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Dr. Denis Mukwege at the Lutheran World Federation's Twelfth Assembly. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
5 Oct
Keynote speaker at LWF Assembly awarded Nobel Peace Prize
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5 Oct
LWF has congratulated physician Dr Denis Mukwege who with human rights activist Nadia Murad has received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018
A participant offers insight at the LWF International Seminar on Prevention, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. Photo: Scheila Dillenburg
2 Oct
LWF seminar on conflict resolution
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2 Oct
With the aim of equipping member churches to prevent or resolve conflict, the LWF International Seminar on Prevention, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding was held from September 17 to 21 in São Leo
Children from Nicaragua watch a movie in the ILCO offices. Photo: ILCO
7 Sep
Serve the people stranded on the road
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7 Sep
With a transit shelter in the Costa Rican capital of San José, the ILCO is supporting refugees who have fled the civil unrest in neighboring Nicaragua.
Messages of peace in a school run by LWF in Upper Nile State, South Sudan. Photo: LWF/ C: Kästner
17 Aug
World Humanitarian Day: LWF calls for protection of humanitarian space
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17 Aug
On World Humanitarian Day, the LWF calls for a better protection of humanitarian space.
Jacob Longar Aleer. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
17 Aug
Working in a high-risk area
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17 Aug
Interview with Jacob Aleer, LWF Security Focal Point in Jonglei, South Sudan
In Voices from the Communion, LoeRose Mbise of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania says education and awareness-raising are critical if violence against women and girls is to be tackled. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Aug
Supporting women and girls in the struggle to end violence
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16 Aug
In a video interview for Voices from the Communion, LWF Council member LoeRose Mbise, who works as general secretary of a diocese of the church, talks about the distressing effect of child marriage an
Celebration of the 500 years of Reformation at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Photo: Tsion Alemayehu
16 Aug
New peace initiative in Ethiopia
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16 Aug
LWF set to launch a new initiative to reduce escalating religious tension in Ethiopia, in an expression of its mandate to promote peace.
A demonstration by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, under the theme “The church says no to violence!” the image was widely shared on social media to advocate for peace. Photo: ZCC
3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe advocate against violence
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3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe have spoken up against the shooting of unarmed protesters after the elections.
LAC and Nicaraguan youth during an artistic project for the environment with LWF. Young people are largely affected by the violence currently happening in Nicaragua. Photo: LWF/ Chelsea Macek
2 Aug
LWF concerned about rising violence in Nicaragua
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2 Aug
LWF has expressed concern about rising violence in Nicaragua
The news of the peace agreement “comes like a gentle rain falling down on people around the world thirsting for a message of peace”, LWF General Secretary Junge writes. Photo: LWF/ C.Kästner
13 Jul
A powerful message of peace
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13 Jul
On 9 July 2018, the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia, ending civil war, and opening diplomatic relations for the firs
Opening worship of the Central Committee meeting in the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC.
17 Jun
Witness to unity in a fragmented world
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17 Jun
LWF greets World Council of Churches on 70th anniversary
Bishop Samiec, left, receives the award recognising his efforts to improve relations between his native Poland and Germany. Photo: Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland
28 May
Polish bishop Samiec Awarded for Work on Polish-German Reconciliation
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28 May
Actively working for justice, peace and reconciliation in the public space
Demonstrators at the 2018 March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. Photo: Creative Commons Rosa Pineda
27 Mar
Young people against gun violence
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27 Mar
Young Lutherans were among the many coming together and lending their voices to the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. and other cities across the United States.
A lie-in in front of the White House, organized by students in Washington after the school shooting in Florida, calls for more legislation on privately owned firearms. Photo: Lorie Shaull/ Flickr
9 Mar
ELCA Bishops stand with youth in addressing gun violence and school safety
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9 Mar
Following a school shooting in Florida, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Conference of Bishops has issued a statement calling for “a deeper conversation about school safety and second
Abdi Abdullahi has come home. He is grateful to LWF for helping him gain the life experience that has enabled him to return to Somalia and serve his community. Photo: LWF/ Anne Wangari
20 Feb
LWF assists refugees returning to Somalia
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20 Feb
A protracted refugee situation in Dadaab, Kenya, means, that many young people are born in the camp or grow up there.
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa greeting during the Ecumenical lunch with representatives of the four member churches in Myanmar and World Service country program staff. 30 January 2018. Photo: LWF Myanmar
15 Feb
Together, we can do so much
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15 Feb
The LWF has proved itself an organization recognised for high quality work and for networking with diverse groups of people, Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa says.
Peace messenger training in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/ B. Grey
12 Feb
Empowering young people to train LWF Peace Messengers
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12 Feb
The Lutheran World Federation has released a Peace Messenger training manual.
Confirmation students from the Windhoek area clasping hands as they form a Luther Rose at the Global Commemoration of the Reformation in Windhoek, Namibia on 14 May 2017. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
14 Dec
LWF Christmas Message: With Exceeding Joy
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14 Dec
The Lutheran World Federation celebrates Christmas in 2017 with a reflection on peace.
LWF delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano
8 Dec
“By his bruises we are healed”
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8 Dec
During an audience at the Vatican on 7 December, The Lutheran World Federation delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá, a powerful symbol of conflict and reconciliatio
IERP General Secretary Rev. Sonia Skupch at a past LWF event. She becomes the first woman to be elected as President of the Ecumenical Commission of Christian Churches in Argentina. Photo: LWF/Eugenio Albrecht
29 Nov
Lutheran pastor Skupch is the first woman president of Argentine ecumenical body
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29 Nov
A forum that strives for unity and peace in a fragmented world
General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge meets with Indigenous people of Pueblo Nuevo, Colombia.  Photo: LWF Colombia/ Diego Álvarez
16 Nov
A faith-inspired resistance to violence
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16 Nov
LWF General Secretary Junge visits indigenous community in Colombia
LWF in CAR is supporting displaced communities with food security by supporting groups of agricultural producers and through school feeding programs. Photo: LWF/Central African Republic.
16 Nov
Welcoming renewed UN commitment to peace in Central African Republic
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16 Nov
LWF representatives carry message to UN officials
Members of the Reformation anniversary Joint Commission in Colombia, during a planning meeting for upcoming events. Photo: LWF/P. Cuyatti
15 Aug
An alternative space for dialogue
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15 Aug
Colombian churches, civil society and government mark Reformation anniversary
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
8 Aug
LWF General Secretary Junge to receive 2017 Augsburg Peace Prize
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8 Aug
Recognition of a “patient bridge-builder between the continents”
Holy Land Lutheran Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan accepts the 34th Niwano Peace Prize from Rev. Nichiko Niwano, Honorary President of the Niwano Peace Foundation, during a ceremony on 27 July in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: ELCJHL/Ben Gray
27 Jul
Palestinian Bishop Munib Younan receives Niwano Peace Prize
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27 Jul
Calls for robust moderation that rejects all forms of extremism
Meeting of the LWF Council, Wittenberg, Germany, 15–21 June 2016. President’s address by Bishop Munib A. Younan. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
20 Feb
An encouragement for peace-building
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20 Feb
LWF President Younan to receive the 34th Niwano Peace Prize
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus helps to diffuse tension and reconcile communities in the southwestern region of Gambella. At a recent workshop, trainees washed the feet of a man, woman, youth and child, as a sign of love and respect. Photo: EECMY Peace Office
7 Jul
Ethiopian church fosters peace and reconciliation in Gambella
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7 Jul
Pastors, community members trained in conflict resolution