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5 Mar
Women gather during LWF’s Asia Pre-Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand, in August 2016. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
International Women’s Day: LWF reaffirms commitment to gender justice
International Women's Rights Day, Women
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In a world where the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress in women’s education, employment and socio-economic status, International Women’s Day on 8 March, marks a moment to “step back and celebrate women’s achievements.”
5 Mar
Women gather during LWF’s Asia Pre-Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand, in August 2016. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
International Women’s Day: LWF reaffirms commitment to gender justice
International Women's Rights Day, Women
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In a world where the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress in women’s education, employment and socio-economic status, International Women’s Day on 8 March, marks a moment to “...
5 Mar
Myanmar Plaza, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). Photo: Stefano Alemani/Unsplash
LWF condemns violence, calls for prayers for Myanmar
Peace, Public Statement
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In a statement issued on 5 March the Lutheran World Federation has condemned violence against demonstrators in Myanmar and called for restraint and peaceful solutions to end the political crisis in...
5 Mar
Evangelical Church of the River Plate Vice President Karina Arntzen. Photo: LWF/E. Albrecht
Argentina: "I’m convinced that dialogue is always the solution”
Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches
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In this Voices from the Communion Attorney Karina Arntzen discusses her newly elected position as vice president on the board of directors of the Evangelical Church of the River Plate (IERP), the...
3 Mar
LWF distributed mosquito nets to more than 12,000 households in two camps in Cox'’s Bazaar refugee camp. The nets will protect especially small children against diseases such as Dengue fever and Malaria. Photo: Bela Wadud/ RDRS/LREP
LWF supports displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh
emergency, emergency response, #withrefugees, Refugees, refugees protection, Displaced Persons, environment, WASH, livelihood, Livelihoods, health care, Water, Hygiene
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In October 2017, violence in Myanmar forced over 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. They found a temporary home in Cox’s Bazaar refugee camp, one of the largest refugee camps...
2 Mar
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) Presiding Bishop Dr Fredrick O. Shoo wrote that education is one tool churches can use to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo:ELCT/Erick Adolph
COVID-19: Tanzanian bishop urges church, leaders, to take precautions
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) Presiding Bishop Dr Fredrick O. Shoo wrote that education is one tool churches can use to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo:ELCT/Erick Adolph
1 Mar
Luther’s room at the Wartburg, Germany. Photo: Wartburg-Stiftung Eisenach
An “Inner dialogue” with Luther’s Bible in Wartburg
Theology, Martin Luther, bible
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From August this year, three distinguished German authors will spend a month each at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany, following in Martin Luther’s footsteps who had stayed here incognito for...
26 Feb
In one of its COVID-19 response activities, the Cuban Lutheran church organized a community lunch for 320 people including members of the congregations of Cristo Vive, Cristo Redentor, Nuestro Salvador and Aposento Alto. Photo: UECCLS
COVID-19: Cuban Lutheran church extends food and psychosocial aid
Rapid Response Fund, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building, COVID19, MC/COVID19
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The LWF is supporting its member church in Cuba to continue offering assistance through the communion’s COVID-19 RRF, now in its second phase. Churches that apply for funding receive up to EUR 5,000...
25 Feb
Participants in the LWF Peace Messenger Training in Jerusalem in September 2017. Photo: Ben Gray
Strengthening advocacy in LWF member churches through exchange and collaboration
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Peace, Climate Justice
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Through its Action for Justice Unit, the LWF has initiated two forums focusing on climate justice and interfaith relations and peacebuilding. The forums will support and promote the advocacy work of...
24 Feb
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala during the selection process for director general of the World Trade Organization. Photo: ©WTO/Jay Louvion
Trade must serve to “overcome inequalities”
President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, LWF President, women in leaders, Advocacy, Women
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The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa has sent congratulations to the new director general of the WTO, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She will take up the post on 1 March, becoming the first...
23 Feb
Thanks to the Lutheran communion’s emergency support, Gregorio Pérez and other residents of Shupa village are replanting crops lost to two successive hurricanes. Photo: ILUGUA
Guatemalan church assists families recovering from hurricane impact amid COVID-19
COVID19, emergency response, emergency, Food Security, indigenous people, LWF member churches, Diakonia, MC/COVID19
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For Gregorio Pérez, a leader of the indigenous Maya Chortí in Guatemala’s southeastern department of Chiquimula, the rising number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is not the only crisis worrying him...
22 Feb
Residents of Osorno, Chile, await their turn for COVID-19 vaccination in the Lutheran Church in Osorno, a local vaccination center. Photo: Rev. Miguel Ángel Nuñez
COVID-19: “We must be a part of the healing process”
Member Churches, COVID19, coronavirus
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The Lutheran Church in Osorno, a congregation of the Lutheran Church in Chile, opened its doors to the Osorno Health Department as an official Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site.  
19 Feb
Rev. Frank Mexon Mng’ong’o (wearing red stole), ELCT’s new Youth Coordinator, in a photo from early 2020. Mng’ong’o was ordained in Jan. 2020. Photo: ELCT
Tanzania: Youth preaching the Gospel, planting trees
LWF member churches, Voices from the Communion, Communion Building, Climate, Youth
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In this Voices from the Communion ELCT Youth Coordinator, Rev. Frank Mexon Mng’ong’o shares his plans to engage more ELCT youth in the life of the church and to continue supporting creation care...
19 Feb
“A global approach driven by ‘vaccine nationalism’ cannot work because until all are safe, no one is,” wrote LWF General Secretary Junge in an open letter to leaders of the G7 nations. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
COVID-19: Until all are safe, no one is safe
COVID19, Advocacy
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LWF General Secretary appealed to the G7 leaders as representatives of world’s richest nations who have a responsibility towards supporting the global battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. This...
18 Feb
Professor Ezra Chitando speaking at an HIV interfaith consultation in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
A ‘kairos’ moment to empower women and men
Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Justice, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Youth
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The COVID-19 pandemic can become a ‘kairos’ moment of opportunity for men to repent of the sin of patriarchy and create positive partnerships that empower women and men. Churches should be in the...
17 Feb
LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge (left) and President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photos: LWF/S. Gallay and LWF/Albin Hillert
Churches offer “witness of hope and compassion”
Communion Building, LWF President, LWF General Secretary, Member Churches, Theology, Diakonia, Advocacy, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19, lent
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The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa and General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge have written to member church leaders offering thanks and support at the start of the Lenten season.
16 Feb
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson. Photo: Richard Orange/Radio Sweden
Faith groups raise voices of refugees and asylum seekers
Public theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, Advocacy, #withrefugees, Refugees, refugees protection, Welcoming the Stranger
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Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson knows just how difficult it is to change the minds of legislators and decision makers responding to the influx of refugees in her native country. For the past...
12 Feb
“Our solidarity with the people of Myanmar continues as we earnestly pray for a peaceful outcome from this crisis," said Rev. Dr Philip Lok, LWF Regional Secretary for Asia. Photo: Tim Proffitt-White (CC-BY-NC-ND)
Concerns about unfolding situation in Myanmar
Peace-building
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The Lutheran World Federation has expressed concerns about the ongoing crisis in Myanmar, which has continued to worsen since the beginning of this month,
12 Feb
Facilitating intergenerational dialogue is part of the young reformers’ activities in the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. Photo: IECLB / Martina Scherer
Young reformers build networks that keep churches connected
Leadership, Governance, Youth, Member Churches, Global Young Reformers Network
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More than 30 members of The LWF Global Young Reformers Network 2.0 in the Latin American and Caribbean and North American regions recently met online to discuss the connection between their...
12 Feb
LWF country representative Sophie Gebreyes and EECMY-DASSC staff Desta Hadera (right) meet Eritrean refugees in an EECMY church in Mekelle. Photo: LWF/C. Masanga
Ethiopia: Stories of flight and loss from Tigray
WASH, livelihood, quality services, refugees protection, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency, Diakonia, Violence, IDP, Livelihoods, country programs, emergency response, LWF member churches, Member Churches
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From everyday life into chaos: For the people affected by the recent conflict in Ethiopia, life as they knew it ended abruptly with the military offensive in the Tigray region. Even before, many had...
11 Feb
Working together, for people in need: LWF and UNHCR staff in Cameroon. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
A crucial role in making the voices of refugees heard
Refugees, Global Compact for Refugees, Advocacy, UNHCR, Human Rights, FBO
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In a webinar on “The global compact for refugees and the role of faith-based organizations”, representatives from the German and Italian government, as well as LWF’s partner Islamic Relief Worldwide...
11 Feb
In its COVID-19 response, the Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala distributed food and sanitation supplies to families living in remote villages. Photo: ILAG/Diego Gil
LWF churches prioritize prevention and vulnerable families in second RRF phase
Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, MC/COVID19, LWF member churches, Diakonia
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Implementation of a second phase of The LWF COVID-19 RRF has begun, with 44 of the communion’s member churches providing pastoral care and basic survival support to vulnerable communities still...
9 Feb
The LWF National Committee in Indonesia installed an internet satellite tower on the properties of four Lutheran churches in remote areas to assist online learning. Church pictured is HKBP. Photo: by Andi Gultom/KNLWF.
Indonesian churches enable online learning in rural areas
Communion Building, LWF member churches, Member Churches, COVID19, Diakonia
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When stay-at-home measures were implemented due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the KNLWF wanted to increase access to the internet and began building satellite towers that receive internet...
9 Feb
Women of faith have a vital role to play in rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Panelists’ own
Women's voices for interfaith engagement
Gender Justice, Interfaith, Women, Interreligious Dialogue, women in leadership, World Interfaith Harmony Week, COVID19
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Women of faith have a vital role to play in promoting more effective dialogue and cooperation in a world struggling to overcome the divisive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. That conviction was...
5 Feb
Participants at the Being Lutheran webinar believe the experience of digitally-mediated worship is “changing who we will be in the future.” Photo: Congerdesign via Pixabay
Being Lutheran: Real Presence in Digital Church
Being Lutheran, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Lutheran identity, technology
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In a 3 February ‘Being Lutheran’ webinar, three theologians from the United States, the Netherlands and Malaysia reflected on these questions, as they shared personal perspectives on the way the...
4 Feb
LWF peace ambassadors in the Central African Republic, 2017. The young men and women have been trained to mediate in community conflicts, which can vary from a fight about the village water point to accusations of witchcraft or domestic violence. Photo: Els Hortensius, ICCO and Kerk in Actie
LWF staff resumes work in CAR after violence
Livelihoods, Diakonia, emergency response
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The Lutheran World Federation humanitarian team in the Central African Republic has resumed its humanitarian and development work after suspending activities following the post-election violence in...
3 Feb
Presiding Bishop MJH Ubane passed away 28 January. Photo: ELCSA
Remembering South African Bishop Ubane who stood for dignity, equality
condolences, Obituary, tribute, LWF member churches, Communion Building
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The LWF has sent condolences to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa after the sudden loss of its Presiding Bishop Molwane Job Henock Ubane, describing him as a leader who “stood up for...
1 Feb
A man at a water harvesting system in Seharti Samre, Tigray. Photo: Hilina Abebe/Norwegian Church Aid (2013)
Ethiopia: LWF responds to Tigray conflict
WASH, livelihood, quality services, refugees protection, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency
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The LWF Ethiopia program has begun to respond to Ethiopia's Tigray region's humanitarian needs. Following a joint assessment visit to the Southern Tigray and Mekelle area, led by the UNOCHA...
29 Jan
Rev. Joann Conroy, an Oglala Sioux woman, explains how the church might learn to care for creation from Indigenous people around the world. Photo: ELCA
USA: Creation care requires Indigenous voices
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Creation, community, North America
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In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Joann Conroy, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, an Oglala Sioux woman, explains how the church might learn to care for creation from Native...
28 Jan
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark is opposing a draft law that would require all religious sermons to be translated into Danish. Here, Bishop Henning Toft Bro preaches at the State Opening of the Danish Parliament. Photo: Diocese of Aalborg
Denmark urged to respect religious freedom
Member Churches, Advocacy
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark has raised concerns about proposed legislation that would require all religious sermons to be translated into Danish.
28 Jan
Photo: Trent Erwin, Unsplash
2020 selection complete, 85 candidates awarded LWF scholarships
Lutheran theology, Theology, Leadership, Scholarships, Diakonia, Women, Youth, Education, Human and Institutional Capacity Development
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The LWF has completed its 2020 scholarship approval process, with 85 new candidates from the communion’s member churches set to pursue degree and diploma courses in theology and different areas of...