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23 Aug
Cordelia Vitiello is a member of the LWF Council, representing Central and Western Europe. Her home church is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy where she is actively engaged in the diaconal and social work. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Hands-on, heart-felt commitment
Voices from the Communion, Member Churches, diaconia
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Cordelia Vitiello, greatly involved in the diaconal work of her church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy. In this interview with Lutheran World Information she talks about her commitment to people in need and the special encounters that involves.
23 Aug
Cordelia Vitiello is a member of the LWF Council, representing Central and Western Europe. Her home church is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy where she is actively engaged in the diaconal and social work. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Hands-on, heart-felt commitment
Voices from the Communion, Member Churches, diaconia
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Cordelia Vitiello, greatly involved in the diaconal work of her church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy. In this interview with Lutheran World Information she talks about her commitment to...
19 Aug
Maria Immonen, director of LWF World service. Photo: LWF
Organizations need to promote women’s confidence
World Humanitarian Day, Women, Humanitarian Heroes, humanitarian worker security, WomenHumanitarians
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World Humanitarian Day casts a spotlight on those who work in humanitarian and development organizations, often in dangerous and challenging environments, to support victims of conflict or natural...
16 Aug
Amrita Rai works as a volunteer in Sanischare Refugee Camp. Photo: LWF Nepal
Fighting against injustice and inequality
World Humanitarian Day, Women, Humanitarian Heroes, humanitarian worker security, WomenHumanitarians
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A volunteer from Nepal shares her story on World Humanitarian Day. LWF Nepal, with support from the UNHCR has provided asylum to Bhutanese refugees since 1991, finding long-term solutions to increase...
15 Aug
Sarah Ewoi, with a South Sudanese refugee family at Nadapal center. Photo : LWF Kenya
Selfless service at the front line
World Humanitarian Day, Women, Humanitarian Heroes, humanitarian worker security, WomenHumanitarians
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Sarah Ewoi is a mother of 4, working for the Lutheran World Federation – World Service at the Nadapal Transit Centre in Kenya. For World Humanitarian day she shares what she experiences every day.
12 Aug
Young people discussed migration, unemployment, climate and gender justice and the challenges of radical extremism at the International Youth Day event in the ecumenical Center, co-hosted by WCC, WCSF and LWF. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
LWF and partners observe International Youth Day
Youth, Youth Participation, Education, Diakonia, Women, Climate, Advocacy
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The overall agreement shared as The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), together with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Christian Student Federation (WCSF) observed International Youth...
9 Aug
Migrants from Central America at the Mexican border in Nov 2018. Many of them have been walking for 22 hours or more. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
A “visionary and prophetic stand” to welcome the stranger
ELCA, Migrants, United States, Welcoming the Stranger
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LWF thanks the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for its “visionary and prophetic stand” of declaring the denomination as a sanctuary church body.
8 Aug
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa addressing the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly: All Photos: Will Nunnally/ELCA
Call for bold witness amid withdrawal and fragmentation
LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
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“We are Church” is the theme of the 5-10 August gathering of ELCA’s highest legislative body, taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2 Aug
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa (second left), LCCN Abuja Bishop Dr Benjamin Fuduta (fourth left) and SOH national coordinator Rev. Dr Lesmore G. Ezekiel (third right), with SOH Ambassadors of Hope (from left to right) Osaretin Ushoma, Happiness Ehime, Ngozi Nwachuku and Kenneth Bright. Photo: ALCINET/Felix Samari
Interfaith network to counter human trafficking launched in Nigeria
Human Beings - Not for Sale, advocacy training, Interfaith, Advocacy
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The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria has inaugurated a nationwide interfaith network to help different stakeholders mitigate the impact of irregular migration and human trafficking in the country.
2 Aug
Thuridur Björg Wiium Arnadottir is one of the youngest Lutheran pastors, serving in The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland. Photo: LWB/Albin Hillert
Bright future for the church in Iceland
Voices from the Communion, Youth, Christianity
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Thuridur Björg Wiium Arnadottir is one of the youngest Lutheran pastors, serving in one of the most rural and isolated parts of the remote Nordic region.
31 Jul
Around 400 people, including 50 pastors, participated in a silent march in support of Rev. Ulrich Gampert who has been fined for providing church asylum to a young Afghan refugee. Photo: Dekanat Kempten/Jutta Martin
Church asylum: When solidarity is criminalized
Migrants, #withrefugees, refugee, LWF member churches
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A pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria from Immenstadt, Germany, has been ordered to pay a penalty for granting church asylum to a rejected Afghan asylum seeker.
30 Jul
Participants at the LWF advocacy training workshop in San José, Costa Rica, 14-16 July.  Photo: LWF/F. Wilches
LWF rolls out Advocacy Handbook in Central America
advocacy training, Central America, Human Rights, Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, Peace-building
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The persecution and killing of human rights defenders, and the exercise of religious freedom in Central America under the spotlight at a training workshop in San José, Costa Rica, rolling out the the...
29 Jul
As part of the events to mark the tenth anniversary of the coup, Lutherans held a public prayer service at the spot where the first fatal victim of the coup was killed. Riot police and army surrounded the event as a memorial cross was carried to the center of the capital city afterwards. All photos: LWF/S.Hawkey
Lutherans support struggle against repression, violence and poverty in Honduras
Peace, peace and justice, Justice, LWF member churches, Migrants, Honduras, United States, Mexico, Advocacy
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Ten years on from the military coup against President Mel Zelaya in Honduras, the Lutheran church in the Central American nation continues to raise its voice for justice and peace in the country,...
26 Jul
Signatories of a new Spiritual Alliance for the Climate gather in Santiago, Chile on 21 July. Photo: Monserrat Madariaga/Lutheran Church in Chile
Faith groups in Chile launch spiritual climate alliance
Ecumenical, Advocacy, Youth, Climate, Interfaith
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Ecumenical and interfaith networks plan non-stop shared celebration, reflection and advocacy during COP25
26 Jul
During his visit to „Mission EineWelt“ in Neuendettelsau, Germany, LWF President Panti Filibus Musa (2nd from right) also participated in the church service together with the center's directors (from left) Hanns und Gabriele Hoerschelmann during which Ulrike und Reinhard Hansen (Head: Mission and Intercultural Studies, Head: Africa Desk) concluded their duties with the center. Claus Heim (Regional Secretary for Tanzania and Kenya) also participated in the service. Photo: Mission EineWelt
Tapping into untapped potentials
Waking the Giant, SDGs, SDG, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, LWF President
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LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa explained the background to the LWFs Waking the Giant initiative during a study conference of „Mission EineWelt“.
24 Jul
Painter and consulting artist Dogari Samson teaches children how to make drawings as a way to share messages of peace. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
’It’s all interlinked’ – LWF Cameroon supports livelihoods and education for CAR refugees
Cameroon, Diakonia
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Education for peace and social cohesion ...
19 Jul
KELC South Coast Church District Gender Justice public participation forum in Mombasa, Kenya. Photo: L. Mwololo
Kenya moving towards gender equality in church and society
Gender Justice, Women Ordination, faith and women’s empowerment, Women in Chuch and Society, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
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Rev. Catherine Ngina Musau, head of the Gender Justice Program in the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church says the status of women in her country is improving gradually but there are still challenges...
18 Jul
LWF Third International Lay Leaders’ Seminar, held from 27 June to 6 July in Geneva and Wittenberg. Participants Mabel Ngee-fui Ho (Malaysia), Melkion Panuaitan (Indonesia) and Anna Christine Ursula Unruh-lungfiel (Germany). Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
Reinforcing the contribution of lay people to the church
Lay people, Leadership, church growth and sustainability, Wittenberg, General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy, United Nations
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Lutherans from 16 countries participated in the Lutheran World Federation’s 3rd International Lay Leaders’ Seminar which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, and Wittenberg, Germany, from 27 June to 6...
17 Jul
Plenary at the conference in Nairobi entitled ‘Laudato Si’ Generation: Young People Caring for our Common Home’ Photo: Helmut Fluhrer
Lutheran youth delegate calls for urgent climate action
Climate Change, Advocacy, Youth, Ecumenical, Interfaith
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Young German environmental activist joins ecumenical and interfaith participants at Laudato Si’ conference in Kenya ...
16 Jul
"Taxation and Reparation. Tools for promoting equity, climate justice & an economy of life. A side event at the UN High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs." Photo: ELCA/Rebecca Anderson
LWF and ecumenical partners launch Zacchaeus campaign for tax justice
Advocacy, NIFEA, Zacchaeus Project, WCC, WCRC, CWM, United Nations
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A new, ecumenical campaign advocating for tax justice was launched on 11 July at the United Nations in New York City. The “Zacchaeus Project” is a part of the New International Financial and Economic...
16 Jul
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge participated in the opening worship of the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and addressed the convention, offering greetings and insights from the LWF. Photo: ELCIC Communications.
The church belongs to the present and has a future
Women Ordination, Youth Participation, Women in Ordained Ministry, LWF member churches, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)
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Addressing the 2019 National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan, on 12 July, the General Secretary said that in times “marked by profound change” which...
15 Jul
International guests move from the Town Church to the premises of the LWF Center Wittenberg and the ELCA Wittenberg Center during the joint anniversary celebrations. Photo: GNC/LWF Florian Hübner
Wittenberg: Bringing together people from all over the world
LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg, GNC, Theology, theological formation
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The LWF Wittenberg Center, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
12 Jul
2018 Women Human's Right training. Photo: LWF/George Arende
LWF announces scholarships in theology, development and diakonia
Scholarships, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, capacity building, theological formation, development, Training
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LWF is calling for scholarship applications for studies and training related to theological, diaconal and development work.
11 Jul
Members of the Executive Committee of the ELCT Women's Department display their national banner. All Photos: ELCT Communication/Evans Ayo
Tanzania: Towards full women’s inclusion in the ordained ministry
Women in Ordained Ministry, Ordained Ministry, inlcusive communion, Leadership, women in leadership
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Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania recently marked three decades of women’s ordination by celebrating the more than 300 female clergy in the church, and urging the church to ensure...
10 Jul
The LWF was part of a delegation that recxently met with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Mukwege Foundation
Call for state responsibility in fight against sexual violence in DRC
conflict, gender-based violence, Violence, Women, women's advocacy, Advocacy
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The LWF is among five civil society organizations calling on the DRC government to urgently assume its fundamental obligation to combat sexual violence in a country where the rape of women and girls...
9 Jul
18-year-old Julian Appl was elected into the church council of his congregation. Photo: private
The youngest ombudsperson in all Bavaria’s congregation councils
Youth, Youth Participation, Leadership
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The congregation council in Hohenstadt in the Hersbruck deanery has elected 18-year-old Julian Appl as its ombudsperson.
5 Jul
The leadership of the Honduran church presenting the 2019 general assembly statement in front of the Martin Luther bust in Tegucigalpa’s public square.  Photo: Roger Rivas
Church solidarity with Hondurans demanding justice and human rights
Human Rights, Peace, Advocacy, human rights defender, health care, Education
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The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras has declared its solidarity with the “clamor of the Honduran people” for better living conditions amid a social and political crisis characterized by attacks...
5 Jul
Yuri Novgorodov, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
The long road to public recognition
Voices from the Communion, Interfaith, Muslim, Orthodox-Lutheran, Peace, peace building
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In this interview with Lutheran World Information, Yuri Novgorodov, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Kazakhstan, talks about his church, ecumenical cooperation and...
3 Jul
Human rights defenders have expressed concern about  the partiality of justice in handling the situation. Photo: ILUGUA
Guatemalan church defends right to peaceful protest
human rights defender, Human Rights, Water, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People, Peace
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The Guatemala Lutheran Church has called on the public prosecutor’s office to carry out “a criminal investigation” into the destruction of conduits that has led to critical water shortages in the...
2 Jul
The LWF-run Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
A ray of hope for Palestinian cancer patients
AVH, Palestine, health care
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From now on cancer patients can benefit from modern diagnosis of the disease following the installation of new equipment at the Augusta Victoria Hospita in East Jerusalem.
2 Jul
LWF Youth secretary Ms Pranita Biswasi, addressing the side-event on a human rights’ perspective in climate action processes at the UN Office in Geneva. Photo: LWF/F. Wilches
Call for human rights-based climate action
Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Gender Justice, Human Rights, Paris Agreement
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Meaningful climate policies and action must address the human rights perspective of the disproportionate impact of climate change on women, youth, minority groups and indigenous communities.