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Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Jul
LWF publication on “Transformative Readings of Sacred Scriptures” available in German
LWF Publications, Public theology, Interfaith, Muslim, inter-religious dialogue, Muslim-Christian
24 Jul
The LWF publication Heilige Schriften heute verstehen: Christen und Muslime im Dialog. The German edition of the publication Transformative Readings of Sacred Scriptures: Christians and Muslims in...
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: Dennis Jarvis
15 Jul
Preserve Hagia Sophia as a shared heritage, LWF urges Turkey
Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, popular culture
15 Jul
The LWF has cautioned that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent decree designating the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque undermines the significance of “a publicly shared space” that “...
The LWF is adding its voice to a statement calling for an end to the decade-long conflict in Syria and support for all those displaced by the violence Photo: LWF/R. Schlott
25 Jun
LWF joins call to conference on ending Syria conflict
Interfaith, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, #withrefugees, refugee, Refugees, Za'atari Refugee Camp
25 Jun
The LWF has signed onto a statement from the ACT Alliance on behalf of its members in Syria and the surrounding countries. The statement is calling for a “transformative conference” to support just...
A group of Oromo internally displaced people (IDP) move through the Burka Dare IDP site in Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
18 Jun
World Refugee Day: Every Action Counts
World Refugee Day, #withrefugees, Global event, Diakonia, Advocacy, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Refugees, refugee camp, IDP
18 Jun
Churches and faith communities need to actively support refugees. Every action counts. This is the call of Lutheran church leaders worldwide on World Refugee Day.
Christian communities worldwide should be models for an economy of life in their own contexts urge the global Christian organizations. The photo shows LWF livelihoods projects in Nepal. LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
COVID-19: Adopt an Economy of Life, urge global Christian organizations
Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, coronavirus, COVID19, Christianity, WS / COVID19
15 May
In a joint message, the LWF, WCC, WCRC, and Council of World Mission have urged governments to bolster support for healthcare and social protection. They further called for debt cancellation and the...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
Working together for justice, peace and reconciliation
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, Member Churches
15 May
The LWF Annual Report for the work carried out in 2019 is now available. The report highlights the Communion Office collaboration with churches as they witness in their local and global contexts, and...
Internally displaced Rohingya girls at a camp in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Phyo Aung Hein
12 May
Put age, gender, diversity at heart of IDP policies
Youth, girls, Children's rights, child rights, IDP, internally displaced people, Human Rights, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Women, #withrefugees
12 May
The LWF has joined a collective of NGOs calling for a more inclusive approach by States and other authorities dealing with Internally Displaced People.
LWF and Islamic Relief Worldwide issue a joint appeal for a ceasefire in Syria and other countries where conflict is hampering humanitarian efforts to help those facing increased suffering as a result of COVID-19. Photo: LWF/R. Schlott
11 May
COVID-19: Faith based organizations call for immediate ceasefire
Advocacy, Conflict resolution, Interfaith, Islamic Relief Worldwide, COVID19, coronavirus
11 May
The LWF and Islamic Relief Worldwide are appealing for an immediate ceasefire in ongoing conflicts in order to guarantee humanitarian access and protect people from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19...
For the most vulnerable people access to sufficient and clean water is essential at times of climate change as well as during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In Minawao camp, a young woman waits for her bucket to fill up at one of the tapstands. The Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the North region of Cameroon, hosts some 58,000 refugees from North East Nigeria. The refugees are supported by the Lutheran World Federation, together with a range of partners. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Apr
Earth Day: Acting to prevent hardship and suffering in the future
Climate, Climate Change, Earth Day, Climate Justice, COP, COP26, Interfaith, COVID19, coronavirus
22 Apr
Observing today’s Earth Day, the LWF, together with other inter-faith groups active at UNFCCC conferences has issued a statement. It calls on the UNFCCC, all governments, and all people, to build...
Supplies of hand sanitizers, masks and other hygiene products ready for distribution by volunteers of the Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Hong Kong. Photo: ELCHK
16 Apr
COVID-19: Health and faith partnership to promote factual information and reduce fear
Interfaith, Theology, Lutheran theology, Advocacy, Ecumenical, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Worship, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
16 Apr
The LWF welcomes a recent guide by the World Health Organization (WHO) outlining the critical role of religious leader in disseminating accurate information, reducing fear and stigma and ensuring...
Students from schools in the West Bank take part in a training workshop on environmental leadership. Photo: Adrainne Gray
21 Feb
LWF promotes religious education as a path to ecological sustainability
Creation, ecotheology, Education, Interfaith, sustainability, Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Climate
21 Feb
Over 130 professionals including representatives of the LWF, and university students, recently met at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences in Bergen, Norway, for a conference on...
 Participants at a workshop in Nepal in December 2019 develop ideas on how to pilot the “Churches and Emergencies” program in the two target communities. Photo: LWF/NELC
19 Feb
Nepal: Ready to respond to those in need
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, disaster preparedness, natural disaster, emergency response
19 Feb
The Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church has learnt much with the help of the LWF World Service Nepal program, the church has increased its capacity to prepare for and respond to such tragedies. When...
Rev. Toshiki Toma (right) and Rev. Kristín Þórunn Tómasdóttir (third from left) with the congregation at Laugarnes-church in Reykjavik. Photo: Rev. Hjalti Jón Sverrisson
14 Feb
Iceland’s pastor for immigrants and asylum seekers
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, Voices from the Communion, #withrefugees
14 Feb
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Toshiki Toma, pastor in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, talks about his work providing advice and counselling to other immigrants in...
Rev. Dr Sivin Kit and World Service Emergency Program Coordinator Clovis Mwambutsa in dialogue with the Muslim Chief of a community in Cameroon hosting refugees from neighbouring countries. Photo: LWF/Moise Amedje
3 Feb
LWF marks World Interfaith Harmony Week
Theology, Interfaith, Interreligious Dialogue, LWF member churches, Communion Building
3 Feb
During the first week of February, the LWF is joining with the WCC and many other faith-based organizations to mark the 10th edition of World Interfaith Harmony Week.
 Rev. Dr Sivin Kit, LWF Program Executive for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations speaking at a Global Refugee Forum side event on scaling up a culture of encounter with people seeking refuge, held in Geneva. Photo:: LWF/A. Danielsson
17 Dec
Faith-based action for people on the move
Theology, Refugees, #withrefugees, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Diakonia, Youth, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Caritas Internationalis, Pope Francis, Pope, UNHCR
17 Dec
Together with many partners, the LWF is bringing the voice of faith-based organizations to the Global Refugee Forum, organized by UNHCR from 16-18 December in Geneva, Switzerland.
"Cambio Climático y Esperanza" (‘Climate Change and Hope') reads the text, as Lutheran World Federation delegate Sebastian Ignacio Muñoz Oyarzo from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile holds a sheet of paper on which key discussion points have been summarized at an interfaith dialogue in Madrid, 1 December. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Dec
Faith communities mobilize in Madrid on eve of COP25
COP25, Climate Justice, Youth, Interfaith
2 Dec
Interfaith service and dialogue set tone for fortnight ahead
LWF South Sudan Advocacy Officer Pauline Tikiba shares about her work with civil society organizations. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
11 Oct
Be a better rights defender
rights-based approach, Human Rights, World Service, Climate, Gender, Diakonia, Interfaith
11 Oct
Workshop on rights-based approach brings together experiences from 10 project countries
Indonesian church leaders meet with the President of the Republic’s special envoy on interfaith relations and intercultural dialogue, Professor Syafiq Mughni (center). Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
7 Oct
Asian church leaders call for greater interfaith cooperation
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership, Youth, Climate, Lutheran theology
7 Oct
The Asia Church Leadership Conference has concluded in Indonesia with a call to all churches to work more closely together with other faith communities to promote urgent issues such as gender justice...
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge speaks at the opening session of the Asia Church Leadership Conference in Pematang Siantar. Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
4 Oct
Junge to Asian churches: Peace-building is our only choice
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
4 Oct
Call to live and work more closely together as a communion of churches from the LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, at the start of the Asia Church Leadership Conference on 3 October.
Welcome banner outside the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church in Pematang Siantar in North Sumatra, where participants at the 2 -8 October Asia Church Leadership Conference will gather for Sunday worship. Photo: B. Nahampun
2 Oct
Asia Church Leadership Conference to focus on interfaith relations
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership
2 Oct
‘Pursuing Peace through Interfaith Relations’ is the theme of the Asia Church Leadership Conference which opens in the Indonesian city of Pematang Siantar on 2 October.
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.
Bishop Samiec, from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Sep
Polish church joins faith groups for peace conference
Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Public theology, Lutheran theology, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, inter-religious dialogue, Interfaith discussions, Interfaith
16 Sep
Polish Protestants, Catholics, Muslims and Jews come together to discuss peace, democracy and the responsibility of religions in the public space during a conference in Warsaw on 16 September.
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa (second left), LCCN Abuja Bishop Dr Benjamin Fuduta (fourth left) and SOH national coordinator Rev. Dr Lesmore G. Ezekiel (third right), with SOH Ambassadors of Hope (from left to right) Osaretin Ushoma, Happiness Ehime, Ngozi Nwachuku and Kenneth Bright. Photo: ALCINET/Felix Samari
2 Aug
Interfaith network to counter human trafficking launched in Nigeria
Human Beings - Not for Sale, advocacy training, Interfaith, Advocacy
2 Aug
The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria has inaugurated a nationwide interfaith network to help different stakeholders mitigate the impact of irregular migration and human trafficking in the country.
Signatories of a new Spiritual Alliance for the Climate gather in Santiago, Chile on 21 July. Photo: Monserrat Madariaga/Lutheran Church in Chile
26 Jul
Faith groups in Chile launch spiritual climate alliance
Ecumenical, Advocacy, Youth, Climate, Interfaith
26 Jul
Ecumenical and interfaith networks plan non-stop shared celebration, reflection and advocacy during COP25