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Painter and consulting artist Dogari Samson teaches children how to make drawings as a way to share messages of peace. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Jul
’It’s all interlinked’ – LWF Cameroon supports livelihoods and education for CAR refugees
Cameroon, Diakonia
24 Jul
Education for peace and social cohesion ...
Dr Denis Mukwege with women at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: Torleif Svensson
24 Jun
LWF supports survivors of sexual violence in DRC
Diakonia, Women, Advocacy
24 Jun
Delegation visits Panzi hospital and pledges support to survivor network in Kasai region ...
Worship service at the LWF Council 2018. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Jun
‘Freely you have received, freely give’
Annual Report/Report, theological formation, Human Rights, Gender Justice, Youth Participation, Diakonia
4 Jun
The LWF has published its 2018 Annual Report. Titled “Freely you have received, freely give,” it records the life and work of the LWF in 2018, giving insight into the commitment to work for holistic...
A group of participants during the opening worship of the Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation, hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, 13-17 May, in Moshi, Tanzania. All photos: LWF/ALCINET
16 May
Churches must affirm holistic witness despite challenging contexts
Africa leadership consultation, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Women, Youth, LWF Vice-President, theological formation, Economic justice, Communications, ecumenical relations, environment, politics and economics
16 May
LWF member churches in Africa have received messages of gratitude and encouragement for their untiring and vibrant witness to God’s mission in spite of increasing social, political and economic...
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.
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 in the ‘People on the Move’ workshop visit the ‘Augustanahof’ housing project and ecumenical center in Amsterdam. Photo: Holger Lux
8 Apr
Dutch church’s work on diversity and integration inspires LWF delegates from across Europe
Diakonia, Conviviality, Europe, Migration, capacity building
8 Apr
Delegates representing member churches of the LWF in Europe gained new insights when they visited a revitalized church, that that has been turned into a social housing complex, and an ecumenical...
Caritas Secretary General Michel Roy and World Service Director Maria Immonen at LWF’s Geneva headquarters. Photo: S.Gallay/LWF
5 Apr
LWF and Caritas reaffirm shared commitment to serving the most vulnerable
Ecumenical, Caritas Internationalis, From Conflict to Communion, Diakonia, Advocacy
5 Apr
Nearly three years on from the signing of a joint declaration on increased cooperation, the World Service department of the LWF and the global Catholic aid and development confederation, Caritas...
Panelists at the 27 March event in the Bundestag. From left to right: Lisa Binder (Bread for the World), Sabine Minninger (Policy Advisor on Climate Change, Bread for the World), Maina Talia (Panelist from Tuvalu), Claudia Roth (German Green Party politician and Bundestag Vice President), Dr. Julia Duchrow (Human Rights Expert, Bread for the World), Sophie Gebreyes (LWF Country Representative in Ethiopia). Photo: Sabine Mininger/BftW
3 Apr
Industrialized nations must ‘honor moral responsibility’ to mitigate effects of climate change in Ethiopia
Diakonia, DWS Ethiopia, Climate, IDP, internally displaced people, Climate Change, drought relief
3 Apr
The devastating effects of climate change and conflict on rural communities in Ethiopia were under the spotlight at the German Parliament during a recent presentation by the LWF representative in...
Faustina Nillan, national director for women and children in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo: Doug Hostetter
19 Mar
UN side event highlights churches’ successes in furthering Sustainable Development Goals
Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, North America, Colombia, Liberia, Tanzania, United Nations, Event, Peace, advocacy training, Education, Peace-building, hunger, Women, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Diakonia, Ecumenical
19 Mar
At a side event on 12 March, organized during the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, participants gave an overview of the LWF’s “Waking the Giant” initiative, which aims to...
Participants in the women’s self-help group Tesfa (‘hope’) gather for the day. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Feb
Ethiopian church empowers communities to thrive on their own
Climate Change, Diakonia, Livelihoods, Food Security, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Ethiopia, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
22 Feb
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus supports communities across the country through its Development and Social Services Commission
Visiting LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and his team join EECMY church leaders in a meeting with members of the Hundedo self-help group in Hadiya, on 31 January. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
1 Feb
Ethiopia: Symbols of Hope help rebuild lives of young people
Diakonia, diaconia, DWS Ethiopia, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Ethiopia, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, gender-based violence, Migrants, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
1 Feb
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and the LWF are helping young migrant returnees rebuild their lives through a project called Symbols of Hope
LWF general secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge (right) offer a Latin American cross as a gift to the Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church, handing it to NELC president Rev. Joseph Soren (left) and NELC general secretary Rev. Patras Marandi (centre). Photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Sep
Grown out of prayer, committed to service
Nepal, Diakonia, General Secretary
17 Sep
Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church celebrates 75 years
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
Henrik Stubkjaer is bishop of the Diocese of Viborg, Denmark. In the LWF Council he represents the Nordic Region. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
31 Aug
Being the church – a question of relevance in a secular society
Voices from the Communion, diaconia, Diakonia, church revival, Contemporary mission
31 Aug
Henrik Stubkjaer talks to the Lutheran World Information about the challenges of being the church in a secularized society and new platforms for the church’s diaconal work.
Members of the Waka Community dancing. Photos: ELCH
22 Aug
Nigerian church opens doors to Hungarians
Leadership, Nigeria, Hungary, church, cooperation, Diakonia, seminar, Children, Education, schools
22 Aug
Members of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary travelled to east Nigeria, through the LWF program Mutual Learning through Exchange of Leaders, to meet members of The Lutheran Church of Christ...
The document on ecumenical diakonia is meant to clarify the understanding of diakonia and provide a common platform for acting and reflecting together. – The Vesper Church in Stuttgart has been a venue for local diaconal action. Photo: Gottfried Stoppel
24 May
New ecumenical study aims to strengthen diakonia
Diakonia, Diakonia Network, internally displaced people, Refugees, WCC, ACT Alliance
24 May
A new document on Ecumenical Diakonia, fruit of the collaboration by ACT, LWF, and WCC, aims to clarify the understanding of diakonia and provide a common platform for acting and reflecting together.
Young people with disabilities receive support and therapy, such as painting lessons, by a small Lutheran congregation in Tolyatti, Russia. Photo: Marcus Mockler, epd -Bild
10 Apr
Lutherans in Russia assist people with disabilities
Diakonia, People with Disabilities, disability, psychosocial support
10 Apr
A small Lutheran congregation in Tolyatti, west Russia, has taken up the challenge of being an inclusive congregation, providing vital support for disabled young adults.
Rev Robert Goyek Daga, in front of the millennium Cathedral that his church is building in the center of Garoua town. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
6 Feb
Diakonia and dialogue for peace
Diakonia, Interfaith, refugee, IDP, refugee camp, Livelihoods, emergency
6 Feb
Rev Robert Goyek Daga, in front of the millennium Cathedral that his church is building in the center of Garoua town. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
Berta Caceres stands at the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras where she, COPINH (the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) and the people of Rio Blanco have maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project, that poses grave threats to local environment, river and indigenous Lenca people from the region. Photo: Tim Russo/Goldman Environmental Prize
30 Nov
Ecumenical groups join in UN forum on business and human rights in Geneva
Human Rights, Advocacy, WCC, ACT Alliance, land rights, Diakonia
30 Nov
LWF, WCC and ACT Alliance arrange side-event on meaningful dialogue with communities
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
Participants in the Africa Region Advocacy Training Workshop on Gender and Child Rights in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo: Emmanuel Kimweri, ELCT Upendo Radio
13 Oct
Integrity, the hallmark of a prophetic church leader
Economic justice, Gender Justice, Diakonia, Children's rights
13 Oct
LWF President Archbishop Musa speaks at African region workshop on gender and child rights