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Rev. Sebastian Bugs had chaired the Youth Committee of the German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (GNC/LWF) since 2013. Photo: private
9 Apr
Germany: Worship and the revival of churches
Communion, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Youth, Leadership
9 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Sebastian Bugs talks about the "Revival of the churches" project that the GNC/LWF Youth Committee recently completed and documented in a video, as...
Facilitating intergenerational dialogue is part of the young reformers’ activities in the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. Photo: IECLB / Martina Scherer
12 Feb
Young reformers build networks that keep churches connected
Leadership, Governance, Youth, Member Churches, Global Young Reformers Network
12 Feb
More than 30 members of The LWF Global Young Reformers Network 2.0 in the Latin American and Caribbean and North American regions recently met online to discuss the connection between their...
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...
Bishop Terry Kee, Lutheran Church in Singapore Photo: LWF/Romans Wong
4 Dec
Ministry of dialogue in the church in Singapore
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches, Leadership
4 Dec
In this Voices from the Communion: Singaporean Lutheran Bishop Terry Kee looks back at more than three decades of ministry in many different places, but always with one thing in common—the need to...
The vice-presidents of the European regions: Pröpstin Astrid Kleist for Central and Western Europe, Archbishop Antje Jackelén for the Nordic Countries and Archbishop Urmas Viilma for Central and Eastern Europe. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
25 Sep
Digitalization offers opportunities, raises theological questions
European church leadership consultation, Leadership, LWF member churches, Communion Building, coronavirus, COVID19, digitalization
25 Sep
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic accelerated developments and changes that European churches and societies had been facing in the past years. Being church online raises new questions for...
Lutheran World Federation president Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Sep
Witness towards the world, among the people of the world
European church leadership consultation, Leadership, LWF member churches, Communion Building, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa
22 Sep
“There is a ‘prophetic defiance’ in us not letting go of each other because of COVID-19, in us finding ways to be connected, devising paths to continue expressing the relationships into which God is...
In November 2018, representatives of the three European regions met in Moravske Toplice, Slovenia. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
22 Sep
Being church in times of transformation
European church leadership consultation, Leadership, LWF member churches, Communion Building
22 Sep
For the first time, the LWF will host an online leadership consultation with about 100 participants from its member churches in Europe.
LWF Council, here meeting in Geneva in 2019, will elect the next General Secretary in June 2021. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 Sep
Call for nominations for LWF General Secretary
Member Churches, Communion Building, General Secretary, Governance, Leadership
15 Sep
Lutheran World Federation member churches are invited to send in nominations for the post of the ninth General Secretary of the global communion.  
The Lutheran Center in Tiaong, Quezon Province, a Lutheran Church in the Philippines ministry, gathers in April with social distancing. Photo: LCP
5 Aug
Being the church in times of COVID-19
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Leadership, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, Communion, Human Rights, Climate Change, Gender Justice, MC/COVID19
5 Aug
The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has posed significant challenges for the member churches of the LWF. A survey in all seven regions revealed impact in the same areas, but with largely different...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
8 Nov
Living together as a communion
LWF member churches, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, Lutheran identity, European church leadership consultation, Leadership, Lutheran theology, theological formation, Youth, Gender
8 Nov
There would not be a LWF without local churches, said General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe, in Tallinn, Estonia.
Participants of the LWF Church Leadership Consultation 2019 for Central and Eastern Europe after the opening service at St. Mary's Cathedral (Dome Church) in Tallinn. Photo: EELC/Joel Siim
6 Nov
Churches in Central and Eastern Europe discuss Lutheran identity, diversity and pneumatology
Youth, Gender, theological formation, LWF member churches, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, Lutheran identity, European church leadership consultation, Leadership, Lutheran theology
6 Nov
The consultation with the theme “Diversity and identity – different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit... (1 Corinthians 12, 4-6)” took place from 28 to 30 October in Tallinn, Estonia, and offered...
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 Third International Lay Leaders’ Seminar, held from 27 June to 6 July in Geneva and Wittenberg. Participants Mabel Ngee-fui Ho (Malaysia), Melkion Panuaitan (Indonesia) and Anna Christine Ursula Unruh-lungfiel (Germany). Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Jul
Reinforcing the contribution of lay people to the church
Lay people, Leadership, church growth and sustainability, Wittenberg, General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy, United Nations
18 Jul
Lutherans from 16 countries participated in the Lutheran World Federation’s 3rd International Lay Leaders’ Seminar which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, and Wittenberg, Germany, from 27 June to 6...
Members of the Executive Committee of the ELCT Women's Department display their national banner. All Photos: ELCT Communication/Evans Ayo
11 Jul
Tanzania: Towards full women’s inclusion in the ordained ministry
Women in Ordained Ministry, Ordained Ministry, inlcusive communion, Leadership, women in leadership
11 Jul
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania recently marked three decades of women’s ordination by celebrating the more than 300 female clergy in the church, and urging the church to ensure...
18-year-old Julian Appl was elected into the church council of his congregation. Photo: private
9 Jul
The youngest ombudsperson in all Bavaria’s congregation councils
Youth, Youth Participation, Leadership
9 Jul
The congregation council in Hohenstadt in the Hersbruck deanery has elected 18-year-old Julian Appl as its ombudsperson.
Two young men construct a house in the Beldangi Refugee Camp in southeast Nepal. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 Jun
Taking leadership #WithRefugees
World Refugee Day, Department for World Service, #withrefugees, refugee, Leadership, Water, shelter, psychosocial support, host communities
20 Jun
All over the world, churches are making a difference for people on the move. They provide shelter, food and water, give psychosocial support, and help to build relations with host communities. So...
World Service staff attending the GLTM hold the names of the countries where they are working. Photo:LWF/A. Hillert
16 May
Rooted in faith, committed to serving others
Policy/Guidelines, Human resource management, Finance, country programs, security, Humanitarian Response, environment, World Service, Leadership
16 May
On 9 May in Geneva, a ten-day Global Leadership Team Meeting (GLTM) opened for staff of the LWF’s World Service department which serves some 3 million people in countries across the globe through its...
Bishop Antonio Alfredo Barros, Western Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Angola. Photo. S. Gallay
29 Mar
Angola: A growing church making a mark in education
Voices from the Communion, Leadership, Angola, Communion, Education, Lutheranism
29 Mar
Bishop Antonio Alfredo Barros, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Angola, speaks about his enthusiasm to see every church member experience the freedom of discovering the Bible and knowing that...
Bishop Pawel Hause, Diocese of Masuria, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
15 Mar
Polish Lutheran bishop shares his motto: “Do not let your hearts be troubled”
Voices from the Communion, Leadership, Communion, ecumenism
15 Mar
Bishop Paweł Hause, from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland in the Diocese of Masuria, talks about witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this part of the country.
ELCT Presiding Bishop Dr Fredrick Onael Shoo. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
4 Mar
Tanzania: Presiding Bishop calls for leadership values that foster unity
Lutheran identity, Leadership, Capacity development, LWF member churches
4 Mar
Church unity, sustainability, and a vibrant church were key topics at a recent retreat of bishops, management team, youth and women leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
Rev. Sílvia Genz is the first woman to take office as the pastor president of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB). Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
1 Mar
Brazil: Building bridges in challenging times
Voices from the Communion, Leadership, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, church, Climate, Paris Agreement
1 Mar
Rev. Sílvia Genz, Pastor President of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, first female head of the church, talks about creating spaces for dialogue on contemporary issues in...
The CCME and CEC representatives presented the Christmas statement to First Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness in Brussels. Photo: CEC/Naveen Qayyum
4 Dec
European church leaders call for welcome of migrants in Christmas statement
Migrants, Welcoming the Stranger, Europe, Migration, Leadership
4 Dec
The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe has issued a statement calling on political leaders, churches and European citizens to work toward a more inclusive and welcoming society.
Württemberg Bishop Dr Frank O. July is installed as the new chairperson of the German National Committee, in Hanover, Germany. Photo: GNC
3 Dec
LWF welcomes Bishop July’s election as chairperson of the German National Committee
Leadership, election, German National Committee, GNC
3 Dec
The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa welcomes the election of Württemberg Bishop Frank O. July as the new chairperson of the GNC, and thanked the GNC for its vital role of facilitating...
(From left) Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment; Kathrin Wallrabe, ELCS equal opportunities officer and WICAS regional coordinator for Central Western Europe; Bettina Westfeld, LWF Council member and vice-president of the ELCS synod. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
29 Nov
Participation of women and men is a theological issue
Women in Church and Society, Leadership, women in leadership, Human Rights, LWF Twelfth Assembly, Twelfth Assembly, Women
29 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony has passed a law to recognize the fundamental issue of gender justice in the composition of church governing bodies.