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The “Theatre of the Oppressed” was one of the methodologies practiced to collect information on community level. Participants clearly enjoyed the session, despite the serious topic. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
7 Nov
Justice, dignity and hope 
Theology, Women, Advocacy
7 Nov
Women’s human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations  ...
Professor Veli-Matti KaÌrkaÌinnen replies to a response panel to a paper of his. Gathered in Addis Ababa from 23-27 October 2019, Lutherans from across the globe join in consultation under the theme of 'We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'. Hosted by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, the consultation is the first phase of a study process on Lutheran identities. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
29 Oct
Discerning the work of the Spirit in the Lutheran communion
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
29 Oct
The LWF organized the five-day gathering, bringing together around 70 participants including youth from the communion’s seven regions, and representatives of other Christian traditions.
A vibrant performance by the Yetsedik Tsehay choir of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus set the stage, as the consultation ’We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'  opened. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Oct
The church: Always local and always universal
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
24 Oct
“What does it mean to be Lutheran today?” is the question at the heart of a global consultation on Lutheran identities taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week.
The Mekane Yesus campus is home to 600 residential students of theology, music and media, and of management and leadership. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Oct
Mekane Yesus Seminary: preparing for a growing church
Lutheran Theological Seminary, seminar, theological formation, Theology, Lutheran theology
22 Oct
The Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa has a long tradition of theological education. In the midst of Ethiopia’s population growth and quick development, but also where poverty, ethnic conflicts...
LWF regional and global gatherings provide space to reflect together on diverse contexts and identify common strategies and themes. In this photo; an intergenerational discussion at the 2019 Leadership Conference for the Latin America and Caribbean & North America regions, in Lima, Peru. LWF/A. Danielsson
21 Oct
How does spirituality shape Lutheran identities?
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith, Youth, Youth Participation, Lutheran theology
21 Oct
The LWF is launching a multi-year theological study on how spirituality forms Lutheran identities and church engagement around the world today.
Olga Navrátilová from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Sep
Uniting faith and reason in the Czech Republic
Voices from the Communion, Women in Church and Society, Women, Communion Building, Advocacy, solidarity, Theology
27 Sep
Olga Navrátilová, a member of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), looks back at the history of the church in her country and reflects on how it can continue to have a positive impact on...
Photo: On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, churches are calling for immediate action to address the climate emergency. ACT/Joanna Patouris
23 Sep
As Climate Summit begins, Churches Call for Action Now!
Climate, Theology, COP25, Climate Change, Public theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation
23 Sep
As states gather at the United Nations for the Climate Action Summit, taking place on 23 September, the ACT Alliance, Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches, which together represent...
One of the photos in the exhibition, showing sunrise in Bauko, Mountain Province, Philippines. Photo: Johanan Celine Valeriano
20 Sep
“The wisdom of God woven into the fabric of creation”
Climate, Theology, COP25, Climate Change, Public theology, Ecumenical, Season of Creation
20 Sep
On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, four ecumenical organizations are launching a photo exhibition on the Bible and biodiversity. Titled “And It Is Good.
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Sep
Peace begins by disarming hearts and hands
Interfaith, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding
17 Sep
Message delivered by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge to the annual Sant’Egidio meeting taking place in the Spanish capital Madrid from 15 to 17 September.
Sisters in faith: (from left) Rev. Sybil Chetty (South Africa), Dr Christy Ponni (India), retired Bishop Dr Margot Käßmann (Germany), Dr Ziyanda Mgugudo-Sello (South Africa) and Moderator Gabriele De Bona (ELM) . Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Aug
Encouraged as sisters in faith
Theology, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Member Churches, LWF member churches, Communion Building
29 Aug
Churches should be bolder and elect women as well as men to leadership positions
International guests move from the Town Church to the premises of the LWF Center Wittenberg and the ELCA Wittenberg Center during the joint anniversary celebrations. Photo: GNC/LWF Florian Hübner
15 Jul
Wittenberg: Bringing together people from all over the world
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, GNC, Theology, theological formation
15 Jul
The LWF Wittenberg Center, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Photo: Daniel Olaleye on Unsplash
27 Jun
Celebrating creation’s ‘Web of Life’
Ecumenical, Theology, Advocacy, Climate, Season of Creation
27 Jun
2019 Season of Creation guide now available
Emma van Dorp lit five symbolic candles on the altar, as the church leaders affirmed the “wish to make more visible our common witness in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity.” Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
A source of hope towards Christian unity
JDDJ, council, Council 2019, Theology, ecumenism, Anglican, Catholic, Reformed, Methodist, LWF President, General Secretary Martin Junge
16 Jun
Leaders of Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Reformed and Anglican global church bodies today reaffirmed commitment to unity, joint witness and service as they co-presided a special prayer service...
Working through the agenda: Consultations touched on the perspectives of the LWF, the “People on the move” diaconia process, the Nordic initiative “Being church in times of change”, the Jewish-Christian dialogue, and the work of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. All photos: LWF/A.Weyermüller
6 Jun
"Only together we can be the Body of Christ"
Communion Building, Theology, Ecumenical, Member Churches, Youth, Climate
6 Jun
LWF regional leadership consultation for Central and Western Europe in Hamburg
Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
6 May
Vital role of religions in providing safe space for civil society organization
PaRD, Theology, Ecumenical, partners, Advocacy, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, World Council of Churches, peace and justice
6 May
Faith groups play a vital role in opening spaces for civil society engagement with governments, even if that role is often ignored or misunderstood. That’s the view of Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, General...
Getting together: Scholarship holders of the GNC/LWF with Rev. Dionisie Arion, Scholarship Secretary of the GNC/LWF (left) and Rev. Norbert Denecke, General Secretary of the GNC/LWF. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
11 Apr
Deepening communion, strengthening churches, encouraging people
Lutheran theology, Theology, Youth, Communion, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Ecumenical, GNC
11 Apr
Studying abroad, getting to know a different culture and language, taking up impulses from theology and church: every year about 35 students from member churches of the LWF make use this opportunity...
Rev. Dr Hoyce Jacob Lyimo-Mbowe was one of the lecturers at the 19th International Seminar for pastors in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
1 Apr
Wittenberg: A Lutheran perspective on translating the Bible
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, theological formation, Deeening Faith, Martin Luther, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Theology, Women
1 Apr
Lyimo-Mbowe, participant of the 19th International theological seminar at the LWF Center Wittenberg in Germany, spoke with LWI on the connection between topics discussed at the seminar titled “...
Rev. Inken Wöhlbrand has been director of the LWF Center Wittenberg since October 2018. Photo: LWF/Weyermüller
16 Jan
A home that connects Lutherans around the world
theological formation, Theology, Lutheran theology, Luther Garden, Wittenberg, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg
16 Jan
Rev. Inken Wöhlbrand, the new director of the LWF center, discusses about the center’s work, the potential of ecumenical and international encounters, and how the Luther Garden has woven a worldwide...
From left to right, Wartburg professor of pastoral theology, Rev. Nathan Frambach, LWF’s communications officer, Philippa Hitchen, 3rd year student Carrie Petersen and 2nd year student Marietta Nelson-Bitte. Photo:LWF/N. Torrecillas
15 Jan
USA seminarians reflect on global ecumenism and reconciliation
Ecumenical, Ecumenical Centre, ecumenicals relations, Institute for Ecumenical Research, Taizé, Lutheran Theological Seminary, students, Lutheran theology, Theology
15 Jan
A group of students and professors from the Wartburg Theological Seminary in Iowa (USA) visited the LWF headquarters in Geneva.
Participants of the theological education workshop looked at new ways of teaching that are critical and creative. Photo: Chad Rimmer
7 Nov
New theological education workshop focuses on teaching for change
Education, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, SDG, United Nations
7 Nov
The LWF recently held a pilot workshop for theologians to explore teaching methods that empower students to take part in theological education that is critical, creative and responds to the students...
The third Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue group meeting in Santiago de Chile called for faithful teaching on the abundance of God’s gifts for the whole human race and for the earth. Photo: LWF
2 Nov
Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue reflects on proclaiming the gospel to the poor
Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue, Theology, gospel, ecumenism, ecumenical relations
2 Nov
The third meeting of the international Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue group drew attention to the situation of the materially poor and how the churches relate to them.
Church services and events on Reformation Day 2018 in Germany seek to deepen the respect and tolerance for different confessions, religions and worldviews in the society. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
25 Oct
Reformation Day a new public holiday in Germany
Reformation, ecumenical relations, Theology, LWF member churches
25 Oct
More than half of Germany’s 16 federal states have now declared Reformation Day a public holiday.
LWF General Secretary Rev.Dr Martin Junge, during his speech at the Ausburg symposium. Photo: Augsburg University
18 Oct
LWF General Secretary: “Don’t stop now!”
Theology, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Public theology, ecumenism, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, General Secretary, JDDJ
18 Oct
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge when he addressed a public symposium in Augsburg marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s disputation with Cajetan.