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3rd Updates on Malaysia's Situation

Posted by: LCMS on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | Read 2126 times
Dr Arul AramFresh attacks on churches occurred yesterday (Sunday, 10 January 2010) but fortunately, the affected churches suffered no major damages or injuries to individuals. What is more disturbing is that yesterday's attack was no longer limited to the Kuala Lumpur Petaling Jaya area. In fact, the oldest Anglican church in Malaysia , and another Catholic church, both in Taiping (Perak) were petrol-bombed. Another Baptist church in Melaka was splashed with black paint. Even a mission school in Perak was targeted. For more information, please refer to the attachment below or the following links: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49125-miri-church-attack-makes-it-7-


Updates on Malaysia's situation

Posted by: LCMS on Saturday, January 09, 2010 | Read 2134 times
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

First, I would like to thank all of you who have sent me emails assuring us of your solidarity and prayer support as our nation tries to pick up the pieces, and finds a peaceful and long-lasting solution to the present religious tensions.

Second, allow me to bring you up to date with the latest situation in Kuala Lumpur. Earlier this morning (9 Jan 2010) arsonists attempted to set fire to one of our oldest congregations, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya. By God’s mercy, the petrol bombs missed the targeted windows, and thus causing only minor damage to the exterior walls. The congregation pastor, Rev. Augustine, discovered the scorched marks on the walls at about 2 pm. A police report was immediately lodged and the police forensic team arrived promptly to investigate the incident.


Prayers for Christians in Malaysia

Posted by: LCMS on Saturday, January 09, 2010 | Read 1988 times
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

On behalf of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia, I bring you greetings in this season of Epiphany. May the Everlasting Father grant us an unwavering faith till we behold his glory face to face.

Since our nation gained independence from Britain in 1957, Malaysians have always prided ourselves of the peace and prosperity we enjoyed in this multi-racial and multi-religious society. Apart from a minor blip in 1969 when racial riots took placed in Kuala Lumpur, the majority of our people were committed to build a nation where we respect and accept each other differences. We are always proud to show off to our foreign friends and visitors how we lived harmoniously in all our cultural diversity.

But our dreams for a One Malaysia, and the image of a peace-loving nation was tragically shattered in the early hours on this day, 8 Jan 2010, when three churches were attacked with firebombs perpetrated by irresponsible and hateful persons. These churches (each from the Roman Catholic Church, the Assembly of God and the Brethren) are located within Petaling Jaya. The only comfort is that there was no loss of life in these acts of insanity.


Sad News - President Benjamin Lasegan of LCP

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Friday, January 01, 2010 | Read 2612 times
President Benjamin LaseganWe bring you the sad news of the passing away of Rev Benjamin Lasegan, President of Lutheran Church in the Philippines. He passed away last Wednesday morning, December 30. His wake is at the Baguio Memorial Chapels and burial will be on Monday, January 4. He has been undergoing dialysis for renal problems and succumbed to his 3rd stroke. Please remember his family and LCP in our prayers.


Asian Churches Advocate Strong Advocacy on Responsible Stewardship

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Read 1784 times
Asia DelegatesEquitable Distribution and Consumption Will Curb Food Insecurity

BANGKOK, Thailand/GENEVA, 10 December 2009 (LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in Asia concluded their preparatory meeting for the forthcoming LWF Eleventh Assembly with an appeal to the global Lutheran communion to strengthen advocacy on responsible stewardship over God-given resources.

"Hunger in Asia is not the result of insufficient food production in the region but rather human-made crises" such as corruption, unjust distribution, militarization, colonialism, occupation and overwhelming national debtamong others, participants in the Asia Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC) said in a final message.


Lutherans in Asia Encouraged to Lead in Diakonia and Diapraxis

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Read 1581 times
Discussion Group on DiakoniaLWF Regional Meeting Calls for Education and Resources to Enable Active Engagement

BANGKOK, Thailand/GENEVA, 10 December 2009 (LWI) - Diakonia is the gospel in action. Diapraxis is interfaith diakonia. But, as participants at the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Asia Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC) and Asia Church Leadership Conference (ACLC) deliberated further, they agreed these expressions of church mission encompassed much more.

Members of a group discussion on "Diakonia as Reaction to Exclusion" at the 6-9 December regional LWF meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, concluded that diakonia is service that reconciles, empowers and accompanies. Diakonia, they agreed, is prophetic when it announces an alternative way of being or denounces injustice in defense of marginalized people.


Minority Churches Seek Global Lutheran Solidarity in Climate Change Response

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Read 1592 times
Discussion Group on Climate ChangeSignificant Impact on Mission and Evangelism Work in Asia

BANGKOK; Thailand/GENEVA, 9 December 2009 (LWI) - Representatives of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches in Asia are asking the LWF, its ecumenical and interfaith partners to provide and share appropriate resources and expertise to enable churches respond effectively to the issue of climate change.

Whether it is catastrophic flooding or drought, deforestation or mining, the social, economic and political problems emanating from climate change are interrelated, stated the report of a group discussion on this topic during the Asia Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC), taking place 6-9 December in Bangkok, Thailand.


Youth Plead for Inclusion and Spiritual Guidance from the Church

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Read 1819 times
Youth response to keynote addressCall to Emphasize Rich Lutheran Heritage in Worship Life

BANGKOK; Thailand/GENEVA, 8 December 2009 (LWI) - Young adults in Asia faced with the disillusionment of a good education that no longer guarantees employment opportunities need spiritual guidance from the church on how to get their daily material bread and meet their spiritual needs.

"What does a job mean? What does work mean?" asked Rev. Sekino Kazuhiro from the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, presenting the LWF Asian region youth response to the keynote address of the Asia Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC), taking place 6-9 December in Bangkok, Thailand.


Asian Women Seek Structures That Ensure Visible Inclusion in the LWF

Posted by: LWI on Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Read 1406 times
APAC plenaryCall to Empower Women’s Response to Climate Change, Poverty and Human Trafficking

BANGKOK; Thailand/GENEVA, 8 December 2009 (LWI) - Women delegates attending the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Asian region Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC) commended the LWF's far-reaching advocacy for marginalized groups in church and society, but called for urgent changes to structures and traditions that further perpetuate exclusion.

"Making women visible is the first step in reducing their vulnerability," said Ms Dora R. Hemalatha, when she presented the women's perspectives on the keynote address by LWF vice president Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan. The presentation by the bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELJHL) focused on "daily bread as a holy call to justice" in the Asian context.


APAC/ACLC: Lutheran Leader Urges Asian Churches to Expose Systemic Causes of Hunger

Posted by: LWI on Monday, December 07, 2009 | Read 3653 times
Greetings from the Host Church, ELCT, with music and danceLWF Churches Meet in Bangkok for First Regional Pre-Assembly

BANGKOK, Thailand/GENEVA, 7 December 2009 (LWI) - As the ancient prophets challenged the powerful who ignored the cries of the needy, so too must the church today act to dismantle systems that prevent people from getting their daily bread.

This was the central message of the keynote address from Palestinian Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan at the opening of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Asia Pre-Assembly Consultation (APAC) and Asia Church Leadership Conference (ACLC), taking place from 6-9 December in Bangkok, Thailand. "Give Us Today Our Daily Bread: A Holy Call to Justice" was the title of the keynote address.


New Leadership - JELC

Posted by: JELC on Tuesday, December 01, 2009 | Read 1680 times
During the 60th Synod Election of Jeypore Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC) in Jagdalpur (CG) from 25-27th of November, 2009, the following were elected as the church's new office bearers for a term of four years (2009-2013).

Bishop-elect: The Rev. Subas Chandra Goudo
Synod Chairman: The Rev. Asish Kumar Pal
Secretary: Mr. Amar Thomas
Treasurer: Mr. Biroj Kumar Benya


ELCJHL supports CRIHL demand for respect for all religious sites

Posted by: aschmitt on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | Read 1592 times
Bishop Munib YounanJerusalem – (Nov. 19, 2009) Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, today affirmed the statement of a Jerusalem interfaith organization calling for respect for the city’s holy sites.

“At the height of tensions in Jerusalem, Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders were able to come together to write a statement in order to bring peace and justice to Jerusalem,” Younan said. The bishop of the Middle East’s Lutheran church body is a founding member of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, which issued the statement, and is comprised of local leaders of Jerusalem's Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities.


Seminar on Women's Ordination, India

Posted by: UELCI, WICAS on Monday, November 16, 2009 | Read 1783 times
The outcome of a national women consultation resulted in several churches in India recommending UELCI to facilitate and advocate the respective church authorities to ordain the theologically trained women and to encourage more women to be trained theologically.

There was also a decision to raise a signature campaign signed by all women urging the church leaders to ordain women.


Dr Mike Semmler re-elected as President, LCA

Posted by: LCA on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 | Read 4615 times
President Mike SemmlerRev Dr Mike Semmler has been re-elected as president of the Lutheran Church of Australia during its 16th General Convention of Synod from October 2-5, 2009. Dr Semmler told Synod that he was ‘honoured and humbled’ to represent the church as president. He thanked Synod for their confidence in him but urged the people of the church to put their trust in Christ, the head of the church. ‘In his name we will go forward’, the president said.

Rev John Henderson, also principal of Australia Lutheran College (ALC), was re-elected as vice-president of the church.


Dr Um Hun Seop was re-elected as President of LCK

Posted by: Lee Jiesung on Friday, October 16, 2009 | Read 2492 times
Dr Um Hyum Seop
Rev Dr Um Hyun Seop was re-elected as President of the Lutheran Church in Korea (LCK) during the church’s 29th General Assembly at the Lutheran University from October 8 & 9, 2009. Dr Um won more than a majority of the votes cast.

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