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LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Dec
Unexpected joy during an unprecedented Christmas
Christmas message, Christmas, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, COVID19
17 Dec
In a Christmas season marked by uncertainty and fear from the unfamiliar and unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christians are invited to trust in the promise of “God’s coming into...
Madam Martha Abugri was among 13 needy widows who received food supplies at the ELCG Grace Lutheran Church in Narango, in the Upper Eastern region. Photo: ELCG/Prosper Atiiga
10 Dec
COVID-19: A time to “look out for the most vulnerable” in Ghana
LWF member churches, Diakonia, Elderly, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19
10 Dec
When the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease in March, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana was concerned that some of its members would have...
The Federation of Evangelical Women in Italy focuses on women’s health and wellbeing in a dossier for the 16 Days of activism to end gender-based violence. Photo: Unsplash/Christopher Campbell
10 Dec
Italian Protestants publish women’s health dossier
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Communion Building, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Gender Justice, Women, women's advocacy, COVID19, MC/COVID19
10 Dec
Women’s health, from life in the womb, through puberty to menopause, is the subject of a series of reflections published by the Federation of Evangelical Women in Italy (FDEI) as part of their...
A woman washes her children’s hands in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF has reinforced hygiene education to prevent a spread of COVID-19 in the camp. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
7 Dec
Kenya: COVID-19 has secondary effects on women and children refugees
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, refugees protection, Refugees, IDP, internally displaced people, host communities, Gender, Women, sgbv, Education, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Diakonia, COVID19, WS / COVID19
7 Dec
An increased workload for women, more violence against women and children, and neglect of people living with disabilities: these are the main impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender for refugees...
 Photo: Sustainability Institute LAC /Scheila Dillenburg
4 Dec
COVID-19: LAC churches enhance learning to be “a more caring church”
Communion Building, LWF member churches, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19
4 Dec
Following a series of bi-monthly online meetings, leaders in decision-making positions in the LWF member churches in Latin America and the Caribbean are establishing protocols to make the churches...
A small group of leaders from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in the Asia region gather online to discuss self-care on 25 November. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
1 Dec
Asia: “Self-care in stressful times”
coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, health care, pastoral care, health, LWF member churches, Communion Building
1 Dec
A small group of leaders from the LWF member churches in the Asia region in an online gathering about self-care and wellness on 25 November. Henderson was invited by Rev. Dr Philip Lok, LWF regional...
Ahead of a summit in Saudi Arabia, Christian leaders write to the heads of G20 countries urging them to take action on debt relief and financial restructuring. Photo: Unsplash/Kyle Glenn
19 Nov
Appeal to G20: address debt crisis and save lives
Ecumenical, Interfaith, Public theology, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy, Economic justice, Poverty, COVID19
19 Nov
The LWF is joining with ecumenical partners to call on leaders of the G20 nations to provide urgently needed debt relief for countries struggling to cope with the consequences of the COVID-19...
Mr. Yagya briefs the local community about the LWF COVID-19 response during a handover of medical equipment at the hospital in Morang, Nepal. Photo: LWF Nepal
3 Nov
Strengthen those who have been hit hardest
Livelihoods, COVID19, WS / COVID19, Diakonia, country programs, emergency response, vocational training, IDP, internally displaced people, emergency, Refugees
3 Nov
A choice between contracting a potentially fatal virus and having nothing to eat: The COVID-19 pandemic means many communities LWF serves are faced with impossible choices. While governments...
“Wear a mask. Respect the regulations and restrictions. The disease is still out there.” This is Ms Sandrine Ilunga’s message to fellow youth, as DRC eases COVID-19 restrictions and her church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Congo, reaches out to students and their families. PHOTO: ELCCo
15 Oct
COVID-19: DRC church keeps students and their families protected
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building, emergency relief, Youth
15 Oct
The ELCCo COVID-19 response initiative is supported by the LWF Rapid Response Fund (RRF), through which requesting churches received an amount of up to EUR 5,000 toward efforts aimed at reducing the...
Children demonstrate hand washing at Kakuma refugee camp; Kenya. LWF has reinforced hygiene education to prevent a spread of COVID-19 in the camp. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
5 Oct
COVID-19: Responding when social distancing isn’t an option
Diakonia, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency, livelihood, Livelihoods, Protection, WASH, Water, #withrefugees, Refugees, IDP, humanitarian
5 Oct
Unparalleled cooperation, resilience and commitment, but also an enormous challenge for field staff and the communities we serve – this is what a global health emergency has meant for humanitarian...
Rev. Elitha Moyo Gender Justice Coordinator for the ELCZ says, “We need to appreciate each other regardless of gender.” Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Oct
Zimbabwe: Women and men working together for gender justice
Voices from the Communion, gender-based violence, COVID19, coronavirus, Gender Justice, LWF member churches
2 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Elitha Moyo Gender Justice Coordinator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe talks about the importance of men and women being involved in the...
The Lutheran Church in Grodno, Belarus, Rev. Vladimir Tatarnikov stands with supplies purchased with LWF COVID-19 Rapid Response Funds. Photo: The Lutheran Church in Grodno
25 Sep
COVID-19: Belarus church responds to schools needs
COVID19, coronavirus, Rapid Response Fund, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia
25 Sep
While the Lutheran Church in Grodno, Belarus sheltered demonstrators and rings its bells daily in civil resistance, schools in the country have opened for a new school year. Some are unable to afford...
The vice-presidents of the European regions: Pröpstin Astrid Kleist for Central and Western Europe, Archbishop Antje Jackelén for the Nordic Countries and Archbishop Urmas Viilma for Central and Eastern Europe. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
25 Sep
Digitalization offers opportunities, raises theological questions
European church leadership consultation, Leadership, LWF member churches, Communion Building, coronavirus, COVID19, digitalization
25 Sep
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic accelerated developments and changes that European churches and societies had been facing in the past years. Being church online raises new questions for...
Photo:LWF/A. Danielsson
14 Sep
COVID-19: Latin America and the Caribbean Lutheran leaders issue pastoral letter
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus
14 Sep
The Lutheran World Federation Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) church leaders have issued a joint pastoral letter of solidarity to the people and churches of LAC that are devastated by the...
Rihab George, senior nurse in the outpatient unit of the Augusta Victoria Hospital, disconnects a bag of antibiotics from a child patient. The hospital offers specialized treatment to Palestinians which is not available to them elsewhere. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Sep
LWF calls for health care without discrimination for Palestinians in Gaza
AVH, Jerusalem, COVID19, WS / COVID19, Advocacy, Children, health, security, occupation, Human Rights, child rights, human rights council
11 Sep
The LWF is again raising the alarm on the difficult health care situation for Palestinians living in the Gaza strip. LWF has signed onto a statement with, the Association of International Development...
The Lutheran Church in Chile organized food distribution to help people who had lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: ILCH
2 Sep
COVID-19: Challenged to a new spiritual language and more efficient diakonia
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia
2 Sep
The Lutheran Church in Chile has responded to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic by switching from in-person church meetings to online versions, using several tools and platforms to do so...
The Women’s Skills Training Center of Huria Kristen Indonesia (HKI) helps low-income and at-risk women find ways to increase family income through sewing. Photo: BLK HKI/Rumah Eco-Theology
1 Sep
Economic independence, spiritual gifts: breaking the chain of COVID-19
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19
1 Sep
The objective of the Women’s Skills Training Center of Huria Kristen Indonesia (HKI), an LWF church, is to help low-income, at-risk women find ways to increase family income, a means of economic...
LWF, ACT, WCC and other ecumenical bodies joined tens of thousands in marching through the streets of New York City in the Climate Strike in 2019, demanding climate justice now. Photos: Simon Chambers/ACT
21 Aug
Economy of life in a time of inequality 
Climate Justice, Theology, Ecumenical, COVID19, MC/COVID19
21 Aug
The Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management for an Economy of Life offered a public webinar on Wednesday 19 August.  
General secretary of the Federation of Lutheran Churches in Myanmar, Rev Martin Lalthangliana. Photo: FLCM
14 Aug
Myanmar: Churches engaged in humanitarian aid
Voices from the Communion, COVID19, coronavirus, World Humanitarian Day, Diakonia, humanitarian
14 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Martin Lalthangliana discusses why the Federation of Lutheran Churches in Myanmar makes humanitarian work in the Myanmar regions a top objective.
Ralf Meister, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover speaks about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on church and society in Germany. Photo: Jens Schulze/Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover
7 Aug
COVID-19: New awareness of social cohesion growing in the crisis
COVID19, Theology, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, MC/COVID19, Communion Building, Voices from the Communion
7 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion interview, Bishop Ralf Meister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover reflects on the transitional phase, from handling the acute crisis to the “new normality...
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...