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With LWF’s support, the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren runs the DOOR diaconal project to raise awareness about welcoming refugees and migrants in the Czech Republic. In this photo, a children’s day, organized by the Teplice congregation as part of DOOR’s integration activities. Photo: Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren
6 Sep
Call for proposals: Member church projects and COVID-19 response
LWF member churches, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Member Churches, Diakonia, Capacity development
6 Sep
The LWF has issued an open call to its member churches to submit proposals for new long-term projects starting in 2023 and for the fourth phase of its ongoing COVID-19 RRF.
With the LWF Rapid Response Fund, 35 women living in poverty in the UELCI member church areas have regained their livelihoods. A tiffin owner serves lunch. UELCI
17 Aug
COVID-19: India’s churches help women achieve economic independence
Rapid Response Fund, MC/COVID19, COVID19, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Gender Justice, Livelihoods
17 Aug
As tailoring requests from the Lutheran congregation in the Chindwara region of India began to pour in, other women took notice of the formerly impoverished mother of five daughters, now, an...
2017 May. LWF Youth Pre-Twelfth Assembly participants on a road trip to Ondangwa. Photo: LWF/JC Valeriano
11 Jun
Global Young Reformers Network: A place to connect with the wider church
Youth, GYRN, Global Young Reformers Network, COVID19, MC/COVID19
11 Jun
The Global Young Reformers Network 2.0 is “a place for youth to organize and connect with the wider church,” said the LWF LWF Program Executive for Youth Ms. Savanna Sullivan where she shared her...
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...
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 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...
Thanks to the Lutheran communion’s emergency support, Gregorio Pérez and other residents of Shupa village are replanting crops lost to two successive hurricanes. Photo: ILUGUA
23 Feb
Guatemalan church assists families recovering from hurricane impact amid COVID-19
COVID19, emergency response, emergency, Food Security, indigenous people, LWF member churches, Diakonia, MC/COVID19
23 Feb
For Gregorio Pérez, a leader of the indigenous Maya Chortí in Guatemala’s southeastern department of Chiquimula, the rising number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is not the only crisis worrying him...
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.
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...
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...
 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...
A small group of leaders from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in the Asia region gather online to discuss self-care on 25 November. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
1 Dec
Asia: “Self-care in stressful times”
coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, health care, pastoral care, health, LWF member churches, Communion Building
1 Dec
A small group of leaders from the LWF member churches in the Asia region in an online gathering about self-care and wellness on 25 November. Henderson was invited by Rev. Dr Philip Lok, LWF regional...
“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. ...