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Proclamation, Diakonia and Advocacy Make Holistic Mission

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Sunday, June 12, 2011 | Read 5065 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.


Lutheran Youth Gear Up for Joint Environmental Experiment

Posted by: LWI on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 | Read 3543 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 4152 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.


LWF Prayers for Japanese People and Churches Following Earthquake

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Read 3418 times
8.9 Magnitude Strikes Northeastern Japan

GENEVA, 11 March 2011 (LWI) – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has written to the three LWF member churches in Japan reassuring them of the Lutheran communion’s prayers and support following the devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami that struck Japan earlier today.

“We are thinking of and praying for you, your pastors and church workers as you give spiritual care and leadership in this time and as you and your churches organize relief efforts,” said Acting LWF General Secretary Rev. Chandran Paul Martin, in letters addressed respectively to presidents Rev. Sumiyuki Watanabe, Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC); Rev. Shigeo Sueoka, Kinki Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC); and Rev. Yutaka Kumei, Japan Lutheran Church (JLC).


LWF General Secretary Visit with Asian Churches Starts in Indonesia

Posted by: LWI on Friday, March 04, 2011 | Read 4215 times
Malaysian Churches Host Asian Regional Conference
GENEVA, 4 March 2011 (LWI) – Rev. Martin Junge, general secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), says his visit with churches in Asia, beginning 6 March, will be a time to reflect together with the LWF member churches in the region about their ongoing journey within the worldwide communion.

“I am very much looking forward to being immersed in the Asian context, to listening to the conversations and projections of Asian member churches of the LWF, and to reflecting together with the leadership of these churches about our ongoing journey as a communion of churches,” he said.

This will be Junge’s first visit with churches in the region since he became LWF general secretary last November. It will be in the context of the bi-annual gathering of the Lutheran Council in Asia (LUCAS) and the Asia Church Leadership Conference (ACLC) taking place 8-13 March in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme is “On being an LWF Communion of Churches in the Asian Context: Understanding and Implications.”


LWF Member Churches Continue Steady Growth Globally

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, February 26, 2011 | Read 2691 times
Slight Increase Pushes Total Figure to 70.3 Million – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches maintained a general trend of growth globally, according to statistics released here.

By the end of 2010, the 145 churches belonging to the LWF, ten recognized congregations and one recognized council in 79 countries, had a combined total of 70,308,294 members, an increase of 213,559 or 0.3 percent over the previous period.

According to the 2010 annual statistical survey conducted by the LWF Office for Communication Services, LWF churches in Africa and Asia reported continued growth, with Africa adding almost 700,000 new members, and Asia more than 50,000.

Amidst Upheaval in Middle East, LWF Calls for Just Peace in Holy Land

Posted by: LWI on Thursday, February 24, 2011 | Read 4706 times
General Secretary: Fundamental Injustices Must Be Redressed

GENEVA, 24 February 2011 (LWI) - The general secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Rev Martin Junge, has urged the Lutheran communion to support those advocating for peace with justice in the Holy Land.

In a statement on the 18 February United States veto of a United Nations Security Council resolution calling on Israel to cease all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Junge noted that such settlements were a violation of international law and undermined the prospects for peace and the stability in the region.

“Fundamental injustices must be redressed, if peace is to be more than just a word,” he said. The LWF affirmed the responsibility of the international community to support Israelis and Palestinians in the search for a just peace in the Holy Land.


LWF together - the earth needs you

Posted by: LWF-Youth on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | Read 2809 times
LWF Together'LWF together' links groups of young people worldwide aged 15-30 for conversations and action on God’s creation and environmental stewardship.

Three groups in different continents will be matched so they can share insights and learn about ecological issues people in the Lutheran communion are facing.

From May to October 2011, each group in connection with the two others will study relevant Bible passages and take a look at creation care challenges where they live.


LWF Annual Report 2009

Posted by: LWI on Sunday, January 16, 2011 | Read 1467 times
LWF Annual Report 2009Read about the global work and ministry of the Lutheran World Federation in 2009 from its annual report:



2011 LWF New Year Message

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 | Read 2701 times
Rev Martin JungeResist Violence, LWF General Secretary Urges
2011 New Year Message Cautions of Religion’s Role in Fueling Violence
GENEVA, 4 January 2011 (LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge has urged in his 2011 New Year Message that Christians adopt language and actions that foster nonviolence and peace-building.

“I pray that this New Year will find us deeply engaged locally, regionally and globally in all possible efforts to overcome violence, hatred and persecution, and to resist manipulation of religion as a fuel to violence motivated by other interests,” Junge said in his New Year Message issued on 4 January.


LWF/DMD New Asia Secretary

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | Read 2870 times
Dr William ChangDecision of the LWF Executive Committee on the Area Secretary for Asia
The LWF Executive Committee has appointed Rev Dr William S C CHANG, pastor of the Lutheran Church in Singapore (LCS), to the position of Area Secretary for Asia in the LWF-DMD for a period four years.

Dr Chang will take office in Geneva as soon as his work permit is approved by the Swiss authorities. H will be invited to participate in the upcoming meeting of the Lutheran Council in Asia (LUCAS) and the Asia Church Leadership Conference (ACLC) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia from March 8-9 and 10-13, 2011.

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Pope Benedict XVI Invited to Help Plan 500th Anniversary Commemoration

Posted by: LWI on Monday, December 20, 2010 | Read 2387 times
LWF Delegation visiting Pope Benedict XVIImportance of Continuing Ecumenical Relations Stressed by Both Leaders

VATICAN City, Vatican/GENEVA, 16 December 2010 (LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan has invited Pope Benedict XVI to work together with the Lutheran communion in realizing an ecumenically accountable commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.


LWF Vacancy Announcement:

Posted by: LWF-OP on Thursday, December 16, 2010 | Read 2991 times
Position: LWF Regional Officer for Expression of Communion in Asia
Reports to: Area Secretary for Asia

Department for Mission and Development
Place of Assignment: to be defined in Asia
Starting Date: 1 April 2011
Duration of contract: 3 years with possibility for extension

Required Qualifications: (click link below)


LWF Delegation on Visit with Pope Benedict XVI

Posted by: LWI on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | Read 1540 times
First Official Visit for New Leadership Including General Secretary and Regional Vice Presidents
GENEVA, 15 December 2010 (LWI) – Representatives of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) led by the president Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan will visit Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on 16 December.

The seven-member delegation includes also the general secretary, Rev. Martin Junge and these regional vice presidents of the Lutheran communion elected at the July 2010 Eleventh Assembly in Stuttgart, Germany: from Africa, Presiding Bishop Alex G. Malasusa (Tanzania); from Central Eastern Europe, Bishop Tamás Fabiny (Hungary); and from the Nordic region, Presiding Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien (Norway). These LWF officers, together with the staff persons participating in the visit, represent all LWF regions.


2010 Christmas Message from the LWF President

Posted by: LWI on Monday, December 06, 2010 | Read 2560 times
Blessed ChristmasThere Is Hope Even in the Midst of Darkness

GENEVA, 3 December 2010 (LWI) - In his 2010 Christmas message, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) President Bishop Munib A. Younan reminds Christians around the world that Christ comes to bring his light and hope to those surrounded by darkness.

Younan’s reflections are based on 2 Corinthians 4:6. He also evokes the story of the 33 Chilean miners, who earlier this year were buried beneath tons of rock for more than two months before they were finally rescued.

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