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^The new board of the Costan Rican church are ready to be custodians of the resources of the church. Photo: ILCO
28 Mar
Renewed optimism for Costa Rican church
Lutheran Costa Rican Church, Governance, Assembly
28 Mar
The Costa Rican church has new governance and renewed optimism for the future.
Demonstrators at the 2018 March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. Photo: Creative Commons Rosa Pineda
27 Mar
Young people against gun violence
peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Youth, United States, ELCA, Bishop, Violence, Peace
27 Mar
Young Lutherans were among the many coming together and lending their voices to the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. and other cities across the United States.
Artist Christian Chavarría adds final touches to the Lund cross in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center, Geneva. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
26 Mar
“From the cross comes life”
Lund Cross, Cross, El Salvador
26 Mar
Artist Christian Chavarría explains the symbolism of Salvadoran crosses
María Cristina Rendón, program assistant in LWF Women in Church and Society speaks at the panel discussion. With her is LWF delegate Larry Madrigal Rajo, and Iman Sandra Pertek (right).
26 Mar
Faith actors vocal in promoting women’s rights
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, CSW, panel discussion, equality
26 Mar
Voices of LWF and other faith-based organizations (FBO) have been heard at a parallel event to this year’s 62 session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Children play at one of the water collection tanks between the Mailoti river and Minawao refugee camp. Photos: LWF/ C. Kästner
22 Mar
The journey of water
World Water Day, Water, Refugees, development, Capacity development, refugee camp, refugee camps, Cameroon, Nigeria, Boko Haram, WASH, shelter
22 Mar
Twenty liters - this is the recommended minimum amount of clean water every person should have at their disposal every day.
Members of the Colombian Commission of Jurists detail the situation in their country at a Human Rights Council side event on 16 March 2018. Photo: LWF/ Peter Kenny
21 Mar
Increase of attacks on human rights defenders in Colombia
UNHRC, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Advocacy, Human Rights, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, DWS Colombia, UPR
21 Mar
Despite the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the main guerrilla group, human rights violations continue.
A volunteer welcomes 40 people from Lebanon at Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday, January 29, 2018. Families and individuals will be living in different regions, depending on reception possibilities. Photo: Jean-Michel Hitter/FEP
20 Mar
Churches in France open “Humanitarian Corridors”
refugees protection, Refugees, Refugees. Displaced person, civil war, Humanitarian space, Advocacy
20 Mar
Churches in France, among them the LWF member church, have united to welcome refugees to the country. The “Humanitarian Corridors” project follows a similar example from Italy.
Prof. Dr Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr, on the right and Rev. Dr Sivin Kit, at his left, lecturest at the 17th International Theological Seminar, taking place in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF
19 Mar
Reading the Bible with Luther in different cultural contexts
Lutheran identity, Bible Study, Wittenberg, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg
19 Mar
“Martin Luther’s approach to the Bible follows a long-standing tradition among scholars, but in a number of ways it is unique for his time,” Prof.
Refugees walking on the railways at the border between Hungary and Serbia. Photo: ELCH/ Zsuzsanna Horvath-Bolla
14 Mar
LWF General Secretary urges upholding of human rights
Refugees, Refugees. Displaced person, refugees protection, refugee crisis, conflict, Protection, Welcoming the Stranger, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge
14 Mar
Churches need to stand against the deterioration of humanitarian values and human rights, The Lutheran World Federation General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, said in Germany.
Wittenberg city street. Photo: LWF / M. Renaux
13 Mar
LWF Center remains in Wittenberg after reformation anniversary
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Wittenberg, Reformation, German National Committee, Lutheranism
13 Mar
The Lutheran World Federation will remain in Wittenberg for the coming ten years.
The assembly report can be downloaded on the LWF website. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
12 Mar
Report of Twelfth LWF Assembly published
12th Assembly, Assembly, LWF Publications
12 Mar
“Powerful opportunity to recommit to God’s mission in the world”
A lie-in in front of the White House, organized by students in Washington after the school shooting in Florida, calls for more legislation on privately owned firearms. Photo: Lorie Shaull/ Flickr
9 Mar
ELCA Bishops stand with youth in addressing gun violence and school safety
peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Youth, United States, ELCA, Bishop, Violence, Peace
9 Mar
Following a school shooting in Florida, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Conference of Bishops has issued a statement calling for “a deeper conversation about school safety and second
LWF Communion Office staff participate in a workshop on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. The workshop followed the 2017 Assembly commitment to focus work on eliminating sexual and gender based violence. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Mar
Preventing sexual harassment in the office: from policy to practice
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, IWD, faith and women’s empowerment, Women in Church and Society, International Women's Rights Day, women's day, women's empowerment
8 Mar
The LWF continues its work to ensure a safe workplace that extends beyond policy to practice.
A refugee builds a traditional house in Moyo, northern Uganda. The country has been commended for its progressive refugee policy, allowing displaced people to settle and start a livelihood. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
6 Mar
LWF urges UN members to support progressive refugee policies
UNHCR, Refugees, Welcoming the Stranger, #withrefugees, Advocacy
6 Mar
Together with other non-governmental organizations, The Lutheran World Federation called for more efforts to implement the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework in Africa.
Earlier this year the Lund Cross, which was used at the joint commemoration in Lund in 2016, was installed in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/M. Aronson
2 Mar
Visit of Pope Francis to the Ecumenical Centre will strengthen quest for unity
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2 Mar
The LWF is looking forward to meeting Pope Francis in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 21 June.
LWF receiving refugees at Lefori collection point, in Northern Uganda. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
28 Feb
South Sudan crisis set to become Africa’s largest
Refugees, War, South Sudan conflict, conflict, internally displaced people, displacement, Displaced Persons, Refugees. Displaced person, Kenya, Uganda, Kakuma, Ethiopia, South Sudan, South Sudan Crisis
28 Feb
The plight of refugees from South Sudan is set to become Africa’s largest refugee crisis, with the Lutheran World Federation on the frontline in South Sudan and the countries receiving the refugees, i
Bishop Dr Ruben Ngozo, center, LWF Area Secretary for Africa, Rev. Dr Elieshi Mungure, to his left, and LWF Vice President for Africa, Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Epse Maina, second from right, outside the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cameroon. Photo: LWF
27 Feb
Strengthen communion by working more closely together
LWF Vice-President, Women, Women in Ordained Ministry, Ordained Ministry, Africa, Cameroon
27 Feb
The Lutheran communion in Cameroon would be strengthened if its two member churches worked more closely together, say LWF Vice President for Africa, Rev.
Participants in the WICAS western Europe meeting discussed the gender equality and the MeToo movement. Photo: Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
26 Feb
Fair living and working conditions for women
#metoo, Women, church, society, empowerment, Gender Justice, gender balance, equality
26 Feb
Women in Central Western Europe discuss the gender gap and “MeToo”
The LWF president discusses with residents of Ohn Taw Gyi (South) camp. Photos: LWF/ I. Htun
21 Feb
LWF president visits humanitarian work in Myanmar
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21 Feb
On his recent visit to Myanmar, The Lutheran World Federation President Archbishop Dr.
Abdi Abdullahi has come home. He is grateful to LWF for helping him gain the life experience that has enabled him to return to Somalia and serve his community. Photo: LWF/ Anne Wangari
20 Feb
LWF assists refugees returning to Somalia
Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya, refugee, Kenya refugee camps, emergency, Somalia, Peace
20 Feb
A protracted refugee situation in Dadaab, Kenya, means, that many young people are born in the camp or grow up there.
Bishop Azar at his consecration in Bethlehem. Photo: ELCJHL/ Ben Gray
16 Feb
Proud to be Lutherans in the Middle East
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16 Feb
Bishop Ibrahim Azar has been installed as the new bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land , following the departure of Bishop Munib A. Younan from the post.
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa greeting during the Ecumenical lunch with representatives of the four member churches in Myanmar and World Service country program staff. 30 January 2018. Photo: LWF Myanmar
15 Feb
Together, we can do so much
LWF member churches, humanitarian support, humanitarian relief, Interfaith, Ecumenical, IDP, internally displaced people, emergency, Rakhine Crisis, Muslim, Buddhism, Myanmar, President Myanmar 2018, DWS Myanmar, Lutheran Church of Myanmar, Myanmar Lutheran Church, Asia, World Service, Peace, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, LWF President
15 Feb
The LWF has proved itself an organization recognised for high quality work and for networking with diverse groups of people, Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa says.
A woman newly arrived from the DRC holds a child as they wait to be moved from the Sebagoro landing site. LWF Uganda is at the frontline of the refugee response. All Photos:  LWF Uganda / S. Nalubega
14 Feb
Urgent support for DRC refugees needed
Refugees, Violence, emergency relief, humanitarian relief, Refugees. Displaced person, DRC, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda
14 Feb
The LWF in Uganda is poised to manage three entry points for refugees fleeing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an emergency the UN has labelled critical.
Evening Prayer (May 13) Photo by: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
13 Feb
Anglican-Lutheran leaders offer Lent reflections
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13 Feb
Lutherans and Anglicans in North America have joined to to offer a series of Lenten reflections.
Information and Materials on the climate fasting campaign “As much as you need”. Photo: Heinrich Mühlenmeier
12 Feb
Seven Weeks “As much as you need”
Fast for the Climate, Climate Justice, lent, Climate Change, Easter
12 Feb
Fasting for the climate in Germany
Peace messenger training in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/ B. Grey
12 Feb
Empowering young people to train LWF Peace Messengers
Peace Messengers, Peace, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, Youth, Interfaith, Muslim, Christian, Jerusalem, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue
12 Feb
The Lutheran World Federation has released a Peace Messenger training manual.
LWF president Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa speaks at the SITTWE official reception, 31 January 2018. Photo: LWF Myanmar
9 Feb
A lasting peace needs to include everyone
Refugees, Interfaith, peace building, Peace-building, peacebuilding, President Myanmar 2018, LWF President
9 Feb
On his visit to Myanmar, LWF president Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa called on government officials to work for the benefit of all society.