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Displaced Rohingya living in Ohn Taw Gyi (South) camp, Rakhine/ Myanmar. Photos: LWF/ I. Htun
22 Apr
Extreme concern after deadly attack on health care workers in Myanmar
coronavirus, Protection, country programs, emergency response, humanitarian, Refugees, IDP, internally displaced people, security, WS / COVID19
22 Apr
The LWF together with 15 aid organizations has expressed “shock and sadness” upon receiving the news of a fatal shooting incident involving a vehicle of the World Health Organization (WHO) carrying...
The executive secretary of the United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India, Rev. Joshuva Peter, says the disease “is exposing once again India’s deep economic divide” with the country’s poorest people being hardest hit by restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of infections. Photo: Vinod Baluchamy/UELCI.
20 Apr
COVID-19: Indian churches stand with poorest communities
COVID19, coronavirus, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, Economic justice, LWF member churches, MC/COVID19
20 Apr
UELCI appeals for support to help member churches continue vital work with those worst affected by pandemic
Churches have structures in place and contact to communities that are a great asset in containing the spread of COVID-19. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Apr
COVID-19: LWF launches Rapid Response Fund for member churches
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17 Apr
The LWF has launched a Rapid Response Fund to help member churches struggling with unprecedented challenges posed by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Supplies of hand sanitizers, masks and other hygiene products ready for distribution by volunteers of the Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Hong Kong. Photo: ELCHK
16 Apr
COVID-19: Health and faith partnership to promote factual information and reduce fear
Interfaith, Theology, Lutheran theology, Advocacy, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Worship, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
16 Apr
The LWF welcomes a recent guide by the World Health Organization (WHO) outlining the critical role of religious leader in disseminating accurate information, reducing fear and stigma and ensuring...
Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
14 Apr
COVID-19: Solidarity prayers during the 50 days of Easter
Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Easter, Worship, Communion, Communion Building, COVID19, coronavirus
14 Apr
The LWF continues its prayer solidarity with churches and individuals around the world during the COVID-19 global pandemic with a 50-day Easter guide “Rejoice Now All the Earth!”
Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
9 Apr
COVID-19: Churches preparing for an exceptional Easter
coronavirus, COVID19, LWF member churches, Communion Building, member relations, MC/COVID19
9 Apr
Hope and sorrow lie close together these days. This becomes very clear when speaking to pastors from different member churches of the LWF about their ministry. Despite the Coronavirus disease (COVID-...
Dr Farmacist Nicolas Saliba restocks medicine at Augusta Victoria Hospital, Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Apr
COVID-19: LWF joins call for release of U.S. funding for West Bank and Gaza
coronavirus, COVID19, AVH, Augusta Victoria Hospital, health care, WS / COVID19
9 Apr
The LWF urges the government of the United States of America (USA) to "restart critical humanitarian and development programs immediately in the West Bank and Gaza." Together with other...
Volunteers at the Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Hong Kong prepare supplies to distribute to local people in need. All Photos: ELCHK
7 Apr
COVID-19: Church brings hope amid hardship in Hong Kong
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7 Apr
While largely confined to their homes and limited to online worship, volunteers at a Lutheran church in Hong Kong have also been providing a practical and spiritual lifeline to people suffering from...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
7 Apr
COVID-19: LWF offers liturgies for Holy Week and Easter
Easter, Easter Sunday, Good Friday, Maundy Thursday, Common Prayer, coronavirus, COVID19, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion, Worship, Lutheran theology
7 Apr
The LWF proposes the Holy Week and Easter Worship in a time of physical distancing in several languages [link] for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.
LWF staff in Minawao refugee camp, Cameroon. More than 90 percent of the 8,000 LWF field staff are from the countries they work in, and often part of the communities they serve. Photo: LWF/ A. Hillert
6 Apr
COVID-19: Difficult realities “becoming even more challenging”
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6 Apr
LWF WS director Maria Immonen has sent a letter to the staff in humanitarian and development operations, encouraging them during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Rev Kersten Storch is a spiritual counselor with the Protestant Church in the Netherlands who works in a home with people living with dementia. Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash
3 Apr
COVID-19: Routine helps people with dementia during coronavirus isolation
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3 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion spiritual counselor, Rev Kersten Storch of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, discusses how dementia disease may make it difficult for people to understand...
Participants of the LWFs 19th International Seminar for pastors held at the LWF Center Wittenberg in March 2019 connect via video conference. Photo: Michael Grimmsmann
1 Apr
COVID-19: Encouraging each other in a time of need
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1 Apr
A group of 20 pastors from 17 countries has developed into a stable network to share fears and concerns, encourage each other and exchange new ideas for church work, especially now because of the...
Churches and agencies are calling on the U.S. government “to extend compassion and help to those who are in need” at this time of global pandemic. Photo: LWF/ Shaban Mortaja (Juzoor Gaza)
27 Mar
COVID-19: Churches in U.S. call for end to Middle East sanctions
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27 Mar
In light of the growing crisis because of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, an ecumenical coalition of U.S. based Christian churches and agencies working in the Middle East has written to...
Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
26 Mar
COVID-19: LWF calls for donations to support member churches’ response
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26 Mar
The LWF is calling for donations to support its member churches in their response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres during a briefing on COVID-19 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. 24 February 2020. UN Photo / Jean Marc Ferré
25 Mar
COVID-19: LWF joins global UN appeal to help the most vulnerable
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25 Mar
The LWF together with other organizations is joining the global appeal of the United Nations (UN) for donations to respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The UN is calling for 2...
The hospital has set up a special isolation ward and is carefully screening patients and staff before admitting them to the hospital . Photo: LWF/ S. Weinbrenner
25 Mar
COVID-19: Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem makes room for emergency
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25 Mar
Like hospitals around the world, the Lutheran World Federation LWF Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem has been preparing for the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The hospital...
Christians worldwide will pray the Lord's Prayer simultaneously at noon (CET+1) on Wednesday, 25 March. Photo by Amaury Gutierrez on Unsplash
24 Mar
United in the Lord's Prayer across the globe
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24 Mar
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has joined Pope Francis in a call that Christians worldwide pray the Lord's Prayer simultaneously on Wednesday, 25 March...
A nurse at the Villa Betania Evangelical Hospital wearing full protective gear to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Photo: Brandmaker
20 Mar
COVID-19: Saving lives at Protestant Hospital in Naples, Italy
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus
20 Mar
Italy remains on lockdown following the highest number of infections and deaths from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak outside of China, where it began.
Chapel of Geneva’s Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Mar
COVID-19: Being fully the church in times of Coronavirus
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19 Mar
As restrictions to contain the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak spread to countries around the globe, LWF leaders have written to all member churches reflecting on the best ways of responding...
At the river nearby the Burka Dare site for Internally Displaced People in Oromia, Ethiopia. The Lutheran World Federation supports internally displaced people in several regions of Ethiopia, through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
18 Mar
COVID-19: LWF World Service calls for donations
COVID19, coronavirus, humanitarian support, Diakonia, Refugees, emergency, World Service, WASH, Protection, WS / COVID19
18 Mar
In light of the worldwide Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the LWF humanitarian arm World Service is calling for donations to mitigate the effects in the communities it serves, and to protect...
By keeping social distance and “holding back from unnecessary contact, we are able to show our love and concern for those who are most vulnerable. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
12 Mar
COVID-19: Love and self-discipline needed to protect the vulnerable
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12 Mar
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa and General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge have written to all member churches offering prayers, support and encouragement as they face up to the...