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Dr Meshack is New Principal of Gurukul

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Friday, August 18, 2006 | Read 2158 times

Dr. Samuel W Meshack, India, ChennaiThe principal of Gurukul Lutheran Theological Seminary and Research Center (GLTC) India, Chennai, Rev Dr Mani Chacko, has left his post to take up a new assignment at the Ecumenical Christian Centre, Bangalore from June 2006.

The Rev Dr Samuel W Meshack was officially appointed as the new Principal of Gurukul from June 2006. The installation service was held on 11th June 2006 at Gurukul.


Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia & Singapore

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Friday, August 18, 2006 | Read 5264 times
FELMS Leaders
The Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches Malaysia (FELCMS) had its General Meeting at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in May 2006. At the meeting, Bishop Julius Paul (ELCM) was elected as Chairperson, Bishop Voo Thien Fui (BCCM) as Secretary and Bishop Philip Lok (LCMS) as Treasurer.


New Ecumenical Landmark

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, August 07, 2006 | Read 1712 times

World Methodist Council affirms Joint declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ)

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary, Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko, says the formal affirmation of the Joint declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) by the World Methodist Council (WMC) represents a new ecumenical landmark "for which we must thank and praise God together."

Addressing the 19th World Methodist Conference in Seoul, South Korea, on the occasion of the affirmation on 23 July, Noko said he hoped the Methodists' endorsement of the JDDJ would be an encouragement for new and broader forms of ecumenical cooperation among the respective communions. The 20-24 July conference met under the theme "God in Christ Reconciling."


Dialogue in Life

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | Read 1688 times

Christians and Muslims living and facing life challenges together

In view of Indonesia being the country worst hit by the December 2004 tsunami, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) had sent a mission team in January 2005 to express solidarity with its churches and people. The team’s mission is also to seek out the role of the LWF in the context of such a tragedy.

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LWF General Secretary Noko Denounces Current Grave Escalation of Conflict

Posted by: LWF Asia on Monday, July 24, 2006 | Read 1857 times
Middle East: Only Extremism Will Benefit from Continuation of the Violence

GENEVA, 18 July 2006 (LWI) * The General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko, has denounced the current grave escalation of conflict in Israel, the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. There needs to be a clear rejection of all violence as a means of securing peace, together with a genuine commitment to justice for all the people of the Holy Land, in order to forestall the accelerating spiral of violence, Noko urges in a statement, issued on Tuesday, 18 July.


LWF 60th Anniversary Celebrations to Include a Church Leadership Consultation

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 | Read 2065 times
The Cathedral of LundStrengthening the Bonds of Communion, Shaping a Vision for the Future

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) 60th anniversary celebrations during next year's LWF Council meeting in Lund, Sweden, will include a church leadership consultation. Including women and youth leaders, it will gather together the heads of all LWF member churches.

In a letter to the member churches, LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko writes that the Council meeting and anniversary celebrations will take place 21*27 March 2007. LWF President, Bishop Mark S. Hanson will address the event that will combine the two-day church leadership consultation and a four-day Council meeting.


Vacancy Announcement - Secretary for Youth in Church & Society (YICAS)

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, July 17, 2006 | Read 3432 times
BASIC PURPOSE is to assist LWF and its member churches in promoting the active and meaningful participation of young people in the life, work and decision making of the churches and LWF through advocacy, networking, information sharing, youth leadership training and workshops in line with the established policies and procedures, the recommendations of the DMD Program Committee and the decisions of the Council.


Religious leaders call on G8 to "Keep the Promises"

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 | Read 1802 times
Thirty-nine religious leaders from around the world, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Rev. Dr. James Christie of the Canadian Council of Churches, have signed a statement to the G8 heads of state, calling on them to keep their promises and scale up their response to HIV and AIDS.

The letter, sent to G8 heads of state on 11 July, stated, "We call on you to Keep the Promises which you have already made and to strengthen your leadership in fighting the three diseases through financial support of the Global Fund and committing to long-term, concrete targets for achieving universal access to treatment."


New name for YICAS (Youth in Church and Society)?

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, July 10, 2006 | Read 1794 times

Youth representatives from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches have proposed that the LWF Youth in Church and Society (YICAS) desk be renamed "LWF-Youth”, which they argued identifies better with young people in the Lutheran Communion.


Celebrating 300 Years of Mission in India

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, July 06, 2006 | Read 3528 times
Ziegenbalg's Commitment to serve the Church and Society Remembered

Inauguration of the celebrations on July 3, 2006, Chennai

The week-long celebration marking the ter-centenary of the beginning of Protestant mission in India was inaugurated today at the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College (Chennai, India) by His Excellency Surjit Singh Barnala, the Governor of Tamil Nadu. The celebrations marked the three hundredth anniversary of the arrival at Tranquebar (Tamil Nadu) of Bartholomaus Ziegenbalg, the first Protestant missionary in India. The programmes are being jointly organized by the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India, the National Council of Churches in India, the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute.


LWF/DWS Cambodia received National Award

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Thursday, July 06, 2006 | Read 1907 times
On May 5, 2006 LWF/DWS (Department for World Service) Cambodia was awarded the Cambodia National Reconstruction Medal together with a certificate acknowledging its good partnership with the Cambodian National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), signed by H.E, Samdech Hun Sen the Prime Minister.

This is testimony to the dedication, commitment and hard work by the LWF staff under difficult circumstances in rural Cambodia. The work of LWF Cambodia is also the work of all LWF member churches and we should be very proud of this good work in partnership with the people of Cambodia.


Towards Localization: an important milestone for Lutheran World Service - India

Posted by: LWSIndia on Tuesday, July 04, 2006 | Read 3977 times
PRESS RELEASE Kolkata 10 June 2006

An important milestone for Lutheran-led humanitarian work in India took place in Kolkata. After 32 years as the international field programme of the Lutheran World Federation – Department for World Service, Lutheran World Service India (LWSI) has now commenced the process of localization to transform itself into an autonomous local organisation by 1st January 2008.


Request for help from Yogyakarta

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, June 19, 2006 | Read 1851 times
Dear Friends in Christ

On 27th May, 2006 Saturday morning, as you may have heard through the media, another natural disaster has struck Indonesia. The earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale (by Indonesian National Meteorology and Geophysics, but other sources measure the quake at 6.2), rattled Yogyakarta and its surrounding towns while people were on full alert for the rumbling Merapi volcano.

In less than a minute, that earthquake brought down thousands of poorly constructed houses and buildings, turning them into tombs for thousands of people. The newspaper on Tuesday 30, 2006, reported of 5,130 death and some homeless survivors camping in cattle shed and others begging for food from passersby.


Mekong - Joint Action in Mission in a Complex and Diverse Region

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Monday, June 12, 2006 | Read 4833 times
Joint Action in Mission in a Complex and Diverse Region” was the reason why the Mekong Mission Forum (MMF) called together the Third Mekong Mission Partner’s Consultation held in Bangkok on May 10-11, 2006. The tone was set in the opening devotion led by Bishop Nicholas Tai of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong (ELCHK) based on Isaiah 61 and Luke 4. The consultation was filled with the spirit of communion and fellowship.

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Message from the LWF Project Committee

Posted by: Timo on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 | Read 1879 times
Message from the LWF Project Committee regarding earthquake in Indonesia

On behalf of the LWF Project Committee that met in Montreux from May 30 to June 1, 2006, we express our deep sympathy to all people in Indoensia who were affected by the earthquake which took placed in Central Java on May 27.

We encourage all LWF member churches to pray for all victims of this natural disaster and take necessary action.

Dr. Kjell Nordstokke
Department for Mission and Development
The Lutheran World Federation
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