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Children demonstrate hand washing at Kakuma refugee camp; Kenya. LWF has reinforced hygiene education to prevent a spread of COVID-19 in the camp. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
5 Oct
COVID-19: Responding when social distancing isn’t an option
Diakonia, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency, livelihood, Livelihoods, Protection, WASH, Water, #withrefugees, Refugees, IDP, humanitarian
5 Oct
Unparalleled cooperation, resilience and commitment, but also an enormous challenge for field staff and the communities we serve – this is what a global health emergency has meant for humanitarian...
Vibrant and beautiful worship at the Njube Centre parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe. LWF General Secretary Martin Junge preached, local choirs sang beautifully and young people from the church offered powerful testimony to a society peace. Ecumenical partners of the ELCZ participated in the service. From 29 February-4 March 2020 the LWF General Secretary and a high level delegation visited Zimbabwe, its churches and people, to show solidarity and offer encouragement. Photo: LWF/A. Daniel
5 Oct
Worshiping together on Reformation Day
Theology, JDDJ, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Ecumenical, Reformation, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Reformation Day
5 Oct
Member churches of the LWF are called to engage more closely with one another as they prepare to mark this year’s anniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2020. Ahead of the annual celebration of...
Rev. Elitha Moyo Gender Justice Coordinator for the ELCZ says, “We need to appreciate each other regardless of gender.” Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Oct
Zimbabwe: Women and men working together for gender justice
Voices from the Communion, gender-based violence, COVID19, coronavirus, Gender Justice, LWF member churches
2 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Elitha Moyo Gender Justice Coordinator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe talks about the importance of men and women being involved in the...
Chanset, an ethnic Khmu girl in northern Laos, with school uniform, books and other items provided by LWF as part of a program to provide access to quality education for girls. Photo: LWF/P. Simayvanh
1 Oct
LWF calls for urgent action on women’s rights
Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Statement, women's rights, women's empowerment, CEDAW, Advocacy, Women, Climate, SDGs
1 Oct
The LWF is urging world leaders, meeting at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 1 October, to “safeguard the gains made in gender equality and women’s empowerment and to commit to further...
Women at a hand pump in Panyagor. The extremely poor sanitation conditions are exposing people to waterborne diseases at a time when they are also battling COVID-19 . All photos: LWF/ B. Germamo
30 Sep
LWF supports flooded communities in South Sudan
Diakonia, Livelihoods, livelihood, quality services, Protection, Jonglei, emergency, floods, WASH, natural disaster, Risk Management
30 Sep
The LWF is urgently calling for support to people affected by the flooding in South Sudan. Unusually heavy rains have caused the Nile to rise and created flood emergencies all along the river and the...
Young climate activists gathered in December 2019 at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Spain sound the alarm for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Sep
Prophetic young voices call for climate action
Climate, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Advocacy, Youth, Climate Change, Creation
30 Sep
Young climate activists from different Christian churches took part in a webinar during this Season of Creation to highlight how every person of faith has an urgent and crucial role to play in the...
Rev. Angela Trejo Haager of the Mexican Lutheran Church, one of the coordinators of the LWF Women and Gender Justice Network of churches in Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo: LWF/A.Danielsson
29 Sep
Bible studies highlight gender justice work
Gender, Gender Justice, Theology, Communion Building, Women, LWF member churches, Women in Ordained Ministry, women's empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence
29 Sep
Women in ordained ministry across Latin America and the Caribbean are sharing biblical reflections to support members of their communities and shed light on their work for gender justice at this time...
An activist against sexual violence in conflict speaks up during an LWF event together with the Mukwege foundation in November 2019. LWF is working with the Mukwege foundation and SEMA, a global network of survivors to end wartime sexual violence in 21 countries. Photo: LWF/ L. Gillabert
28 Sep
Human Rights Council: Concern about sexual violence in South Sudan
Statement, Women, Advocacy, Human Rights, human rights council, Violence, gender-based violence, sgbv, Protection, Gender Justice
28 Sep
The LWF has expressed “deep concern” about the high incidence of sexual and gender-based violence in South Sudan.
The Lutheran Church in Grodno, Belarus, Rev. Vladimir Tatarnikov stands with supplies purchased with LWF COVID-19 Rapid Response Funds. Photo: The Lutheran Church in Grodno
25 Sep
COVID-19: Belarus church responds to schools needs
COVID19, coronavirus, Rapid Response Fund, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia
25 Sep
While the Lutheran Church in Grodno, Belarus sheltered demonstrators and rings its bells daily in civil resistance, schools in the country have opened for a new school year. Some are unable to afford...
The vice-presidents of the European regions: Pröpstin Astrid Kleist for Central and Western Europe, Archbishop Antje Jackelén for the Nordic Countries and Archbishop Urmas Viilma for Central and Eastern Europe. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
25 Sep
Digitalization offers opportunities, raises theological questions
European church leadership consultation, Leadership, LWF member churches, Communion Building, coronavirus, COVID19, digitalization
25 Sep
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic accelerated developments and changes that European churches and societies had been facing in the past years. Being church online raises new questions for...
The United Nations headquarters in Geneva where the 45th regular session of the Human Rights Council is taking place. Photo: Unsplash/Mat Reding
24 Sep
Statement urges lifting of unilateral sanctions
Human Rights, Humanitarian Access, Diakonia, Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement
24 Sep
The LWF has joined with other faith-based organizations to underline the negative impact that sanctions have on the most vulnerable members of society.
A Greek volunteer waves at a refugee boat in the Aegean Sea, directing it toward a safe place to land on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
23 Sep
Christian organizations representing 2.8 billion people call for more compassionate EU migration policy
Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement, Human Rights, Migrants, Europe, refugees protection, Ecumenical
23 Sep
LWF joined Christian organizations worldwide in a statement on the dire situation of migrants and refugees in Europe, calling for a more compassionate approach. Together, the organizations signing...
Lutheran World Federation president Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Sep
Witness towards the world, among the people of the world
European church leadership consultation, Leadership, LWF member churches, Communion Building, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa
22 Sep
“There is a ‘prophetic defiance’ in us not letting go of each other because of COVID-19, in us finding ways to be connected, devising paths to continue expressing the relationships into which God is...
"Solidarity should be the guiding principle governing migration and particularly refugee reception".  Refugees in Hungary, September 2015. Photo: Ujvári Sándor/MTI
22 Sep
Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”
Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement, Human Rights, Migrants, Europe, refugees protection
22 Sep
A dozen global and regional religious organizations released an advocacy statement on the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe that defines their calling as Christians to “welcome the...
In November 2018, representatives of the three European regions met in Moravske Toplice, Slovenia. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
22 Sep
Being church in times of transformation
European church leadership consultation, Leadership, LWF member churches, Communion Building
22 Sep
For the first time, the LWF will host an online leadership consultation with about 100 participants from its member churches in Europe.
A group of girls head to a school in Jordan’s Sahab district that is supported by LWF for both Jordanian and Syrian children. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Sep
Peacebuilding a priority for post-pandemic world
Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Peace, peace and justice, Peace-building, Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, Advocacy
21 Sep
Celebrating the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the Lutheran World Federation has signed on to a statement highlighting the urgency of peacebuilding for a post-pandemic world. This year,...
Rev. Dr Batara Sihombing, general secretary of the Indonesian Christian Church. Photo: Private
17 Sep
Shaping mindsets, strengthening community, “for the sake of ecology”
ecotheology, Theology, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Climate, environment
17 Sep
An eco-theology initiative in Indonesia is changing local perceptions about human responsibility toward creation and strengthening interfaith and community bonds.
LWF Council, here meeting in Geneva in 2019, will elect the next General Secretary in June 2021. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 Sep
Call for nominations for LWF General Secretary
Member Churches, Communion Building, General Secretary, Governance, Leadership
15 Sep
Lutheran World Federation member churches are invited to send in nominations for the post of the ninth General Secretary of the global communion.  
Photo:LWF/A. Danielsson
14 Sep
COVID-19: Latin America and the Caribbean Lutheran leaders issue pastoral letter
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus
14 Sep
The Lutheran World Federation Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) church leaders have issued a joint pastoral letter of solidarity to the people and churches of LAC that are devastated by the...
Ayuba Tada, a Nigerian refugee, serves his second year as a nursery gardener in one of 20 so-called 'green spaces' in and around the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees. A five-year planting and harvest cycle of trees ensures wood to be used as firewood, vines for building of roofs, and a step in alleviating environmental impact in and around Minawao. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Sep
Cameroon: Protect environment, create employment
Season of Creation, Diakonia, Climate, Livelihoods, livelihood, Women, women and girls, Refugees, Protection, Nigeria
14 Sep
The LWF has transformed a region around the Minawao refugee camp in the far North of Cameroon from a dusty desert to a young forest. At the same time, the LWF project improved the relationship...
Rihab George, senior nurse in the outpatient unit of the Augusta Victoria Hospital, disconnects a bag of antibiotics from a child patient. The hospital offers specialized treatment to Palestinians which is not available to them elsewhere. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Sep
LWF calls for health care without discrimination for Palestinians in Gaza
AVH, Jerusalem, COVID19, WS / COVID19, Advocacy, Children, health, security, occupation, Human Rights, child rights, human rights council
11 Sep
The LWF is again raising the alarm on the difficult health care situation for Palestinians living in the Gaza strip. LWF has signed onto a statement with, the Association of International Development...
In the Church of Norway Rev. Einar Tjelle heads the Section for Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue and the Norwegian Interfaith Climate Network. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Sep
Norway: Interfaith advocacy for climate justice and peace
Voices from the Communion, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Climate, Advocacy
11 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Einar Tjelle, from Church of Norway where he heads the Section for Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue and the Norwegian Interfaith Climate Network, describes...