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Webinar showcases churches’ work to bring support and hope to survivors of human trafficking. Photo: Hermes Rivera on Unsplash
3 Aug
Churches must join forces to combat crime of human trafficking
Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Gender Justice, Human Rights, women's empowerment
3 Aug
On the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, survivors shared stories of escaping from their traffickers and helping others to find hope in the wake of such deeply traumatic experiences. The...
Transforming 500 square meters of dry land into fertile land: the Lutheran City Forest at the Luther Study Centre of KN-LWF in Pematang Siantar, Indonesia. Photo: KN-LWF
19 Jul
Indonesia: Encouraging spiritual awareness on climate justice among youth
Youth, Climate, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Climate Justice
19 Jul
Encouraging young people to become advocators and campaigners for climate justice was one of the goals of a project recently undertaken by the National Committee of The Lutheran World Federation in...
LWF Council youth delegates hold posters at the launch of the Waking the Giant ecumenical initiative in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
16 Jul
Churches raise prophetic voice for justice and inclusion
2030 Agenda, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals, Youth, Women, Climate
16 Jul
Lutheran churches in Colombia, Indonesia and Namibia have launched new reports reviewing their countries’ performance toward achieving the United Nations SDGs. At a webinar on 14 July, held as a side...
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
Interfaith, Peace, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Advocacy, Youth, peace building, nobel peace prize
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...
Cover photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Highlights of LWF’s work in a unique year of COVID-19 solidarity
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, member church
10 Jun
The LWF Annual Report 2020 is available online. Under the theme, “Leave no one behind” it gives an overview of the organization’s work in an unprecedented year marked mostly by the COVID-19 pandemic...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 May
Sowing seeds of hope in soil of online conversation
social media, Public theology, Hate speech, COVID19, Public Space, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Communications, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space
28 May
Churches have a responsibility to educate, equip and engage on social media to promote a culture of respect, counter hate speech and sow seeds of hope. That was the message from panelists at a...
Members of the international Lutheran-Orthodox Commission meeting with Archbishop Anastasios in Albania in 2019. All photos: N. Hoppe
19 May
Orthodox perspectives on path to church unity
Ecumenical Perspectives, ecumenical relations, Ecumenical, Orthodox-Lutheran, Orthodox Lutheran relations, Lutheran theology, Theology, Youth
19 May
Dr Nathan Hoppe was born in Colombia, the son of Evangelical Protestant missionaries from the United States. Today, he is a member of the Orthodox Church and lives with his family in the Albanian...
Clients and staff of South Australia’s Lutheran Disability Service joined hundreds of participants taking part in a ‘Walk My Way’ fundraising event through the Barossa Valley on 1 May. All photos: ALWS
14 May
Australians ‘Walk My Way’ to support refugee children
LWF member churches, Diakonia, Youth, Australian Lutheran World Service, Education, Kenya, DWS Kenya, Kenya refugee camps, Refugees
14 May
Thousands of refugee children in East Africa will be able to attend school and get a better start in life thanks to the generosity of Lutherans of all ages who are taking part in the Lutheran Church...
Newly elected president of the EKD Synod, Anna-Nicole Heinrich, during the EKD’s synodal meeting which took place mostly online. Photo: epd-bild
10 May
Germany: Anna-Nicole Heinrich youngest president of EKD synod
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership, Lay people
10 May
This weekend Ms Anna-Nicole Heinrich was elected as the new president of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany on 8 May. A 25-year-old student from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria...
A traditional meal is served in Hadiya, south central Ethiopia. Photo: Albin Hillert/LWF
20 Apr
"People are not starving, they are being starved”
Livelihoods, quality services, country programs, Protection, Diakonia, Women, Famine, Human Rights, Advocacy, Youth
20 Apr
The LWF has joined more than 200 aid organizations in a call to fight hunger and famine worldwide. In an open letter published today (20 April), the organizations call upon states and national...
LWF supports the empowerment for climate action by young people. Photo: Amber – Unsplash
12 Apr
Encouraging youth engagement for climate justice action
Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, LWF member churches, Youth, Advocacy
12 Apr
The LWF has issued a call for small-scale climate projects initiated and led by young people. The deadline for proposals is 16 May. Each project should be initiated and led by young people, aged 30...
Rev. Sebastian Bugs had chaired the Youth Committee of the German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (GNC/LWF) since 2013. Photo: private
9 Apr
Germany: Worship and the revival of churches
Communion, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership
9 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Sebastian Bugs talks about the "Revival of the churches" project that the GNC/LWF Youth Committee recently completed and documented in a video, as...
In the Salvadoran Lutheran Church, the Stewards of Creation, play a key role in promoting climate justice and creation care in church and society. Here they enjoy lunch during a workshop. Photo: SLS
29 Mar
El Salvador: Climate education and climate action go hand in hand
Youth, Climate, Climate Justice, LWF member churches, member church, COVID19, MC/COVID19
29 Mar
Rev. Maritza Albertina Carrillo Herrera, a pastor of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church, as a member of the youth coordinating group of the church’s Stewards of Creation, the 26-year-old launched several...
“We know that this year is crucial. The world must use the momentum for climate action,” said LWF General Secretary Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert.
25 Mar
Faith leaders prepare for COP26: Urgent climate action needed
General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Lutheran theology, Theology, Climate Justice, Climate, Climate Change, Advocacy, Youth, COP, COP26
25 Mar
Forty-four percent of the LWF's constituency, equaling 33 million people, live in the countries facing the greatest challenges, requiring urgent action. He affirmed LWF's long-standing...
Pastor Miroslav Ponjičan (back right) with youth and children, preparing for a tree planting activity in the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia (SEAVC). Photos: SEAVC
15 Mar
Serbia: Apple trees as a sign of faith and creation
Theology, LWF member churches, Climate, Youth, Communion Building, Climate Justice
15 Mar
“Even if I knew that the world was to collapse tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.” This hope-filled quote, attributed to the reformer Martin Luther, inspired Miroslav Ponjičan, a...
A group of children in Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: ALWS/ Julie Krause
10 Mar
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for protection of children in South Sudan
Justice, Human Rights, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, human rights council, Statement, Public Statement, Children, Child Protection, Protection, sgbv, gender-based violence, early marriage, Violence, Faith and Protection
10 Mar
The LWF has raised concerns about the situation of children in South Sudan. “South Sudanese children are inadequately protected against the worst forms of violence,” LWF Regional Program Coordinator...
Past, present and future Lutheran women in leadership discuss challenges and progress in breaking barriers to affirm women’s rights and equality. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
9 Mar
Breaking barriers: LWF women in leadership
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Youth, Women, women in leadership, Women's Leadership, International Women's Rights Day
9 Mar
What can be done to break down barriers that prevent women from fulfilling their potential and reaching top leadership positions in the church and in society? That question was at the heart of a...
Webinar participants after the session in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
8 Mar
Young women from Kakuma speak about gender justice
Women, quality services, refugees protection, Protection, Diakonia, Global event, International Women's Rights Day, Advocacy, Youth, Kakuma, Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Refugees
8 Mar
Young women in Kakuma refugee camp face many obstacles when aiming for equal opportunities as men and boys. In a webinar: “Emerging Women who Choose to Challenge”, young refugees and staff of the...
Rev. Frank Mexon Mng’ong’o (wearing red stole), ELCT’s new Youth Coordinator, in a photo from early 2020. Mng’ong’o was ordained in Jan. 2020. Photo: ELCT
19 Feb
Tanzania: Youth preaching the Gospel, planting trees
LWF member churches, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Climate, Youth
19 Feb
In this Voices from the Communion ELCT Youth Coordinator, Rev. Frank Mexon Mng’ong’o shares his plans to engage more ELCT youth in the life of the church and to continue supporting creation care...
Professor Ezra Chitando speaking at an HIV interfaith consultation in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
18 Feb
A ‘kairos’ moment to empower women and men
Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Justice, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Youth
18 Feb
The COVID-19 pandemic can become a ‘kairos’ moment of opportunity for men to repent of the sin of patriarchy and create positive partnerships that empower women and men. Churches should be in the...
Facilitating intergenerational dialogue is part of the young reformers’ activities in the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. Photo: IECLB / Martina Scherer
12 Feb
Young reformers build networks that keep churches connected
Leadership, Governance, Youth, Member Churches, Global Young Reformers Network
12 Feb
More than 30 members of The LWF Global Young Reformers Network 2.0 in the Latin American and Caribbean and North American regions recently met online to discuss the connection between their...
Photo: Trent Erwin, Unsplash
28 Jan
2020 selection complete, 85 candidates awarded LWF scholarships
Lutheran theology, Theology, Leadership, Scholarships, Diakonia, Women, Youth, Education, Human and Institutional Capacity Development
28 Jan
The LWF has completed its 2020 scholarship approval process, with 85 new candidates from the communion’s member churches set to pursue degree and diploma courses in theology and different areas of...