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Asian church leaders to strengthen communion in changing times

Posted by: Prasuna on Monday, May 27, 2013 | Read 2834 times
Sixty five participants from 16 countries of the Lutheran World Federation member churches in Asia, LWF staff and mission partners attended the Asian Church Leadership Conference (ACLC) at Camillian Pastoral Care Centre, Latkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand organized by the LWF, hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand, feeling the presence of the power of God throughout the conference.
The conference was chaired by the LWF Vice-President of Asia, Ms Eun-hae Kwon and ACLC events were kept in order by the LWF Asia Secretary, Rev Dr William Chang. The conference provided space and opportunity for church leadership – women and youth leaders, LWF council members, bishops, regional coordinators, theologians, and LWF staff to share and theologically reflect on the theme “Strengthening the Asian Communion in Changing Times”.

The Pacific Conference of Churches 10th General Assembly and 50th Anniversary

Posted by: Prasuna on Thursday, May 23, 2013 | Read 13084 times
On the 3rd – 10th March 2013, the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) which is a fellowship of Pacific Island Christian Churches had its 10th General Assembly in Honiara, Solomon Island. The PCC’s strategic thematic programmes include Ecumenism in the Pacific, Human Rights, Good Governance and Leadership, Environment and Climate Change, HIV/AIDS, Globalization and Trade. There are also two sectoral programmes specifying on certain target groups which are Women Development and Youth Empowerment.

Participants from PCC member churches who took part in the General Assembly came from the small low-lying atolls nations like Samoa and Kiribati to the large island nation like Papua New Guinea.

The PCC General Assembly is held every five years and this year’s PCC General Assembly also marks the 50th Anniversary of PCC.

Delegates from the only LWF member church in the region also participated in this event. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG) delegates were led by the General Secretary Mr Albert Tokave and the Inter-Church and Ecumenism Director Rev Kinim Siloi. Other delegates include a youth representative, a woman’s representative and two clergies. Three of the youths from ELCPNG also took part as stewards at this meeting.

Lutheran Council in Asia (LUCAS) 2013: A brief report

Posted by: Prasuna on Thursday, May 23, 2013 | Read 1278 times
Thirteen LUCAS members (including three new members who are LWF Council Members), joined four LWF staff and WESALUC – WICAS Regional Coordinator for two days of meetings at the Camillian Pastoral Care Center, Latrabang, Bangkok, Thailand on 10-11 April 2013. Members represented Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Australia, with the majority of LUCAS members and meeting participants coming from India.

The LUCAS meeting was chaired by the LWF Vice-President of Asia, Ms Eun-hae Kwon, a member of the Lutheran Church in Korea. The LWF Asia Secretary, Rev Dr William Cha kept LUCAS proceedings in order. The LUCAS meeting was organised by the Regional Expression Officer for the Communion in Asia, Rev Prasuna Gnana Nelavala and minutes of the LUCAS meeting were recorded by Chaplain Heidi Smith from the Lutheran Church of Australia.

LUCAS members expressed their great joy at the presence of the LWF General Secretary, Rev Martin Junge, being in attendance at their meeting and were grateful for his insightful report and words of encouragement. The General Secretary shared some of his experiences of his visits to areas of Asia in the last year: Indonesia, Malaysia and India.

ACLC participants join Thai new year fete

Posted by: Prasuna on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | Read 1364 times
April 2013 is a significant month for Asia Desk/DMD-LWF as four important meetings, Mekong Mission Forum, WICAS-Asia meeting, LUCAS and ACLC meetings. Among these WICAS, LUCAS and ACLC took place this month.

Auspiciously, April is a significant month for Thailand too where Thais across the country rejoice as they mark Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s birthday anniversary on 2nd April. Added to that April is also a month of great celebrations for the traditional Thai New Year falls on 13-15 April.

The Thai New Year is also known as Songkron festival. It is a time when Thais return to their hometowns to be with their loved ones, and to pay respects to their elderly relatives to be blessed by them. The Songkran festival is also known as Water festival as it is marked by splashing of water everywhere – in the streets, shopping malls, public parks, etc – as a symbol of well-wishing. Songkram is a time for giving, loving and cherishing. It is also a time to preserve the beautiful culture and traditions of the Thai New Year for future generations to admire.

Asian Lutheran Communion increasingly aware of women’s role

Posted by: Prasuna on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | Read 1184 times
The Asia WICAS Regional meeting took place under the leadership of LWF WICAS Secretary Rev Dr Elaine Neuenfeldt in Bangkok, Thailand at Camillian Pastoral Care Center on 10 and 11 April 2013 prior to LUCAS and ACLC meetings. The thematic programme priorities and strategies towards 2017 have been planned in the meeting. It was decided to organize a conference in Asia for both women and men in 2014.
The priorities to be worked out in the conference are:
1. How Gender Justice Policy can be contextualized in Asia
2. Female Leadership
3. Advocacy: There is an urgent need to address the migration realities, asking how it affects women; also, we saw that it is necessary to address the issue of cultural practices that discriminate women in church and society
4. Women’s Theology: increasing women in theological studies will build the capacity to have more women in decision making and women in ordained ministry.

Rev John Henderson the fifth national leader of LCA

Posted by: Timo on Monday, May 13, 2013 | Read 1618 times
Rev John Henderson the fifth national leader of LCA It is with real joy that Lutheran Church in Australia shares that at its recent convention of Synod, the LCA elected Rev John Henderson to be its fifth national leader. After his installation in July, Rev Henderson will be the Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA).

Pastor Henderson brings to the office broad pastoral and leadership experience within the LCA and beyond. He has been Principal of Australian Lutheran College for these past four years. Prior to that (2002-2008) he served the LCA in the seconded position of General Secretary with the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), based in Sydney.

Singapore fights rights abuse on fishing vessels

Posted by: Timo on Thursday, May 09, 2013 | Read 1652 times
Fishing Crew
Trafficking and related exploitative practices in the offshore or long haul fishing industry have recently captured the attention of international and local organizations. The meeting brought together over 40 delegates from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam with observers from New Zealand, Norway, and the UK to evaluate the welfare given to seafarers.

ALN 60 is here!

Posted by: Timo on Friday, March 22, 2013 | Read 1624 times
It gives me great pleasure to present Asia Lutheran News (ALN 60) to you which focuses on the need for Reformation in 21st century in Asian member churches. God has called the Asian Lutheran Communion to minister to her people. As the Lutheran World is marching towards 500th anniversary of Reformation this issue challenges the Lutheran communion in Asia to re-examine her ministry, teachings and theology and reform our Lutheran traditions to Trans-form our communities to have a better communion.

ALN 59 published

Posted by: Timo on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Read 1806 times
Dear readers,

ALN 59 Wishes you Many More God’s Blessings in 2013. We value your contributions and feedback. Our next ALN is devoted to the theme on “Reformation in 21st century: Asian Perspectives.” Any feature articles, news items, Bible Studies and reports are welcome.

ALN 57 is here!

Posted by: Timo on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Read 2401 times
Warm greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
At the outset I would like to apologize for almost two years of ALN’s silence on the website. As I took this new responsibility in October 2011, it took time to organize things systematically.
However, I would like to let you know that we are back in business seriously and I assure you that six copies per year will be published.
ALN 57 can be downloaded now and ALN 55 and 56 can be downloaded from "back issues" page.
Your comments are welcomed!


Proclamation, Diakonia and Advocacy Make Holistic Mission

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Sunday, June 12, 2011 | Read 5061 times
Lutheran Church Representatives Share Good Practices on Mission
MONTREUX, Switzerland/GENEVA, 6 June 2011 (LWI) – When representatives of Lutheran churches from around the world gathered to discuss how concrete church intervention is needed in today’s world, the first person to tell her story was Kyioe Narita of the Japan Lutheran Church.

Her moving thank you for the humanitarian support her church received from the global Lutheran family following the March 2011 devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan seemed a fitting starting point for the stories that followed from Asia, Latin America and Africa.


To Mark Int’l Workers’ Day, LWF Looks at ‘Theology of Work’

Posted by: LWI on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 | Read 4320 times
Symposium Participants Say Work Has not Always Promoted Human Dignity
GENEVA, 4 May 2011 (LWI) - The Protestant Reformer Martin Luther developed a new understanding of the meaning of work but churches have had a mixed record in dealing with labor movements, a symposium of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) held in Geneva heard.

Luther, said Rev. Dr Martin Robra, a German theologian, questioned the value given to contemplative monastic life in the church of his era and instead underlined the importance of manual labor for the community.


Lutheran Youth Gear Up for Joint Environmental Experiment

Posted by: LWI on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 | Read 3540 times
LWF together” kicks off on 1 May
GENEVA, 29 April 2011 (LWI) – On 1 May 2011, over 100 youth groups from the seven regions of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) will embark on a six-month long common journey.

Within the framework of an experimental global LWF program, they will exchange ideas and organize activities around a shared concern: environmental justice.

The program, “LWF together - the earth needs you,” introduces a new and innovative methodology to the Lutheran communion.


LWF General Secretary Praises Japanese Lutherans for Reaching Out

Posted by: LWI on Sunday, April 24, 2011 | Read 4147 times
Japan Lutheran Emergency Relief-Photo:KELCHoly Week Letter Reiterates Prayers and Support from LWF
Geneva, 20 April 2011 (LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge has sent a Holy Week message of praise and support to Japanese Lutherans who are among those providing assistance to people affected by the devastating 11 March earthquake and tsunami.

The death toll of the calamitous earthquake and tsunami had by 19 April exceeded 14,000 people Japan's National Police Agency said, but a further 13,660 are still missing. Some 140,000 people are now in shelters after they were evacuated due to radiation alerts or their homes were destroyed.


UPDATE: Final Message from Asia Church Leadership Consultation Now Available

Posted by: LWI on Friday, April 08, 2011 | Read 4598 times
Region Commits to Communion-Building, Interfaith Dialogue
GENEVA, 8 April 2011 (LWI) – The final message of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Asia Church Leadership Conference (ACLC) “On Being a Lutheran Communion in the Asian Context: Understanding and Implications,” is now available on the LWF Web site.

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