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Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
20 Jan
Bishop Farrell: ‘Synodality’ and the search for Christian unity
ecumenical relations, Theology, ecumenism, Ecumenical, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, PCPCU
20 Jan
As Christians come together to mark the annual ecumenical Week of Prayer, the Secretary of the PCPCU, Bishop Brian Farrell, says Pope Francis’ synodal process could make a “hugely important”...
Members of the Middle East Council of Churches’ commission, including Fr Gaby Hachem (first on left) and Dr Souraya Bechealany (third from right), who drew up the resources for Christian Unity Week. Photo: MECC
18 Jan
Christian Unity Week: following the light from the East
ecumenical relations, Theology, ecumenism, Ecumenical, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18 Jan
A message of hope amid challenges facing churches throughout the Middle East is at the heart of this year’s reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The annual octave of prayer is...
Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Maina, LWF vice president for Africa. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
10 Dec
16 Days: theologies of anger, resistance and hope
Theology, Lutheran theology, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Studies, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Women, Women in Church and Society, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, ecumenical relations, Public theology, women's empowerment
10 Dec
Gender justice activists from different parts of the Christian world met together on 8 December to discuss ways of responding to the ongoing injustice, discrimination and violence against women in...
People of different faith traditions gather for a silent vigil in Glasgow, during the COP26 summit, to remember all those suffering from the impact of climate change. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
19 Nov
ZacTax Toolkit launched to help churches lobby for fair taxation
Zacchaeus Project, Public Space, Public theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Economic justice
19 Nov
Calls for a more just global taxation system were at the heart of the recent COP26 People’s Summit side event “Tax the Rich, Save the Planet”, with faith-based activists calling for an economic order...
Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
18 Nov
Burghardt: Grace, education, freedom to serve neighbor
General Secretary, Theology, Lutheran theology, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Diakonia. Theology, Education, LWF Council, LWF General Secretary
18 Nov
In her first address as General Secretary to the Council of the LWF, Rev. Anne Burghardt outlined three key principles or “gifts” that lie at the heart of Lutheran identity.
A contemporary crucifix on the altar of the chapel in the Estonian church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
12 Nov
Ancient and modern meet at Estonia’s Institute of Theology
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
12 Nov
Walking into the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Institute of Theology in Tallinn feels like stepping back in time to rediscover the events that have shaped the country and its people. Located...
Delegation observes flood site at Mekane Yesus Seminary. All Photos: Refilwe Mofulatsi/LUCSA, Zacharia Osanga/ELCT
11 Nov
Strengthening communion relations in Africa
Communion Building, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran identity, Education, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Theology, Consultation, solidarity
11 Nov
An extended Lutheran Council in Africa consultation held by the LWF from 22-25 October in Ethiopia, reflected on common concerns in the Africa region particularly the church’s role in the public...
Rev. Anne Burghardt at work in the Consistory of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tallinn. All Photos: LWF/A. Hillert
9 Nov
Estonian church life shapes LWF’s new leader
General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building
9 Nov
The headquarters of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is housed in an elegant 18th century building on a quiet cobbled square in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town. It is known as the Consistory...
LWF’s new general secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
4 Nov
Anne Burghardt: Hearing God’s word in a secular society
General Secretary, Theology, Ecumenical, Communion Building, Women, LWF General Secretary
4 Nov
Meet Rev. Anne Burghardt from the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, who took up her new role as General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) on 1 November.
Farewell to General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. 28 October 2021, Ecumenical Center, Geneva. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
29 Oct
Lutheran Communion offers thanks, bids farewell to General Secretary Martin Junge
General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF member churches, Theology, Lutheran theology, Communion Building
29 Oct
Members of the LWF from all parts of the globe gathered online and in person, in the chapel of Geneva’s Ecumenical Center, on 28 October for a service of farewell to General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin...
Lighting a candle during a “Prayer for the Rainforest” as part of the Cumbre Social por el Clima, during COP25 that took place in Madrid, Spain, in 2019. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Aug
Christians around the world invited to celebrate Season of Creation
Theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation, Advocacy, Climate
27 Aug
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), together with ecumenical partners worldwide, opens the Season of Creation with an online global prayer on Wednesday, 1 September.
Central Riga with St Peter’s Church tower visible on the left-hand side. Photo: Unsplash/Martin Kleppe
12 Aug
LWF responds to decision by Lutheran church in Latvia
Lutheran theology, Theology, ILC, LWF member churches
12 Aug
The LWF has issued a statement in response to the decision of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia to join the International Lutheran Council.
Webinar showcases churches’ work to bring support and hope to survivors of human trafficking. Photo: Hermes Rivera on Unsplash
3 Aug
Churches must join forces to combat crime of human trafficking
Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Gender Justice, Human Rights, women's empowerment
3 Aug
On the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, survivors shared stories of escaping from their traffickers and helping others to find hope in the wake of such deeply traumatic experiences. The...
Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
30 Jul
2022 LWF scholarships’ application phase is now open
Diakonia, Member Churches, Theology, Scholarships
30 Jul
The Lutheran World Federation has opened its 2022 phase for churches to submit candidates for its annual theology and diaconia scholarships.
Malagasy Lutheran Church pioneer woman theologian Hélène Ralivao. Photo: Gustav Steensland/VID
29 Jun
LWF’s Hélène Ralivao Fund awards first scholarships for women in Africa
Theology, Education, Lutheran identity, Identity, Leadership, LWF member churches, Governance, Women
29 Jun
The legacy of Malagasy Lutheran Church pioneer woman theologian Hélène Ralivao will live on through a new program dedicated to women’s theological education and leadership development in Africa. The...
LWF President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa and Pope Francis. Photo credit: Vatican media
25 Jun
With passion on the journey from conflict to communion
ecumenical relations, Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran-Catholic, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation
25 Jun
Meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican on 25 June, both the LWF President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa and Pope Francis expressed the hope that the 500th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession...
LWF’s World Service Department director, Maria Immonen and the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Aloysius John. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Jun
Lutherans and Catholics: Common Vision for joint service
ecumenical relations, Lutheran theology, Theology, Caritas Internationalis, Diakonia, Advocacy, Lutheran-Catholic, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation
25 Jun
The LWF and Caritas Internationalis, the global confederation of Catholic aid and development agencies, have committed to increased cooperation and service to the world’s most marginalized...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
21 Jun
Junge highlights LWF’s agility, resilience, clarity of mission
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, report, council, Council 2021, COVID19, Theology, Lutheran theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches
21 Jun
The LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has highlighted the agility and resilience of the organization in responding to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. The creativity and commitment...
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
18 Jun
LWF President: “Be witnesses of radical hope”
LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, Theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches, council, Council 2021, COVID19
18 Jun
The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa has urged all member churches to be witnesses of “radical hope” as they look forward to the next Assembly to be held in Krakow, Poland in 2023. In...
The peacebuilding work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia includes supporting ex-combatants to reintegrate into society. Sociologist Ana Eloísa Gómez, leading a workshop in San José de Leó, in the northwestern department of Antioquia, in 2018. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
A resource to strengthen churches’ engagement in exceptional times
Theology, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Public theology, Advocacy
16 Jun
The Church in the Public Space, a study document on Lutherans’ commitment to sharing Christ’s love and serving the neighbor, has been updated to highlight the relevance of church engagement during...
LWF World Service director Maria Immonen and former Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy at the signing of a 2016 Declaration of Intent in Malmö, Sweden, to step up cooperation on humanitarian action, advocacy and development. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
16 Jun
Vatican visit to mark next step from conflict to communion
Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Diakonia, vatican, PCPCU, Catholic, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Pope Francis, Pope, Caritas Internationalis
16 Jun
A delegation from the LWF travels to Rome at the end of June for a meeting with Pope Francis and the deepening of commitment for increased cooperation with Caritas Internationalis, the global...
Cover photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Highlights of LWF’s work in a unique year of COVID-19 solidarity
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, member church
10 Jun
The LWF Annual Report 2020 is available online. Under the theme, “Leave no one behind” it gives an overview of the organization’s work in an unprecedented year marked mostly by the COVID-19 pandemic...