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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.
27 Nov
Geographical diversity, but common challenges face Lutheran communion regions
Newly-elected leaders' retreat, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Leadership, Induction of Newly Elected Leaders, LWF member churches
27 Nov
Coming from 12 different countries, a group of 12 newly elected church leaders at an LWF retreat in Geneva noticed their vastly different realities, but also that they face similar challenges and...
Members of the Waka Community dancing. Photos: ELCH
22 Aug
Nigerian church opens doors to Hungarians
Leadership, Nigeria, Hungary, church, cooperation, Diakonia, seminar, Children, Education, schools
22 Aug
Members of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary travelled to east Nigeria, through the LWF program Mutual Learning through Exchange of Leaders, to meet members of The Lutheran Church of Christ...
Participants to the LAC leadership conference. Photo: LWF/Eugenio Albrecht
18 May
Promoting good leadership in the Lutheran churches of the Americas
Leadership, theological formation, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
18 May
“The Lutheran doctrine is the same, but the social contexts differ”
Bishop Jack Urame, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
22 Sep
“A time of deep reflection”
Leadership, Newly-elected leaders' retreat
22 Sep
Bishop Jack Urame (ELCPNG) looks back on the Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders
Bishop Barbara Collins (ELCA) at the LWF Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
20 Sep
“It felt like meeting the world – and my world got bigger with it!”
Newly-elected leaders' retreat, Leadership
20 Sep
Bishop Barbara Collins (ELCA) reflects on the Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders
Retreat of newly-elected leaders (RoNEL) meeting in Geneva, 12 September 2017. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
19 Sep
A deeper understanding of Lutheranism worldwide
Newly-elected leaders' retreat, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Leadership
19 Sep
Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders in Geneva and Wittenberg ...
More than 120 pastors from 18 countries campaigned for women’s ordination in Wittenberg, Germany. Photos: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
16 Aug
“Here we stand!”
Leadership, Women
16 Aug
A visual message from Wittenberg on women’s ordination ...
Bishops and other women in church leadership positions met in Wittenberg, Germany, to reflect on their experiences and to share advice and support. LWF/Marco Schoeneberg
15 Aug
“Sister, carry on!”
Leadership, Women in Church and Society, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
15 Aug
WICAS meeting of bishops and women in church leadership ...
Photo: ELCA Young Reformers
23 Jun
Reviving, rethinking, renewing faith
Global Young Reformers Network, Leadership, Youth, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500, Easter
23 Jun
Young Reformers in the United States bring youth voices to congregations
Rev. Yonas Yigezu, right, pledges to lead the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus with unity and love. On left, outgoing EECMY president, Rev. Dr Wakseyoum Idosa. Photo: EECMY/Tsion Alemayehu
30 Jan
Ethiopian church elects Yonas Yigezu as president
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, EECMY, Leadership, Rev. Yonas Yigezu
30 Jan
LWF General Secretary invites EECMY to continue strong engagement in the Lutheran Communion
A group of recently elected Lutheran church leaders took part in a week-long program at the LWF Communion Office to learn more about LWF’s work and exchange ideas from their respective regions. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
20 Sep
Proposals to pool resources to sustain Lutheran theological formation in LWF regions
Leadership, Induction of Newly Elected Leaders, Training
20 Sep
Church leaders seek collaboration in finding solutions to common challenges
Eleven leaders from LWF member churches are meeting in Geneva 12-18 September, to share and learn about vocation in their respective churches and in the global LWF communion. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
13 Sep
LWF hosts second retreat for Lutheran church leaders
Leadership, Induction of Newly Elected Leaders
13 Sep
Junge addresses shared identity as churches in communion
New church leaders who have formed a peer support network, seen here with communion office staff. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Oct
Support network set up for new church leaders
Induction of Newly Elected Leaders, Leadership
8 Oct
LWF induction program for new church leaders
Newly-appointed leaders of LWF member churches repesenting, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean gather for induction meetings at the ‪#‎LWF‬ Communion Office in Geneva.   Photo:  LWF
24 Sep
Strengthening the vision and practice of transformative church leadership
Leadership, Member Churches
24 Sep
LWF induction program for new church leaders
Europe’s Young Reformers at their first meeting in Trondheim, Norway. Photo: LWF/C. Richter
15 May
Getting ready for an intergenerational dialogue on climate justice
Global Young Reformers Network, Norway, Youth, Leadership, Education
15 May
LWF European ‘Young Reformers’ explore questions of Lutheran identity
Delegates from LWF member churches in Asia, at the regional training workshop in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: Johanan Celine Photography
1 May
Young and Inspired for Reformation in Asia
Youth, Leadership
1 May
Asia Lutheran Youth Network to Nurture Leaders