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Patients receive Dialysis treatment at the Augusta Victoria Hospital. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert.
9 Apr
LWF welcomes plans for restoration of U.S. assistance for East Jerusalem hospitals
AVH, Diakonia, quality services, Human Rights, Palestine, COVID19
9 Apr
The LWF welcomes plans for the restoration of U.S. funding to the Palestinians, which will include much needed support for the East Jerusalem Hospital Network. The funding had been cut in 2018,...
Bishop Azar and EEC Executive Director Simon Awad plant trees in the "Tree of Life" initiative for those who died from COVID-19 in Palestine. Photo: Iyad Amr/School of Hope
7 Apr
COVID-19: “Tree of Life” initiative launched by Palestinian bishop
COVID19, MC/COVID19, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
7 Apr
Prompted to remember those who have died of the virus, Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land launched a memorial to plant an olive or native tree for...
A woman entrepreneur sews cloth face masks in Kyauk Tan Gyi village, Sittwe Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: LWF/Nu Nu Aye
30 Mar
COVID-19: LWF intensifies rapid response to include long-term recovery
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Member Churches, solidarity
30 Mar
The LWF is shifting its COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund from the current short-term emergency framework to focus more on recovery and livelihood projects. The objective is to address the long-lasting...
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...
Hand washing before a distribution in Burundi. Water is essential to proper hygiene and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo: LWF Burundi
22 Mar
On World Water Day, LWF calls for access to safe water
World Water Day, Advocacy, Refugees, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, internally displaced people, IDP, COVID19, WASH, Diakonia, Gender, livelihood, Livelihoods, Protection, refugees protection, quality services
22 Mar
One year after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic; many people still live without access to clean and safe water. "Access to water is still a problem in many places where we work," said...
Praying at the church of San Lucas of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia, a congregation in the southern areas of Bogotá. (Before COVID-19) . Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Mar
COVID-19: Christians around the globe join ecumenical Week of Prayer
Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, COVID19, Common Prayer, MC/COVID19
19 Mar
One year on from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christian churches and ecumenical organizations across the world are coming together for a Week of Prayer to remember all those affected by the...
Rev. Charlotte Frycklund serves as the Church of Sweden’s “internet priest.” Photo by: Argument/Pierre Eriksson
19 Mar
Sweden: Internet pastor engages faith seekers online
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, COVID19, MC/COVID19, social media, Voices from the Communion
19 Mar
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Charlotte Frycklund talks about her work as the Church of Sweden’s first “internet priest” and the request of the people for access to their questions via...
In February 2019, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge paid a pastoral visit to the ELCT, hosted by Presiding Bishop Dr Fredrick Shoo. The LWF delegation and other ELCT leaders worshipped at the Gezaulole parish in the Northern Diocese. Photo: ELCT
18 Mar
LWF offers condolences to church and people of Tanzania following President Magufuli’s death
Tanzania, COVID19, Member Churches, Advocacy
18 Mar
The Lutheran World Federation has offered condolences and prayers to the people and church in Tanzania following the death of President John Magufuli.
LWF’s delegation to the 65th Commission on the Status of Women brings vital voices of women and girls to ensure a gender just lens on COVID-19 response and recovery. (File photo taken before the start of COVID-19) Photo: Life on Earth photos/Sean Hawkey
12 Mar
Gender-just lens needed for COVID-19 recovery
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, inter-religious dialogue, women and girls, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, UN Women, Women, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, United Nations, COVID19
12 Mar
The LWF will be taking part in the 65th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) from 15 to 26 March 2021. A delegation of over seventy lay and ordained women and men...
Luther’s short treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ calls believers to love God and serve our neighbors in need. Photo: LWF/M. Dölker
9 Mar
Freedom of a Christian: a compass for contemporary church
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Lutheran identity, Identity, COVID19
9 Mar
Luther’s 500-year-old treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ provides a compass for the churches today as they seek to navigate the complex challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the...
In one of its COVID-19 response activities, the Cuban Lutheran church organized a community lunch for 320 people including members of the congregations of Cristo Vive, Cristo Redentor, Nuestro Salvador and Aposento Alto. Photo: IEU-SL
26 Feb
COVID-19: Cuban Lutheran church extends food and psychosocial aid
Rapid Response Fund, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building, COVID19, MC/COVID19
26 Feb
The LWF is supporting its member church in Cuba to continue offering assistance through the communion’s COVID-19 RRF, now in its second phase. Churches that apply for funding receive up to EUR 5,000...
LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge (left) and President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photos: LWF/S. Gallay and LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Feb
Churches offer “witness of hope and compassion”
Communion Building, LWF President, LWF General Secretary, Member Churches, Theology, Diakonia, Advocacy, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19, lent
17 Feb
The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa and General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge have written to member church leaders offering thanks and support at the start of the Lenten season.
LWF country representative Sophie Gebreyes and EECMY-DASSC staff Desta Hadera (right) meet Eritrean refugees in an EECMY church in Mekelle. Photo: LWF/C. Masanga
12 Feb
Ethiopia: Stories of flight and loss from Tigray
WASH, livelihood, quality services, refugees protection, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency, Diakonia, Violence, IDP, Livelihoods, country programs, emergency response, LWF member churches, Member Churches
12 Feb
From everyday life into chaos: For the people affected by the recent conflict in Ethiopia, life as they knew it ended abruptly with the military offensive in the Tigray region. Even before, many had...
In its COVID-19 response, the Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala distributed food and sanitation supplies to families living in remote villages. Photo: ILAG/Diego Gil
11 Feb
LWF churches prioritize prevention and vulnerable families in second RRF phase
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia
11 Feb
Implementation of a second phase of The LWF COVID-19 RRF has begun, with 44 of the communion’s member churches providing pastoral care and basic survival support to vulnerable communities still...
The LWF National Committee in Indonesia installed an internet satellite tower on the properties of four Lutheran churches in remote areas to assist online learning. Church pictured is HKBP. Photo: by Andi Gultom/KNLWF.
9 Feb
Indonesian churches enable online learning in rural areas
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Member Churches, COVID19, Diakonia
9 Feb
When stay-at-home measures were implemented due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the KNLWF wanted to increase access to the internet and began building satellite towers that receive internet...
Women of faith have a vital role to play in rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Panelists’ own
9 Feb
Women's voices for interfaith engagement
Gender Justice, Interfaith, Women, Interreligious Dialogue, women in leadership, World Interfaith Harmony Week, COVID19
9 Feb
Women of faith have a vital role to play in promoting more effective dialogue and cooperation in a world struggling to overcome the divisive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. That conviction was...
A man at a water harvesting system in Seharti Samre, Tigray. Photo: Hilina Abebe/Norwegian Church Aid (2013)
1 Feb
Ethiopia: LWF responds to Tigray conflict
WASH, livelihood, quality services, refugees protection, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency
1 Feb
The LWF Ethiopia program has begun to respond to Ethiopia's Tigray region's humanitarian needs. Following a joint assessment visit to the Southern Tigray and Mekelle area, led by the UNOCHA...
The Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Murye, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Kajo – Keji, South Sudan, talks to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda during in a road drive campaign with LWF to inform them about COVID-19 and hygiene measures. Photo: LWF/ K. Logi
17 Dec
Dealing with COVID-19 in a faith context
General Secretary Martin Junge, Interfaith, Advocacy, COVID19, Islamic Relief Worldwide, dialogue, Protection
17 Dec
In the webinar, "Dialogue despite distance," representatives from different faith communities shared how they have used interreligious dialogue to address the challenges of the COVID-19...
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...