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Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Read 2481 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).
Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Read 2393 times
Delegation 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.
Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Read 2177 times
LWF 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.
Posted by: LWI on Friday, March 04, 2011 | Read 3218 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.”
Posted by: Elizabeth on Wednesday, March 02, 2011 | Read 2428 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 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.
Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, February 26, 2011 | Read 1916 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.
Posted by: LWI on Thursday, February 24, 2011 | Read 2527 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.
Posted by: Elizabeth on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | Read 5622 times
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.”
Posted by: LWI on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | Read 2130 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.
Posted by: LWI on Monday, February 07, 2011 | Read 1552 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.
Posted by: Linda Macqueen on Sunday, February 06, 2011 | Read 1324 times
With thanks to God, the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) rejoices that no lives were lost in the greatly feared Category 5 tropical cyclone Yasi, which crossed the coast around midnight on 2 February. At the same time the church extends the love and compassion of God to the people who lost homes and properties in what was one of the most ferocious storms in Australia’s history.
Homes, properties and crops in and around Cardwell, Mission Beach and Tully, which were in the direct line of the cyclone, have been extensively damaged. Many homes have been completely destroyed and sugar-cane and banana crops have been flattened. The region produces 75% of Australia’s bananas.
Posted by: Linda Macqueen on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 | Read 1641 times
Even those of us far from the direct line of the cyclone are feeling fearful this morning as we wake up to the news that it is now a Category 5! Some reports suggest it is twice the size of Katrina. It is far more dangerous than anything Australia has seen before. All of Australia is fearful of what is about to happen to the people in north Queensland. Please pray for them.
North Queensland was the only part of the state not flood-affected.
Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, January 29, 2011 | Read 2007 times
A very happy and blessed 2011 to all of you. ALN54 is released! Click on the newsletter on the right and download for your reading pleasure.
Do you know the new Asia Secretary has already been appointed? This issue also brings you the LWF New Year's message by the LWF General Secretary, Rev Martin Junge. Read about the flood situation in Queensland and how members of the Lutheran church in Australia reach out to the community in the midst of the worst flood in Australia. All these and more in this issue of the Asia Lutheran News!
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Posted by: LWF-Youth on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | Read 2108 times
'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.
Posted by: Linda Macqueen on Sunday, January 23, 2011 | Read 2332 times
In late December and January, the worst floods in Australia’s history caused record-breaking destruction across Queensland!
At their peak they covered 75% of the state, an area the size of Germany and France combined. Apart from causing widespread damage to homes, properties and infrastructure in the state’s food-producing belts, the flooding also caused great devastation in some of Queensland’s largest cities, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Ipswich. The state’s capital and Australia’s third-largest city, Brisbane, suffered its worst flooding since the infamous 1974 flood. Across Queensland the cost of repairing infrastructure and restoring homes and livelihoods is estimated at over US$30billion.
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