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National Bishop Dr Jean Baïguelé, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Erick Adolph
23 Sep
Cameroon: Addressing gaps in theological education and leadership
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Communion Relations, LWF member churches
23 Sep
Voices from the Communion: Cameroon’s Bishop Dr Jean Baïguelé shares his vision of “theological education that matches church needs,” youth and women’s leadership, and how insecurity affects churches.
Vice-President Urmas Viilma during the June 2022 LWF Council meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
9 Sep
Estonia: The church, a treasure for future generations
Voices from the Communion, Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, LWF Vice-President, council
9 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion, LWF Vice President Archbishop Urmas Viilma reflects on his childhood in Soviet-occupied Estonia, his discovery of the Christian faith and his journey to become the...
Archbishop Antje Jackelén ends her term as head of the Church of Sweden in October. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
15 Jul
Sweden: Reformation, reconciliation, and gender justice
Voices from the Communion, Member Churches, Communion Building, ecumenical relations, Gender Studies, Gender, Public theology, Theology, Advocacy, Women, Climate, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Gender Justice, LWF Vice-President
15 Jul
In this Voices from the Communion, Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén looks back at her eight years in office that draw to a close on 30 October 2022. She reflects on some highlights, as well...
Rev. Germán Loayza. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
1 Jul
Bolivia: “Inclusion is a teaching of our Lord that the Aymara, Quechua people have always lived”
Voices from the Communion, Member Churches, indigenous people
1 Jul
In this Voices from the Communion, the Bolivian Evangelical Lutheran Church President Rev. Germán Loayza talks about how the church’s presence within the Indigenous community and outside of the walls...
Desri Maria Sumbayak, LWF Vice President for Asia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 May
Indonesia: Passion for gender justice and eco-theology
Voices from the Communion, Gender Justice, ecotheology, LWF Vice-President
27 May
Desri Maria Sumbayak, from the Indonesian Christian Church (HKI), serves as the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Vice President for the Asia region.
Rev. Siv Limstrand leading worship in Ny-Ålesund, the northernmost functional civilian settlement in the world. Photo: Helge T Markussen
13 May
Searching for identity in Svalbard’s Arctic region
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Climate, Voices from the Communion
13 May
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Siv Limstrand talks about work as a street pastor with Trondheim’s City Mission and her current ministry with people living on the Svalbard archipelago, close...
Kinga Marjatta Pap from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary is the Chairperson of the International Worship Planning Committee for the Assembly. Photo: private
22 Apr
Hungary: Sharing stories of credible witness in turbulent times
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Communion, Voices from the Communion, 13th Assembly, Assembly
22 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion, Kinga Marjatta Pap, Chairperson of the International Worship Planning Committee for the Assembly, speaks about her love for church music and commitment to...
Felix Kalbe (center) takes medical supplies to Lviv in Ukraine as a volunteer driver. Photo: private 
1 Apr
Germany: With heart and mind – doing what is necessary for the people of Ukraine
Voices from the Communion, Ukraine crisis, Humanitarian Response, Diakonia
1 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion, we speak to Felix Kalbe, who takes medical supplies to Lviv in Ukraine as a volunteer driver. 
Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Epse Maina is pictured at the 2018 LWF Council meeting in Geneva. The LWF Council meets yearly and is the highest authority of the LWF between assemblies. It consists of the President, the Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and 48 members from LWF member churches in seven regions. Photo: Albin Hillert/LWF
4 Mar
Cameroon: Answering the call to serve the church
LWF member churches, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF Council, LWF Vice-President
4 Mar
In this Voices from the Communion Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Vice President for Africa Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Epse Maina talks about what she has learned during her tenure as vice president and...
Rev. Lilana Kasper Executive Director of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA), the first woman to hold the office. Photo: R. Mofulatsi/LUCSA
4 Feb
South Africa: “Seeking God wholeheartedly” in her work
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, LUCSA, sgbv
4 Feb
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Lilana Kasper recounts how chaplaincy with the South African Police Service and other rich pastoral experiences shaped her journey and prepared her for her...
Voices from the Communion Rev. Auður Eir Vilhjálmsdóttir the first woman ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland preaches to the Woman’s Church. Photo: Kvennakirkjan
21 Jan
Iceland: She trailblazed a legacy of women's ordination
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building
21 Jan
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Auður Eir Vilhjálmsdóttir the first woman ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, gives us a glimpse of the joys she experienced, the...
Rev. Dr Denis Rakotozafy, President, Malagasy Lutheran Church. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
7 Jan
Madagascar: Self-sustainability is key for a growing church
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building, sustainability
7 Jan
In this Voices from the Communion Malagasy Lutheran Church President Rev. Dr Denis Rakotozafy looks back at his one year in office. He reflects on moving on from “a tough time of grieving and huge...
Presiding Bishop Jerzy Samiec from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Dec
Poland: Raising a prophetic voice, being church in the public space
Member Churches, Women Ordination, Voices from the Communion
17 Dec
In this Voices from the Communion, Presiding Bishop Jerzy Samiec from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland gives insights into the role of the church in Polish society,...
Attorney Scarlet Bishara is a judge in the Ecclesiastical Court of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) and a member of the ELCJHL Church of the Reformation at Beit Jala. Photo: LWF/Ben Gray
19 Nov
Palestine: Women trust a woman judge to “understand them”
Communion Building, Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches
19 Nov
In this Voices from the Communion Judge Scarlet Bishara, talks about how her presence on the court fosters trust and a welcome familiarity for women seeking justice.
Khulekani Magwaza is a member of the LWF Council and youth delegate at the current UN climate conference COP26. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
5 Nov
South Africa: Speaking truth to power with compassion
Voices from the Communion, Youth, Climate, Climate Justice, COP26, Advocacy, Ecumenical
5 Nov
In this Voices from the Communion Khulekani Magwaza, LWF Council member and COP26 youth delegate, speaks about his experiences, his motivation to advocate for climate justice, and his ongoing...
The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras President Pastor Rev. Julio Cabellero. Photo: LWF
8 Oct
Honduras: "We go without fear, we bless them”
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches, peace building, unemployment, Violence, COVID19, coronavirus
8 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras President Pastor Rev. Julio Cabellero talks about the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents for his church in addition...
Rev. Rebecca Maduley Kurubai, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania Photo: Courtesy
17 Sep
Tanzania: The journey of a woman pastor with her indigenous community
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Member Churches, Ordained Ministry, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People
17 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Rebecca Maduley Kurubai, the first ordained Maasai woman pastor in the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, talks about her passion...
Bishop Jaroslav Javornik from the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia. Photo: SEAVC
20 Aug
Serbia: Passing on the Slovak language and the message of faith
Voices from the Communion, Communion, Communion Building, LWF member churches
20 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion, Dr. Jaroslav Javornik, Bishop of the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia, talks about the power of faith, his church’s dynamic history,...
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven of the Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace-Lorraine. Photo: UEPAL
6 Aug
France: Finding the voice of gender justice in Scripture
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Voices from the Communion
6 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven of the Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace-Lorraine talks about her journey to ordination, as she increasingly found words in Scripture...
General Secretary of the Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod, Mr. Leon Chau in his office in Hong Kong. Photo: CRCHKS
25 Jun
Hong Kong: Cooperation, friendship, benefits of LWF communion relations
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building
25 Jun
In this Voices from the Communion General Secretary of the Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod, Mr. Leon Chau speaks about the gift of giving, fellowship with other LWF leaders, the importance of...
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan Johnson pictured in 2017 at the LWF Twelfth Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Jun
Canada: In mission for others, when church and home feel the same
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building
4 Jun
In this Voices from the Communion, National Bishop Susan Johnson says her nurturing family and childhood church shaped how she leads the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada into the world with love...
There are many risks on the irregular migration journey from El Salvador to the U.S border. Photo: F. Arucha/ Salvadoran Lutheran Church
21 May
El Salvador: “Witnessing migration is one of the hardest things”
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building
21 May
In this Voices from the Communion: Mr. Fernando Arucha, a church communicator and a member of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church talks about his faith, the risks people take to embark on irregular...
"Rooted in seeking justice” Janka Adameová is the director and co-founder of the International Academy of Diakonia and Social Action of Central and Eastern Europe (interdiac). Photo: LWF
16 Apr
Czech Republic: The Church is “a facilitator of change”
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion, Communion Building, Diakonia
16 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion Janka Adameová, director of the International Academy of Diakonia and Social Action of Central and Eastern Europe (interdiac) talks about how her vocation integrates...
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...