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Religious leaders join young faith actors working in refugee welcome and integration for a two-day interfaith conference entitled ‘Welcoming the Stranger, Living as Neighbors’. All Photos: LWF/M. Renaux
23 Jun
Vital role of faith in refugee protection and integration
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day, Refugees
23 Jun
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva on 20 June to share best practices in an increasingly challenging global...
Chief Rabbi Sizomu Gershom of Uganda arrives for the start of the Welcoming the Stranger conference. All Photos: LWF/M. Renaux
21 Jun
Standing together to strengthen refugee response
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day, Refugees
21 Jun
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva on 20 June to share best practices in an increasingly challenging global...
At the opening session of the conference: Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, Rev. Anne Burghardt, LWF General Secretary, Waseem Ahmad, CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
20 Jun
Welcoming the Stranger, Shaping the Future
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day
20 Jun
To mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that a record 100 million people have now been forced to flee their homes, seeking sanctuary...
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...
LWF’s multipurpose cash assistance project will support refugees from the war in Ukraine, like these men, women and children in Korczowa on the Polish border. Photo: Filip Błażejowski
27 Apr
Ukraine: LWF provides cash assistance for refugees in Poland
Ukraine crisis, emergency response, Diakonia, Communion Building, Cash Response, refugee crisis
27 Apr
In response to the needs of growing numbers of refugees fleeing from the war in Ukraine, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is working closely with its member church, the Evangelical Church of the...
One of the goals of the new course at the LCCN seminary is to increase advocacy activities among youth in schools and universities in Nigeria. Rev. Emmanuel Subewope Gabriel (right) presents SoH t-shirts during an event in the northeastern city of Gombe. Photo: SoH Nigeria
25 Apr
Nigerian seminary brings education on irregular migration and trafficking to the classroom
Symbols of Hope, Diakonia, Advocacy, Churches in Mission, Education, Migrants, Human Beings - Not for Sale
25 Apr
The June 2022 graduates of the Bronnum Lutheran Seminary in Yola, northeastern Nigeria, will include the first batch of students taking a new orientation course on irregular migration and human...
LWF humanitarian support officer Katerina Brzicova and Samuel Reslour, a volunteer, assist in transporting relief items to a warehouse of the Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), which is partnering with the LWF to distribute food and non-food items to refugees fleeing from Ukraine at the Zosin and Dohoruth borders. Photo: B. Khanal
20 Apr
LWF scales up response to Ukrainian refugee crisis
LWF member churches, Ukraine crisis, emergency response, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, refugee crisis, Humanitarian Response
20 Apr
The LWF is scaling up its response to the war in Ukraine, setting up a team to coordinate both the humanitarian work and support to its member churches in the region. Following meetings with five...
A woman holds up a sign offering practical support for newly arrived families from Ukraine, at Nyugati station in Budapest, Hungary. At the station, a range of civil society organisations and other volunteers offer support to incoming refugees, including support in arranging free accommodation, tickets for onward travel, as well as necessary items such as snacks and food, diapers for the children, clothes and basic medical supplies. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Apr
European churches call for commitment to all refugees
Ecumenical, Diakonia, Advocacy, Europe, Ukraine crisis, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger
14 Apr
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt has joined church leaders from many different Christian churches and organizations in Europe who are calling on governments and people on the continent...
Leading Bishop Ralf Meister (right) and Diaconia Board Spokesperson Hans-Joachim Lenke in conversation with women who have fled Ukraine. Svitlana Kryzhanivska (left) interprets the discussion. Photo: Lothar Veit
6 Apr
Ukraine: “I don’t want to sit around until the war is over” 
Member Churches, Diakonia, Refugees, Ukraine crisis
6 Apr
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover, Germany, has opened a “blue-and-yellow meeting place” in a quiet residential neighborhood near Hanover on 17 March. 
Felix Kalbe (center) takes medical supplies to Lviv in Ukraine as a volunteer driver. Photo: private 
1 Apr
Germany: With heart and mind – doing what is necessary for the people of Ukraine
Voices from the Communion, Ukraine crisis, Humanitarian Response, Diakonia
1 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion, we speak to Felix Kalbe, who takes medical supplies to Lviv in Ukraine as a volunteer driver. 
Emmanuel, a Nigerian student who fled from Ukraine and has been welcomed in Budapest by staff and students at the Theological Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary. All photos: LWF/A. Hillert
31 Mar
Ukraine: “One minute we’re in school, the next we’re running for our lives”
Ukraine crisis, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Refugees
31 Mar
In Budapest, the Theological Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) now provides accommodation for twenty-year-old medical student Emmanuel and others who have fled from the...
Hungarian volunteers assisting Ukrainian refugees. Photo: Elekes Andor (CC-BY-SA)
4 Mar
Ukraine: Lutheran churches in neighboring countries provide shelter and support
conflict, Ukraine crisis, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Peace, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building, emergency operation, emergency, emergency relief, emergency response
4 Mar
An unprecedented wave of prayer, solidarity, and help has swept across Europe and the world during the week since the beginning of the Russian invasion into Ukraine on 24 February. Member churches of...
Alena Fendrychová, Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, and a member of the “Solidarity Group” that coordinates the LWF European diaconal process. Photo: Private
14 Feb
Café Obýváček - A welcoming space for migrants and refugees in the Czech Republic
LWF member churches, Diakonia, Conviviality, Migrants, Refugees
14 Feb
Fendrychová is a member of the “Solidarity Group” of diaconal practitioners in The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in Europe. They coordinate the “Seeking Conviviality” diaconal...
Outdoor workshops for young people particularly affected by the lockdown measures in Slovakia. Photo: Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Slovak Republic
4 Feb
COVID-19 rapid response fund: “A shared commitment to leave no one behind”
Rapid Response Fund, MC/COVID19, COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Mission
4 Feb
Through the LWF Rapid Response Fund, the communion was able to rally support and provide direct and indirect relief to congregations and local communities facing the unprecedented challenges of the...