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Give Us Today Our Daily Bread - Breakfast Club

Posted by: LCS-BLC on Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Read 2415 times
BLC Breakfast ClubThe people who come are from different backgrounds and religious beliefs. All appreciate the food but more so, many are there for the company. They have taken Bedok Lutheran Church as a gathering place of all sorts. They enjoy the company because it fills a void in their day.

How it all began...
by Rev Rita Wong of Bedok Lutheran Church - Lutheran Church in Singapore (LCS)

“The idea of a feeding ministry began as a burden several years ago to help the needy because, next to Bedok Lutheran Church are several residence blocks of under privileged elderly residents who are sickly and with no one to cook for them.


Bishop Younan Online at Washington Post

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Sunday, October 03, 2010 | Read 914 times
An OpEd piece written by Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan is now available online at the Washington Post "On Faith" Blog: http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2010/09/can_religion_solve_conflicts_in_the_middle_east.html

The article examines the role of religion in the Middle East. In the article Bishop Younan calls on religion to be "prophetic, a catalyst for reconciliation, and to offer peace education." We encourage you to follow the links below to read the article.


Does the Copenhagen climate accord give hope?

Posted by: Arul Aram on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | Read 1441 times
Dr Arul Aram
The UN Climate Change Conference in ‘the port of hope’ – Copenhagen – from December 7 to 19, 2009, raised and lowered hopes. Anyway, the conference is not a total failure as some would call it. The accusation is that what is agreed upon will not limit the temperature rise within 2oC, the upper limit for the healthy survival of humanity. But here are three reasons why the conference is a success.


Look to Luther for Insight on Relations with Islam

Posted by: LWI on Sunday, August 02, 2009 | Read 1434 times
German Scholar Calls Luther’s Introduction to Qur’an “An Early Act of Enlightenment”
BUDAPEST, Hungary/GENEVA, 9 July 2009 (LWI) – Martin Luther, the 16th century Protestant Reformer, can help Christians today to accommodate Islam in western societies, a German constitutional expert told a Lutheran World Federation (LWF) consultation in Budapest at the end of June.


Lutheran Churches in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

Posted by: Harahap on Thursday, April 09, 2009 | Read 1447 times
Rev Dr Ginda P Harahap, LWF Asia Secretary2008 has been a challenging year for Asia and the Middle East. Acts of harassment, discrimination, and grave attacks took center stage in many places in the region. Conflict caused untold suffering, serial bomb attacks killed many people including thousands of Christians. Political issues, religious fundamentalism, persecution, the increasing number of natural disasters (cyclones and earthquakes), and the call to rebuild and restore these nations, are challenges to the Asian churches that they cannot ignore.


Pulpit should turn green

Posted by: Arul Aram on Sunday, March 15, 2009 | Read 1363 times
Dr I Arul Aram
“The pulpit should turn green,” said Dr George Zachariah, the course director of Green Theology in Gurukul Lutheran Seminary. This is a metaphor to mean sensitized clergy who should create environmental awareness among the congregation. Greening the pulpit does not mean decorating the pulpit with cut flowers. But it does also mean allowing more sunlight into the church by way of suitable architecture, thus minimizing the use of artificial lighting.


FEATURE: "The First Loan of My Life"

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | Read 1640 times
Improving Livelihoods among Marginalized Bangladeshis

SAIDPUR, Bangladesh/GENEVA, 23 February 2009 (LWI) - "Please make me a member, give me a loan. I will pay it back at any cost," says Salma Begum, recalling her plea eight years ago to join a micro-credit group in her village. And, she received "the first loan of my life" - 2,000 taka (around USD 29.00) which she used to buy dried fish and other goods that her husband Tafsir Ali sold locally. Gradually, he managed to invest in a small shop, while Salma, with careful management of their income, bought livestock to start her own business.


Made in the Image and Likeness of God

Posted by: PriscillaSingh on Monday, March 02, 2009 | Read 1837 times
Rev Priscilla Singh, Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC) Expressions: Rev Priscilla Singh, Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC)

Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.” Gen. 1:26

When the world is in turmoil over economical downfall, there is unease as to how this would further impact and escalate political conflicts, hatred of immigrants, feminization of work force and eventually to further violence especially against women and children. In these disturbing times, it is best to stay grounded in our deep faith and to know that we are God’s children and as much as we surrender our lives and time and substance to God’s control, we would abide under the shelter of the Almighty.


Christmas and New Year Greetings

Posted by: Harahap on Friday, December 05, 2008 | Read 4699 times
2008 LWF Christmas card featuring embroidery by Morsheda Khatun. The 20-year-old acquired income generation skills through training run by the LWF associate program in Bangladesh. Design by Sirajus Sadeque. © RDRSDear fellow workers, readers, in the faith of Christmas' love

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the LWF-DMD Asia Desk in Geneva to wish you all: “A Blessed Christmas celebration 2008 and A Happy New Year 2009”.

Thank you for our good cooperation throughout the past year. We give thanks for the blessings God has granted to each of our lives and our mission works.


Conversion: A Human Right Subject

Posted by: Timothy_Melvyn on Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Read 3215 times
Timothy Melwin, UELCI http://www.uelci.org

Forced conversion of Christians by Hindutva groups has become the order of the day in Orissa. August and September has seen steady depopulation of villages of their Christian populace. What has been happening over the past couple of months in Kandhamal and other adjoining areas is quite simply ...


Discussion Forum

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 | Read 4494 times
Dear Readers

A 'hot issue' has been raised at our web Discussion Forum (click topic on left column of webpage). Registered readers may join the discussion and leave your comments.


From Hong Kong to Geneva - Internship experience in LWF

Posted by: Francis Chan Cheong- on Saturday, June 07, 2008 | Read 2415 times
Francis Chan
Greetings from Geneva ! My name is Francis Chan, from Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong. I am currently working in LWF- Department of Mission of Development (DMD) as an intern, mainly with the Youth Desk. I came to Geneva on February this year and will stay until November for a 10-month internship program.


Your view on HOT topic

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, December 03, 2007 | Read 1890 times
Dear readers

Francis Wong from Kong Kong invites you to share your view on a current hot topic. Register and click "Discussion Forum" (left of web page).


Core Values of Lutheranism

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, July 05, 2007 | Read 2068 times
Asia Focus By: Rev. August Fricke
Asia Focus (www.asiafocus.org.au)
Gympie, Australia

What does it mean to be Lutheran in Faith and Mission?
According to the Augsburg Confession, Article VII, an essential element of Lutheranism is belonging to “the assembly of believers among whom the Gospel is preached in its purity and the holy sacraments are administered according to the Gospel.” This is seen as being enough for the true unity of the Christian Church on earth.

So to be Lutheran, in a profound way, simply means to be Christian and to belong to the “holy Christian (universal) Church”, as defined in Article VII of the Augsburg Confession. Only in superficial, secondary manner may the word “Lutheran” indicate that you belong to a church called “Lutheran”. We can therefore say that to be a Lutheran means to think big, global and ecumenical. Anything less is sectarian. Note that “ecumenical” and today’s ecumenical movement are not necessarily the same.


Protest against a Fashionable Bottle Water Rights Campaigns

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, February 15, 2007 | Read 2008 times

It became fashionable for Linus Njoroge, a street boy at the 7th World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi, Kenya, to carry one bottle of water in his hip pocket and another in his hand.

He had gone to the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani, to see "this big meeting" where thousands of people had converged to discuss the possibility of 'another world'. But what he found out was that everyone there carried bottled water, unlike his, which he had filled in a nearby tap.

Njoroge's case could be isolated, but the anger that marked the protests on water rights at the 20-25 January 2007 WSF tells of a new conflict, which might catch many governments unaware, according to some of the WSF participants.

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