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18 Jun
The LWF Council received greetings from its ecumenical partner representatives including Father Augustinus Sander of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. LWF/Albin Hillert
Ecumenical guests laud LWF’s commitment to Christian dialogue
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Leaders of global church bodies have thanked The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) for its strong engagement in dialogue among Christians. They affirmed their commitment to continue collaboration in joint efforts to promote Christian unity and confront injustice around the world.
18 Jun
The LWF Council received greetings from its ecumenical partner representatives including Father Augustinus Sander of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. LWF/Albin Hillert
Ecumenical guests laud LWF’s commitment to Christian dialogue
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Leaders of global church bodies have thanked The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) for its strong engagement in dialogue among Christians. They affirmed their commitment to continue collaboration in...
18 Jun
Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Michael Møller addresses the launch of the Waking the Giant self-assessment tool on 17 June. Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
UN endorses LWF work for Development Goals
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The world urgently needs the contribution of Lutheran churches and other faith based organizations if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved. That was the message from the Director...
17 Jun
LWF Council members voting at the 2019 meeting in Geneva. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
LWF Communion Office to remain in Geneva
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The Council of the LWF decided today that the LWF Communion Office will remain in Geneva. A task force established to assess the location of the LWF Communion Office delivered its report to the LWF...
17 Jun
Unanimously, the Council voted to hold the Thirteenth Assembly of the LWF in Krakow, Poland. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Polish church will host the Thirteenth LWF Assembly in 2023
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The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland will host the Thirteenth Assembly of the LWF from 21 to 27 June 2023, in the southern city of Krakow. The LWF Council made this decision...
16 Jun
Emma van Dorp lit five symbolic candles on the altar, as the church leaders affirmed the “wish to make more visible our common witness in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity.” Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
A source of hope towards Christian unity
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Leaders of Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Reformed and Anglican global church bodies today reaffirmed commitment to unity, joint witness and service as they co-presided a special prayer service...
14 Jun
Council members voting on a new structure for the LWF Communion Office. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Equipped to serve the communion
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The LWF Council today authorized a new structure for the LWF Communion Office (CO) that responds to the LWF Strategy 2019-2024, with a stronger focus on communion relationships, more synergy between...
14 Jun
Oberkirchenrat Olaf Johannes Mirgeler, chairperson of the LWF Finance Committee. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Positive results kept LWF financially stable through 2018
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The LWF reported positive financial results for 2018, maintaining a balanced budget despite exchange rate volatility and other financial market uncertainties.
13 Jun
An easily accessible hand-washing point at the Kyangwali refugee settlement, where LWF Uganda receives refugees arriving from neighboring Democratic Republic of  Congo. Photo: LWF/B. Waddell
LWF Uganda scales up risk intervention against the spread of Ebola virus
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Following confirmation of the first cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Uganda by the country’s Ministry of Health and WHO, the LWF country program is working with UNICEF to increase community...
13 Jun
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, presents his report to the 2019 Council meeting Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
LWF General Secretary: ‘Hope is the antidote to paralyzing nostalgia’
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In a context marked by growing insecurity, fragmentation, disregard for international order and rules, the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has urged the global communion to be a witness of...
13 Jun
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
LWF President: Prophetic witness against injustices
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The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa today opened the 2019 LWF Council meeting with a call for deeper unity among churches and bold witness in a world crying for justice and a creation...
13 Jun
Five LWF vice-presidents: from left to right, Desri Maria Sumbayak, Propstin Astrid Klein, Archbishop Antje Jackelen, Rev. Jeannette Ada Epse Maina and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
Promoting gender justice in church and society
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Working together to challenge patriarchal structures and attitudes was at the top of the agenda as participants in a Pre-Council meeting on women gathered in Geneva to share stories and plan...
11 Jun
Members of the panel discussing prospects for peace and human rights in Colombia. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
Churches pledge support for Colombia’s human rights defenders
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The international community must do more to support those seeking to be a prophetic voice for justice and peace in Colombia today. That was the appeal from members of the Bogotá-based inter-church...
7 Jun
Participants during the October 2018 training of trainers’ workshop in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. On the far left, front row, is former EECMY president, Rev. Dr Wakseyoum Idosa, who coordinates the peace project. Photo: EECMY
Many partners, one objective: peace
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Ethiopia’s church-led initiative builds trust among religions and community members
6 Jun
Working through the agenda: Consultations touched on the perspectives of the LWF, the “People on the move” diaconia process, the Nordic initiative “Being church in times of change”, the Jewish-Christian dialogue, and the work of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. All photos: LWF/A.Weyermüller
"Only together we can be the Body of Christ"
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LWF regional leadership consultation for Central and Western Europe in Hamburg
6 Jun
Participants at the Oslo workshop on Freedom of Religion and Gender Equality. Photo: Stefanus Alliance
Bridging the gap between gender justice and religious liberty
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The LWF joined around 30 other Faith Based Organizations to discuss the intersection between the right to religious freedom and women’s rights, within the framework of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable...
5 Jun
LWF Council members in the Ecumenical Center Chapel, during the opening worship service of the 2018 meeting. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Celebration of ecumenical milestone, Thirteenth Assembly, to feature at 2019 LWF Council
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LWF Council to meet in Geneva from 13 to 18 June at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, under the theme “Because we know God’s voice” (John 10:4).
4 Jun
Worship service at the LWF Council 2018. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
‘Freely you have received, freely give’
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The LWF has published its 2018 Annual Report. Titled “Freely you have received, freely give,” it records the life and work of the LWF in 2018, giving insight into the commitment to work for holistic...
3 Jun
The LWF delegation with (from left) Area Secretary for Europe Ireneusz Lukas, General Secretary Martin Junge and Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kazakhstan Jurij Novgorodov meeting with Dariga Nazarbayeva, Chairperson of the Senate of the Kazakh Parliament and Kazakh government officials. All photos: LWF/A. Weyermüller
Working towards peace in this world
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On 17 May, the General Secretary of the LWF Rev. Dr Martin Junge had a high-level meeting with Dariga Nazarbayeva in the capital Nur-Sultan. Nazarbayeva is Chairperson of the Senate of the Kazakh...
31 May
Bishop Patricia Davenport, ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. Photo: Bob Fisher-SEPAComm
Bishop Patricia Davenport: Ministry on the front lines
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The first black woman bishop in the ELCA reflects on her church’s work to combat racism and build a ‘beloved community’
29 May
A symbol of peace: During a service in the Church of Christ the Redeemer in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge presents a Liberian cross to ELCRK Archbishop Yuri Novgorodov. Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
From the underground to the middle of society
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Rev. Dr Martin Junge, General Secretary of the LWF, during his visit to the ELCRK offered a message of encouragement to the church in Kazakhstan to witness in the public space.
28 May
Prize winners Germán Graciano Posso and  Genaro de Jesús Graciano with Verdiana Garcia from the Church of Sweden and Cesar Grajales, Diakonia Sweden Colombia Program. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
The dangerous task of defending human rights in Colombia
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Three award-winning Colombian human rights defenders visited the LWF on 27-28 May as part of a European tour to raise awareness of the dangers and difficulties faced by so many people working for...
27 May
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge visiting the congregation of Kamyschenka led by Pastor Rubin Sternberg (left). All photos: LWF/A. Weyermüller
Steadfast in faith, undaunted in prayer
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"When you meet for Sunday worship, remember: you are doing this along with 75 million other Christians on this earth who are also part of the Lutheran World Federation," LWF General...
24 May
Ms Maria Immonen, director of LWF World Service, said practical ecumenical collaboration, “shows that faith and life are inseparable.”
Lutherans and Catholics: Together we can work miracles
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Practical collaboration between Lutherans and Catholics is vital because it represents the visible consequence of ecumenical theological endeavours. That was the message which the head of the LWF...
23 May
Delegates during the ALCLC, From left: Ms Minia Fecadu, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eritrea; Ms Faith Wambua, Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church; Rev. Seganesh Ayele Asele, The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Rev. Justin Mofolo and Ms Mabel Madinga, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi.
Peace and justice issues are pertinent to the church’s mission in Africa
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African Lutheran church leaders have said holistic witness for peace and justice on the continent today should focus on issues that directly affect the continent such as the “chain of slavery”...
22 May
LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu addresses the Geneva conference. Photo: WCC/Ivars Kupcis
Educating for peace in a multi-religious world
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LWF Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights, Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu, spoke at an ecumenical and interfaith conference on 'Promoting Peace Together'...
22 May
Maria Immonen, director of LWF’s World Service department at the Women’s Forum organized by Caritas Internationalis. Photo: Lucia Ballester Bellver/Caritas
Lutheran perspectives on women in leadership
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The director of LWF’s World Service shares experiences with Catholic colleagues at Caritas Internationalis Women’s Forum ...
20 May
Rev. Angela del Consuelo Trejo Haager, from the Mexican Lutheran Church at the Latin America and the Caribbean & North America leadership meeting in Peru. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
Churches in the Americas: witnessing together for justice and peace
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Participants to Latin American and the Caribbean and North America leadership conference in Lima, Peru, issue a message pledging to strengthen regional cooperation.
17 May
Rev. Dr Frank Otfried July, LWF Council member and Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg. Photo: EMH/Gottfried Stoppel
Getting to know the diversity of a denominational family
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Rev. Dr Frank Otfried July talks about perspectives gained from his multiple engagements for the Lutheran communion, as well as the situation of the churches in Germany, especially the Evangelical...
16 May
World Service staff attending the GLTM hold the names of the countries where they are working. Photo:LWF/A. Hillert
Rooted in faith, committed to serving others
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On 9 May in Geneva, a ten-day Global Leadership Team Meeting (GLTM) opened for staff of the LWF’s World Service department which serves some 3 million people in countries across the globe through its...
16 May
A group of participants during the opening worship of the Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation, hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, 13-17 May, in Moshi, Tanzania. All photos: LWF/ALCINET
Churches must affirm holistic witness despite challenging contexts
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LWF member churches in Africa have received messages of gratitude and encouragement for their untiring and vibrant witness to God’s mission in spite of increasing social, political and economic...