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Participants at the LWF advocacy training workshop in San José, Costa Rica, 14-16 July.  Photo: LWF/F. Wilches
30 Jul
LWF rolls out Advocacy Handbook in Central America
advocacy training, Central America, Human Rights, Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Peace-building
30 Jul
The persecution and killing of human rights defenders, and the exercise of religious freedom in Central America under the spotlight at a training workshop in San José, Costa Rica, rolling out the the...
As part of the events to mark the tenth anniversary of the coup, Lutherans held a public prayer service at the spot where the first fatal victim of the coup was killed. Riot police and army surrounded the event as a memorial cross was carried to the center of the capital city afterwards. All photos: LWF/S.Hawkey
29 Jul
Lutherans support struggle against repression, violence and poverty in Honduras
Peace, peace and justice, Justice, LWF member churches, Migrants, Honduras, United States, Mexico, Advocacy
29 Jul
Ten years on from the military coup against President Mel Zelaya in Honduras, the Lutheran church in the Central American nation continues to raise its voice for justice and peace in the country,...
The leadership of the Honduran church presenting the 2019 general assembly statement in front of the Martin Luther bust in Tegucigalpa’s public square.  Photo: Roger Rivas
5 Jul
Church solidarity with Hondurans demanding justice and human rights
Human Rights, Peace, Advocacy, human rights defender, health care, Education
5 Jul
The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras has declared its solidarity with the “clamor of the Honduran people” for better living conditions amid a social and political crisis characterized by attacks...
Human rights defenders have expressed concern about  the partiality of justice in handling the situation. Photo: ILUGUA
3 Jul
Guatemalan church defends right to peaceful protest
human rights defender, Human Rights, Water, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Peace
3 Jul
The Guatemala Lutheran Church has called on the public prosecutor’s office to carry out “a criminal investigation” into the destruction of conduits that has led to critical water shortages in the...
Refugees wait their turn, at a distribution of non-food items in Minawao. The Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the Far North region of Cameroon, hosts some 58,000 refugees from North East Nigeria. The refugees are supported by the Lutheran World Federation, together with a range of partners. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 Jun
Faith actors call for Global Solidarity with Refugees
Department for World Service, Ebola, LWF Uganda, DRC, Risk Management, Refugees, #withrefugees, refugee, Human Rights, World Refugee Day, peace building, Peace, Protection, refugees protection, xenophobia
20 Jun
The diversity of origins and traditions which make humanity unique are being targeted by intolerance, sometimes by brutal violence, and refugees are often on the front line of this assault...
Members of the panel discussing prospects for peace and human rights in Colombia. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
11 Jun
Churches pledge support for Colombia’s human rights defenders
Ecumenical, Human Rights, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's rights, Colombia, Peace
11 Jun
The international community must do more to support those seeking to be a prophetic voice for justice and peace in Colombia today. That was the appeal from members of the Bogotá-based inter-church...
Participants at the Oslo workshop on Freedom of Religion and Gender Equality. Photo: Stefanus Alliance
6 Jun
Bridging the gap between gender justice and religious liberty
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, SDGs, Waking the Giant, United Nations, women's human rights, Climate Change, Education, Peace
6 Jun
The LWF joined around 30 other Faith Based Organizations to discuss the intersection between the right to religious freedom and women’s rights, within the framework of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable...
Prize winners Germán Graciano Posso and  Genaro de Jesús Graciano with Verdiana Garcia from the Church of Sweden and Cesar Grajales, Diakonia Sweden Colombia Program. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 May
The dangerous task of defending human rights in Colombia
human rights defender, Human Rights, Peace, peace building, Award, Minorities and Indigenous People
28 May
Three award-winning Colombian human rights defenders visited the LWF on 27-28 May as part of a European tour to raise awareness of the dangers and difficulties faced by so many people working for...
LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu addresses the Geneva conference. Photo: WCC/Ivars Kupcis
22 May
Educating for peace in a multi-religious world
Peace, Pope Francis, Human Rights, Migrants, ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue
22 May
LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu, spoke at an ecumenical and interfaith conference on 'Promoting Peace Together'...
Rev. Dr Frank Otfried July, LWF Council member and Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg. Photo: EMH/Gottfried Stoppel
17 May
Getting to know the diversity of a denominational family
Voices from the Communion, cooperation, member church, Peace, Creation, Menonite-Lutheran relations, Pentecostal-Lutheran relations, church growth and sustainability, Orthodox Lutheran relations, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations, church unity
17 May
Rev. Dr Frank Otfried July talks about perspectives gained from his multiple engagements for the Lutheran communion, as well as the situation of the churches in Germany, especially the Evangelical...
Shaping the LWF communion: (from left) LWF Vice-President Astrid Kleist, LCiGB Dean-elect Rev. Eliza Zikmane, Rev. Dr Martin Lind, current Bishop of the LCiGB, and Oberkirchenrat Norbert Denecke, General Secretary of the LWF German National Committee. Photo: Astrid Kleist
15 May
Creating a space where trust can grow
ecumenical relations, Reformation, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Anglican-Lutheran relations, Governance, Peace
15 May
Pröpstin Astrid Kleist, Vice-President for the Central and Western Europe region of the LWF, visited The Lutheran Church in Great Britain for its annual synod held in London on 27 April.
Rev Mark Whitfield, Bishop of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand. Photo: LCNZ
26 Apr
Lutherans living the gospel in New Zealand
Voices from the Communion, Muslim-Christian, inter-religious relations, Interfaith, Peace, Violence
26 Apr
Bishop Whitfield talks about ecumenism, interfaith relations and the challenges facing his church “at the bottom of the world.”
In Rakhine State, Myanmar, residents fleeing recurring fighting in Kyauktaw township have sought refuge in Ponnagyun township. The LWF and the Department of Disaster Management recently distributed non-food items including kitchen utensils, clothes, mats, water filters and mosquito nets to displaced families. Photo: LWF Myanmar
2 Apr
International NGOs in Myanmar reiterate humanitarian obligation to protect civilians in Rakhine
DWS Myanmar, Peace, peacebuilding, Rakhine Crisis, Displaced Persons, internally displaced people
2 Apr
The LWF has joined INGOs renewing calls for protection of civilians amid continuing fighting between two armed sides in Myanmar’s Rakhine province.
Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Cabrera, President of the Guatemala Lutheran Church. Photo: Craig Foster
26 Mar
Guatemala: Church concern over setback in fight against impunity
Human Rights, human rights defender, Guatemala, Advocacy, Peace
26 Mar
In January 2019, the Guatemalan government rescinded an agreement with the CICG, effectively disbanding the work of the commission which was set up in 2006 with support from the UN.
Members of the VELKD Bishops' Conference, ecumenical guests and staff of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. Photo: VELKD
25 Mar
Helping to shape Europe as a peace project
Institute for Ecumenical Research, ecumenism, Europe, European, reconciliation, racism, Peace, LWF member churches
25 Mar
Bishops from German Lutheran churches have reaffirmed the commitment to promoting the spirit of Europe as a community of countries.
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...
Mexican Lutheran Church Pastor President Rev. Roberto Trejo Haager. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
1 Feb
Mexican Lutheran church leader shares his vision of a healing community of believers
Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Violence, Advocacy, Voices from the Communion
1 Feb
Rev. RTH Roberto Trejo Haager, Pastor President of the Mexican Lutheran Church, envisages the Lutheran church in Mexican society today as a healing community of believers
Bhagwati Tamang lays bricks in Jogimara village in central Nepal after the devastating earthquake of April 2015. Following the disaster, the LWF worked jointly with Islamic Relief Worldwide and other partners to provide shelter in remote villages where thousands lost homes and livelihoods. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
31 Jan
LWF highlights value of interfaith collaboration with the United Nations
Interfaith, church, General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, World Interfaith Harmony Week, Peace
31 Jan
A broad-based interfaith group mandated to work on human rights, sustainable development, peace and security issues has pledged its support to the United Nations particularly in enhancing...
Photo by Chris Slupski on Unsplash
29 Jan
LWF condemns stifling of democracy in Venezuela
Public Statement, Statement, Peace
29 Jan
The Lutheran World Federation expresses deep concern over the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
An LWF-run child-friendly space in Thi Kyar village, Mrauk U township, Rakhine state, Myanmar. Photo:C/Kästner
22 Jan
International NGOs call for unrestricted access to affected populations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state
DWS Myanmar, Peace, peacebuilding, Rakhine Crisis, Displaced Persons, internally displaced people
22 Jan
The Lutheran World Federation is among 18 international non-governmental organizations calling for “rapid, unfettered and sustained access” to all populations affected by the renewed fighting between...
From left: Lutheran Bishop Jerzy Samiec, President of the Polish Ecumencial Council and Orthodox Archbishop Abel, Diocese of Lublin-Chełm of the Church of Poland. Photo: PEC
18 Jan
Churches in Poland call for tolerance after killing of Gdansk mayor
Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Ecumenical, Violence
18 Jan
The Polish Ecumenical Council, has urged the country to “stop the spiral of hate” following the brutal murder of the mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz.
María Ruth Sanabria, Colombian human rights defender. Photo: LWF Colombia
18 Jan
María Ruth Sanabria: 40 years of taking risks to defend the rights of others
Minorities and Indigenous People, human rights defender, Human Rights, Advocacy, Peace, indigenous people
18 Jan
Despite continued threats on her life, María Ruth Sanabria remains undeterred in the struggle for the rights of marginalized people.
A peace dove and flowers at a monument in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of Albin Hillert
1 Jan
LWF New Year Message: ‘Seek peace and pursue it’
Peace, peace building, peacebuilding, New Years Message, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Member Churches
1 Jan
In his New Year Message to the Lutheran communion, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge reassures churches that “when we root ourselves in Christ, we are well equipped to engage in this...
A worship service in a congregation of the Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala. Photo: ILAG
16 Nov
New LWF member: Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala
Peace-building, Peace, member church, LWF member churches, Women, development, Education, women in leadership, indigenous people, council, Council 2018
16 Nov
As a small church comprising predominantly indigenous people, the Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala values its focus on education, peace and justice, because these are relevant issues for many...