• Explorations in Love and Wisdom

      Ludwig, Theodor M.; Mwakabana, Hance A. O. (The Lutheran World Federation, 2002)
    • Crises of Life in African Religion and Christianity

      Mwakabana, Hance A. O. (The Lutheran World Federation, 2002)
      The authors of the contributions to this volume share their theological/spiritual perspectives and insights regarding a particular phase in life—death—and its attendant rituals. Throughout history, death has preoccupied philosophers, sociologists and theologians of every culture. Death is widely feared and wise men and women have sought to encourage the acceptance of its inevitable reality. The rituals accompanying a person throughout his/her life’s journey are evidence that Africans have a strong sense of life beyond all forms of human suffering and death. The authors provide reasons for why Africans have managed, to this day, to nurture an incredible sense of hope in spite of the shadows and stark reality of death. This becomes especially pertinent in light of the HIV/AIDS pandemic currently consuming Africa. Africanists of many stripes are seeking solutions to Africa’s many problems. In reading these essays it becomes evident that trying to understand different religious traditions is a path to peace. We discover that God is first and foremost a God who loves the whole world and is therefore not bound to certain national, cultural, political and religious allegiances. Respecting the religious traditions of others, as well as our own, furthers the building of bridges of mutual trust and breaks down walls of hostility.
    • A Shift in Jewish-Lutheran Relations?

      The Lutheran World Federation (The Lutheran World Federation, 2003-01)
      The essays and country reports included in this publication were first presented at an international consultation of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) at Dobogókö, near Budapest, 9–13 September 2001. They evince a turning point in Jewish-Lutheran dialogue at the global level. The consultation brought together engaged Jews and Lutherans, men and women, from all continents in mutual witness. For the first time, the very diverse experiences and dialogues between representatives of the Lutheran churches and their dialogue partners from the Jewish communities were exchanged, as those involved reported and discussed on the basis of their personal relationships.1 The worldwide perspective made it possible to overcome the usual Western European and North American dominance in such conversations.
    • Dialogue and Beyond

      von Sicard, Sigvard; Wulfhorst, Ingo (The Lutheran World Federation, 2003-03)
      For many years, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has been engaged in Christian-Muslim relations worldwide, ranging from humanitarian work in Mauritania to study programs on interfaith dialogue. From 1992 to 2002, the Department for Theology and Studies (DTS) carried out a study program on Islam. An initial period of inner-Lutheran deliberations was followed by a further phase that included Muslim dialogue partners. The LWF conducted three consultations of Muslim and Christian scholars in areas of conflict: Bethlehem/Middle East (1999); Dar es Salaam/Tanzania (2000); and Yogyakarta/Indonesia (2002). These consultations went far beyond academic dialogue; they led to an enriching, cross-cultural and interfaith sharing of theological reflections, life and faith, spirituality, interfaith prayer and a walking together toward peaceful neighborliness and pro-existence. Some of the lectures delivered at the Yogyakarta consultation are published in this book. It is our hope that the insights gleaned will encourage churches and Islamic communities in their dialogue and beyond, as they work toward reconciliation, peaceful coexistence and for a just, participatory and sustainable society.
    • Jüdisch-lutherische Beziehungen im Wandel?

      The Lutheran World Federation (The Lutheran World Federation, 2003-12)
      Die Beiträge dieses Buches gehen zurück auf eine Konsultation des Lutherischen Weltbundes (LWB) vom 9. bis 13. September 2001 in Dobogókö bei Budapest. Sie dokumentieren einen Wendepunkt im jüdisch-lutherischen Gespräch auf globaler Ebene, denn diese Konsultation involvierte Jüdinnen/Juden und LutheranerInnen aus allen Kontinenten im gegenseitigen Zeugnis. Das Besondere dieser Begegnung war, dass zum ersten Mal die sehr unterschiedlichen Erfahrungen und Dialoge der einzelnen lutherischen Kirchen mit dem Judentum direkt zusammengeführt wurden, engagierte Personen aus den persönlichen Beziehungen heraus berichteten und argumentierten und durch ihre weltweite Herkunft die meist westeuropäische, amerikanische Dominanz der Gespräche durchbrachen.
    • Communion, Responsibility, Accountability

      Bloomquist, Karen L. (Lutheran World Federation Documentation, 2004)
      "To encourage further responses to economic globalization, especially through the Lutheran communion, this book documents various processes and perspectives, and explores some strategic theological, ethical and practical implications of neoliberal globalization.", back cover
    • Communion, Responsibility, Accountability

      Bloomquist, Karen L. (The Lutheran World Federation, 2004-12)
      To encourage further responses to economic globalization, especially through the Lutheran communion, this book documents various processes and perspectives, and explores some strategic theological, ethical and practical implications of neoliberal globalization.
    • Ancestors, Spirits and Healing in Africa and Asia

      Wulfhorst, Ingo (The Lutheran World Federation, 2005)
      How do Christians relate to ancestors, spirits and healing? For some Christians this is a cutting edge and often polemical question. Most missionaries used to condemn all elements of Indigenous religions as being Satanic, demonic or, at the very least, as “backward,” “primitive,” “irrational” and “uncivilized.” Even today, many Christians and churches continue to hold this position while others are looking for alternatives. Should Christians, based on an intolerant, narrow-minded teaching of the Christian faith, continue to be defensive and condemn other religious experiences? This attitude has contributed to a worldwide rise in fundamentalism and fanaticism. Throughout its history, the church has been confronted by different spiritualistic phenomena. The essays in this collection seek to provoke reflection and further discussion on how Christians can and should respond to the many forms and practices of spiritualism, and their adherents.
    • Lutheran Ethics at the Intersections of God’s One World

      Bloomquist, Karen L. (The Lutheran World Federation, 2005)
      In today’s world, there are significantly different ethical perspectives even within one confessional tradition. These perspectives vary with cultural context, history, politics, gender, ethnic and interreligious dynamics. The book sheds light on how these different perspectives intersect and influence the ways ethical challenges are viewed and evaluated. Ethics is considered here as a way of living according to a “grammar” that reflects a Lutheran interpretation of wider Christian theological-ethical understandings. Articles in this book are likely to challenge contextually-limited views on such topics as, family and sexuality, human rights, democratization, education, genetically-modified crops and food, privatization of property and biological commons. The book contributes to enriching ethical deliberation and discernment within a global communion of churches, as well as within civil society.
    • Worship in African Contexts of Holism and Crisis

      Kakoma, Itonde A. (Lutheran World Federation, 2005)
      "As a communion of churches we live in various contexts all of which, in some form or another, challenge our confession that God has and does redeem creation. This challenge is explicit in much of modernday Africa, where war and disease, illiteracy and poverty, seem to counter our communal testimony that God, the Source of life, is just. How, then, in the midst of crisis, does the church proclaim with integrity God’s redeeming Word? More specifically, how does our worship, especially in African contexts, embody our conviction that all creation is restored and transformed through Jesus Christ? Four questions are posed: What, from an “African” perspective, is worship? What does it mean to be a worshipping community in the midst of crisis? How does worship relate to the immediacy of crisis and still maintain its timeless confession? More specifically, how do such elements of worship as shape, substance, practice and space reflect the often tragic realities of the gathered community? These questions guided interactions with leaders, teachers, pastors and parishioners of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, and stimulated discussions especially with younger/women theologians of the Lutheran communion in Africa. I am grateful to Mekane Yesus for their gracious hospitality and to Professor Masango for his willingness to offer space at the University of Pretoria. Thanks are also due to the Lutheran faculty and students at Pietermaritzburg. The document is primarily based on the Nairobi gathering (March 14-18, 2005). The opinions expressed in this publication are primarily those of participants at the Nairobi gathering. [...]", p. 5
    • Verantwortung füreinander - Rechenschaft voreinander

      Bloomquist, Karen L. (Lutheran World Federation/Kreuz Verlag, 2005-12)
      Zum Themenbereich der neoliberalen wirtschaftlichen Globalisierung dokumentiert dieser Band unterschiedliche Entwicklungen und Sichtweisen, untersucht strategisch relevante ethische Ansätze und praktische Möglichkeiten im Umgang mit diesem Phänomen und will so zur weiteren Arbeit an diesem Problemfeld anregen – innerhalb der lutherischen Kirchengemeinschaft und darüber hinaus. [To encourage further responses to economic globalization, especially through the Lutheran communion, this book documents various processes and perspectives, and explores some strategic theological, ethical and practical implications of neoliberal globalization.]
    • Witnessing to God's Faithfulness

      Boettcher, Reinhard (The Lutheran World Federation, 2006)
      "In what sense is the Bible the Word of God? In what sense is it authoritative for Lutheran Christians and the life of the church? How does this affect our interpretation? In interaction with one another, theologians from different parts of the world explore these and other key questions, and identify some common ground amid their differences.", back cover.
    • The Diaconal Ministry in the Mission of the Church

      Boettcher, Reinhard (Lutheran World Federation, 2006)
      The main presentations, regional reports and final statement of a global consultation on the diaconal ministry are brought together in this publication. Churches are challenged to reexamine how they understand and order the diaconal ministry as an expression of diakonia as a core component of the church’s mission in society.
    • Leadership and Power in the Ministry of the Church

      Boettcher, Reinhard (The Lutheran World Federation, 2007)
      Issues pertaining to leadership and power in the ministry of the church arise throughout the whole Lutheran communion, sometimes simmering just beneath the surface, other times surfacing openly. The Tenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation expressly called member churches to face up to these issues and to seek constructive solutions. Numerous efforts are underway in order to respond to this commitment. The following is an attempt to contribute to these efforts. What is involved is multifaceted and needs to be examined from various perspectives, using a variety of tools and resources. Sociological approaches are helpful for analyzing the structures of and dynamics within the church. Psychological approaches can help get at factors such as selfesteem, trust and fear. Management approaches deal with administering, planning, organizing, supervising, accounting, evaluating, etc. This paper focuses on the theological aspects and seeks to encourage reflection and discussion in the churches on how leadership and power are exercised in light of central biblical and theological understandings. How can power and leadership be exercised in ways that are consistent with what the church preaches and teaches? Particular emphasis will be given to biblical references as well as to Lutheran teachings related to ministry.
    • Bridges Instead of Walls

      Rasmussen, Lissi (The Lutheran World Federation/Lutheran University Press, 2007)
      In today’s world, religion is often seen as a cause of wars, conflicts and clashes between peoples. A study team, sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation, consisting of Christians and Muslims from Denmark, Indonesia and Nigeria, visited select sites in these three countries where religious tensions have been pronounced. The study team’s experiences, observations, interviews and discussions with relevant persons in these countries are presented in this book. The analyses and comparison of specific conflicts and peace building efforts between Christians and Muslims in Denmark, Indonesia and Nigeria and attempts to determine the role of religion in each of these situations reveal insights into how effective bridges can be built in contexts such as these.
    • “So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth”

      Bloomquist, Karen L.; Filibus, Musa Panti (Lutheran World Federation, 2007)
      Presentations and reflections from a September 2006 consultation on “Poverty and the Mission of the Church in Africa,” followed by a seminar in the “Theology in the Life of the Church” series.
    • Being the Church in the Midst of Empire

      Bloomquist, Karen L. (Lutheran University Press/The Lutheran World Federation, 2007)
      The church has often been complicit with the dynamics of empire. Nonetheless, it also needs to critique and embody alternatives to it, especially in and through communities of faith. Here, theologians take up the daunting challenge of developing constructive theological responses, grounded in the Triune God, which have the potential to counter, transform and nurture long-term resistance to empire today.
    • Accepted by God - Transformed by Christ

      German Ecumenical Study Commission (DÖSTA) (The Lutheran World Federation, 2008)
      Following the confirmation of the Joint Declaration by the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation in 1999, it was recommended that this historical document be further studied in seminaries and parishes. Furthermore, it was requested that common and deepening ecumenical reflection be continued on the biblical message of justification and its meaning for the churches, for the lives of individual persons, and for society at large.The study by the German Ecumenical Study Commission (DÖSTA), involving representatives of the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, as well as delegates from the Orthodox, Old Catholic, Baptist, Mennonite and Methodist churches, represents one undertaking to respond to this invitation. The commission’s state ment shared here is a helpful example of a regional attempt to facilitate the reception process within the wider communion. Included in this volume are also the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, the Official Common Statement and its Annex, and the 2006 Statement of the World Methodist Council.
    • Deepening Faith, Hope and Love in Relations with Neighbors of Other Faiths

      Sinn, Simone (The Lutheran World Federation, 2008)
      Churches are facing complex interreligious realities. These require a multidimensional approach that addresses theological as well as societal aspects. In this book, faith, hope and love are seen as three basic dimensions in interreligious encounters that can be constructively engaged and further deepened. Given this starting point, writers from different parts of the world develop theological reflections arising from their specific interreligious engagement and research. The intent of this book is to deepen commitment to and theological discernment within interreligious relations. Contributors include: Hazel O. Ayanga, Barbara Bürkert‑Engel, Paul S. Chung, Helene Egnell, Johannes Ehmann, Detlef Görrig, Anne Hege Grung, Göran Gunner, Risto Jukko, Emi Mase‑Hasegawa, Kristin Johnston Largen, Friedrich Schweitzer and Martin Lukito Sinaga.
    • Identity, Survival, Witness.

      Bloomquist, Karen L. (The Lutheran World Federation, 2008)
      In this third book of the Theology in the Life of the Church series, a variety of mostly Asian theologians propose points of departure for theological inquiry, based on particular struggles of their churches to discern who they are (identity), to survive in economically and/or politically threatening situations, and to bear witness to their faith in the midst of religious diversity and resurgence. A question running throughout the book is, What are the lived realities of people in local communities and the questions this evokes that need to be addressed theologically? Contributors include: Kajsa Ahlstrand, Sweden; Suneel Bhanu Busi, India; Chung Song Mee, Malaysia; Hans-Peter Grosshans, Germany/Switzerland; Samuel Ngun Ling, Myanmar; Emi MaseHasegawa,Japan; Prasuna Nelavala,India;Basil Schild, Australia; Martin Lukito Sinaga, Indonesia; Simone Sinn, Germany/Switzerland; Wang Guicai, China; Vítor Westhelle, Brazil/USA.