Theology

Education, Formation and Transformation

We are committed to strengthening the Lutheran communion's theological capacity, promoting gender justice, and doing theology that addresses the contemporary challenges of a religiously diverse society and climate crisis.

The Theology Unit provides leadership for faith formation in the Lutheran tradition, equipping churches for a more vibrant and effective witness within contemporary society.

We aim to build networks of theologians, lay and ordained, leaders and students, in order to share resources, knowledge and learning experiences.

Areas of theological reflection and study focus on:

Ahead of the Thirteenth LWF Assembly in 2023, we are engaging in a four-year study of contemporary Lutheran identities, as they are expressed by people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert

Ahead of the Thirteenth LWF Assembly in 2023, we are engaging in a four-year study of contemporary Lutheran identities, as they are expressed by people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert

Ahead of the Thirteenth LWF Assembly in 2023, we are engaging in a four-year study of contemporary Lutheran identities, as they are expressed by people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.

For LWF member churches, theological education and formation are essential to the shaping of our spiritual life, our identity and our mission.

Strategic Advisory Group composed of eleven teaching theologians, students and representatives from member churches to advise the strategy for building a Network for Theological Education and Formation. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay

For LWF member churches, theological education and formation are essential to the shaping of our spiritual life, our identity and our mission.

Women and Gender studies

Rev. Janice Fajue Gonoe, Director of the Lutheran Church in Liberia HIV and AIDS program and Bishop Dr Jensen Seyenkulo of the Lutheran Church in Liberia await the start of the Thursdays in Black launch program. Photo: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo

We work to achieve gender justice and women’s empowerment at all levels of church and society

Transformative Engagement for the Common Good

Mikka McCracken, coordinator of Waking the Giant efforts in the United States. Photo:LWF/Albin Hillert

Engagement in the public space is a vital element of what it means to be Lutheran today. We seek to present our Christian faith and values in ways that can be understood by people of all faiths and none. We are committed to strengthening the public space as a place of equal access and meaningful participation for all, especially the marginalized and most vulnerable.

Interfaith relations and interreligious studies

Participants in the LWF Peace Messenger Training, on Monday September 25, 2017. Photo: LWF/Ben Gray

We work with leaders and members of other faith communities to build trust and discover how we can live better together

The Lutheran World Federation is committed to advocating for Climate Justice, and equipping member churches to care for creation.
The Lutheran World Federation is committed to advocating for Climate Justice, and equipping member churches to care for creation.

The Lutheran World Federation is committed to advocating for Climate Justice, and equipping member churches to care for creation.