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Pastor Miroslav Ponjičan (back right) with youth and children, preparing for a tree planting activity in the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia (SEAVC). Photos: SEAVC
15 Mar
Serbia: Apple trees as a sign of faith and creation
Theology, LWF member churches, Climate, Youth, Communion Building, Climate Justice
15 Mar
“Even if I knew that the world was to collapse tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.” This hope-filled quote, attributed to the reformer Martin Luther, inspired Miroslav Ponjičan, a...
Past, present and future Lutheran women in leadership discuss challenges and progress in breaking barriers to affirm women’s rights and equality. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
9 Mar
Breaking barriers: LWF women in leadership
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Youth, Women, women in leadership, Women's Leadership, International Women's Rights Day
9 Mar
What can be done to break down barriers that prevent women from fulfilling their potential and reaching top leadership positions in the church and in society? That question was at the heart of a...
Luther’s short treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ calls believers to love God and serve our neighbors in need. Photo: LWF/M. Dölker
9 Mar
Freedom of a Christian: a compass for contemporary church
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Lutheran identity, Identity, COVID19
9 Mar
Luther’s 500-year-old treatise ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’ provides a compass for the churches today as they seek to navigate the complex challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the...
Professor Ezra Chitando speaking at an HIV interfaith consultation in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
18 Feb
A ‘kairos’ moment to empower women and men
Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Justice, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Youth, masculinities
18 Feb
The COVID-19 pandemic can become a ‘kairos’ moment of opportunity for men to repent of the sin of patriarchy and create positive partnerships that empower women and men. Churches should be in the...
LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge (left) and President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photos: LWF/S. Gallay and LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Feb
Churches offer “witness of hope and compassion”
Communion Building, LWF President, LWF General Secretary, Member Churches, Theology, Diakonia, Advocacy, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19, lent
17 Feb
The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa and General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge have written to member church leaders offering thanks and support at the start of the Lenten season.
Participants at the Being Lutheran webinar believe the experience of digitally-mediated worship is “changing who we will be in the future.” Photo: Congerdesign via Pixabay
5 Feb
Being Lutheran: Real Presence in Digital Church
Being Lutheran, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Lutheran identity, technology
5 Feb
In a 3 February ‘Being Lutheran’ webinar, three theologians from the United States, the Netherlands and Malaysia reflected on these questions, as they shared personal perspectives on the way the...
Photo: Trent Erwin, Unsplash
28 Jan
2020 selection complete, 85 candidates awarded LWF scholarships
Lutheran theology, Theology, Leadership, Scholarships, Diakonia, Women, Youth, Education, Human and Institutional Capacity Development
28 Jan
The LWF has completed its 2020 scholarship approval process, with 85 new candidates from the communion’s member churches set to pursue degree and diploma courses in theology and different areas of...
Faith-based organizations gather for a vigil, as COP25 is about to draw to a close, praying that negotiations will bear fruit, bringing about urgent and just action to find a way out of the climate crisis. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Jan
Ecumenical imperative to protect our common home
Lutheran theology, Lutheran identity, Theology, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenis, Creation, Season of Creation
27 Jan
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity may have ended on 25 January, but the task of praying and working together to protect our planet continues to be a priority for all churches, every day of the...
Gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October 2019, Lutherans from across the globe took part in a consultation on the theme of ’We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities’. During the meeting, participants shared a large loaf of traditional Ethiopian bread, baked in banana leaves. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
26 Jan
LWF launches survey on contemporary Lutheran identity
Being Lutheran, Lutheran theology, Theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Assembly
26 Jan
A new survey sent this week to member churches of the LWF is the next step of an ongoing study process on contemporary Lutheran identity. The process began with a global consultation of theologians...
Grandchamp sisters join hands with visitors to the community before the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. Photo: All photos by Grandchamp Community
18 Jan
Christian unity: way of life for Grandchamp sisters
Theology, Ecumenical, Women, PCPCU, WCC, World Council of Churches, Ecumenical Centre, Lund, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18 Jan
Working for Christian unity means being grounded in your own identity and thereby being open to other people’s opinions. That’s not simply a slogan for the 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,...
Like many of his colleagues, Social Media Coordinator Karsten Kopjar has spent a lot of time working in his home office in the past months. Photo: private
18 Dec
Germany: Online church “does not always have to be complicated”
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Theology, LWF member churches
18 Dec
In this Voices from the Communion Dr. Karsten Kopjar, Social Media Coordinator of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany, talks about ways and means of being a church digitally in times of the...
The Federation of Evangelical Women in Italy focuses on women’s health and wellbeing in a dossier for the 16 Days of activism to end gender-based violence. Photo: Unsplash/Christopher Campbell
10 Dec
Italian Protestants publish women’s health dossier
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Communion Building, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Gender Justice, Women, women's advocacy, COVID19, MC/COVID19
10 Dec
Women’s health, from life in the womb, through puberty to menopause, is the subject of a series of reflections published by the Federation of Evangelical Women in Italy (FDEI) as part of their...
Children from four Lutheran Schools in Liberia take part in a march to say no to all forms of violence in their country. Photo: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
30 Nov
Building on the Bible to promote positive masculinity
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, ecumenical relations, Identity, Lutheran identity, Gender, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Women, Theology, Lutheran theology, masculinities
30 Nov
Building on biblical and theological resources to combat gender-based violence and the power of patriarchy in the church. That's the ambitious goal of a new initiative launched on 26 November by...
Books from the library formerly housed at the Evangelical Institute of Higher Theological Studies (ISEDET) which closed in 2016. Photo: ISEDET Library Archive
17 Nov
Argentina churches to reopen theological library
Lutheran theology, Theology, students, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Communion Building
17 Nov
In an ecumenical initiative, two LWF member churches in Argentina join three other churches to reopen a theological library that holds the largest collection of university-level historical...
Rev. Caroline Christopher, from the Arcot Lutheran Church in India, leads a Bible study on 'freedom and fruit of the Spirit' at the global consultation on Lutheran Identities in Addis Ababa from 23 to 27 October 2019. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Nov
Being Lutheran: Priesthood of all baptized
Lutheran theology, Theology, Lutheran identity, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Reformation, Dalit, Reformation in global perspectives, Global Perspective on Reformation
9 Nov
The LWF webinar on 4 November featured Rev. Caroline Christopher from the Arcot Lutheran Church in India. The webinar, which gathered participants from around the globe, was the fifth in a monthly...
Photo by Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash
6 Nov
Online Reformation Day prayer engages Lutherans worldwide
Reformation, JDDJ, ecumenism, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Reformation Day, Youth, Common Prayer, Communion Building, Theology
6 Nov
Lutherans from around the globe, young and old, came together for an online prayer service on Reformation Day. Youth from LWF member churches led the prayer service on 31 October which reached...
Rev. Dr. Grétar Halldór Gunnarsson is a parish pastor in suburban Reykjavík and initiated the website project Amen.is. Photo: Birgir Ísleifur Gunnarsson
6 Nov
Online-support to pray during difficult times
Voices from the Communion, Common Prayer, Theology, Public theology, Communion Building, LWF member churches
6 Nov
As the latest wave of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic hit Iceland, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland launched a new online prayer platform called Amen.is as one of its responses...
Preparations for the joint Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of the Reformation in October 2016, in Lund, Sweden. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Oct
Witnessing together in a broken world
Theology, Ecumenical, JDDJ, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Reformation, WCRC, Methodist, PCPCU, Anglican Consultative Council, Anglican
30 Oct
On this year’s Reformation Day, the LWF shares with joy its commitment with other Christian world communions to proclaim “with common urgency” God’s liberating grace and hope for this world. For this...
Mobile devices have become the key source of information, more and more replacing traditional media. Photo: Unsplash
29 Oct
Between faith and fake news
Public theology, media, webinar, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Education, Human Rights, social media
29 Oct
More understanding of social media tools, and more cooperation between faith communities and civil society is needed to counter the flood of fake news and the subsequent polarization of the public...
16 June 2019, Geneva, Switzerland: Gathered in Saint Peter's Cathedral in central Geneva, Emma van Dorp, a theology student from the Reformed congregation, lights five symbolic candles on the altar as the church leaders affirm the 'wish to make more visible our common witness in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity.' Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Oct
LWF youth to lead online Reformation day prayer
Reformation, JDDJ, ecumenism, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Reformation Day, Youth, Common Prayer, Communion Building, Theology
28 Oct
On Reformation Day 31 October 2020, the LWF will gather online to unite in prayer lead by young adults and theologians from around the globe. The LWF youth will lead the liturgy that focuses on...
The “Women of the Reformation” commemorative stamp was designed by Susann Stefanizen and presented to the public in the Market Church in Hannover, Germany. Photo: Federal Ministry of Finance
26 Oct
Postage stamp honors women of the Reformation
Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Women, Lutheran identity, Identity, Reformation, Women in Church and Society, Reformation Day
26 Oct
Alongside men such as Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon, many women had a hand in bringing about the Reformation 500 years ago. This was shown with a commemorative stamp in their honor, which is...
Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi standing next to a statue of Katharina von Bora at Faculdades EST, Brazil. Photo: Private
23 Oct
A time to teach and learn “a diakonia of solidarity”
Voices from the Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Women, women and girls, women's empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, Education, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
23 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi, professor of feminist theology and coordinator of the theology course and the Gender and Religion Program at Faculdades EST (the theological...