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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.”
Candle lighting during a church service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Apr
Sri Lanka: LWF condemns violence, urges religious leaders to promote peace
General Secretary Martin Junge, Muslim, Statement, LWF member churches, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Violence, Interreligious Dialogue, Humanitarian Law, peacebuilding
24 Apr
The LWF continues to express the communion’s solidarity with all those affected by the Easter Sunday attacks targeting Christian places of worship and hotels in Sri Lanka.
Vigil candles. Photo: LWF/A.S. Danielsson
18 Mar
Solidarity following mosque attacks in Christchurch
Terrorism, General Secretary Martin Junge, Muslim, LWF member churches, Violence
18 Mar
Following the mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, local Lutheran churches have expressed solidarity with the country’s Muslim community.
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
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.
A demonstration by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, under the theme “The church says no to violence!” the image was widely shared on social media to advocate for peace. Photo: ZCC
3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe advocate against violence
Member Churches, Advocacy, Violence, Peace, Peace-building, church, election, Africa
3 Aug
Churches in Zimbabwe have spoken up against the shooting of unarmed protesters after the elections.
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 construction site of the new health center, which will benefit about 14,00 Congolese refugees and nearby host communities. Photo: LWF Angola
27 Jul
LWF improves health care for refugees in Angola
Violence, Angola, health care, conflict, Refugees
27 Jul
Better access to health care: the LWF is constructing a health center in Lovua refugee settlement, northern Angola.
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.
Ms Vera Tkach, chairperson of the Ad-hoc Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice, presents the resolution on Nigeria to the LWF council. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
4 Jul
Deep concern about escalating violence in Nigeria
Council 2018, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, African Lutheran Information and Communication Network (ALCINET), LWF President, Climate Change, Nigeria
4 Jul
The Council calls on the government of Nigeria to halt further violence, and initiate a peace process.
In the wake of the church bombings in Surabaya, young people from the LWF member churches in Indonesia came together and lit 1000 candles, as a symbol of their solidarity with those affected, and also to push back terrorism in all forms. The youth pray that peace will prevail in Indonesia. Photo: National Committee of the LWF in Indonesia
16 May
A voice for peace following bombings in Indonesia
Public Statement, Statement, General Secretary Martin Junge, Violence, Conflict resolution, Terrorism, bombing
16 May
Following terror attacks at three churches and a police station in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Sunday and Monday, the National Committee of the LWF in Indonesia issued a statement calling for peace and...
An olive tree, symbolizing peace, in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
14 May
Call for de-escalation of violence in the Holy Land
Public Statement, Statement, General Secretary Martin Junge, Violence, Human Rights, Conflict resolution
14 May
LWF expresses dismay, on statement, over the escalating violence and disproportionate use of force against demonstrators at the Gaza border which has led to the death of 41 people and more than 1700...
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...
A woman newly arrived from the DRC holds a child as they wait to be moved from the Sebagoro landing site. LWF Uganda is at the frontline of the refugee response. All Photos:  LWF Uganda / S. Nalubega
14 Feb
Urgent support for DRC refugees needed
Refugees, Violence, emergency relief, humanitarian relief, Refugees. Displaced person, DRC, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda
14 Feb
The LWF in Uganda is poised to manage three entry points for refugees fleeing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an emergency the UN has labelled critical. ...
Prague. Protestants in the Czech republic raised half a million Czech crowns for women in the DRC. Photo: Roman Boed, creative commons
26 Jan
Czech Protestants raise 18,000 EUR for rape survivors in DR Congo
12th Assembly, Keynote speaker, gender-based violence, Gender, Violence, conflict, Women
26 Jan
The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, a member church of The Lutheran World Federation in the Czech Republic, has raised money for the Panzi foundation which supports medical treatment for raped...
Refugees in Elegu reception center managed by LWF, at the border between South Sudan and Northern Uganda. Photo: LWF Uganda
14 Dec
Concern about situation in South Sudan
Humanitarian disaster, Famine, Violence, Peace agreement
14 Dec
Atrocities and impending famine in war-torn country
Refugees arrive at Elegu collection center at a rate of 41 a minute. The LWF is warning of an even greater influx in the coming weeks. Photo: LWF/ P. Kikomeko
21 Jul
South Sudanese flee to Uganda
Uganda, South Sudan, Violence, Refugees
21 Jul
LWF receives more than 12,000 people this week
An LWF staff member speaks to children as they line up before class at a school in the Ajuong Thok refugee camp in South Sudan. Rising levels of violence this week have forced the LWF to evacuate staff from the capital. Photo: ACT/Paul Jeffrey
15 Jul
Escalating violence in South Sudan forces LWF to evacuate staff from Juba
DWS South Sudan, Violence
15 Jul
Staff sent home, to safe locations or to Nairobi
Visiting France in early March, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, called for a new, concerted effort to renew global commitment to confront the destructive cultural impulses of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
10 Mar
Global conflict risks escalating extremism, LWF President warns in France
LWF President, Violence, Interfaith, Middle East
10 Mar
Churches must strengthen robust moderation in society
Thousands of people have been displaced by the Burundi crisis. These people fled to safety in Tanzania. Photo: LWF
2 Mar
Humanitarian crisis in Burundi
Burundi refugee crisis 2015, Burundi, Violence, refugee, refugee influx
2 Mar
900,000 people severely affected by post-election violence
A refugee hold images of family members killed in the South Sudan conflict, Njumanzi reception center, Adjumani, Uganda. Photo: LWF/ M. Renaux
19 Jan
Renewed fighting causes refugee influx to Uganda
Uganda, Refugees. Displaced person, Violence
19 Jan
More than 5,000 new arrivals in 2016
Young women in Rwamwanja settlement were one of the focal groups in the consultations. Photo: LWF/ S. Oftadeh
19 Jan
UN human rights consultations start in Uganda
Uganda, UPR, Universal Periodic Review, DWS, gender inequality, Violence, gender-based violence
19 Jan
Giving communities a voice on the international stage
Photo: Stephen Gibson/photohome.co.uk
14 Nov
LWF decries massive loss of lives in Beirut and Paris attacks
Human Rights, Theology, Violence, LWF General Secretary, Terroism
14 Nov
Younan and Junge encourage people of faith to strengthen peace efforts
Regine Nibogora and her youngest daughter Stella. Photo: CWS/ Aaron Tate
21 Jul
Violence in Burundi, rising refugee numbers in Tanzania
DWS Burundi, Violence, Tanzania, refugee crisis, Refugees
21 Jul
LWF/ TCRS assists in overcrowded Nyarugusu camp
Global Fund for Women president, Dr Musimbi Kanyoro, addresses Lutheran church delegates at the May 2015 African region consultation and 60th anniversary gathering in Moshi, Tanzania. Photo: LWF/Tsion Alemayehu
5 Jun
Persist in putting faith into action, Kanyoro urges Lutheran churches
Women, Violence, Africa, prevention, Marangu, Marangu 2015, Africa leadership consultation, WICAS
5 Jun
Violence against women is alarming, congregations can do more