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Asian church leaders to strengthen communion in changing times

Posted by: Prasuna on Monday, May 27, 2013 | Read 2821 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”.

Asian Lutheran Communion increasingly aware of women’s role

Posted by: Prasuna on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | Read 1176 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.

UPDATE: Final Message from Asia Church Leadership Consultation Now Available

Posted by: LWI on Friday, April 08, 2011 | Read 4588 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.


Lutheran Churches Encouraged to Proclaim Gospel in Multi-Religious Asia

Posted by: LWI on Thursday, March 24, 2011 | Read 3832 times
Rev Martin SinagaCaution against Market-Driven Evangelism
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia/GENEVA, 21 March 2011 (LWI) - Proclaiming the gospel in Asia, a multi-religious and multi-cultural society where Christians are a minority, should not be seen as a threat to other faiths, says Indonesian theologian Rev. Dr Martin Sinaga.

The study secretary for Theology and the Church at The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Department for Theology and Studies said he appreciated the vibrant growth of Christians in Asia, estimated at 300 million people, which he attributed to evangelization efforts.


Language, Communication Hinder Meaningful Participation of Women and Youth

Posted by: LWI on Thursday, March 24, 2011 | Read 2944 times
Asian Church Leaders Seek More Engagement at Local Level
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia/GENEVA, 21 March 2011 (LWI) – Language and communication remain key challenges as women and youth leaders in Asia seek to participate fully in the life of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), says Rev. Shu-Chen (Selma) Chen from Taiwan.

“Given Asia’s multi-lingual context, language is a major challenge that we have to address as we seek meaningful participation in the mission and life of the Lutheran communion,” Chen said in an interview with Lutheran World Information (LWI).


LWF President Urges Churches to Remain Vibrant Witnesses

Posted by: LWI on Friday, March 18, 2011 | Read 4001 times
ACLC plenary sessionGift of Unity in Diversity in Asian Lutheran Communion
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia/GENEVA, 15 March (LWI) – Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, president of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), appealed to LWF member churches in Asia to continue to be “a vibrant and creative witness” in the world’s most populous region.

Younan, who is bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), made this call when he addressed church representatives attending the LWF Asia Church Leadership Conference (ACLC) held in the Malaysian capital under the theme: “On being LWF Communion of Churches in Asian Context: Understanding and Implication”.


LWF Leaders Hail Malaysia’s “Unity-in-Diversity” Initiative

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Read 3340 times
ACLC delegates meet with Government MinisterDelegation at Regional Conference Meets with Government Minister
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia/GENEVA, 11 March 2011 (LWI) –The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and local church leaders have hailed Malaysia’s sincere efforts to promote “unity in diversity” in the multi-religious and multi-ethnic Southeast Asian nation.

“We are happy about the welcoming and hospitable atmosphere here in Malaysia as all delegates to our conference here arrived without difficulty,” said LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A Younan.

Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, was speaking when LWF and Malaysian church leaders met with Dr Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department on 10 March.

The meeting was held in the context of the 7-9 March Lutheran Council in Asia (LUCAS) gathering and the Asia Church Leadership Conference (ACLC), 10-13 March.


Indonesian Lutherans Share Commitment to Transparency and Accountability

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Read 3003 times
LWF General Secretary, Rev Martin JungeLWF General Secretary Calls for Balance Between Listening and Serving
MEDAN, Indonesia/GENEVA, 10 March 2011 (LWI) – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge praised Indonesian Lutherans for making “transparency and accountability” part of their “beautiful witness for Christ.”

Junge, visiting with churches in the country 6-8 March, made his comments when he delivered the Sunday sermon at the Sidorame congregation of the Christian Protestant Church in Indonesia (GKPI) in Medan, North Sumatra.

The general secretary expressed great appreciation for how the Sidorame congregation and GKPI leadership report each Sunday on the amount of money that had been raised and how it was being used.


LWF Scholarship Program: Voices from the Communion

Posted by: OCS on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | Read 3222 times
Dr Monical MelancthonRev Dr Monica Melanchthon | United Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India
I think I am the first woman in India to hold a PhD in Old Testament, and probably among the first Lutheran women in Asia. This opened the way for others.

I have often seen where women are directed into other channels. But I was conscious of the fact that there weren’t any [female] biblical scholars. And that biblical interpretation is often used to keep women in certain types of jobs or positions. I felt that I needed to acquire the skills to challenge these cultural injunctions against women. My vocation is to equip both men and women to read the biblical texts responsibly, to arrive at interpretations that will contribute to the liberation of humankind. I’m trying to increase sensitivity to reading the biblical texts from the perspective of women’s experiences and to articulate theology that takes into consideration the voices of women and other marginalized communities.


Education to Dalits

Posted by: Dasari on Sunday, October 10, 2010 | Read 1313 times
Dalits, a Telugu word used for untouchables in Andhra Pradesh in India.

One hundred years ago, missionaries from various countries concentrated on this community when they came to India. Schools were provided to help them stand on their own feet. After a century, things have changed and this great burden has now fallen on the church in India.


LWF President Younan Urges Humanitarian Relief Coordination in Pakistan

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, September 07, 2010 | Read 2256 times
Bishop Munib YounanCall for Churches’ Prayers and Affirmation of Support through ACT Alliance

GENEVA, 7 September 2010 (LWI) – The President of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan has urged organizations providing humanitarian relief to people affected by the recent flooding in Pakistan to coordination such assistance effectively in order to reach those in need.

In a statement issued today, Younan called on all humanitarian relief agencies—religious and secular—“to draw on our shared common values and principles and find ways and means to coordinate our work together in a common strategy that ensures far-reaching support to the people in need in Pakistan.” Disaster, he emphasized, “does not differentiate along ethnic, political or religious lines; neither should we.”

Discontented U.S. Lutherans to form new church body

Posted by: LWF Asia on Thursday, September 02, 2010 | Read 1323 times
New York (ENI). AUG 25 - Dissatisfied members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are forming a new church body they say will "uphold confessional principles" after disagreements on issues such as the ordination of clergy in committed same-sex relationships. The new body is to be called the North American Lutheran Church and is scheduled to be formed at a 26-27 August meeting in Grove City, Ohio. In 2009, the ELCA agreed to change its denominational rules to "open the ministry of the church to gay and lesbian pastors and other professional workers living in committed relationships".

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LWF Provides Disaster Relief in Pakistan

Posted by: LWI on Thursday, August 19, 2010 | Read 1473 times
Flooding of the Swat river, Photo: ACT/CWSGhulam RasoolWorld Service Workers to Support ACT Alliance Response
GENEVA, 18 August 2010 (LWI) – Two Lutheran World Federation (LWF) disaster relief specialists have been deployed to Pakistan to assist the ACT Alliance in providing emergency assistance to the victims of the flooding that has devastated the country in recent weeks.

Bed Bahadur Thapa and Netra Prasad Subedi, currently working with the LWF Department for World Service (DWS) program in Nepal, will arrive in Pakistan soon, said Dr. Colette Bouka-Coula, DWS acting director.

Accordingly to ACT Alliance, floods across Pakistan triggered by monsoon rain have killed 1,600 people, forced 2 million from their homes and disrupted the lives of one in eight Pakistanis.


LWF Eleventh Assembly - Message & Actions

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, August 12, 2010 | Read 1471 times
Logo of LWF Eleventh AssemblyThe LWF Eleventh Assembly Message and Consolidated Report of Actions are now available under "Assembly Documents" at the LWF Assembly website: www.lwf-assembly.org

Assembly Message:
In a time of “grabbing and keeping,” we once again become aware that true humanity is found in receiving and sharing ...


LWF Eleventh Assembly concludes in joyful worship

Posted by: LWI on Thursday, August 05, 2010 | Read 1492 times
Assembly Closing Service“We Recognize the Obligation of Feeding the World Physically and Spiritually”
STUTTGART, Germany, 27 July 2010 – Participants in the Eleventh Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) celebrated the end of the meeting in a closing eucharistic service today in Stuttgart’s Stiftskirche. During the 20-27 July meeting of the highest decision-making body of the LWF, delegates discussed issues of concern in church and society under the theme, “Give Us Today Our Daily Bread.”
The highlights are contained in the Assembly Message, in which delegates summarized the actions they intend to take as a result of their deliberations during the meeting. “The sacramental sharing of bread and wine obliges us to care for the daily bread of our societies,” states the message. “As a communion of small and large churches, we recognize that we fulfil the obligation of feeding the world physically and spiritually in various ways.”

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