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Participants in the Lutheran confessional meeting at the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
2 Sep
Full house when Lutherans gather at WCC Assembly
World Council of Churches, Assembly, Communion Building, Communion Relations, LWF member churches, church unity, Theology, Action for Justice, Gender, Youth
2 Sep
At the WCC 11th Assembly, LWF General Secretary Burghardt leads Lutherans from around the world in sharing their joys, concerns, and hopes, and reflecting on the assembly theme from a theological...
This year’s theme for the Season of Creation, “Listen to the Voice of Creation”, invites participants to consider ways to contemplate the voices of those who are silenced – among them the voices of indigenous peoples and women. Photo: Sean Hawkey/WCC
1 Sep
Season of Creation 2022: “Listen to the Voice of Creation”
Season of Creation, Theology, ecotheology, Advocacy, Climate, Climate Justice, Ecumenical
1 Sep
Every year, from 1 September to 4 October, Lutherans join many Christians all over the world to observe the Season of Creation. This year its theme is “Listen to the Voice of Creation”. An ecumenical...
WCC central committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom speaks at the opening plenary of the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, held in Karlsruhe, Germany from 31 August to 8 September, under the theme "Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity." Photo: Albin HILLERT, WCC
31 Aug
LWF participates in 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches
Communion Building, Communion Relations, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, WCC, LWF General Secretary
31 Aug
Christians from all over the world are gathering in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 31 August to 8 September, for the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Together they will reflect and...
The Assembly Reference Group met to prepare the study book for the Thirteenth Assembly. From left: Rev. Dr Jean Koulagna, Cameroon; Prof. Dr Claudia Jahnel, Germany; Rev. Szabolcs Nagy, Hungary; Rev. Dr Chad Rimmer, LWF; Rev. Dr Faith Lugazia, LWF; Rev. Dr Frank Zeeb, Institute for Ecumenical Research, Rev. Dr Nelavala G. Prasuna, India; Prof. Rev. Tore Johnson, Norway; Prof. Dr Dirk Lange, LWF; Rev. Danielle Dokman, Suriname; Prof. Dr Jerzy Sojka, Poland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
26 Jul
The Assembly is an invitation to reflect on contextual realities and theological heritage 
Assembly 2023, Theology, Communion Building, 13th Assembly
26 Jul
How can the theme of the upcoming Thirteenth Assembly – One Body, One Spirit, One Hope – best be explored in The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) communion of churches?
The Universal Periodic Review is a mechanism used by the Human Rights Council to review the human rights situation of United Nations member states. Photo credit: LWF/C. Kästner
19 Jul
Human rights council: protecting the safety and security of vulnerable groups
Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Youth, Women
19 Jul
“We urge the Government of Uganda to take proactive measures that reduce teenage pregnancy while enabling pregnant teenagers to stay in school,” stated Ester Wolf, Advocacy Officer for Human Rights...
Archbishop Antje Jackelén ends her term as head of the Church of Sweden in October. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
15 Jul
Sweden: Reformation, reconciliation, and gender justice
Voices from the Communion, Member Churches, Communion Building, ecumenical relations, Gender Studies, Gender, Public theology, Theology, Advocacy, Women, Climate, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Gender Justice, LWF Vice-President
15 Jul
In this Voices from the Communion, Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén looks back at her eight years in office that draw to a close on 30 October 2022. She reflects on some highlights, as well...
Dawn breaks near Ginnir in the Bale Zone of Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
14 Jul
Season of Creation: 2022 Celebration Guide
Season of Creation, Climate Justice, Communion Building, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Climate, Theology, ecotheology, Creation, Climate Change
14 Jul
The 2022 Season of Creation Celebration Guide has been published, providing a wealth of resources for use by churches and schools, individuals and communities across all the different Christian...
Religious leaders join young faith actors working in refugee welcome and integration for a two-day interfaith conference entitled ‘Welcoming the Stranger, Living as Neighbors’. All Photos: LWF/M. Renaux
23 Jun
Vital role of faith in refugee protection and integration
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day, Refugees
23 Jun
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva on 20 June to share best practices in an increasingly challenging global...
Worship and prayer moment during Sunday service at Saint Andrew Lutheran Parish in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Jun
Africa: Prioritizing theological education and leadership formation
Lutheran identity, Education, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Theology, Africa churches, Leadership, Transformative Theological Perspectives
22 Jun
Leaders of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in Africa will gather, 27 June -1 July, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation (ALCLC), held...
Chief Rabbi Sizomu Gershom of Uganda arrives for the start of the Welcoming the Stranger conference. All Photos: LWF/M. Renaux
21 Jun
Standing together to strengthen refugee response
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day, Refugees
21 Jun
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva on 20 June to share best practices in an increasingly challenging global...
At the opening session of the conference: Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, Rev. Anne Burghardt, LWF General Secretary, Waseem Ahmad, CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
20 Jun
Welcoming the Stranger, Shaping the Future
Theology, Interfaith, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jewish, Welcoming the Stranger, World Refugee Day
20 Jun
To mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that a record 100 million people have now been forced to flee their homes, seeking sanctuary...
Looking forward to the Thirteenth Assembly: (from left) Anna Wrzesińska, Chairperson of the Local Assembly Planning Committee, Jerzy Samiec, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, LWF President Panti Filibus Musa and LWF General Secretary Anne Burghardt. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
15 Jun
Assembly preparations proceeding “with vigor”
Theology, 13th Assembly, Assembly 2023, Communion Building, LWF member churches, council, Council 2022
15 Jun
The war in neighboring Ukraine changed the perspective on the upcoming Assembly, said the Presiding Bishop of the host church – the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland (ECACP) –...
Rev. Prof Ioan Sauca, WCC Acting General Secretary, Fr. Dr Augustinus Sander from Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Rev. Dr Hanns Lessing, WCRC Acting General Secretary, Bishop Ivan Abrams, General Secretary of World Methodist Council, Dr. Jean-Daniel Plüss of Pentecostal World Fellowship. Photos: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Jun
Holding together a world plagued by violence and division
ecumenical greetings, Ecumenical, Theology, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations, WCC, WCRC, council, Council 2022
13 Jun
Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal, Reformed and Orthodox church leaders have been speaking at the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Council meeting about the urgency of deepening theological...
LWF’s program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment, Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi and Regional Secretary for Africa Rev. Dr Elieshi Ayo Mungure gather with staff and students for the inauguration of the new theology, gender justice and leadership course at Tumaini University Makumira in Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Algo Lameck Lwendo
31 May
Tanzania: new program on theology, gender and leadership
Gender, Gender Studies, Leadership, Theology, Communion Building, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership
31 May
Sixteen women and men from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches across Africa have begun training as part of a new gender justice program established in memory of the pioneering...
Ancient olive trees in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 May
Interfaith relations: Gathering around the Tree of Life
Interfaith, Peace, Jewish, Advocacy, Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, inter-religious relations
25 May
In times of hostility and polarization, the biggest challenge facing people of faith is “to raise up leaders” who can heal divisions and strengthen relationships across the different religious...
Rev. Siv Limstrand leading worship in Ny-Ålesund, the northernmost functional civilian settlement in the world. Photo: Helge T Markussen
13 May
Searching for identity in Svalbard’s Arctic region
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Climate, Voices from the Communion
13 May
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Siv Limstrand talks about work as a street pastor with Trondheim’s City Mission and her current ministry with people living on the Svalbard archipelago, close...
Women pastors and lay theologians from the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria at their first joint conference in 2018. Photo: LCCN
11 Apr
Applications open for second phase of Hélène Ralivao Fund scholarships
Churches in Mission, Hélène Ralivao Fund, Theology, Scholarships
11 Apr
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has opened the call for applications to its second round of scholarships under the Hélène Ralivao Fund, a program dedicated to women studying theology in the...
After an eight-month dry season, the riverbed of Tsanaga River lies dry at the outskirts of the city of Maroua, Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Mar
Human Rights Council: LWF welcomes appointment of special rapporteur for climate
United Nations Human Rights Council, Statement, Human Rights, human rights council, Lutheran theology, Theology, Interfaith, Peace, Action for Justice, Ecumenical, Youth, Climate
24 Mar
At the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and its interfaith partners welcomed the appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on...