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LWF’s program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment, Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi and Regional Secretary for Africa Rev. Dr Elieshi Ayo Mungure gather with staff and students for the inauguration of the new theology, gender justice and leadership course at Tumaini University Makumira in Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Algo Lameck Lwendo
31 May
Tanzania: new program on theology, gender and leadership
Gender, Gender Studies, Leadership, Theology, Communion Building, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership
31 May
Sixteen women and men from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches across Africa have begun training as part of a new gender justice program established in memory of the pioneering...
From left to right: IELV project coordinator Judith Bracho Villegas, Elisabeth Perez de Hands, Yuseidy Bolivar and IELV Pastor President Rev. Gerardo Hands, during a visit to deliver livelihood recovery kits. Photo: IELV
30 May
Venezuelan church prioritizes women’s needs on path toward livelihood recovery
Diakonia, LWF member churches, Churches in Mission, Women, women's empowerment, Livelihoods, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
30 May
Hidden from the visible impact of complex humanitarian crises are the tough choices women in low-income communities often have to make between catering to their own critical needs and providing food...
Photo: Leaders (women, youth and laypersons) from the Lutheran World Federation Latin America and the Caribbean and North America regions are gathering from 9-13 May for the 2022 Leadership Conference of the Americas. Photo: LWF/A.Gray
10 May
Americas: “God breathed life unto dry bones”
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Youth, Youth Participation, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Leadership, Women's Leadership, conference
10 May
Coming together under the theme “God breathed life unto dry bones,” leaders from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in Latin America and the Caribbean and North America are gathering...
Women from Gawar in northern Cameroon building energy efficient clay stoves, as part of an LWF environmental program. Photo: Tcheou Tcheou ABEL
17 Mar
CSW66: Women must lead the way out of climate crisis
Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Women
17 Mar
Women may be more likely to die in climate related disasters, but they are also increasingly driving the movement for cleaner energy sources and more sustainable ways of living. During a panel...
A Ukrainian refugee, Masha, with two of her children, at an aid station at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border on 2 March 2022. Masha, her husband and nine children fled from near the Crimean Peninsula and are receiving aid at a shelter where ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid is assisting Ukrainian refugees. Photo: FCA/Antti Yrjönen
8 Mar
Uphold rights and dignity of women fleeing conflict
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, Women, International Women's Rights Day, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, women's human rights, women's empowerment
8 Mar
On International Women’s Day, the Lutheran World Federation’s General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt has called upon “the international community, churches and leaders worldwide to work together to...
Women taking part in Focal Group Discussions for post-conflict communities in Pader district in northern Uganda. All photos: LWF Uganda
9 Feb
LWF urges Uganda to protect vulnerable women
LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, Adjumani Refugee Settlement, CEDAW, women's human rights
9 Feb
The LWF and partner organizations working in Uganda are calling on the government of the East African nation to enact reforms and implement existing legislation on the protection of women in...
Eva Christina Nilsson, director of LWF’s Department for Theology, Mission and Justice. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 Jan
From Swedish countryside to global church coordination
Theology, Ecumenical, Communion Building, Youth, Communion, Women, Diakonia, Diakonia. Theology, LWF member churches, Mission
28 Jan
Growing up on a farm in the southern Swedish countryside seems a far cry from the high-flying career in international development and mission that Eva Christina Nilsson has been pursuing for almost...
Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Maina, LWF vice president for Africa. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
10 Dec
16 Days: theologies of anger, resistance and hope
Theology, Lutheran theology, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Studies, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Women, Women in Church and Society, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, ecumenical relations, Public theology, women's empowerment
10 Dec
Gender justice activists from different parts of the Christian world met together on 8 December to discuss ways of responding to the ongoing injustice, discrimination and violence against women in...
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa with LWF Vice-President for Africa Rev. Dr Jeanette Ada Maina, Bishop Theophilus Shadrach of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, and LWF staff and students in the Gado camp. The students held signs and recited a poem on the importance of education. All photos: LWF/Lucie Alalu Grinstein
9 Dec
LWF President commends strength of Cameroon communities served by livelihood programs
Protection, Livelihoods, Diakonia, Mission, Women, Climate, Advocacy, Youth
9 Dec
On his visit to the LWF Country Program in Cameroon, the LWF President, Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, applauded the strength and resilience of the communities served by LWF in Gado where refugees...
Ms Phelister Njile from Tanzania’s northern Shinyanga region, a participant at the 29 November event in Dar es Salaam which brought together doctors, researchers, faith leaders and key partners to end gender-based violence. All photos: Zacharia Osanga
3 Dec
Tanzania: faith leaders highlight rights of people living with disabilities
Gender Justice, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, albinism, disability
3 Dec
The vital role of religious leaders and faith-based organizations in ending gender-based violence was at the heart of a conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 29 November entitled ‘A wealth of...
Dr Bijaya Bajracharya, Country Director of LWF Nepal, Rev. Liria Consuelo Preciado of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Colombia and Rev. Denver Grauman of the Moravian Church in South Africa shared experiences of their work to combat gender-based violence. Photos: Panelists’ own.
25 Nov
16 Days: LWF steps up commitments to end gender-based violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, LWF member churches, Advocacy, women's rights
25 Nov
At the start of the 16 Days campaign to end gender-based violence , the LWF has reaffirmed its “unwavering commitment” towards ending "one of the gravest forms of violations of the human rights...
Rev. Dr Angela Olotu, Dean of the theology faculty of the Tumaini University Makumira in northern Tanzania. Photo: Erick Adolph/ELCT
23 Nov
Tanzanian church hosts regional gender justice resource hub
Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Women, Lutheran theology, women's empowerment, women in leadership
23 Nov
The LWF sees theological education as a way to promote systemic change for greater gender justice in the church and in society. That principle was at the heart of the launch, in October, of the...
COP26 has concluded, but the LWF will continue to advocate for climate and intergenerational justice and creation care. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Nov
COP26: LWF Delegates “disappointed but not disheartened by the lack of results”
Youth, Action for Justice, Climate, Climate Justice, COP26, LWF member churches, Climate Change, Women
16 Nov
While there have been some positive outcomes to the UN climate conference COP26, the path to climate justice is still very long.
Delegation observes flood site at Mekane Yesus Seminary. All Photos: Refilwe Mofulatsi/LUCSA, Zacharia Osanga/ELCT
11 Nov
Strengthening communion relations in Africa
Communion Building, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran identity, Education, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Theology, Consultation, solidarity
11 Nov
An extended Lutheran Council in Africa consultation held by the LWF from 22-25 October in Ethiopia, reflected on common concerns in the Africa region particularly the church’s role in the public...
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...
Rev. Rebecca Maduley Kurubai, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania Photo: Courtesy
17 Sep
Tanzania: The journey of a woman pastor with her indigenous community
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Member Churches, Ordained Ministry, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People
17 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Rebecca Maduley Kurubai, the first ordained Maasai woman pastor in the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, talks about her passion...
With the LWF Rapid Response Fund, 35 women living in poverty in the UELCI member church areas have regained their livelihoods. A tiffin owner serves lunch. UELCI
17 Aug
COVID-19: India’s churches help women achieve economic independence
Rapid Response Fund, MC/COVID19, COVID19, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Gender Justice, Livelihoods
17 Aug
As tailoring requests from the Lutheran congregation in the Chindwara region of India began to pour in, other women took notice of the formerly impoverished mother of five daughters, now, an...
Webinar showcases churches’ work to bring support and hope to survivors of human trafficking. Photo: Hermes Rivera on Unsplash
3 Aug
Churches must join forces to combat crime of human trafficking
Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Gender Justice, Human Rights, women's empowerment
3 Aug
On the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, survivors shared stories of escaping from their traffickers and helping others to find hope in the wake of such deeply traumatic experiences. The...
LWF Council youth delegates hold posters at the launch of the Waking the Giant ecumenical initiative in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
16 Jul
Churches raise prophetic voice for justice and inclusion
2030 Agenda, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals, Youth, Women, Climate
16 Jul
Lutheran churches in Colombia, Indonesia and Namibia have launched new reports reviewing their countries’ performance toward achieving the United Nations SDGs. At a webinar on 14 July, held as a side...
Malagasy Lutheran Church pioneer woman theologian Hélène Ralivao. Photo: Gustav Steensland/VID
29 Jun
LWF’s Hélène Ralivao Fund awards first scholarships for women in Africa
Theology, Education, Lutheran identity, Identity, Leadership, LWF member churches, Governance, Women
29 Jun
The legacy of Malagasy Lutheran Church pioneer woman theologian Hélène Ralivao will live on through a new program dedicated to women’s theological education and leadership development in Africa. The...