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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...
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.  
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...
Wear it, share it. LWF embroidered protective face masks. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
27 Jul
COVID-19: Wear it, share it
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, donate, COVID19, MC/COVID19, coronavirus, Rapid Response Fund, Communion, emergency, Women, empowerment
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...
A look through a smartphone to the Regensburg Dom Cathedral, Germany. Photo: ANBerlin/ flickr
24 Jun
COVID-19: Online worship increases outreach and attendance
MC/COVID19, COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Communion Building, online, digital, Communion
24 Jun
Lockdown, confinement and the prohibition of actual church services have sparked an immense creativity in German churches, a recent study finds.
Nyakuleng'a High School students received COVID-19 prevention masks from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.  Photos: ELCZa/David Mang'enda
23 Jun
COVID-19: "A generous and open act of kindness"
LWF member churches, Member Churches, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
23 Jun
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia (ELCZa) utilizes Lutheran World Federation Rapid Response Funds to unite communities through Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic awareness and food distribution...
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Jun
Redefining churches’ role in post-COVID19 world
Theology, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus, Women, LWF President, Advocacy, Member Churches, Communion Building, MC/COVID19
22 Jun
In the aftermath of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lutherans must learn to redefine their role in society as they continue “to advocate and to ensure that no-one is left behind.”
8 Jun
COVID-19: Indonesian church aids out-of-work rickshaw drivers
Diakonia, COVID19, Indonesia, coronavirus, MC/COVID19, Rapid Response Fund
8 Jun
In Indonesia, the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have left families of passenger rickshaw drivers without means to a livelihood. The Simalungun Protestant Christian Church is reaching out to this group.
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven, ‘inspectrice ecclésiastique with the Union of Protestant Churches in Alsace and Lorraine writes her daily reflection on 9 May. Photo: Wolff-Bonsirven
19 May
COVID-19: leading the church in post-crisis world
Theology, Ecumenical, Lutheran theology, Public theology, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Youth, Women, death, Deepening Faith, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19
19 May
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven, is an ‘inspectrice ecclésiastique’ or leader of the church in Alsace-Lorraine in eastern France. In mid-March she became sick with the COVID-19 virus, just as the death...
The LWF calls on governments in Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America to take necessary measures to protect medical personnel. Photo by pina messina on Unsplash
12 May
COVID-19: Medical personnel must be protected
LWF member churches, Women, Gender Justice, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
12 May
The LWF has expressed concern over recent attacks on health care workers in Latin American countries and North America because of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.
LWF is working in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Chin and Kayin States to support awareness raising on COVID-19 prevention. Here, posters are distributed in local languages with information on hygiene and other measures to stop the spread of infection. Photo: LWF Myanmar
8 May
COVID-19: RRF is “tangible expression of solidarity”
Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19
8 May
More than 50 member churches in countries around the world have applied for financial support through the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund of the Lutheran World Federation.
Residents of the Groot Aub community during the distribution of food aid. Photos: ELCIN-GELC
6 May
COVID-19: Containing the impact of the Corona crisis in Namibia
COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Diakonia, humanitarian aid, ecumenical relations, Communion Building, MC/COVID19
6 May
30 tons of maize meal and 2,5 tons of dry beans are helping the community of Groot Aub, about 40 kilometers south of Namibia's capital Windhoek, to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus...
In a webinar, presenters unpack what it means to be church online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: LWF/ AlbinHillert
5 May
COVID-19: Isolated physically, engaged digitally
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, LWF member churches, Communion Building, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
5 May
A webinar aimed to inspire churches as they move from offline to online ministry during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic was organized by the LWF, the WCC, the GCF, the WACC, the ECIC and...