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LWF Delegation on Visit with Pope Benedict XVI

Posted by: LWI on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | Read 1547 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.


Unity in Diversity

Posted by: LCA-BFM on Thursday, December 09, 2010 | Read 3376 times
Sharing about God's love with the childrenSouth Australian school students formed part of a unique team assisting Cambodian villagers with medical – and spiritual – first aid

To share the love of Jesus Christ with the people of Kampong Chhnang province, Cambodia, a unique team of 90 people from different parts of Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong came together – for 13 days – in July this year. Among this group were 10 Year Eleven students and three staff members from Unity College Murray Bridge, South Australia, as well as Western Australian District president Rev Greg Pfeiffer and wife, Janet.

This team’s practical work and ministry built on the past medical, dental, optical and ministry teams which had been coordinated in Kampong Chhnang during the past four and a half years by the Lutheran Church in Singapore, through Lutheran World Mission (LWM) Cambodia, under the leadership of Dr William Chang.


2010 Christmas Message from the LWF President

Posted by: LWI on Monday, December 06, 2010 | Read 2568 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.


Wrong reading of Bible story 'legitimises' earth's exploitation

Posted by: ENI on Sunday, December 05, 2010 | Read 1361 times
Manila (ENInews). Asian Christian leaders have challenged what they describe as a distorted interpretation of the Bible's Genesis story about God telling Adam and Eve to "subdue" the earth and to "have dominion" over other living species and non-living resources on the planet. "The misinterpretation, which has been blamed on Christians, has helped legitimise the wanton profit-oriented exploitation of the planet and its resources," said Hrangthan Chhungi of the Presbyterian Church of India. She said that the more appropriate translation from Hebrew, the language in which Genesis is written, is "to over-see and take care, rather than to subdue and have dominion".

LWF President Younan Calls on Worldwide Communion to be Prophetic

Posted by: LWI on Monday, November 29, 2010 | Read 1314 times
Bishop Munib YounanEmphasis on Theology of Accompaniment
GENEVA, 26 November 2010 (LWI) - The worldwide family of Lutherans must work together to serve and heal the broken world, Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, president of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) said in a 25 November address in Geneva.

“We are called to work to eradicate poverty, to be prophetic against injustice, to be bridge builders between South and North and East and West, to strengthen our sisters and brothers who suffer or find discrimination because of their faith, and to be responsible for the integrity of creation,” Younan said.


LWF Mourns DWS Mauritania Program Staff Killed in Road Accident

Posted by: LWI on Sunday, November 28, 2010 | Read 2227 times
Ms Houleye TallGeneral Secretary Junge Conveys Prayers to Families
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania/ GENEVA, 26 November 2010 (LWI) – Three long-serving staff members of the Mauritania country program of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Department for World Service (DWS) were among seven persons who died on 25 November in a road accident in southern Mauritania.

DWS Mauritania program coordinator Ms Houleye Tall; Mr Macky Coulibaly, area coordinator for Brakna, Trarza and Gorgol; and driver Mr Louloud Ould Khaina were travelling back to the Nouakchott head office after completing a training session with local communities and leaders when their vehicle hit a lorry. A local leader, his wife and two children from the region also perished in the accident.

Program coordinator Houleye Tall (photo) had worked with DWS Mauritania since 1988 in a variety of areas including women’s empowerment, peace and reconciliation, and human rights. © LWF/DWS Mauritania/Paula Laajalahti

Chilean Theologian Martin Junge Installed as LWF General Secretary

Posted by: LWI on Thursday, November 25, 2010 | Read 2680 times
Installation Sermon: Call to Lutheran Communion to Build Bridges in a World Ravaged by Conflict
GENEVA, 25 November 2010 (LWI) – In his installation sermon as the eighth General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Chilean theologian Rev. Martin Junge reminded LWF member churches of their mutual responsibility to nurture dialogue, inclusion, healing and transformation.

Newly installed LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge receives prayers from Executive Committee members for discernment and God's presence in his ministry. © LWF/H. Putsman Penet“Together on the Road to Emmaus” was the title of his sermon based on Luke 24. Junge emphasized the significance of Jesus’ question to his disciples—‘What are you talking about as you walk?’—for churches seeking to participate in God’s mission today. He noted this attitude can be nurtured by “listening before speaking, giving space to ongoing conversations that individuals and entire societies are having,” and by seeking to better understand life experiences and contexts.


UNAIDS says Pope's condom move makes HIV cooperation easier

Posted by: ENI on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 | Read 1345 times
Geneva/Rome (ENInews). The head of UNAIDS, Michel SidibΘ, says a statement by Pope Benedict XVI that the use of condoms is justified when intended to reduce "the risk of HIV infection" will make it easier for international organizations to cooperate with faith-based organizations in the fight against HIV and AIDS. SidibΘ is the executive director of UNAIDS, the United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS. He was answering a question about the Pope's statement during a 23 November media conference in Geneva. "The announcement will make cooperation easier with faith-based organizations, in the fight against HIV and AIDS," said the head of UNAIDS. "This is an important step forward." The Roman Catholic Church rejects condoms as a means of birth control and had for many years said they are not a means of preventing AIDS. (ENI)

Tercentenary Celebration and Thanksgiving

Posted by: ISPCK, India on Monday, November 15, 2010 | Read 1711 times
DR Rowan Williams, Archbishop of CanterburyMore than 750 people from around the globe gathered at The Cathedral Church of the Redemption, New Delhi, on October 15, 2010 during a thanksgiving service to thank God for His faithfulness to the Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (ISPCK), which celebrated three hundred years of service to the Indian community.

The Most Reverend and Right honourable Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, lead this commemorative service assisted by the General Secretary of ISPCK, Rev Dr Ashish Amos, Moderator of the Church of North India ...


Damages by Cyclone Giri in Myanmar

Posted by: LCM on Monday, November 08, 2010 | Read 2220 times
Dear Friends and supporters:

The tropical cyclone Giri slammed into the nation, Myanmar on October 22nd and 23rd battering Rakhine State, a city of more than 1 million, Magwe and Sagaing divisions with wind sometimes exceeding 140 km an hour. Warning about this storm was aired from foreign news and media days before.

The storm is strong but a bit less than Cyclone Nargis which hit the country in 2008, destroyed many houses and killed about 150,000 people. The most heavily damaged places were in Kyauktaw, Myebon, Minbya townships and many villages in Rakhine State and some other villages and towns in the Magwe and Sagaing divisions directly hit by the storm.


Book on Building HIV Competent Churches soon to be out of the press

Posted by: CCA on Monday, November 08, 2010 | Read 1769 times
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) has a policy on HIV and AIDS approved by the General Committee in Bangkok on October 1, 2009. But are our Churches and Councils HIV Competent? There is a test on HIV Competent Churches developed in the ecumenical laboratory of the World Council of Churches in Bossey in 2007. Churches are encouraged to take the test and to work for enhanced competency in the response to HIV and AIDS.

The test on HIV Competency is featured in the new CCA book, “Building HIV Competent Churches: Called to Prophesy, Reconcile and Heal” edited by Dr. Erlinda N. Senturias and Dr. Liza B. Lamis. The book is funded by the Hong Kong Christian Council, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican Church in Hong Kong), the Regional Offices of Joint United Nations HIV/AIDS Program and the United Nations Population Fund in Bangkok.


Outgoing LWF General Secretary Optimistic about Ecumenism’s Future

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, November 06, 2010 | Read 1400 times
Dr Noko marked his retirement by planting an apple tree outside Geneva's Ecumenical Centre Interview with Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko
GENEVA, 3 November 2010 (LWI) - In an interview with Lutheran World Information (LWI), Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko, who served as general secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) from 1 November 1994 to 31 October 2010, outlined significant decisions that have strengthened the self-understanding of the LWF as a communion of churches. He affirmed two historic actions with the Roman Catholics and Mennonites respectively as a sign that the ecumenical movement is alive and has a future. He emphasized that ethical issues should not be the basis for church division.

Noko’s successor, Chilean theologian Rev. Martin Junge, assumed responsibility as LWF General Secretary on 1 November.


Bishop Younan Addresses Vatican Synod on the Middle East

Posted by: ELCJHL on Friday, November 05, 2010 | Read 1295 times
JERUSALEM, October 25, 2010 - On Thursday, October 21, Bishop Younan was invited to address Pope Benedict XVI and the Synod of Bishops at the Special Assembly for the Middle East at the Vatican in Rome.

The Special Synod, which convened on October 10, brought together with Pope Benedict XVI "both cardinals and archbishops, who are heads of the various offices in the Roman Curia, presidents of episcopal conferences around the world, who are concerned with the issues of the Middle East, [and] representatives from the Orthodox Churches and ecclesial communities and Jewish and Muslim guests."



Posted by: LWF-Asia on Saturday, October 30, 2010 | Read 1098 times
Dear Readers

We are pleased to announce the release of issue 53 of the Asia Lutheran News! Click on the newsletter (right) for updates on the LWF and member churches in the region.

Do you know LWF/DMD has a new Director? There has also been a change of leadership in several of the member churches in Indonesia. The LWF/DMD Asia Secretary and Regional Coordinator are also bidding farewell to all after having served their maximum term in their respective position.

All these and more in ALN53!

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ALN Team


Focus Anew on Meaning of Reformation

Posted by: LWI on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | Read 2621 times
The door of Castle ChurchActing General Secretary Junge Underlines Ecumenical Significance

GENEVA, 20 October 2010 (LWI) – As churches around the world commemorate Reformation Day in 2010 on or around 31 October, Acting General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Rev Martin Junge has invited LWF member churches to observe this year’s anniversary with a special sense of gratitude as they reflect on the contemporary significance of the Reformation’s witness to the gospel.

In a letter addressed to LWF member churches, Rev Junge reminds the Lutheran communion of the need to reaffirm God’s gift of grace especially in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. “It is precisely because we live by grace that we have the confidence to look with honest eyes at the traditions we cherish and to seek God’s healing hand to make them live anew. Such a spirit is one for which our contemporary world thirsts,” writes Rev Junge.

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