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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
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...
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
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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...
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. ...
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
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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
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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
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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...
Women’s support groups and helplines are reporting an alarming increase in the numbers of calls they have received since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced in many countries of the world. Photo: Mattia Ascenzo
30 Apr
COVID-19: Churches in frontline against ‘silent pandemic’
LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's advocacy, Gender Justice, sgbv, gender-based violence, women's rights, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
30 Apr
As new data emerges about an increase in domestic violence since the start of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, the LWF leaders have joined the United Nations in warning about this “silent pandemic...
Composite photo. LWF President Musa and General Secretary Junge call churches to confront injustice and inequalities in times of pandemic. Photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
29 Apr
COVID-19: Strengthened in faith, standing against injustice
Member Churches, xenophobia, Women, Advocacy, Gender Justice, Economic justice, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
29 Apr
Lutheran World Federation leaders are highlighting the vital role that churches can play in confronting and rejecting xenophobia, violence, injustice and the inequalities that have been exposed by...
Participants in a sewing workshop for mothers and other community members at the IELV-run "House of Friendship." Everything here is made by hand, and the facilitator gives instructions the same way, as a sewing machine is unaffordable. All photos: IELV/Judith Bracho Villegas
23 Apr
Venezuela: Keeping hope alive when entire communities are people in need
coronavirus, Diakonia, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, Capacity development, Women, MC/COVID19
23 Apr
The LWF has been supporting the project since 2018 in Venezuela. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Venezuela offers workshops for women, the goal is to offer alternative solutions to communities...
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
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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/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-...
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
Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
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...