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Lutheran Churches Encouraged to Proclaim Gospel in Multi-Religious Asia

Posted by: LWI on Thursday, March 24, 2011 | Read 3830 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 2943 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).



Posted by: LWF-Asia on Friday, March 18, 2011 | Read 4095 times
Sally Lim/KeeDear Friends

As of March 16 I have completed my term of service with the Lutheran World Federation. Thank you for your love and support in the past ten years. It has been a joy and privilege to serve God and all of you in the Asia Communion.

God's richest blessings be upon you.

Sally Lim (Kee)


LWF President Urges Churches to Remain Vibrant Witnesses

Posted by: LWI on Friday, March 18, 2011 | Read 3999 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”.


Letter from Japan Lutheran Church to the LWF

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Read 3680 times
Dear Rev. Martin,

I am writing on behalf of Rev. Yutaka Kumei, NRK president and the Japan Lutheran Church (NRK). My name is Shinri Emoto and I am the Vice President of the NRK and interim Mission Secretary.

We would like to thank you and the LWF, for your consistent concern and prayers. We have received messages of support and encouragement from churches around the world. It is a wonderful thing to see how the body of Christ comes together at a time like this.


LWF Prayers for Japanese People and Churches Following Earthquake

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Read 3410 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 Leaders Hail Malaysia’s “Unity-in-Diversity” Initiative

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Read 3339 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 3002 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 General Secretary Visit with Asian Churches Starts in Indonesia

Posted by: LWI on Friday, March 04, 2011 | Read 4207 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.”


Building Hope in Palestine

Posted by: Elizabeth on Wednesday, March 02, 2011 | Read 3414 times
Cornerstone Laid for New Building for the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah Students from the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah around the new cornerstone.

Students from the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah gather around the new cornerstone laid by Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL); Dr. Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority; and Mr. Christian Berger, Representative of the European Union Monday, February 7, 2011.

To view more pictures from the event, click here, or click on the photo to the right.

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, February 7, 2011 - “This new building builds hope, not only for the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope, and not only for the Lutheran community, but for all of Ramallah and the Palestinian people,” Bishop Younan said in his words at the cornerstone laying Monday morning for the new school building in Ramallah.


LWF Member Churches Continue Steady Growth Globally

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, February 26, 2011 | Read 2685 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 4680 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.


Bishop Younan speaks at Muslim-Christian Conference on Non-violence

Posted by: Elizabeth on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | Read 7689 times
Bishop Younan at the Third International Conference on Christian-Muslim Relations

Photo: Bishop Younan speaks at the Third International Conference on Muslim-International Relations. To see more photos from the day, click here, or click on the photo. Photos © ELCJHL/Rev. Elizabeth McHan.

BETHLEHEM, February 12, 2011 - “For me, non-violent struggle is an integral part of spirituality that teaches us to see the image of God in the other. This non-violent way is the only way for justice, peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, and acceptance of the other.”


“Loving Lord, have mercy”: LCA prays for Christchurch

Posted by: LWI on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | Read 2879 times
23 February 2011, 12.00 noon - As emergency services workers race against the clock to rescue survivors from the rubble in Christchurch, the prayers of LCA members join with that of LCNZ President Robert Erickson’s petition: “Loving Lord, have mercy”.

Just over 24 hours ago a 6.3-magnitude earthquake violently shook the city of Christchurch in New Zealand’s South Island. So far there have been 75 confirmed deaths and up to 300 people are still unaccounted for.


LWF President Younan Urges Diligence in Promoting Religious Co-Existence

Posted by: LWI on Monday, February 07, 2011 | Read 2124 times
Interview with Bishop Younan on First “World Interfaith Week of Harmony”
JERUSALEM/GENEVA, 4 February 2011 (LWI) - Classroom and playing field activities at Talitha Kumi Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Jala, West Bank, are an opportunity for Christian and Muslim students to grow and learn together. This is one of the four schools run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and Holy Land (ELCJHL). The 2,027 students enrolled in the ELCJHL schools in 2011 comprise around 52 percent Christians and 48 percent Muslims.

On the occasion of the first “World Interfaith Harmony Week” (1-7 February 2011) designated by the United Nations General Assembly last October, Rev. Elizabeth McHan spoke with ELCJHL Bishop Dr Munib Younan, also president of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) about the significance of this week for the Holy Land faith communities and for the global Lutheran communion.

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