Assembly 2017

Hearing the voice of people under 30

Two German member churches of The Lutheran World Federation - the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony – passed resolutions during their synods in November on increasing youth participation in decision-making bodies.

Election of Vice-Presidents and Committee Chairs

The newly elected Council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) met for the first time on 17 May in Windhoek, Namibia. The Council was elected during the Twelfth Assembly. During the meeting the Council elected seven vice-presidents and chairpersons of committees. Together they make up the Meeting of Officers, the committee which manages LWF affairs between council meetings. The Council will hold its next meeting in June and July 2018.

The elected LWF Vice-Presidents for the seven regions

Africa: Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Maina, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon

Namibian musical extravaganza gets bishops dancing and worshippers swaying

After 500th Reformation ceremony at Sam Nujoma Stadium Namibian churches present cultural performances

After the global commemoration service for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation ended, a less formal gathering started at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

The United Church Council of the Namibia Evangelical Churches organized a musical extravaganza called “Adada – Let’s Celebrate” at the stadium in the Katutura quarters on Windhoek, an area that was reserved for black people under South Africa’s apartheid rule.

“Rethink economics to save a dying planet”

“Renew our framework of thought, rethink our economics, and rephrase our common goal,” are the challenges of the 21st century said climate justice advocate Martin Kopp in a keynote speech on the sub-theme “Creation - not for sale”. He gave the main presentation for the third sub-theme of the Twelfth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation in Windhoek, Namibia on 15 May.

LWF Assembly issues Public Statement on the genocide in Namibia

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has issued a public statement on reconciliation with respect to the genocide in Namibia. The statement was adopted by the Twelfth Assembly, which takes place in Windhoek, Namibia. 

Dr Denis Mukwege to give keynote speech at LWF Assembly in Namibia

Human rights champion to speak about gender-based violence, healing and peace

(LWI) Eminent Congolese surgeon Dr Denis Mukwege will be the keynote speaker at the Twelfth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 10 – 16 May. In his keynote address on Thursday, 11 May he will speak to the assembly theme “Liberated by God’s Grace”.

The LWF and Namibia’s quest for independence

The Namibian churches and the LWF played a vital role during Namibia’s struggle for independence. Under South African rule, the policy was to divide people along racial and tribal lines. The churches were virtually the only organizations that brought people together inside Namibia. It was largely through the church that black Namibians could have access to education, health care, human dignity and democratic decision-making. The church also gave black Namibians contact with the world at large.

Press release: Young pastor to preach at LWF Assembly closing worship

Online voting of International Preaching Contest started

(LWI) A young pastor will hold the sermon at the closing worship in the Twelfth assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Namibia  on 16 May. Young ordained Lutherans from all 145 LWF member churches were invited to submit sermons.

Perfectly united in proclaiming the gospel

African Bishop calls for focus on joint witness at beginning of Africa Pre-Assembly

(LWI) – “We should be perfectly united in the drive to spread the message of the cross to all people,” Bishop Horst Müller, President of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA), said in his sermon at the opening worship of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Pre-Assembly in Africa.

A strong message from Africa’s women

Women on the Move to Windhoek

(LWI) – The Women’s Pre-Meeting held prior to the Africa Pre-Assembly was an opportunity to discover central issues women in Africa are dealing with and to create a space for dialogue, networking and empowerment. It enabled the women delegates to reach into the past  in order to transform the future, all the while exploring the Assembly theme ‘Liberated by God’s grace’ and its subthemes.

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