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20 Nov
The Ma’ale Adumim settlement in the West Bank. Photo: Yiftachsam, via Wikimedia Commons.
International law and multilateral mechanisms must be respected and strengthened
Statement, Palestine, Israel, Palestinian Territories, United States
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The LWF has expressed serious concerns about the unilateral declaration of the United States government that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law.”
20 Nov
The Ma’ale Adumim settlement in the West Bank. Photo: Yiftachsam, via Wikimedia Commons.
International law and multilateral mechanisms must be respected and strengthened
Statement, Palestine, Israel, Palestinian Territories, United States
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The LWF has expressed serious concerns about the unilateral declaration of the United States government that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se,...
20 Nov
The City Church in Wittenberg where Martin Luther and other reformers preached regularly. All photos: LWF/A. Danielsson
Wittenberg: Belonging to the Lutheran family
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, Lutheran theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary, LWF member churches
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Twice a year the city of Wittenberg hosts international theological seminars organized by the LWF.
15 Nov
Participants in the Global Consultation of Women doing Theology gather outside the Warsaw conference center where they are reflecting on biblical texts and relate them to the challenges they face in their churches today. Photo: LWF/P. Hitchen
Searching for treasures of Lutheran tradition
LWF gender justice policy, Women in Church and Society, Theology
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Women doing theology ask: What does the gospel say about gender in the church today?
15 Nov
Resisting Exclusion - Global Theological Responses to Populism - Cover. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
New publication: Resisting Exclusion - Global Theological Responses to Populism
Public Space, DTPW publications, LWF Publications, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space
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The LWF seeks to stimulate discussion around this question through a new publication titled Resisting Exclusion - Global Theological Responses to Populism. The volume in the LWF Studies series (2019/...
14 Nov
Augusta Victoria Hospital aerial view. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
Agreement reached concerning AVH cash-flow crisis
Augusta Victoria Hospital, Diakonia, Jerusalem, Palestine, Advocacy, AVH
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Encouraging news for patients at AVH in East Jerusalem: After the recent cash flow crisis, an agreement was reached with the Palestinian Authority, guaranteeing regular monthly payments of NIS 18...
14 Nov
Delegates to the VELKD General Synod and to the EKD Synod deliberated more youth participation in decision-making bodies. Photo: epd Bild
Germany: Towards more intergenerational justice
Youth, Youth Participation
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In future, more young people will have a seat in the governing bodies of the Lutheran churches in Germany. This was one of the decisions made at the General Synod of the United Evangelical Lutheran...
13 Nov
Women leaders from Eastern, Central and Western Europe participated in a Worship Service at Warsaw’s Holy Trinity Lutheran church during a regional consultation on ‘Faith, Gender Justice and Women’s Human Rights’. Photo: LWF/Agnieszka Godfrejów-Tarnagórska
Sharing stories, reforming structures
Advocacy, Women, Theology, Member Churches, Communion Building
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Women from European churches meet to discuss ways of overcoming injustice, discrimination and violence 
12 Nov
A young boy receives emergency treatment at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
Liberia: Called to bring healing, even when times are tough
Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals, health care, Children, Education
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Early November, and the Liberia Council of Churches just hosted a global summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, looking to strengthen church projects that support the United Nations’ 2030...
8 Nov
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
Living together as a communion
LWF member churches, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, Lutheran identity, European church leadership consultation, Leadership, Lutheran theology, theological formation, Youth, Gender
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There would not be a LWF without local churches, said General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, addressing the 2019 Church Leadership Consultation for Central and Eastern Europe, in Tallinn, Estonia.
8 Nov
LWF Council member Bettina Westfeld shows a shrapnel cross, moulded from the pieces of shrapnel from bombs dropped over Dresden and Coventry during the Second World War. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Daring to trust – 30 years after the Peaceful Revolution in 1989
Voices from the Communion, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Youth, Women
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In an interview with Lutheran World Information Bettina Westfeld, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, talks about her life in a communist state, the value of cross-border relations and the...
7 Nov
The “Theatre of the Oppressed” was one of the methodologies practiced to collect information on community level. Participants clearly enjoyed the session, despite the serious topic. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
Justice, dignity and hope 
Theology, Women, Advocacy
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Women’s human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations  ...
7 Nov
A march took place through Katowice, Poland during the UN climate negotiations of COP24, with marchers from all over the world, protesting the dangerously slow process of the negotiations. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
LWF looking forward to COP25 in Spain 
Climate Justice, Advocacy, Youth, Member Churches
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There can be no delay in addressing the climate crisis 
6 Nov
Participants of the LWF Church Leadership Consultation 2019 for Central and Eastern Europe after the opening service at St. Mary's Cathedral (Dome Church) in Tallinn. Photo: EELC/Joel Siim
Churches in Central and Eastern Europe discuss Lutheran identity, diversity and pneumatology
Youth, Gender, theological formation, LWF member churches, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, Lutheran identity, European church leadership consultation, Leadership, Lutheran theology
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The consultation with the theme “Diversity and identity – different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit... (1 Corinthians 12, 4-6)” took place from 28 to 30 October in Tallinn, Estonia, and offered...
6 Nov
A classroom in Maban. More than 55,000 students have been affected by the emergency and need support. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
Heavy flood affects schools in Maban, South Sudan
floods, Diakonia, Youth, Education, Maban, emergency
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Two weeks after massive flooding had inundated the refugee camps and their host communities in Maban county, South Sudan, the LWF team is returning to the compound and resuming services.
4 Nov
Refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean often do so in small boats exposing them to a high risk of running into distress at sea. Photo: IOCC/Apostoli/ACT
Misery has no nationality
Diakonia, LWF member churches, IDP, Migrants, Migration, UNHCR, Advocacy
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EKD is planning to send a ship to save refugees crossing the Mediterranean.
1 Nov
Prof. Ansu Sonii, Liberian Minister of Education launched the study. All photos: LWF/ Albin Hillert
LWF launches SDGs’ mapping for Liberia
Waking the Giant, SDGs, United Nations, Education, peace building, Diakonia
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The LWF has launched a process to help faith-based actors in Liberia track their contribution to implementation of three UN SDGs.
1 Nov
Lutherans in Rwanda sing and dance during celebrations at Kirehe parish to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of their church. All photos: Neng'ida Johaness-Lairumbe/ELCT
Lutherans in Rwanda celebrate Silver Jubilee
Diakonia, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Theology, Climate, environment
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The Lutheran Church of Rwanda recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding through the inauguration of a parish, worship services, diaconal activities and the blessing of a cornerstone...
31 Oct
Children play in the destroyed suburbs in Aleppo. Photo: LWF/ R. Schlott
LWF and Caritas to support people in Syria
Diakonia, Ecumenical, emergency, emergency response, Syria Crisis, Caritas Internationalis
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The LWF through Caritas Internationalis will support people in Syria with winter clothing, relief goods and trauma workshops.
31 Oct
Worship service to mark the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, at Geneva cathedral, in June 2019. The liturgy from that service will be used in Reformation Day services world wide today. Photo: LWF/ A. Hillert
Churches mark JDDJ anniversary on Reformation Day
Ecumenical, JDDJ, Lund, Augsburg
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On 31 October, Reformation Day, churches around the world gather to celebrate their Lutheran heritage, many of them including ecumenical friends to mark this year’s 20th anniversary of the landmark...
30 Oct
Fadia Fteina, nurse at the Augusta Victoria Hospital and organizer of a spontaneous collection for cancer medication, announces the amount collected so far. Photo: LWF Jerusalem
Palestinians collect for AVH
Augusta Victoria Hospital, Diakonia, Jerusalem, Palestine, Advocacy, AVH
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Following the news of a critical financial situation at the Augusta Victoria Hospital, run by the LWF in Jerusalem, hundreds of Palestinians contributed in a spontaneously organized collection to...
29 Oct
Augusta Victoria Hospital aerial view. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
Augusta Victoria Hospital board calls for immediate solution to critical financial situation
Augusta Victoria Hospital, Diakonia, Jerusalem, Palestine, Statement
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The board of the Augusta Victoria Hospital has expressed, in a public statement issued today, its extreme concern over the crisis situation that has arisen due to the non-payment of patient fees.
29 Oct
Professor Veli-Matti KaÌrkaÌinnen replies to a response panel to a paper of his. Gathered in Addis Ababa from 23-27 October 2019, Lutherans from across the globe join in consultation under the theme of 'We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'. Hosted by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, the consultation is the first phase of a study process on Lutheran identities. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Discerning the work of the Spirit in the Lutheran communion
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
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The LWF organized the five-day gathering, bringing together around 70 participants including youth from the communion’s seven regions, and representatives of other Christian traditions.
28 Oct
Congregants gather in prayer at the Finfinne Oromo Mekane Yesus Congregation of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus on the first Sunday following the unrest in Ethiopia, which also affected Mekane Yesus members directly. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Ethiopian church calls for sustainable peace
LWF member churches, Peace, peace building, Peace-building, peace and justice
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The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus has called for sustainable peace in the country and orderly dialogue around complaints and grievances following recent unrest in Ethiopia.
25 Oct
Finnish Archbishop Tapio Luoma . Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
Finnish church: an integral part of society
Voices from the Communion, Advocacy, Migrants, Human Rights, Refugees, refugees protection, Identity, Christianity
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Tapio Luoma elected Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland a year ago, speaks about his churches’ work with refugees and migrants, dealing with populism, and staying relevant in a...
24 Oct
A vibrant performance by the Yetsedik Tsehay choir of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus set the stage, as the consultation ’We believe in the Holy Spirit: Global Perspectives on Lutheran Identities'  opened. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
The church: Always local and always universal
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith
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“What does it mean to be Lutheran today?” is the question at the heart of a global consultation on Lutheran identities taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week.
23 Oct
Rev. Nicolau Nascimento de Paiva (left of photo) together with other ecumenical delegates to the Vatican Synod in front of St Peter’s Basilica. Photo: Robert FLOCK
Brazilian Lutheran pastor addresses Vatican Synod
Brazil, Ecumenical, vatican, Pope, environment, Christian
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Brazilian pastor Rev. Nicolau Nascimento de Paiva met with Argentinean Pope Francis in the Vatican recently as one of the ecumenical delegates attending the Catholic Church’s Synod on the Amazon.
22 Oct
Protests in Santiago, Chile, 21 October 2019. Photo: Carlos Figueroa/Wikimedia Chile (CC-BY-SA)
Following unrest and violence Lutherans in Chile issue call for peace with justice
Chile, Peace-building, reconciliation, Latin America and the Caribbean
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Lutheran church leaders in Chile have issued a call for peace in the current context of unrest and violence. ...
22 Oct
The Mekane Yesus campus is home to 600 residential students of theology, music and media, and of management and leadership. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
Mekane Yesus Seminary: preparing for a growing church
Lutheran Theological Seminary, seminar, theological formation, Theology, Lutheran theology
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The Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa has a long tradition of theological education. In the midst of Ethiopia’s population growth and quick development, but also where poverty, ethnic conflicts...
21 Oct
LWF regional and global gatherings provide space to reflect together on diverse contexts and identify common strategies and themes. In this photo; an intergenerational discussion at the 2019 Leadership Conference for the Latin America and Caribbean & North America regions, in Lima, Peru. LWF/A. Danielsson
How does spirituality shape Lutheran identities?
Lutheran identity, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, Deepening Faith, Youth, Youth Participation, Lutheran theology
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The LWF is launching a multi-year theological study on how spirituality forms Lutheran identities and church engagement around the world today.
18 Oct
Participants of the first seminar “Studying Ecumenism in Strasbourg” during one of the intensive working sessions. Photo: Elke Leypold, Institute for Ecumenical Research
Sharing ecumenical expertise
ecumenical relations, Institute for Ecumenical Research
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The seminar “Studying Ecumenism in Strasbourg” took place there from 2 to 12 October. This was a first of its kind and attended by theologians from different LWF member churches.