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“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...
LWF’s humanitarian and development work in Ethiopia includes provision of potable water to communities displaced by drought or conflict. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Aug
LWF among organizations urging more time for UN panel on internal displacement
Advocacy, IDP, internally displaced people, United Nations, emergency, coronavirus, COVID19, WS / COVID19
4 Aug
The LWF is among faith-based, non-governmental and civil society organizations calling on the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General to extend the timeframe of the High-Level Panel on Internal...
Wear it, share it. LWF embroidered protective face masks. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
27 Jul
COVID-19: Wear it, share it
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27 Jul
The LWF invites you to show solidarity with the communion of churches and care for your neighbor by wearing an LWF-branded mask the LWF “Wear it, share it” campaign.
A woman entrepreneur sews cloth face masks in Kyauk Tan Gyi village, Sittwe Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: LWF/Nu Nu Aye
24 Jul
COVID-19: Female leadership and livelihood opportunities in Myanmar
COVID19, coronavirus, Diakonia, Livelihoods, Protection, WS / COVID19, MC/COVID19
24 Jul
Micro-enterprises set up by the LWF in Myanmar are scaling up their production to meet the increased demand for reusable face masks in the camps for internally displaced people and other communities...
On 12 July, a confirmation service was held in Murska Sobota, observing the distancing and other rules. Photo: ECS
23 Jul
COVID-19: Keeping in contact and breaking new ground
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, digitalization
23 Jul
The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovenia, a member church of the LWF in the Central Eastern Europe Region, found that one reply to questions raised during COVID-19 to remain...
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus President Rev. Yonas Yigezu Dibisa in his office in Addis Ababa. Photo: EECMY
17 Jul
COVID-19: Being church in times of Coronavirus
Voices from the Communion, COVID19, LWF member churches, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
17 Jul
In this Voices from the Communion, the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus asks the communion to continue praying for all churches during this time of COVID-19.
Most of the 12 UELCI united churches received approval for funding from the LWF Rapid Response Fund. Photo: UELCI
16 Jul
COVID-19: Youth “frontline warriors” in relief efforts
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building
16 Jul
In the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India found themselves also in a fight against a “social and economic...
A group of ex-combatant families have purchased and now cultivate 36 hectares of land in the territory of San José de León, Colombia. They now live in the emerging community, which hosts a small restaurant, various committees for community organization and development, and which cultivates the land through agriculture, poultry and fish farming. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Jul
G20 urged to take ambitious action in the wake of the COVID-19 and economic crises 
Ecumenical, Advocacy, COVID19, MC/COVID19, coronavirus
13 Jul
The LWF, together with the World Council of Churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches and Council for World Mission, calls on the Group of 20 to utilize the “unprecedented opening to...
The collection center of the Salvadorian Lutheran Church. Photo: ILS/Rafael Menjivar
10 Jul
COVID-19: Storms batter El Salvador, worsen food insecurities
coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building
10 Jul
Two tropical storms in El Salvador further exacerbates food insecurities already experienced by residents due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. ...
Carlos Hernandez migrated from Olancho, Honduras, a region heavily affected by climate change and social violence. Photo: Sean Hawkey/ LWF
8 Jul
COVID-19: Interfaith forum calls for protection of human rights
coronavirus, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Climate, COVID19, MC/COVID19
8 Jul
The global pandemic of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and climate change are both heavily affecting those already vulnerable, and aggravating the human rights situations in many countries. To...
Congregations in Denmark have increased their online presence during the lockdown. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
2 Jul
COVID-19: "Push for digital engagement” in Denmark
COVID19, coronavirus, church, LWF member churches, digital, digitalization, Communion Building, MC/COVID19
2 Jul
The Interchurch Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark shared its “Learnings for churches and organizations in digitalization during COVID-19 lockdown”, summarizing first findings and...
The Lutheran church in Guatemala is one of 48 churches that received funding from the LWF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (RRF). Photo: ILAG/Diego GIL
1 Jul
COVID-19: Villages self-isolate to protect against coronavirus
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building
1 Jul
The Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala safely completed a 12-day mission delivering food to remote villages on a three-month, self-imposed quarantine and curfew to avoid contracting Coronavirus...
LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge (left) and President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photos: LWF/S. Gallay and LWF/Albin Hillert
29 Jun
LWF leaders: ‘Now is the time to be church’
Communion Building, LWF President, LWF General Secretary, Member Churches, Theology, Diakonia, Advocacy, COVID19, coronavirus
29 Jun
Despite the many challenges facing churches as a consequence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Christians are called to encourage each other as they find new ways of proclaiming God’s healing...