News

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
 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