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9 Jul
EECMY President Rev. Yonas Yigezu Dibisa and other congregants during Sunday worship in one of the church's congregations in the capital Addis Ababa. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Lutheran communion solidarity as Ethiopian church appeals for peace in the country
peace building, Ethiopia, EECMY
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LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has reassured the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus of the Lutheran communion’s solidarity as the church consistently appeals for peaceful approaches to address grievances and conflict amid ongoing unrest in the country.
9 Jul
EECMY President Rev. Yonas Yigezu Dibisa and other congregants during Sunday worship in one of the church's congregations in the capital Addis Ababa. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Lutheran communion solidarity as Ethiopian church appeals for peace in the country
peace building, Ethiopia, EECMY
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LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has reassured the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus of the Lutheran communion’s solidarity as the church consistently appeals for peaceful...
8 Jul
Carlos Hernandez migrated from Olancho, Honduras, a region heavily affected by climate change and social violence. Photo: Sean Hawkey/ LWF
COVID-19: Interfaith forum calls for protection of human rights
coronavirus, COVID19, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Climate
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The global pandemic of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and climate change are both heavily affecting those already vulnerable, and aggravating the human rights situations in many countries. To...
7 Jul
Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Lutheran leader shares spiritual insights on pandemic
Church of Sweden, Interfaith, coronavirus, COVID19
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Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén is among several dozen leaders of different religious traditions who offer personal insights from the Coronavirus pandemic as part of an online project...
6 Jul
The ruins of a building in war-torn Mosul, Iraq. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
LWF urges Security Council to implement global ceasefire
LWF General Secretary, Advocacy, United Nations
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The General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, has written to the United Nations Security Council urging it to strengthen efforts towards a global ceasefire and enable...
3 Jul
The Joseph Eye Hospital is a Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church Lutheran mission hospital. Photo: JEH
India: Reviving hospitals, a healthy mission
Voices from the Communion, LWF member churches, Communion Building, health care
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In this Voices from the Communion, Lutheran mission hospital administrator, Dr Arunkumar Akilan vows to revive aging mission hospitals, make them sustainable, and offer affordable healthcare for all...
2 Jul
Congregations in Denmark have increased their online presence during the lockdown. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
COVID-19: "Push for digital engagement” in Denmark
COVID19, coronavirus, church, LWF member churches, digital, digitalization, Communion Building
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The Interchurch Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark shared its “Learnings for churches and organizations in digitalization during COVID-19 lockdown”, summarizing first findings and...
1 Jul
The Lutheran church in Guatemala is one of 48 churches that received funding from the LWF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (RRF). Photo: ILAG/Diego GIL
COVID-19: Villages self-isolate to protect against coronavirus
Rapid Response Fund, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Communion Building
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The Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala safely completed a 12-day mission delivering food to remote villages on a three-month, self-imposed quarantine and curfew to avoid contracting Coronavirus...
30 Jun
A screenshot of the webinar on the churches’ response to populism. Photo: LWF
Confronting populism: how can churches respond?
Public Space, Public theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy
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A wide-ranging online discussion on 25 June, jointly organized by the LWF, the Church of Norway, and the Oslo-based think tank Skaperkraft. A webinar designed to help church leaders at all levels...
29 Jun
LWF General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge (left) and President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photos: LWF/S. Gallay and LWF/Albin Hillert
LWF leaders: ‘Now is the time to be church’
Communion Building, LWF President, LWF General Secretary, Member Churches, Theology, Diakonia, Advocacy, COVID19, coronavirus
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Despite the many challenges facing churches as a consequence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Christians are called to encourage each other as they find new ways of proclaiming God’s healing...
29 Jun
Dahiet Al-Salam, in the Shufat Camp area of Jerusalem, has been closed off by the Israeli authorities' construction of the separation wall that runs through Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Annexation will undermine peace in Middle East 
Holy Land, Peace-building, Advocacy
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Leading ecumenical organizations are urging the international community to oppose Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.
26 Jun
Participants at the October 2019 consultation in Addis Ababa on the theme ‘We believe in the Holy Spirit: global perspectives on Lutheran identity’. Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
Launch of ‘Being Lutheran’ series of webinars
Lutheran identity, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building
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The LWF is launching a new series of monthly webinars exploring the creative, vibrant and life-giving diversity of what it means to be Lutheran in countries around the world today.
25 Jun
The LWF is adding its voice to a statement calling for an end to the decade-long conflict in Syria and support for all those displaced by the violence Photo: LWF/R. Schlott
LWF joins call to conference on ending Syria conflict
Interfaith, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, #withrefugees, refugee, Refugees, Za'atari Refugee Camp
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The LWF has signed onto a statement from the ACT Alliance on behalf of its members in Syria and the surrounding countries. The statement is calling for a “transformative conference” to support just...
24 Jun
A look through a smartphone to the Regensburg Dom Cathedral, Germany. Photo: ANBerlin/ flickr
COVID-19: Online worship increases outreach and attendance
MC/COVID19, COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Communion Building, online, digital, Communion
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Lockdown, confinement and the prohibition of actual church services have sparked an immense creativity in German churches, a recent study finds.
23 Jun
Nyakuleng'a High School students received COVID-19 prevention masks from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.  Photos: ELCZa/David Mang'enda
COVID-19: "A generous and open act of kindness"
LWF member churches, Member Churches, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia (ELCZa) utilizes Lutheran World Federation Rapid Response Funds to unite communities through Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic awareness and food distribution...
22 Jun
LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Redefining churches’ role in post-COVID19 world
Theology, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus, Women, LWF President, Advocacy, Member Churches, Communion Building, MC/COVID19
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In the aftermath of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lutherans must learn to redefine their role in society as they continue “to advocate and to ensure that no-one is left behind.”
20 Jun
“I believe a second step may be needed to strengthen our resolve. As people of faith, we should both welcome and protect the stranger: welcome with open arms, and protect by advocating for their human rights, ensuring their dignity so that all refugees, all internally displaced people, may have hope and a future.” Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Not only welcoming, but protecting the stranger
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World Refugee Day: LWF General Secretary calls for stronger resolve to protect refugees  ...
19 Jun
In this Voices from the Communion, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria talks about the global refugee crisis, a protestant search-and-rescue mission and the biblical roots of welcoming the stranger.
Germany: Advocate for the rights of refugees
Voices from the Communion, COVID19, #withrefugees, World Refugee Day, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Refugees, Advocacy
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In this Voices from the Communion, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria talks about the global refugee crisis, a protestant search-and-rescue mission and the...
18 Jun
A group of Oromo internally displaced people (IDP) move through the Burka Dare IDP site in Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
World Refugee Day: Every Action Counts
World Refugee Day, #withrefugees, Global event, Diakonia, Advocacy, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Refugees, refugee camp, IDP
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Churches and faith communities need to actively support refugees. Every action counts. This is the call of Lutheran church leaders worldwide on World Refugee Day.
18 Jun
Leaders of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil ask people to show a commitment to prayer and to stopping the rapid spread of the Coronavirus. Photo: © Pixabay / Juraj Varga
COVID-19: “Every death is a lament”
COVID19, coronavirus
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The leadership of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil has expressed deep concern about the increase in deaths from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic which is...
17 Jun
Evening Prayer - May 11, 2017 Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
“One Body, One Spirit, One Hope” is the theme of LWF Thirteenth Assembly
Executive Committee, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Governance, 13th Assembly, Assembly
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The focus of the Thirteen Assembly of the LWF has been set with the theme, “One Body, One Spirit, One Hope.“ The assembly will be held 13-19 September 2023 in Krakow, Poland.
16 Jun
Photo: LWF (Finance chart)
Positive financial performance equips communion to serve during challenging times
COVID19, coronavirus, Finance, Executive Committee, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Governance
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The LWF “excellent financial performance in 2019 contributed to the stability of the organization,” making it well equipped “to meet the current global challenges of COVID-19 and to continue serving...
15 Jun
Copies of the Modern Ukrainian Bible Translation. Photo: Ukrainian Bible Society
Ukraine: Joy over new Bible Translation
Theology, Ecumenical, Member Churches
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“What joyful news for all Christians of Ukraine,” says Pavlo Shvarts, Bishop of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (GELCU). “We now hold the long-awaited new full translation of the...
12 Jun
Photo: LWF
A time for the communion’s presence of healing, compassion, and hope
COVID19, coronavirus, Meeting of Officers, Governance, Executive Committee, General Secretary, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF member churches, Communion Building
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LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge delivered his report to the LWF Executive Committee, which is holding an exceptional online meeting 10-16 June. The committee will take necessary governance...
10 Jun
Photo:LWF/Albin Hillert
LWF Executive Committee meets online in exceptional circumstances
COVID19, coronavirus, Meeting of Officers, Governance, Executive Committee
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An exceptional online meeting of the LWF Executive Committee is taking place, 10 - 16 June. Chaired by LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, the governing body will take necessary action...
9 Jun
The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg which organizes the Harding Meyer Prize. Photo: Denis Leypold
Mennonite, Protestant, Catholic theologians receive ecumenical award
Theology, Ecumenical, JDDJ, Institute for Ecumenical Research
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A French Mennonite, a German Protestant and an American Catholic theologian have been awarded the first ever Harding Meyer prize in Ecumenism. The award, announced by the Institute for Ecumenical...
8 Jun
Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
Congratulations to Vatican’s Council for Christian Unity on 60th anniversary
PCPCU, Roman Catholic, Ecumenical
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The Lutheran World Federation General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge has sent greetings to the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, to mark the 60th...
8 Jun
COVID-19: Indonesian church aids out-of-work rickshaw drivers
Diakonia, COVID19, Indonesia, coronavirus, MC/COVID19, Rapid Response Fund
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In Indonesia, the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have left families of passenger rickshaw drivers without means to a livelihood. The Simalungun Protestant Christian Church is reaching out to this group.
5 Jun
Bishop Patricia Davenport of the ELCA’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod
Church must combat racism at the grassroots
LWF member churches, racism, Advocacy
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The riots and protests in the United States, following the killing of a black man by a police officer, are an opportunity for people of faith to “live what we profess, to stand behind our statements...
5 Jun
LWF is joining other civil society organizations to ensure the participation of non-government organizations at this year’s High-Level Political Forum  Photo: LWF/S. Cox
LWF joins call to ensure civil society participation at UN SDG forum
Statement, SDGs, SDG, Waking the Giant, United Nations
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LWF has joined a call by 460 civil society organizations to ensure the participation of non-government organizations at this year’s High-Level Political Forum
5 Jun
Rev. Dr. Elfriede Dörr from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Romania: Connecting theology, ecology, and personal faith
Voices from the Communion, Climate Justice, Climate, LWF member churches, Communion Building, ecotheology, Theology, Youth
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In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Dr. Elfriede Dörr from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania reflects on the effects of climate change in her country and the...