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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...
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...
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...
LWF Council members in plenary session at this year’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Jun
LWF calls for end to war in Ukraine and “bolder efforts” to address other conflicts
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13 Jun
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has reiterated its previous calls for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukraine, and urged greater investment by the international community in peaceful means of...
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...
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
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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
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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...
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...
Ms Phelister Njile from Tanzania’s northern Shinyanga region, a participant at the 29 November event in Dar es Salaam which brought together doctors, researchers, faith leaders and key partners to end gender-based violence. All photos: Zacharia Osanga
3 Dec
Tanzania: faith leaders highlight rights of people living with disabilities
Gender Justice, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, albinism, disability
3 Dec
The vital role of religious leaders and faith-based organizations in ending gender-based violence was at the heart of a conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 29 November entitled ‘A wealth of...
In Laos, thanks to a joint project by LWF and Brot für die Welt, villagers use natural compost techniques to do their vegetable gardening. Photo: Thomas Lohnes
15 Oct
“Famine is preventable, we must act immediately”
Food Security, Livelihoods, Interfaith, World Food Day
15 Oct
In a joint statement for World Food Day (16 October), the Lutheran World Federation and faith partners, denounce food insecurity.
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge addresses faith leaders gathered in the Vatican for the ‘Faith and Science: Towards COP26’ meeting. Photo: Vatican Media
4 Oct
Plea from faith leaders: Save our common home
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4 Oct
“We have inherited a garden: we must not leave a desert to our children.” That stark warning was at the heart of a joint appeal from leaders of all the world’s religious communities who gathered in...
At the 2019 Peace Messengers international training workshop in Tallinn, Estonia, Juan Carlos Orantes Rodríguez (left) and Oneyda Elizabeth Fuentes Rivera, sharing about the church’s role in peacebuilding in El Salvador. Photo: LWF/S. Kit
21 Sep
International Day of Peace: LWF calls for proposals of youth-led projects
Interfaith, LWF member churches, peace building, Youth, Public theology
21 Sep
The LWF has invited young people in its member churches to propose projects that advance the promotion of peace in their communities and build societies where all people are included. Youth—under 30...