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The Pacific Conference of Churches 10th General Assembly and 50th Anniversary

Posted by: Prasuna on Thursday, May 23, 2013 | Read 13087 times
On the 3rd – 10th March 2013, the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) which is a fellowship of Pacific Island Christian Churches had its 10th General Assembly in Honiara, Solomon Island. The PCC’s strategic thematic programmes include Ecumenism in the Pacific, Human Rights, Good Governance and Leadership, Environment and Climate Change, HIV/AIDS, Globalization and Trade. There are also two sectoral programmes specifying on certain target groups which are Women Development and Youth Empowerment.

Participants from PCC member churches who took part in the General Assembly came from the small low-lying atolls nations like Samoa and Kiribati to the large island nation like Papua New Guinea.

The PCC General Assembly is held every five years and this year’s PCC General Assembly also marks the 50th Anniversary of PCC.

Delegates from the only LWF member church in the region also participated in this event. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG) delegates were led by the General Secretary Mr Albert Tokave and the Inter-Church and Ecumenism Director Rev Kinim Siloi. Other delegates include a youth representative, a woman’s representative and two clergies. Three of the youths from ELCPNG also took part as stewards at this meeting.

Rev John Henderson the fifth national leader of LCA

Posted by: Timo on Monday, May 13, 2013 | Read 1619 times
Rev John Henderson the fifth national leader of LCA It is with real joy that Lutheran Church in Australia shares that at its recent convention of Synod, the LCA elected Rev John Henderson to be its fifth national leader. After his installation in July, Rev Henderson will be the Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA).

Pastor Henderson brings to the office broad pastoral and leadership experience within the LCA and beyond. He has been Principal of Australian Lutheran College for these past four years. Prior to that (2002-2008) he served the LCA in the seconded position of General Secretary with the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), based in Sydney.

Letter from Japan Lutheran Church to the LWF

Posted by: LWI on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | Read 3693 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.


Building Hope in Palestine

Posted by: Elizabeth on Wednesday, March 02, 2011 | Read 3422 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.


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

Posted by: Elizabeth on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | Read 7695 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 2884 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 2129 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.


“Thanks be to God”! Yasi takes no lives

Posted by: Linda Macqueen on Sunday, February 06, 2011 | Read 1726 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.


Cyclone Yasi to strike! PRAY for Australia

Posted by: Linda Macqueen on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 | Read 2229 times
Dear Friends

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.


The worst floods in Australia’s history

Posted by: Linda Macqueen on Sunday, January 23, 2011 | Read 3340 times
Queensland underwaterIn 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.


Sad Demise of Rt. Rev L G Rao, Bishop Emeritus

Posted by: ELC-MP on Friday, January 21, 2011 | Read 2480 times
Rt Rev Lawrence G RaoTo all concerned

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, this is to convey to all that the dedicated servant of God, Rt Rev Lawrence G Rao, Bishop Emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhra Pradesh (ELCMP) breathed his last on 20th January, 2011. After completing his clergymanship services, he has now been called by God Almighty.

His burial ceremony took place at 04:00 pm on 20th January, 2011 at Christian Grave Yard at Chhindwara in which Jehovah Nissi will bless him with eternal sleep till the Lord's second coming. Please pray for members of the bereaved family members of the entire ELCMP.

Rt Rev E Panchoo
Bishop, ELC in MP


SALC Ordains First Women Pastors

Posted by: LWI/UELCI on Thursday, January 20, 2011 | Read 3110 times
Nelavala Gnana Prasuna ordained by Bishop Chandra SekharA Step Toward Inclusion, Reconciliation and Equal Opportunity

TITUPATI, India/GENEVA, 20 January 2011 (LWI) – The South Andhra Lutheran Church (SALC) in India ordained its first women pastors on 12 January, marking a new era for ordained ministry in the church whose history dates back to 1865.

“Finally the dream has come true,” said SALC Bishop Chandra Sekhar at the ordination service of the four women and two male pastors at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Tirupathi. He noted that historical, cultural and traditional roots of SALC had prevented theologically trained women from “even dreaming of ordination.”


New Office Bearers - Arcot Lutheran Church, India

Posted by: ALC on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | Read 3219 times
The Arcot Lutheran Church has elected its new church board on November 6, 2010 at the Resurrection Church, Cuddalore, India. The new office bearers for the period of 2010 to 2013 are:

Rt Rev R Davadass Vijiyakumar, Bishop
Mr B Jeasudian, Secretary
Rev Dr VVJ Gurunathan, Treasurer
Rev V Samuel Kenndy, Central Manager
Rev P Nelladass, Property Officer


Unity in Diversity

Posted by: LCA-BFM on Thursday, December 09, 2010 | Read 3365 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.


Damages by Cyclone Giri in Myanmar

Posted by: LCM on Monday, November 08, 2010 | Read 2213 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.

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