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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...
Representatives from more than ten different religions gather at an interfaith service in Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow, on the opening day of a United Nations climate change conference. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Mar
Human Rights Council: Upholding the right to freedom of religion or belief
United Nations Human Rights Council, Statement, Human Rights, human rights council, Lutheran theology, Theology, Interfaith, Peace, Action for Justice, Ecumenical
22 Mar
At the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in partnership with the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) expressed concern about...
A Ukrainian refugee, Masha, with two of her children, at an aid station at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border on 2 March 2022. Masha, her husband and nine children fled from near the Crimean Peninsula and are receiving aid at a shelter where ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid is assisting Ukrainian refugees. Photo: FCA/Antti Yrjönen
8 Mar
Uphold rights and dignity of women fleeing conflict
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, Women, International Women's Rights Day, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, women's human rights, women's empowerment
8 Mar
On International Women’s Day, the Lutheran World Federation’s General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt has called upon “the international community, churches and leaders worldwide to work together to...
Anna Hjälm, program director for A World of Neighbours. Photo: Magnus Aronson
17 Feb
A World of Neighbours offers vision of welcoming society
Public theology, Lutheran theology, Theology, Interfaith, Advocacy, Interreligious Dialogue, Migrants, Refugees
17 Feb
‘Keeping our humanity’ is the theme of an online interfaith summit taking place from 20 to 24 February, organized by the European interreligious network ‘A World of Neighbours’ (AWoN). Initiated by...
Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
1 Feb
Preparing next phase of Jewish-Christian encounter
Public theology, Interfaith, Peace, Theology, LWF member churches, Member Churches, inter-religious relations, Jewish
1 Feb
A task force of the LWF has been meeting to prepare a study document focused on equipping member churches to engage in dialogue with Jewish communities. In the context of the 2023 Krakow Assembly and...
Eva Christina Nilsson, director of LWF’s Department for Theology, Mission and Justice. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
28 Jan
From Swedish countryside to global church coordination
Theology, Ecumenical, Communion Building, Youth, Communion, Women, Diakonia, Diakonia. Theology, LWF member churches, Mission
28 Jan
Growing up on a farm in the southern Swedish countryside seems a far cry from the high-flying career in international development and mission that Eva Christina Nilsson has been pursuing for almost...
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...