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LWF regional and global gatherings provide space to reflect together on diverse contexts and identify common strategies and themes. In this photo; an intergenerational discussion at the 2019 Leadership Conference for the Latin America and Caribbean & North America regions, in Lima, Peru. LWF/A. Danielsson
21 Oct
How does spirituality shape Lutheran identities?
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith, Youth, Youth Participation, Lutheran theology
21 Oct
The LWF is launching a multi-year theological study on how spirituality forms Lutheran identities and church engagement around the world today.
Students from schools in the West Bank take part in the August 2019 training workshop on environmental leadership. Photo: Adrainne Gray
3 Oct
Preparing young Palestinians to care for creation
Creation, environment, Youth Participation, Season of Creation
3 Oct
Students from schools in the West Bank learn to preserve the rich biodiversity in the region.
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge participated in the opening worship of the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and addressed the convention, offering greetings and insights from the LWF. Photo: ELCIC Communications.
16 Jul
The church belongs to the present and has a future
Women Ordination, Youth Participation, Women in Ordained Ministry, LWF member churches, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)
16 Jul
Addressing the 2019 National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan, on 12 July, the General Secretary said that in times “marked by profound change” which...
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.
Youth members of the LWF Council gather ahead of the 13 to 18 June meeting Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Jun
Young Lutherans raise concerns at Council 2019
Council 2019, pre-council, Youth, Youth Participation, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women, Gender Justice, Climate Change
21 Jun
Young Lutheran ordained and lay leaders from different parts of the globe gathered in Geneva for a Pre-Council meeting, voicing concerns about gender justice and climate change as well as more...
Worship service at the LWF Council 2018. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Jun
‘Freely you have received, freely give’
Annual Report/Report, theological formation, Human Rights, Gender Justice, Youth Participation, Diakonia
4 Jun
The LWF has published its 2018 Annual Report. Titled “Freely you have received, freely give,” it records the life and work of the LWF in 2018, giving insight into the commitment to work for holistic...
Delegates during the ALCLC, From left: Ms Minia Fecadu, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eritrea; Ms Faith Wambua, Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church; Rev. Seganesh Ayele Asele, The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Rev. Justin Mofolo and Ms Mabel Madinga, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi.
23 May
Peace and justice issues are pertinent to the church’s mission in Africa
Africa leadership consultation, LUCSA, faith and women’s empowerment, LWF gender justice policy, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Youth, albinism, Youth Participation, Climate, theological formation, peace and justice
23 May
African Lutheran church leaders have said holistic witness for peace and justice on the continent today should focus on issues that directly affect the continent such as the “chain of slavery”...
Icelandic pastors and bishops after the consecration of Rev. Agnes Sigurðardóttir as bishop of Iceland in 2012 (seventh from right, front row). Bishop Guðmundsdóttir is fifth from the left in the front row. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
28 Feb
Church of Iceland offers equal opportunities for women
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women Ordination, women in leadership, Youth, Youth Participation
28 Feb
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland takes gender justice seriously and prides itself on offering equal opportunities for women in the workplace.
Ms Sally Azar, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Jan
Witnessing through dialogue, education and women’s empowerment in the Holy Land
Voices from the Communion, Youth, Youth Participation, Gender Justice, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, Palestine, council, LWF Council, Council 2018, Climate, Women, Gender
11 Jan
LWF Council member Ms Sally Azar, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, explains how much she values the education provided to Christians and Muslims by her church and...
LWF COP 24 delegate, Mr Khulekani Magwazah, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, speaks at one of the conference events in Katowice, Poland. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
18 Dec
A strong basis to implement climate agreement but the poor have been left behind
Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale, Climate Justice, Climate Change, COP24, COP
18 Dec
Negotiations at the United Nations climate conference in Katowice, Poland, have resulted in guidelines that provide a strong basis to implement the Paris Agreement.
Part of the LWF delegation to COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Back row L-R: Sindri Geir Oskarsson, Helena Merle Funk, Wylie Cook, Romario Dohmann. Front row L-R Pranita Biswasi, Gloria Marthalena Samosir, Khulekani Magwaza. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
7 Dec
Climate change destroys livelihoods and ecosystems, LWF delegates remind world leaders
Climate intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, COP24, Youth, Climate, Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale
7 Dec
The planet’s future lies in the balance as world leaders, civil society and climate activists meet in Katowice, a coal mining town in Poland, to figure out how to implement the Paris Agreement on...
Ms Pranita Biswasi, LWF youth secretary. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
3 Dec
Care for creation and future generations key issues for LWF delegation at COP 24
Climate intergovernmental panel, Climate Change, COP24, Youth, Climate, Youth Participation, Creation - Not for Sale
3 Dec
Ms Pranita Biswasi, LWF’s youth secretary, believes that young people are key agents of change. Reson why it is very significant that the LWF is again sending a youth delegation to COP 24.
Visiting the Lutheran office in New York, Helena Funk (third from left) received valuable tips on climate advocacy from Rebekka Pohlmann, Germany; Dennis Frado, LWF’s representative at the UN headquarters; and Christine Mangale, LOWC program director. Photo: Doug Hostetter
20 Nov
On the way to COP24 in Poland
Youth, Climate, Climate Change, COP, COP24, COP23, Climate Justice, Youth Participation, United Nations, United States, Lutheran Office for World Community
20 Nov
Helena Funk, a youth delegate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, received valuable tips on climate advocacy during her visit to the Lutheran Office for World Community in New...
Members of the Presidium of the VELKD General Synod with youth delegates from member church synods and the LWF, and other guests. Photo: VELKD
14 Nov
Participation, encounter, enthusiasm
Youth Participation, young people, Climate Justice Climate Change, Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany
14 Nov
The 2018 General Synod of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD) has made proposals for the participation of youth and young adults in its member churches and governing bodies.
Participants in the LWF European Regions' Meeting in Moravske Toplice, Slovenia, follow the presentation of LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
13 Nov
European churches asked to counter populism by expressing God’s love
Europe, Migrants, Public Space, Lutheran identity, Youth Participation
13 Nov
Representatives of the three European regions of the LWF (Central Eastern Europe, Central Western Europe, Nordic Countries) meeting in Slovenia, said the growing populism and climate of fear in...
Newly ordained Rev. Karla Steilmann Franco: women in the church have made progress but more victories need to be won. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Nov
“I belong to a church where women work with equal rights”
Voices from the Communion, Gender Justice Policy, LWF gender justice policy, women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women in Ordained Ministry, Youth Participation, council, LWF Council, Council 2018
9 Nov
LWF Council member Rev. Karla Steilmann Franco, from the Evangelical Church of the River Plate (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), discusses the social environment in which her church operates and the...
From left to right: Pope Francis, LWF Council member Julia Braband and Thomas Andonie, Chairperson of the Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ). Photo: LWF / Julia Braband
12 Oct
“Meeting at eye-level as the church for all generations”
Ecumenical, Youth, vatican, Youth Participation, ecumenical relations
12 Oct
LWF Council member Julia Braband representing the LWF, addressed the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
Youth present their pre-Assembly message to the first plenary of the Twelfth Assembly, Namibia, May 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Apr
LWF youth call for revival of churches
Youth, Youth Participation, Global Young Reformers Network, Twelfth Assembly, LWF Twelfth Assembly, Assembly, Youth pre-Assembly
11 Apr
Lutheran youth have started the discussion on revival in the church.
LWF General Secretary with the delegates at Youth Pre-Assembly. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
8 May
Vibrant in the life of the communion
12th Assembly, Youth pre-Assembly, Youth Participation
8 May
LWF General Secretary addresses Youth Pre-Assembly
Youth hold symbols of creation during an ecumenical celebration at the Cathredral of Notre Dame de Paris during the COP 21 climate talks taking place in nearby Le Bourget, 3 December 2015 Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
10 Dec
Caring for creation – a bridge between church and society
Climate Change, Climate Justice, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith. COP 21, Youth, Paris, Youth Participation
10 Dec
LWF climate advocates learn about French church eco-justice initiatives
Leaders of Protestant churches in France, Rev. Laurent Schlumberger, Rev. François Clavairoly and Rev. Dr Jean Ravalitera meet LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge (fourth from left) and the COP21 LWF delegtation, in Paris. Photo: LWF/Ryan Rodrick Beiler
10 Dec
Churches stand side by side in fight against climate change
Climate Change, Climate Justice, COP21, Youth Participation, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith
10 Dec
COP 21 delegates learn about unique challenges, advantages for churches
LWF partner ACT Alliance action on loss and damage, on the main concourse of the UN climate talks COP21 being held in Paris. © Sean Hawkey/WCC
7 Dec
“Leave no one behind”
COP21, Climate Justice, Climate Change, Interfaith, Youth Participation, Paris
7 Dec
COP 21 must tackle climate risks of the poorest and most vulnerable
An interfaith group of religious leaders sits in front of empty trays during a public action promoting the Fast for the Climate campaign during the COP21 UN climate summit in Paris, France. Photo: LWF/R. Rodrick Beiler
2 Dec
Faith leaders urge action at UN climate talks
COP21, Climate Justice, Climate Change, Youth Participation, Interfaith, Fast for the Climate
2 Dec
Junge’s emphasis on intergenerational justice at “Fast for the Climate” initiative
LWF and ACT Alliance delegates take part in side event at COP20 negotiations in Lima, Peru.  Photo:  LWF/Sean Hawkey
27 Nov
UN climate summit results vital for world’s future
COP21, Fast for the Climate. Interfaith, Climate Change, Youth, Youth Participation, Climate Justice, Paris
27 Nov
LWF, ACT Alliance and WCC jointly call for a fair, ambitious agreement