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Representatives from more than ten different religions gather at an interfaith service in Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow, on the opening day of a United Nations climate change conference. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Mar
Human Rights Council: Upholding the right to freedom of religion or belief
United Nations Human Rights Council, Statement, Human Rights, human rights council, Lutheran theology, Theology, Interfaith, Peace, Action for Justice, Ecumenical
22 Mar
At the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in partnership with the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) expressed concern about...
Dome of the Berlin Cathedral. Photo: Jutta Engelage
22 Mar
Ukraine: Lutheran bishops from Ukraine and Russia join prayer for peace
Ukraine crisis, Member Churches, Peace, Prayer
22 Mar
Two bishops from Lutheran churches in Ukraine and Russia joined an ecumenical prayer for peace in Berlin Cathedral, Germany on 18 March.
A Ukrainian refugee, Masha, with two of her children, at an aid station at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border on 2 March 2022. Masha, her husband and nine children fled from near the Crimean Peninsula and are receiving aid at a shelter where ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid is assisting Ukrainian refugees. Photo: FCA/Antti Yrjönen
8 Mar
Uphold rights and dignity of women fleeing conflict
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, Women, International Women's Rights Day, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, women's human rights, women's empowerment
8 Mar
On International Women’s Day, the Lutheran World Federation’s General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt has called upon “the international community, churches and leaders worldwide to work together to...
Ukrainian refugees at the border between Ukraine and Poland. Photo: Frank Schultze / Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
4 Mar
Welcome all affected by the war in Ukraine
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis, Welcoming the Stranger, Advocacy
4 Mar
In a statement released on 4 March, the LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt expresses grief over reports of discrimination against non-Europeans fleeing the war in Ukraine and calls for the...
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...
Hungarian volunteers assisting Ukrainian refugees. Photo: Elekes Andor (CC-BY-SA)
4 Mar
Ukraine: Lutheran churches in neighboring countries provide shelter and support
conflict, Ukraine crisis, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Peace, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building, emergency operation, emergency, emergency relief, emergency response
4 Mar
An unprecedented wave of prayer, solidarity, and help has swept across Europe and the world during the week since the beginning of the Russian invasion into Ukraine on 24 February. Member churches of...
Christians gather to pray for justice and peace in Ukraine during ecumenical Ash Wednesday service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Mar
A pall of ashes covers Ukraine: Christians join prayer for peace
Common Prayer, Prayer, conflict, Ukraine crisis, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Peace
3 Mar
On Ash Wednesday, 2 March, Christians from around the globe joined in a powerful prayer service of lament and solidarity with all those suffering from the effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The...
LWF youth delegates are joining a march at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, advocating climate justice as intergenerational justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Mar
LWF raises voices of faith and hope at UN Environment Assembly
Climate Justice, Climate, General Secretary, LWF General Secretary, United Nations
2 Mar
People of faith are called “to live in harmony with creation and not abuse, misuse or exhaust it,” said the LWF General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt. On 28 February, she spoke at an online side...
Lutheran church leaders across the world have issued calls for a just peace in Ukraine and an end to the Russian invasion. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
28 Feb
Ukraine: Lutheran churches across the world call for Peace and Support 
Member Churches, Communion Building, conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
28 Feb
Lutheran church leaders across the world have issued calls for a just peace in Ukraine and an end to the Russian invasion.
Bishop Jerzy Samiec, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, and Bishop Pavlo Shvarts, German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine. Bishop Samiec has called on the parishes of his church to open their doors to welcome refugees from Ukraine. Photo: Dariusz Bruncz
27 Feb
Ukrainian Bishop Shvarts: “Give shelter to refugees"
conflict, emergency, Humanitarian Response, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Peace, solidarity, Ukraine crisis
27 Feb
Lutherans in Ukraine are standing firm against the invasion of Russia and providing support for people in the country. They call on churches in Europe to shelter refugees from Ukraine, advocate...