The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

Fédération luthérienne mondiale (FLM)
Lutherischer Weltbund (LWB)
Lutherska Världsförbundet
Federación Luterana Mundial

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1947 Lund Sweden


Founded in succession to Lutheran World Convention, set up 1923, Eisenach (Germany). Present constitution adopted 1990, Curitiba (Brazil), at 8th Assembly; amended 1997, Hong Kong and Jul 2010, Stuttgart (Germany).


As a communion of churches which confess the triune God, agree in the proclamation of the Word of God and are united in pulpit and altar fellowship: confess the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church; resolve to serve Christian unity throughout the world; further the united witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and strengthen member churches in carrying out the missionary command and in their efforts towards Christian unity worldwide; further diaconic action worldwide among member churches, alleviating human need, promoting peace and human rights, social and economic justice, care for God's creation and sharing of resources; through cooperative study, further self-understanding and communion of member churches and help them to act jointly in common tasks; confess the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the only source and norm of doctrine, life and service; in the three Ecumenical Creeds and in the Confessions of the Lutheran Church, and especially in the unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism of Martin Luther, see a pure exposition of the Word of God.


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Assembly (every 6 years); Council; Meeting of Officers. Committees (7): Finance; Advocacy and Public Voice; Mission and Development; Theology and Ecumenical Relations; World Service; Standing Committee for Constitution and Membership; Standing Committee for Communications. Regional offices (2): India; USA. Departments (4): Mission and Development (DMD); Theology and Public Witness (DTPW); World Service (DWS); Planning and Operations (DPO). Offices (4): Communication Services (OCS); Finance (OF); Human Resources (OHR); General Secretary (GS). Lutheran Foundation for Interconfessional Research.


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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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