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Young climate activists gathered in December 2019 at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Spain sound the alarm for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Sep
Prophetic young voices call for climate action
Climate, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Advocacy, Youth, Climate Change, Creation
30 Sep
Young climate activists from different Christian churches took part in a webinar during this Season of Creation to highlight how every person of faith has an urgent and crucial role to play in the...
Mary Philip is Associate Professor for Lutheran Global Theology and Mission at the Martin Luther University College, Canada. One of her areas of expertise is Environmental Theology and Ecojustice. Photo: Mary Philip
28 Aug
Embracing sustainable practices and values
Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Member Churches, Climate Change, Youth, Gender, Voices from the Communion
28 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion, “We cannot go back to what was normal,” says Mary Philip, Associate Professor for Lutheran Global Theology and Mission at the Martin Luther University College,...
The Lutheran Center in Tiaong, Quezon Province, a Lutheran Church in the Philippines ministry, gathers in April with social distancing. Photo: LCP
5 Aug
Being the church in times of COVID-19
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Leadership, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, Communion, Human Rights, Climate Change, Gender Justice, MC/COVID19
5 Aug
The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has posed significant challenges for the member churches of the LWF. A survey in all seven regions revealed impact in the same areas, but with largely different...
For the most vulnerable people access to sufficient and clean water is essential at times of climate change as well as during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In Minawao camp, a young woman waits for her bucket to fill up at one of the tapstands. The Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the 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
22 Apr
Earth Day: Acting to prevent hardship and suffering in the future
Climate, Climate Change, Earth Day, Climate Justice, COP, COP26, Interfaith, COVID19, coronavirus
22 Apr
Observing today’s Earth Day, the LWF, together with other inter-faith groups active at UNFCCC conferences has issued a statement. It calls on the UNFCCC, all governments, and all people, to build...
LWF Global Young Reformers Erika Rodning (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada) and Fernanda Zuñiga (Lutheran Church in Chile) during a march through the streets of central Madrid as part of a public contribution to the United Nations climate meeting COP25, urging decision-makers to take action for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Apr
Earth Day: Rethinking our ecological footprint
LWF member churches, Climate, Climate Change, Earth Day, Climate Justice, COP, COP25
22 Apr
Earth Day which is observed on 22 April was an occasion for two young climate activists to measure their ecological footprint. Observed since 1970 and promoted by the United Nations as the...
Fadinatou Amadou Tukur (left) and Tanga Moktar (right) run a small poultry farm in the Gado refugee camp, Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
6 Feb
Africa’s forgotten crises: Strengthening regional cooperation and advocacy
Africa, Refugees, Climate Change, civil war, IDP, Angola, Burundi, CAR, Cameroon, Chad, UNOCHA, refugee camp
6 Feb
LWF Vice president: “The Lutheran family will not forget”
As COP25 is about to draw to a close, hundreds of young people mobilize through Fridays for Future in a strike for the climate, inside and outside the venue of COP25 in Madrid, calling for urgent action for climate justice. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Dec
COP25 in pictures
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women, Human Rights, Gender
17 Dec
COP25 drew to a close on Sunday, 15 December, after a record-breaking extension of negotiations. For climate justice, undeniably much remains to be done.
LWF participants at COP25 – among them, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America – join ecumenical partners in illustrating the lack of balance in finance of the global climate response, where most of the finance is put into mitigation, some into adaptation, but very little into the so-called loss and damage, even though 'that's where the people are'. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Dec
“We must hear the cry of the Earth”
COP25, Latin America and the Caribbean, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, indigenous people
13 Dec
As COP25 in Madrid is set to draw to a close, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America summarize their experiences of what has been a challenging two weeks of climate negotiations and...
LWF delegates join ecumenical partners in calling for climate justice at COP25 in Madrid. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Dec
With human rights in focus at COP25
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women, Human Rights, Gender
10 Dec
It’s Human Rights Day, and as negotiations at the United Nations climate meeting (COP25) in Madrid approach their most intense phase, LWF delegates are zeroing in on a range of thematic blocks – each...
Ecumenical prayer service gathered in the Iglesia de Jesús in central Madrid. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Dec
A light to overcome darkness, for climate justice
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women
9 Dec
Christians from around the globe gathered with local congregants in the Iglesia de Jesús in central Madrid on Sunday, for an ecumenical prayer service during COP25.
A group of refugees work in a tree nursery in the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Nov
Cameroon: Caring for the climate, #WithRefugees
Diakonia, #withrefugees, Climate, Climate Change, refugee
27 Nov
Serving the neighbour is not just about short-term emergency intervention, but also about long-term commitment, to people as well as environment.
In a country experiencing recurring drought, the LWF country program work in Ethiopia includes support to farmers in Lalibela to build irrigation canals and terraces for food and water conservation. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
4 Oct
LWF country programs in East Africa plan joint approach to humanitarian crises
Climate Change, Humanitarian Response, South Sudan, Refugees. Displaced person, Kenya, Advocacy
4 Oct
A regional response to the humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Somalia, and joint work on thematic areas such as climate change were the themes of a Regional Meeting of the LWF World Service...
One of the photos in the exhibition, showing sunrise in Bauko, Mountain Province, Philippines. Photo: Johanan Celine Valeriano
20 Sep
“The wisdom of God woven into the fabric of creation”
Climate, Theology, COP25, Climate Change, Public theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation
20 Sep
On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, four ecumenical organizations are launching a photo exhibition on the Bible and biodiversity. Titled “And It Is Good.
Zikhai Suela from Mpengo Village shows the water filters and gallons distributed by LWF. Photo: LWF/B. Khanal
19 Sep
“We see so much more hope”
emergency response, environment, Mozambique, floods, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Climate Change
19 Sep
LWF World Service has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people in Mozambique since the beginning of April 2019, after cyclone Idai struck the region.
Planting trees has become part of church life in ELCT: (from the right) Bishop Fredrik Shoo, Rev. Faustine Kahwa, Rev. Solomon Massawe and students attending confirmation classes preparing for a tree planting in Tanzania's Northern Diocese. Photo: ELCT
10 Sep
A passion for creation
Creation - Not for Sale, Season of Creation, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Tanzania
10 Sep
Planting trees has become part of church life in ELCT: When confirmation classes begin their two-year course, there is a gathering at which the confirmands each plant ten trees which they take care...
Amare Mulaw and his family, showing his ‘Lutheran’ corn. Photo: LWF/ Yitbarek FREW
6 Sep
A corn named “Lutheran”
development, Climate, Climate Change, emergency
6 Sep
Amare Mulaw and his family, showing his ‘Lutheran’ corn. Photo: LWF/ Yitbarek FREW ...
One of 20 so-called 'green spaces' in and around the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the Far North Region, Cameroon. A five-year planting and harvest cycle ensures wood to be used as firewood, vines for building of roofs, and a step in alleviating environmental impact in and around Minawao, which hosts some 58,000 refugees from North East Nigeria. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Sep
Season of Creation: Called to be stewards of the web of life
Climate Change, Climate Justice, Creation, Creation - Not for Sale, Ecumenical, ecotheology
2 Sep
One of 20 so-called 'green spaces' in and around the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the Far North Region, Cameroon. A five-year planting and harvest cycle ensures wood to be...
EECMY staff take part in the country-wide initiative to plant trees as part of the church’s commitment to care for creation and mitigate against climate change. Photo: EECMY/Abeya Wakwoya
27 Aug
Plant a tree, care for creation
environment, Season of Creation, Climate, Climate Change, Creation
27 Aug
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus recently mobilized its members in a countrywide campaign to plant more than 9 million trees in one day.
Plenary at the conference in Nairobi entitled ‘Laudato Si’ Generation: Young People Caring for our Common Home’ Photo: Helmut Fluhrer
17 Jul
Lutheran youth delegate calls for urgent climate action
Climate Change, Advocacy, Youth, Ecumenical, Interfaith
17 Jul
Young German environmental activist joins ecumenical and interfaith participants at Laudato Si’ conference in Kenya ...
LWF Youth secretary Ms Pranita Biswasi, addressing the side-event on a human rights’ perspective in climate action processes at the UN Office in Geneva. Photo: LWF/F. Wilches
2 Jul
Call for human rights-based climate action
Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Gender Justice, Human Rights, Paris Agreement
2 Jul
Meaningful climate policies and action must address the human rights perspective of the disproportionate impact of climate change on women, youth, minority groups and indigenous communities.
Youth members of the LWF Council gather ahead of the 13 to 18 June meeting Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Jun
Young Lutherans raise concerns at Council 2019
Council 2019, pre-council, Youth, Youth Participation, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women, Gender Justice, Climate Change
21 Jun
Young Lutheran ordained and lay leaders from different parts of the globe gathered in Geneva for a Pre-Council meeting, voicing concerns about gender justice and climate change as well as more...
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...
Women contemplate what is left of their homestead in Gudza village, central Mozambique, in the aftermath of cyclone Idai. Photo: LWF/Philip Wijmans
8 May
Mozambique: Supporting those who have to start all over again
emergency response, environment, floods, Climate, Climate Change, Mozambique, Humanitarian disaster, Water
8 May
Located in Mozambique’s central province of Manica, Sussundenga District, Dombé region was one of the worst hit areas following the 14 March tropical cyclone Idai.
Some of the participants in the LUCSA youth workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: LUCSA
29 Apr
Southern Africa youth resolve to address climate change and gender-based violence
Youth, LUCSA, gender-based violence, emergency response, environment, Mozambique, floods, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Climate Change
29 Apr
Youth from 15 member churches of LUCSA have identified climate change and gender-based violence as key issues to address in their respective countries.
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...
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
Participating in the e-mobility pilot project, from left: Jan Westphal (director, Horizonte gGmbH Altenburg), Dietmar Wiegand (deputy head, Altenburger Land church district), Rev. Christian Sparsbrod ( Rudolstadt-Saalfeld church district) and Rev. Jens Bechtloff ( Kindelbrück pastorate) with the new cars. Photo: EKM/Diana Steinbauer
23 Jan
Speed limit, electric cars and a forest towards a climate-friendly church
Climate Change, Climate, Advocacy, member church, pollution, environment
23 Jan
A petition to introduce a 130 km-per-hour speed limit on the German highway is one of the steps the Evangelical Church in Central Germany envisages in an ambitious campaign promoting care for the...