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Getting together: Scholarship holders of the GNC/LWF with Rev. Dionisie Arion, Scholarship Secretary of the GNC/LWF (left) and Rev. Norbert Denecke, General Secretary of the GNC/LWF. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
11 Apr
Deepening communion, strengthening churches, encouraging people
Lutheran theology, Theology, Youth, Communion, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Ecumenical, GNC
11 Apr
Studying abroad, getting to know a different culture and language, taking up impulses from theology and church: every year about 35 students from member churches of the LWF make use this opportunity...
Icelandic pastors and bishops after the consecration of Rev. Agnes Sigurðardóttir as bishop of Iceland in 2012 (seventh from right, front row). Bishop Guðmundsdóttir is fifth from the left in the front row. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
28 Feb
Church of Iceland offers equal opportunities for women
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women Ordination, women in leadership, Youth, Youth Participation
28 Feb
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland takes gender justice seriously and prides itself on offering equal opportunities for women in the workplace.
Rev Rolando Antonio Ortez, Pastor President of the ICLH, presides at the ordinations of three male and four female pastors in 2017. Photo: LWF/P. Cuyatti
20 Feb
Honduran church models inclusion and opportunities for young women
Migration, Honduras, ELCA, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Migrants, Youth
20 Feb
While controversy continues to surround the planned building of a wall along the southern border of the United States, the Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras is working hard to support young...
Ms Sally Azar, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Jan
Witnessing through dialogue, education and women’s empowerment in the Holy Land
Voices from the Communion, Youth, Youth Participation, Gender Justice, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, Palestine, council, LWF Council, Council 2018, Climate, Women, Gender
11 Jan
LWF Council member Ms Sally Azar, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, explains how much she values the education provided to Christians and Muslims by her church and...
Young pilgrims gather in Taize to share their faith and advocate for environmental protection. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
28 Dec
Youth in Taizé: Be builders of hospitality and hope
Taizé, Youth, General Secretary, Europe, Advocacy, ecumenism, Climate
28 Dec
LWF General Secretary sends message to young people at European Encounter in Madrid
Part of the LWF delegation to COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Back row L-R: Sindri Geir Oskarsson, Helena Merle Funk, Wylie Cook, Romario Dohmann. Front row L-R Pranita Biswasi, Gloria Marthalena Samosir, Khulekani Magwaza. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
7 Dec
Climate change destroys livelihoods and ecosystems, LWF delegates remind world leaders
Climate intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, COP24, Youth, Climate, Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale
7 Dec
The planet’s future lies in the balance as world leaders, civil society and climate activists meet in Katowice, a coal mining town in Poland, to figure out how to implement the Paris Agreement on...
Ms Pranita Biswasi, LWF youth secretary. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
3 Dec
Care for creation and future generations key issues for LWF delegation at COP 24
Climate intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, COP24, Youth, Climate, Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale
3 Dec
Ms Pranita Biswasi, LWF’s youth secretary, believes that young people are key agents of change. Reson why it is very significant that the LWF is again sending a youth delegation to COP 24.
Visiting the Lutheran office in New York, Helena Funk (third from left) received valuable tips on climate advocacy from Rebekka Pohlmann, Germany; Dennis Frado, LWF’s representative at the UN headquarters; and Christine Mangale, LOWC program director. Photo: Doug Hostetter
20 Nov
On the way to COP24 in Poland
Youth, Climate, Climate Change, COP, COP24, COP23, Climate Justice, Youth Participation, United Nations, United States, Lutheran Office for World Community
20 Nov
Helena Funk, a youth delegate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, received valuable tips on climate advocacy during her visit to the Lutheran Office for World Community in New...
From left to right: Pope Francis, LWF Council member Julia Braband and Thomas Andonie, Chairperson of the Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ). Photo: LWF / Julia Braband
12 Oct
“Meeting at eye-level as the church for all generations”
Ecumenical, Youth, vatican, Youth Participation, ecumenical relations
12 Oct
LWF Council member Julia Braband representing the LWF, addressed the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
Symbolic tree planting in the Luthergarten in Wittenberg, Germany, during the global young reformers meeting, Workshop Wittenberg, in 2015. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
10 Oct
Climate justice: time to ramp up efforts
Youth, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, intergenerational justice, intergovernmental panel
10 Oct
LWF says a recently released report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is alarming. In a statement issued today LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge says the LWF is "...
Young people at an ecumenical youth gathering in Estonia’s Lutheran St Charles Church were encouraged by Pope Francis that to live a life based on love. Photo: EELC
27 Sep
Young Estonian Lutherans gather with Pope Francis
Pope Francis, Pope, Youth, Archbishop, Archbishop Viilma
27 Sep
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church youth organization presented the Pope with an apple tree during a gathering he attended in their church.
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
Central America, ACT, Nicaragua, conflict, Violence, Peace, peace building, Youth, Justice, Latin America and the Caribbean
2 Aug
LWF has expressed concern about rising violence in Nicaragua
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jul
Populism, violence, family separation under spotlight
Council 2018, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, LWF President, Climate Changel, security, Migration, Refugees, Palestine, United States, Member Churches, Youth
12 Jul
The LWF Council approves seven messages, resolutions and public statements on pressing issues.
The UEPAL consistory meeting had a long discussion before adopting the statement. Photo: UEPAL/ Bernard Guillot
1 May
French churches push for gender equality at all levels
Gender, WICAS, Women, Youth, France, UEPAL
1 May
Statement on balance and equity between women and men in the church endorsed
Youth present their pre-Assembly message to the first plenary of the Twelfth Assembly, Namibia, May 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Apr
LWF youth call for revival of churches
Youth, Youth Participation, Global Young Reformers Network, Twelfth Assembly, LWF Twelfth Assembly, Assembly, Youth pre-Assembly
11 Apr
Lutheran youth have started the discussion on revival in the church.
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
peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Youth, United States, ELCA, Bishop, Violence, Peace
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...
Peace messenger training in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/ B. Grey
12 Feb
Empowering young people to train LWF Peace Messengers
Peace Messengers, Peace, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Youth, Interfaith, Muslim, Christian, Jerusalem, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue
12 Feb
The Lutheran World Federation has released a Peace Messenger training manual. A first draft was developed last year and used in September 2017 with young people of Muslim and Christian background...
Meeting of migrants in Sarapiquí being assited with the necessary information on legal procedures for settling in the country and labor rights. Photo: ILCO
22 Nov
A pastoral ministry that empowers migrants
Diakonia, Migrants, rights-based empowerment, Citizenship, Women, Youth, ILCO, Member Churches, LWF member churches
22 Nov
Costa Rican church assists youth and women seeking work in Nicaragua
Helena Funk, Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Northern Germany, is one of ten young adults from the European and Asia region that form the COP23 delegation in Bonn, Germany. Photo: WCC/ Sean Hawkey
20 Nov
“My church aims to be CO₂ neutral by 2050”
COP23, Climate Justice, Climate, Youth
20 Nov
Interview with COP23 delegate Helena Funk from Germany
EELCO youth clear church grounds where new trees will be planted. Photo: Cedrick Y. Kitwa
25 Oct
One tree at a time
Youth, Democratic Republic of Congo, Global Young Reformers Network, Living Reformation projects
25 Oct
Young Reformers turn attention to deforestation in Congo
Group discussion during the training among Hanna Wright-Osborn (left) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,  Levi Joniel (centre) of The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria and  Angelica Oquendo (right) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia. Photo: LWF/Ben Gray
29 Sep
Equipping youth as interfaith messengers of peace
Peace Messengers, Interfaith, Youth, Capacity development
29 Sep
LWF training in Jerusalem paves way for a global toolkit ...
Monk Dhirapunno takes a group photo in front of the conference center in Medan. Photo: A. Yaqin
29 Sep
Creative interfaith training for a new generation
Interfaith, Youth, peace building, Conviviality
29 Sep
LWF and Indonesian institute build on a dialogical model to affirm diversity
Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil National Youth Congress 2016. Photo: F.Scherer
3 Aug
Inspiring youth to make diakonia more visible
Youth, Global Young Reformers Network, Reformation 2017, Living Reformation projects, Reformation 500
3 Aug
Commemorating 500 years of the Reformation in Brazil