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LWF Council members in plenary session at this year’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Jun
LWF calls for end to war in Ukraine and “bolder efforts” to address other conflicts
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13 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has reiterated its previous calls for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukraine, and urged greater investment by the international community in peaceful means of...
Youth delegates at the May 2022 LWF Leadership Conference of the Americas in Santiago, Chile. Photo: LWF/E. Albrecht
1 Jun
LWF youth amplify ‘Peace Messengers’ role in churches and communities
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1 Jun
Youth representing all seven regions of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) continue to promote 2022 as the Global Young Reformers’ Year of Peace, as they gather in-person for the third international...
Ancient olive trees in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 May
Interfaith relations: Gathering around the Tree of Life
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25 May
In times of hostility and polarization, the biggest challenge facing people of faith is “to raise up leaders” who can heal divisions and strengthen relationships across the different religious...
After an eight-month dry season, the riverbed of Tsanaga River lies dry at the outskirts of the city of Maroua, Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Mar
Human Rights Council: LWF welcomes appointment of special rapporteur for climate
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24 Mar
At the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and its interfaith partners welcomed the appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on...
Representatives from more than ten different religions gather at an interfaith service in Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow, on the opening day of a United Nations climate change conference. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Mar
Human Rights Council: Upholding the right to freedom of religion or belief
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22 Mar
At the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in partnership with the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) expressed concern about...
Dome of the Berlin Cathedral. Photo: Jutta Engelage
22 Mar
Ukraine: Lutheran bishops from Ukraine and Russia join prayer for peace
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22 Mar
Two bishops from Lutheran churches in Ukraine and Russia joined an ecumenical prayer for peace in Berlin Cathedral, Germany on 18 March.
Ukrainian refugees at the border between Ukraine and Poland. Photo: Frank Schultze / Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
4 Mar
Welcome all affected by the war in Ukraine
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4 Mar
In a statement released on 4 March, the LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt expresses grief over reports of discrimination against non-Europeans fleeing the war in Ukraine and calls for the...
Hungarian volunteers assisting Ukrainian refugees. Photo: Elekes Andor (CC-BY-SA)
4 Mar
Ukraine: Lutheran churches in neighboring countries provide shelter and support
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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...
Christians gather to pray for justice and peace in Ukraine during ecumenical Ash Wednesday service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Mar
A pall of ashes covers Ukraine: Christians join prayer for peace
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3 Mar
On Ash Wednesday, 2 March, Christians from around the globe joined in a powerful prayer service of lament and solidarity with all those suffering from the effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The...
Lutheran church leaders across the world have issued calls for a just peace in Ukraine and an end to the Russian invasion. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Feb
Ukraine: Lutheran churches across the world call for Peace and Support 
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28 Feb
Lutheran church leaders across the world have issued calls for a just peace in Ukraine and an end to the Russian invasion.
Bishop Jerzy Samiec, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, and Bishop Pavlo Shvarts, German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine. Bishop Samiec has called on the parishes of his church to open their doors to welcome refugees from Ukraine. Photo: Dariusz Bruncz
27 Feb
Ukrainian Bishop Shvarts: “Give shelter to refugees"
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27 Feb
Lutherans in Ukraine are standing firm against the invasion of Russia and providing support for people in the country. They call on churches in Europe to shelter refugees from Ukraine, advocate...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Feb
Restore peace in Ukraine
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25 Feb
In a statement released on 25 February, LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and global solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Photo: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
25 Feb
Ukraine: LWF calls for donations to support people and churches
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25 Feb
The LWF has launched a call for donations to support the churches and people of Ukraine, who are fleeing their homes and seeking shelter, basic necessities such as food and water, following Russia’s...
Photo: Sunguk Kim/Unsplash
24 Feb
Ukraine: Christian World Communions condemn assault, call for peace, invite to prayer
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24 Feb
Four Christian World Communions are strongly condemning the advance of the Russian military into Ukraine and the assault that began on the night of 24 February 2022.
Worship in an EECMY congregation. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Nov
Ethiopia: LWF in solidarity with church and people yearning for peace
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10 Nov
The LWF has expressed the communion’s “deep concern” over the recent developments in Ethiopia and “solidarity with our sisters and brothers” and all people yearning for peace.
Thanks to collaboration between the LWF and IRW, locals have a fountain that provides safe drinking water. Photo: LWF/IRW
18 Jun
Three major faith-based organizations commit to Welcome the Stranger
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18 Jun
Three of the world’s leading Jewish, Islamic and Christian humanitarian organisations are teaming up to strengthen faith-based responses to the world’s unprecedented refugee crisis, as growing...
A scene from the short film ‘Place among the stars’ produced by the LWF National Committee in Indonesia and local partner Jakatarub. Photo: KNLWF-Jakatarub/Yunita Tan
11 Jun
Short films showcase interfaith harmony in Indonesia
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11 Jun
Four short films about interfaith dialogue and co-existence in Indonesia were the focus of a 9 June webinar, jointly organized by the LWF, the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies and...
View of the Jerusalem Old City from the Mount of Olives. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 May
LWF appeals for an end to violence in Jerusalem
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10 May
The LWF has issued an appeal for peace in Jerusalem, where clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in recent days have left hundreds of people injured. The violence has been...
Participants in the LWF Peace Messenger Training in Jerusalem in September 2017. Photo: Ben Gray
25 Feb
Strengthening advocacy in LWF member churches through exchange and collaboration
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25 Feb
Through its Action for Justice Unit, the LWF has initiated two forums focusing on climate justice and interfaith relations and peacebuilding. The forums will support and promote the advocacy work of...
Landscape in Amhara province, the state bordering Tigray, Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
4 Dec
Churches express deep solidarity with Ethiopia
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4 Dec
Ecumenical organizations have sent a pastoral letter of solidarity to the churches and people of Ethiopia, expressing commitment to accompany them as they address multiple challenges and crises.