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 A white dove is part of the ritual for blessing a new refugee camp site in Lunda Norte province, Angola. Photo: LWF Angola
15 Aug
“I feel honoured to host the DRC refugees”
Refugees, host communities
15 Aug
Senior chief in Angola’s Lunda Norte province speaks about refugee crisis in his country
Bishops and other women in church leadership positions met in Wittenberg, Germany, to reflect on their experiences and to share advice and support. LWF/Marco Schoeneberg
15 Aug
“Sister, carry on!”
Leadership, Women in Church and Society, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
15 Aug
WICAS meeting of bishops and women in church leadership
Members of the Reformation anniversary Joint Commission in Colombia, during a planning meeting for upcoming events. Photo: LWF/P. Cuyatti
15 Aug
An alternative space for dialogue
Reformation 2017, Peace, reconciliation, Latin America and the Caribbean, Reformation 500
15 Aug
Colombian churches, civil society and government mark Reformation anniversary
In June 2017, Lutheran Bishop Mark Whitfield and Cardinal John Dew hosted a joint ecumenical service to commemorate the Reformation in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: LCNZ
14 Aug
A year-long celebration of God’s reforming grace
LWF General Secretary, Reformation 2017, indigenous people, Reformation 500
14 Aug
Lutherans in New Zealand commemorate 500 years of the Reformation
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
8 Aug
LWF General Secretary Junge to receive 2017 Augsburg Peace Prize
Augsburg Peace Prize, LWF General Secretary, Peace, Interreligious Dialogue, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations
8 Aug
Recognition of a “patient bridge-builder between the continents”
Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil National Youth Congress 2016. Photo: F.Scherer
3 Aug
Inspiring youth to make diakonia more visible
Youth, Global Young Reformers Network, Reformation 2017, Living Reformation projects, Reformation 500
3 Aug
Commemorating 500 years of the Reformation in Brazil
Young reformers at the door of the historic Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF Youth/Edgar Toclo
28 Jul
Lutheran youth lead initiatives at global exhibition
Global Young Reformers Network, Wittenberg, Reformation 2017, Living Reformation projects, Reformation 500
28 Jul
LWF Young reformers at World Reformation Exhibition in Wittenberg.
Holy Land Lutheran Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan accepts the 34th Niwano Peace Prize from Rev. Nichiko Niwano, Honorary President of the Niwano Peace Foundation, during a ceremony on 27 July in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: ELCJHL/Ben Gray
27 Jul
Palestinian Bishop Munib Younan receives Niwano Peace Prize
Peace, Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, Interfaith
27 Jul
Calls for robust moderation that rejects all forms of extremism
Ms Lena Lothring, young reformer of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany leads the workshop on “Geo Caching and Luther trees”. Photo: LWF/C. Bader
26 Jul
Geocaching Luther trees connects young people
Reformation 2017, Youth, young reformers, Creation, Creation - Not for Sale, environment, Reformation 500
26 Jul
German youth keep the Reformation alive and global
Thanks to the initiative by the LWF and the Malawian Lutheran church, Jennipher Thauzeni, a 19-year-old mother, and several other girls from Matsimbe village, have a second chance at schooling and can envision a better future. Photo: ELCM/Mphatso Thole
25 Jul
Giving girls a second chance
Poverty, child marriage, Education, Capacity development
25 Jul
Poverty alleviation initiative in rural Malawi targets girls dropping out of school
22 Jul
Theologians tasked to remove obstacles that hinder enjoyment of unity
Reformation 2017, Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, Ecumenical, baptism, From Conflict to Communion, Reformation 500
22 Jul
LWF General Secretary Junge praises Lutheran-Catholic Commission at its 50th anniversary
Caption: Ms Elena Cedillo, representative of the LWF Central America program, speaks at a side event of the UN High Level Political Forum 2017 in New York. On the left is Dr William F. Vendley, Secretary General, World Conference of Religions for Peace. Photo: Lutheran Office for World Community
21 Jul
Forging partnerships for dignified development
SDGs, Central America
21 Jul
LWF Central America work shared at side event of High Level Forum
Some of the commission members during the meeting in Poland; far right Prof. Eva-Maria Faber (Catholic) and Prof. Theodor Dieter (Lutheran). Photo: LWF/K. Hintikka
21 Jul
Celebrating 50 years of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue
Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, Ecumenical, From Conflict to Communion, baptism
21 Jul
Commission on Unity to finalize draft report on Baptism and Growth in Communion
Training session of FC Okapi, the soccer team currently holding third place in Kakuma premier league. The team trains every weekday afternoon. As they have their own field, they have better training opportunities than the more informal soccer teams. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
17 Jul
LWF World Service and Young Reformers in Wittenberg
Refugees, internally displaced people, Reformation 2017, Global Young Reformers Network, Reformation 500
17 Jul
Presence in Heaven’s Tent and youthPointreformation
Photo: Susan Muis (center), LWF Regional program Officer for CAR, DRC and Chad, speaks at the NGO briefing in the Palais des Nations. Photo: LWF/Peter Kenny
14 Jul
“An alarming situation”
United Nations, security, Humanitarian Response
14 Jul
NGO Briefing to UN member states about Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo
Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Cabrera, president of the Guatemala Lutheran Church, gives his testimony on human rights' defenders at the advocacy training by faith-based organizations, held at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva. Photo: LWF/Peter Kenny
14 Jul
Protecting human rights’ defenders
WICAS, advocacy training, women's human rights, Gender Justice
14 Jul
Annual training helps to bring local concerns to the global arena
Seminary students from Pematang Siantar with their bicycles - the project mobilized 50 students in a country where bicycles are expensive and considered an unusual means of transportation. Photo: Daniel Sinaga
14 Jul
Cycling for the climate
Global Young Reformers Network, Youth, Reformation 2017, Creation - Not for Sale, Reformation 500
14 Jul
Young reformers in Indonesia use bicycles to inspire youth action on climate change
Participants in a group meeting at the faith-based organizations' training on advocacy for women's human rights, co-hosted by the LWF and other FBOs. Photo: LWF/Peter Kenny
12 Jul
Gender-based violence concerns "all of humanity"
Gender Justice, Women, WICAS, World Council of Churches, CEDAW
12 Jul
Faith-based organizations affirm greater engagement in fighting for women’s rights
From left: President of the WCRC Jerry Pillay, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Bishop Brian Farrell, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, WMC President Jong Chun Park, WMC General Secretary Bishop Ivan Abrahams and WCRC General Secretary Chris Ferguson. Photo: WCRC / Anna Siggelkow
5 Jul
“In the pursuit of communion and common witness”
JDDJ
5 Jul
LWF and WCRC sign the Wittenberg Witness, as WCRC joins JDDJ
Rev. Suyapa Ordoñez (left) from the Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras and Rita Flores, Bolivian Evangelical Lutheran Church, participated in the July 2016 FBOs’ training on women’s human rights, and attended the 64th CEDAW session at the United Nations in Geneva. Photo: LWF/C. Rendón
3 Jul
Strengthening advocacy for women’s human rights
Human Rights, CEDAW, Women, faith-based organizations
3 Jul
LWF gathers faith-based organizations at training around CEDAW session
Rev. Zelda Cristina Cossa (left) and Rev. Rosa Minoria Rafael, the second group of women to be ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mozambique, ready to “share the Word, baptize and administer the sacraments to God’s people.” Photo: Salvador Hilário Chame
3 Jul
Celebrating commitment to women's ordination in Mozambique
Women's Ordination, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
3 Jul
Pastors Zelda Cossa and Rosa Rafael speak of new hope and dedication
IELCO Young Reformers Marian Coy Contreras and Liria Suarez Preciado present the booklet Identitad Luterana para jovenes to encourage young people to participate in the church.  Photo: IELCO Young Reformers.
30 Jun
By youth for youth
Global Young Reformers Network, Youth, Lutheran identity, Living Reformation projects
30 Jun
Colombia’s young reformers share Lutheran identity in new booklet
LWF and UNHCR staff survey a site designated for a new refugee camp in Lunda Norte province, northeastern Angola. Photo: LWF
29 Jun
Turning a thick Angolan bush into a refugee camp
DRC, Refugees, UNHCR
29 Jun
LWF and UNHCR set up a new camp for people fleeing DRC
Photo: ELCA Young Reformers
23 Jun
Reviving, rethinking, renewing faith
Global Young Reformers Network, Leadership, Youth, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500, Easter
23 Jun
Young Reformers in the United States bring youth voices to congregations
Wafeh shares her knowledge in the women’s group. Photo: LWF/N. Boase
21 Jun
A safe childhood for boys and girls
Women, child marriage, child, Gender Justice, Refugees, Syria Crisis
21 Jun
Women’s group in Jordan advocates against early marriage and child labor
 Syrian refugee children at a fence facing the Aegean Sea coast, Greece. Photo: ACT/ Paul Jeffrey
20 Jun
Welcoming refugees: an opportunity to grow together
Public Statement, faith-based organizations, World Refugee Day 2017, #withrefugees, Refugees
20 Jun
LWF joins faith-based organizations calling for solidarity with forcibly displaced people
Community members meet under a big mango tree, pealing peanuts together. Photo: LWF/Central African Republic
20 Jun
Empowering displaced communities in Central African Republic
CAR emergency program, Women, World Refugee Day 2017
20 Jun
‘More positive examples needed from the CAR’, says LWF Team Leader
Bishop Dr Tamas Fabiny, Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary sits with displaced people in northern Iraq. Photo: ELCH Northern Diocese
20 Jun
World Refugee Day: Extend the hand of welcome
World Refugee Day 2017, #withrefugees, World Refugee Day
20 Jun
Statement by LWF President Musa and General Secretary Junge