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LWF Council members in plenary session at this year’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Jun
LWF calls for end to war in Ukraine and “bolder efforts” to address other conflicts
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13 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has reiterated its previous calls for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukraine, and urged greater investment by the international community in peaceful means of...
LWF’s multipurpose cash assistance project will support refugees from the war in Ukraine, like these men, women and children in Korczowa on the Polish border. Photo: Filip Błażejowski
27 Apr
Ukraine: LWF provides cash assistance for refugees in Poland
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27 Apr
In response to the needs of growing numbers of refugees fleeing from the war in Ukraine, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is working closely with its member church, the Evangelical Church of the...
LWF humanitarian support officer Katerina Brzicova and Samuel Reslour, a volunteer, assist in transporting relief items to a warehouse of the Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), which is partnering with the LWF to distribute food and non-food items to refugees fleeing from Ukraine at the Zosin and Dohoruth borders. Photo: B. Khanal
20 Apr
LWF scales up response to Ukrainian refugee crisis
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20 Apr
The LWF is scaling up its response to the war in Ukraine, setting up a team to coordinate both the humanitarian work and support to its member churches in the region. Following meetings with five...
A woman holds up a sign offering practical support for newly arrived families from Ukraine, at Nyugati station in Budapest, Hungary. At the station, a range of civil society organisations and other volunteers offer support to incoming refugees, including support in arranging free accommodation, tickets for onward travel, as well as necessary items such as snacks and food, diapers for the children, clothes and basic medical supplies. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Apr
European churches call for commitment to all refugees
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14 Apr
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt has joined church leaders from many different Christian churches and organizations in Europe who are calling on governments and people on the continent...
Leading Bishop Ralf Meister (right) and Diaconia Board Spokesperson Hans-Joachim Lenke in conversation with women who have fled Ukraine. Svitlana Kryzhanivska (left) interprets the discussion. Photo: Lothar Veit
6 Apr
Ukraine: “I don’t want to sit around until the war is over” 
Member Churches, Diakonia, Refugees, Ukraine crisis
6 Apr
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover, Germany, has opened a “blue-and-yellow meeting place” in a quiet residential neighborhood near Hanover on 17 March. 
Felix Kalbe (center) takes medical supplies to Lviv in Ukraine as a volunteer driver. Photo: private 
1 Apr
Germany: With heart and mind – doing what is necessary for the people of Ukraine
Voices from the Communion, Ukraine crisis, Humanitarian Response, Diakonia
1 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion, we speak to Felix Kalbe, who takes medical supplies to Lviv in Ukraine as a volunteer driver. 
Emmanuel, a Nigerian student who fled from Ukraine and has been welcomed in Budapest by staff and students at the Theological Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary. All photos: LWF/A. Hillert
31 Mar
Ukraine: “One minute we’re in school, the next we’re running for our lives”
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31 Mar
In Budapest, the Theological Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) now provides accommodation for twenty-year-old medical student Emmanuel and others who have fled from the...
The refugee crisis in Korczowa, on the Polish-Ukrainian border, caused by the war in Ukraine. Photo: Filip Błażejowski
29 Mar
Hot meals and kind hugs: Polish welcome for Ukrainian refugees
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29 Mar
A hot meal, a place to stay, a welcoming smile, a comforting hug. All along the border between Poland and Ukraine, Allan A. Calma has been witnessing small acts of kindness.
Ukrainian refugees at the border between Ukraine and Poland. Photo: Frank Schultze / Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
4 Mar
Welcome all affected by the war in Ukraine
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4 Mar
In a statement released on 4 March, the LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt expresses grief over reports of discrimination against non-Europeans fleeing the war in Ukraine and calls for the...
Hungarian volunteers assisting Ukrainian refugees. Photo: Elekes Andor (CC-BY-SA)
4 Mar
Ukraine: Lutheran churches in neighboring countries provide shelter and support
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4 Mar
An unprecedented wave of prayer, solidarity, and help has swept across Europe and the world during the week since the beginning of the Russian invasion into Ukraine on 24 February. Member churches of...
Christians gather to pray for justice and peace in Ukraine during ecumenical Ash Wednesday service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Mar
A pall of ashes covers Ukraine: Christians join prayer for peace
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3 Mar
On Ash Wednesday, 2 March, Christians from around the globe joined in a powerful prayer service of lament and solidarity with all those suffering from the effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The...
Lutheran church leaders across the world have issued calls for a just peace in Ukraine and an end to the Russian invasion. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Feb
Ukraine: Lutheran churches across the world call for Peace and Support 
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28 Feb
Lutheran church leaders across the world have issued calls for a just peace in Ukraine and an end to the Russian invasion.
Bishop Jerzy Samiec, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, and Bishop Pavlo Shvarts, German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine. Bishop Samiec has called on the parishes of his church to open their doors to welcome refugees from Ukraine. Photo: Dariusz Bruncz
27 Feb
Ukrainian Bishop Shvarts: “Give shelter to refugees"
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27 Feb
Lutherans in Ukraine are standing firm against the invasion of Russia and providing support for people in the country. They call on churches in Europe to shelter refugees from Ukraine, advocate...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Feb
Restore peace in Ukraine
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25 Feb
In a statement released on 25 February, LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and global solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Photo: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
25 Feb
Ukraine: LWF calls for donations to support people and churches
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25 Feb
The LWF has launched a call for donations to support the churches and people of Ukraine, who are fleeing their homes and seeking shelter, basic necessities such as food and water, following Russia’s...
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24 Feb
Ukraine: Christian World Communions condemn assault, call for peace, invite to prayer
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24 Feb
Four Christian World Communions are strongly condemning the advance of the Russian military into Ukraine and the assault that began on the night of 24 February 2022.