the internet and began building satellite towers that receive internet...
Participants at the Being Lutheran webinar believe the experience of digitally-mediated worship is “changing who we will be in the future.” Photo: Congerdesign via Pixabay
5 Feb
Being Lutheran: Real Presence in Digital Church
Being Lutheran, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Lutheran identity, technology
5 Feb
In a 3 February ‘Being Lutheran’ webinar, three theologians from the United States, the Netherlands and Malaysia reflected on these questions, as they shared personal perspectives on the way the...
Presiding Bishop MJH Ubane passed away 28 January. Photo: ELCSA
3 Feb
Remembering South African Bishop Ubane who stood for dignity, equality
condolences, Obituary, tribute, LWF member churches, Communion Building
3 Feb
The LWF has sent condolences to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa after the sudden loss of its Presiding Bishop Molwane Job Henock Ubane, describing him as a leader who “stood up for...
Rev. Joann Conroy, an Oglala Sioux woman, explains how the church might learn to care for creation from Indigenous people around the world. Photo: ELCA
29 Jan
USA: Creation care requires Indigenous voices
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Creation, community, North America
29 Jan
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Joann Conroy, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, an Oglala Sioux woman, explains how the church might learn to care for creation from Native...
Gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October 2019, Lutherans from across the globe took part in a consultation on the theme of ’We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities’. During the meeting, participants shared a large loaf of traditional Ethiopian bread, baked in banana leaves. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
26 Jan
LWF launches survey on contemporary Lutheran identity
Being Lutheran, Lutheran theology, Theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Assembly
26 Jan
A new survey sent this week to member churches of the LWF is the next step of an ongoing study process on contemporary Lutheran identity. The process began with a global consultation of theologians...
Bishop em. Sumoward E. Harris, Lutheran Church in Liberia. Photo: LCL
19 Jan
Tribute to former Liberian Bishop Sumoward Harris, a voice for justice and peace
condolences, Obituary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Communion Building, peace building, reconciliation
19 Jan
The LWF has paid tribute to Bishop emeritus Sumoward Harris of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, describing him as a leader who offered a “ministry of justice, peace and reconciliation” during...
The Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB) writes a manifesto after COVID death tolls reach 200,000. “Agility and efficiency will be the difference between life and death.” Photo by Unsplash/Zoran Kokanovic
15 Jan
COVID deaths reach 200,000, Lutheran church in Brazil issues manifesto
COVID19, coronavirus, Member Churches, Communion Building, Advocacy
15 Jan
In Brazil, the new year began with the number of Coronavirus deaths reaching 200,000 sparking the Presidency of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil to issue a manifesto...
Students at Mansfield College, Great Britain. Photo: Greg Smolonski © Photovibe
11 Jan
Lutherans in Great Britain support higher education of refugees and migrants
Scholarships, Youth, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Refugees, Education
11 Jan
The Council of Lutheran Churches recently announced a scholarship for a refugee or migrant to Great Britain, giving them an opportunity for higher education at Mansfield College. The Lutheran Church...
We stand with you in prayer and solidarity, wrote general secretary Junge to presiding bishop Eaton. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
7 Jan
Lutheran communion stands with church in U.S.
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, ELCA, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space
7 Jan
The global Lutheran family stands with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as it seeks to accompany, reconcile and work for justice and peace during this critical moment in the nation’s...
Like many of his colleagues, Social Media Coordinator Karsten Kopjar has spent a lot of time working in his home office in the past months. Photo: private
18 Dec
Germany: Online church “does not always have to be complicated”
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Theology, LWF member churches
18 Dec
In this Voices from the Communion Dr. Karsten Kopjar, Social Media Coordinator of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany, talks about ways and means of being a church digitally in times of the...
The Federation of Evangelical Women in Italy focuses on women’s health and wellbeing in a dossier for the 16 Days of activism to end gender-based violence. Photo: Unsplash/Christopher Campbell
10 Dec
Italian Protestants publish women’s health dossier
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Communion Building, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Gender Justice, Women, women's advocacy, COVID19, MC/COVID19
10 Dec
Women’s health, from life in the womb, through puberty to menopause, is the subject of a series of reflections published by the Federation of Evangelical Women in Italy (FDEI) as part of their...
 Photo: Sustainability Institute LAC /Scheila Dillenburg
4 Dec
COVID-19: LAC churches enhance learning to be “a more caring church”
Communion Building, LWF member churches, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19
4 Dec
Following a series of bi-monthly online meetings, leaders in decision-making positions in the LWF member churches in Latin America and the Caribbean are establishing protocols to make the churches...
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.
Bishop Terry Kee, Lutheran Church in Singapore Photo: LWF/Romans Wong
4 Dec
Ministry of dialogue in the church in Singapore
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches, Leadership
4 Dec
In this Voices from the Communion: Singaporean Lutheran Bishop Terry Kee looks back at more than three decades of ministry in many different places, but always with one thing in common—the need to...
A small group of leaders from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in the Asia region gather online to discuss self-care on 25 November. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
1 Dec
Asia: “Self-care in stressful times”
coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, health care, pastoral care, health, LWF member churches, Communion Building
1 Dec
A small group of leaders from the LWF member churches in the Asia region in an online gathering about self-care and wellness on 25 November. Henderson was invited by Rev. Dr Philip Lok, LWF regional...