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The Wittenberg Witness was signed in the City Church in Wittenberg in July 2017 by The Lutheran World Federation and the World Communion of Reformed Churches. The WCRC also signed an association agreement to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ), originally signed by the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999, and later joined by the World Methodist Council. Photo: WCRC / Anna Siggelkow
3 Oct
This is the perfect time to be the church
Reformation anniversary 2017, Reformation 2017, LWF General Secretary, Reformation 500
3 Oct
An interview with LWF General Secretary Martin Junge about the Reformation anniversary
Ms Birzegen Yiman on the conservation site at Lalibela, Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
3 Oct
How to create a forest
Ethiopia, Climate Change, environment
3 Oct
LWF conserves environment in Ethiopia
Group discussion during the training among Hanna Wright-Osborn (left) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,  Levi Joniel (centre) of The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria and  Angelica Oquendo (right) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia. Photo: LWF/Ben Gray
29 Sep
Equipping youth as interfaith messengers of peace
Peace Messengers, Interfaith, Youth, Capacity development
29 Sep
LWF training in Jerusalem paves way for a global toolkit
Monk Dhirapunno takes a group photo in front of the conference center in Medan. Photo: A. Yaqin
29 Sep
Creative interfaith training for a new generation
Interfaith, Youth, peace building, Conviviality
29 Sep
LWF and Indonesian institute build on a dialogical model to affirm diversity
Katrine Ringhus, advocacy officer for the LWF country program in Colombia. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
27 Sep
A spotlight on growing violence against defenders of land rights in Colombia
Peace-building, Human Rights, land rights
27 Sep
LWF-supported platform says environmental and civil society leaders are targeted
From the right: Bishop Dr Jensen Seyenkulo of the Lutheran Church in Liberia;  LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge; LWF Vice-President for Africa, Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Maina, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon; and the Africa region area secretary, Rev. Dr Elieshi Mungure, during the ecumenical worship service at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, Liberia. LWF/Felix  Samari
26 Sep
Remembering Christ’s message
Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
26 Sep
Liberian churches commemorate Reformation anniversary
South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda, one of the countries where LWF is supporting the implementation of the CRRF. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
25 Sep
LWF endorses statement on refugee compact
UNHCR, ACT Alliance, Refugees, Statement
25 Sep
The Lutheran World Federation, ACT Alliance and other NGOs present a statement during the UNHCR Standing Committee.
Bishop Jack Urame, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
22 Sep
“A time of deep reflection”
Leadership, Newly-elected leaders' retreat
22 Sep
Bishop Jack Urame (ELCPNG) looks back on the Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders
The team drafting the final report from the trilateral dialogue, and colleagues supporting them during the meeting in Strasbourg: from left to right; Prof. Theodor Dieter (Lutheran), Prof. John Rempel, Rev. Dr Larry Miller and Prof. Fernando Enns (Mennonite) and Rev. Avelino Gonzalez and Prof. William Henn (Catholic). Photo: Avelino Gonzalez
20 Sep
Lutheran, Mennonite and Catholic team finalizes report on baptism
Ecumenical, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Mennonite, baptism
20 Sep
Current phase of trilateral dialogue concludes
Bishop Barbara Collins (ELCA) at the LWF Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
20 Sep
“It felt like meeting the world – and my world got bigger with it!”
Newly-elected leaders' retreat, Leadership
20 Sep
Bishop Barbara Collins (ELCA) reflects on the Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders
Retreat of newly-elected leaders (RoNEL) meeting in Geneva, 12 September 2017. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
19 Sep
A deeper understanding of Lutheranism worldwide
Newly-elected leaders' retreat, LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Leadership
19 Sep
Retreat of Newly Elected Leaders in Geneva and Wittenberg
Rev. Prof. Thomas-Andreas Põder, head of Systematic Theology at the Institute of Theology, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, leads students, pastors and other church workers in one of the courses on the LWF-produced Reformation booklets. Photo: EELC
18 Sep
Reformation: A bridge between the local and global church
Reformation 2017, Reformation booklets, Reformation 500
18 Sep
Courses on LWF booklets in Estonia a source of inspiration for ongoing reformation
Festive worship service at Tallinn St. Mary’s Cathedral on the occasion of celebrating 50 years of women’s ordination in Estonia on 7 September 2017. Photo: Endel Apsalon
15 Sep
Celebrating 50 years of women’s ordination in Estonia
Women in Church and Society, Women's Ordination, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
15 Sep
Tribute to Rev. Laine Villenthal and call for ongoing reformation
ALP students at Bahr El Naam Girls Primary school in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. Photo: LWF/ C.Kästner
31 Aug
A second chance in Kakuma
Department for World Service, Gender Justice
31 Aug
Accelerated Learning Program supports students from conflict zones in Kakuma, Kenya.
Abduleh Hasan and his wife Shukri show some of their harvest. Photo: LWF/C.Kaestner
29 Aug
Seeds and peace in Ethiopia
Refugees, Livelihoods, Ethiopia
29 Aug
Livelihoods project improves relations between refugees and hosts in Ethiopia.
Indian shawls, a gift from UELCI staff to delegates from Africa and Asia, jointly reviewing the LWF HICD frameworks, during the meeting in Chennai. Photo: LWF/Immanuel
25 Aug
Diaconal training and praxis sharing are paying off
Human and Institutional Capacity Development, Diakonia, Capacity development
25 Aug
African and Asian church leaders assess effectiveness of capacity development
Freetown from above. Photo: David Hond.
21 Aug
LWF member church affected by mud slides in Sierra Leone
Member Churches
21 Aug
At least 330 dead after mudslide in Freetown
18 Aug
Protecting civilians in conflict
World Humanitarian Day 2017, Core Humanitarian Standard
18 Aug
Experiences of refugees and LWF field staff in conflict areas
Suhai Ismael Abuker with a customer in her hairdressing salon. Photos: LWF/C. Kästner
17 Aug
Training to be tailors and barbers
Refugees, Capacity development, Somalia, DWS Ethiopia, Livelihoods
17 Aug
LWF livelihoods projects support long-term refugees in Ethiopia
More than 120 pastors from 18 countries campaigned for women’s ordination in Wittenberg, Germany. Photos: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
16 Aug
“Here we stand!”
Leadership, Women
16 Aug
A visual message from Wittenberg on women’s ordination