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A service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was held at Westminster Abbey, London. From left: the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, the Reverend Isabelle Hamley, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the PCPCU Secretary Bishop Dr. Brian Farrell, the Dean of Westminster Rev. Dr John Hall. Photo: Andrew Dunsmore/Westminster Abbey
31 Oct
‘A decisive moment for all churches’
JDDJ, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Reformation 500
31 Oct
Special service commemorates 500 years of the Reformation at the Westminster Abbey.
Participants prepare for the 31 October 2016 prayer service in Lund Cathedral, Sweden. The Salvadoran cross used for the event depicts the Triune God’s creative, reconciling and sanctifying work. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
31 Oct
Pastoral responsibility toward sharing of the Eucharist
Reformation 500, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, From Conflict to Communion
31 Oct
Joint LWF - PCPCU statement on Reformation Day 2017
Global Commemoration of the Reformation, Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Oct
Live broadcast on Reformation Day
Reformation 2017
30 Oct
Worship with ten churches in six continents
Presiding Bishop Jerzy Samiec (fourth from right) and other church leaders during the Reformation 500 commemoration in Poland. Photo: ELCAC
30 Oct
Church's strength, “never an issue of its numbers”
Reformation 500
30 Oct
LWF General Secretary at Commemoration of Reformation Anniversary in Poland
A volunteer accompanies a child during a 500for500 summer camp in 2016. Photo: Kazydy
27 Oct
Inspired by the spirit of ‘not being indifferent’
Reformation 500, Global Young Reformers Network
27 Oct
Russian young reformers build sponsor system for children to mark Reformation anniversary.
Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén (left) with LWF and Catholic Church leaders during a press conference for the October 2016  joint commemoration in Lund, Sweden. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
27 Oct
‘I am not ashamed of the gospel’ 
Reformation 500, Reformation 2017
27 Oct
The Church of Sweden is commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with week-long celebrations.
IERP General Secretary Rev. Sonia Skupch speaks at an ecumenical event in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: WCC/ Albin Hillert
26 Oct
It is about freedom
Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
26 Oct
500th anniversary of the Reformation in Argentina.
EELCO youth clear church grounds where new trees will be planted. Photo: Cedrick Y. Kitwa
25 Oct
One tree at a time
Youth, Democratic Republic of Congo, Global Young Reformers Network, Living Reformation projects
25 Oct
Young Reformers turn attention to deforestation in Congo
A group discussion on religion and the public space during the Asian Lutheran Identity Seminar in Hong Kong. Photo: LWF/S. Lawrence
24 Oct
Reformation is a catalyst to stand against oppressive systems in Asia
Lutheran identity, Religious life and public space in Asia, Reformation 500
24 Oct
Lutheran identity seminar on the church in the public space
The Augsburg Peace Festival has been celebrated every year since 1650. Every three years since 1985 the Augsburg Peace Prize “for special achievements promoting areas of interconfessional agreement” has been jointly awarded by the City of Augsburg and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. Photo: Ruth Plössel.
20 Oct
Augsburg Peace Prize awarded to LWF General Secretary
Augsburg Peace Prize, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary
20 Oct
Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Foundation (LWF), was awarded the Augsburg Peace Prize for 2017 in Augsburg, Germany.
Prof. Theodor Dieter, director, LWF Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. Photo: Biersack
19 Oct
Strasbourg Institute director Dieter to receive 2017 Ratzinger Prize
Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, JDDJ, Prize
19 Oct
Lutheran ecumenist Prof. Theodor Dieter will receive the 2017 Ratzinger Prize on 18 November.
Participants in the Africa Region Advocacy Training Workshop on Gender and Child Rights in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo: Emmanuel Kimweri, ELCT Upendo Radio
13 Oct
Integrity, the hallmark of a prophetic church leader
Economic justice, Gender Justice, Diakonia, Children's rights
13 Oct
LWF President Archbishop Musa speaks at African region workshop on gender and child rights
A girl from Somalia studies in an LWF primary school, Ali Addeh camp, Djibouti. LWF strongly advocated for girl’s education and against early marriage. Photo: LWF/ Heléne Wikström
13 Oct
“Education is light, ignorance is darkness”
Education, DWS Kenya, Refugees
13 Oct
Refugees speak about the importance of education for girls
Delegates at the Church of Norway youth synod where the Young Reformers presented their initiative about young people's involvement in the church. Photo: Church of Norway
13 Oct
The ‘Reformer Today’ is about the church’s future
Reformation 2017, Reformation 500, Global Young Reformers Network, young reformers
13 Oct
Youth in the Church of Norway have initiated nation-wide conversations on the ongoing reformation of the church and the changing role of its young people, calling for space to talk about faith and tak
Rev. Yonas Yigezu Dibisa, EECMY President. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
12 Oct
With passion for the gospel and discipleship
capacity building, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500, church growth and sustainability
12 Oct
Interview with Ethiopian church leader Yonas Yigezu Dibisa
Lantern on Reformation Assembly 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Oct
A global journey of commemoration
Reformation 2017, Reformation anniversary 2017
11 Oct
LWF broadcasts a live-stream of worship services from its seven regions on Reformation Day
Rt Rev. O. Michael Benhur, Bishop of the South Andhra Lutheran Church. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
6 Oct
Ministerial formation is the backbone of church life
Reformation 2017, Lutheran theology, Reformation 500
6 Oct
Interview with Indian church leader Michael Benhur
Rev. Katia Maria Cortez Cristalles, Nicaraguan Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
6 Oct
Theological education for ‘the times in which we live’
sustainability, Lutheran theology
6 Oct
Interview with Nicaraguan pastor Cortez Cristalles
Members of the Lutherans and Pentecostals Dialogue Commission, in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF/K. Hintikka
5 Oct
Towards common witness
Interfaith, Christianity, Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue
5 Oct
A five-year dialogue between Lutherans and Pentecostals focusing on Christian identity is progressing well.
Hawa Andrew constructs a wall. Photo: LWF/ S. Nalubega
5 Oct
The first female constructor in Rwamwanja
Women, Refugees, Education, Livelihoods
5 Oct
LWF provides education and job opportunities to Congolese refugees
UN Office in Geneva. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
4 Oct
Supporting civil society’s agenda for human rights
faith-based organizations, Human Rights, United Nations, Indonesia, South Sudan, Myanmar
4 Oct
LWF intervenes at UN Human Rights Council
General Secretary Junge prayed that the ELCA will continue to find words “of both comfort and justice that help process and interpret this terrible event, and reconnect people with their sources of hope.”
3 Oct
LWF shares pain, prayers and solidarity over Las Vegas shooting
3 Oct
General Secretary Junge writes to US Presiding Bishop Eaton
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
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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