• 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.
    • 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Joint Declaration by the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation in 1999, it was recommended that this historical document be further studied in seminaries and parishes.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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Churches as Agents for Justice and Against Populism

      Church of Sweden; Brot für die Welt; The Lutheran World Federation; Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin (2018)
      Conference on the theme “Churches as Agents for Justice and Against Populism. Public Theology in Global Intercontextual Dialogue", organized by Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin, the Lutheran World Federation, Brot für die Welt and the Church of Sweden, from 2 until 4 May 2018 at the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Haus in Berlin, Germany.
    • Churches Holding Governments Accountable

      Bloomquist, Karen L.; Stumme, John R.; Sinaga, Martin L. (The Lutheran World Federation, 2010)
      Churches have often overlooked or been unaware of the strong theological grounds for holding governments accountable for the common good of all. Clarifying this is the purpose of this resource, so that churches might become more confident of how the faith they confess provides impetus for this important work in their respective contexts. In October 2009, a small number of persons from LWF churches around the world (Argentina, Canada, Hong Kong–China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Namibia, Philippines, Taiwan–Republic of China, South Africa, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe) were convened in Geneva by the LWF Department for Theology and Studies. Discussions at that consultation and the communiqué that was developed and affirmed by the LWF Council became the basis on which this resource was developed.
    • Code de conduite

      Fédération Luthérienne Mondiale (The Lutheran World Federation, 2013-01)
      Le Code de conduite de la Fédération luthérienne mondiale (FLM) a pour objet d'aider tous les employés* de la FLM à prendre des décisions éthiques dans leur vie privée comme professionnelle, tant pendant les heures de travail qu'en dehors de celles-ci, et à mieux comprendre les obligations qui leur incombent dans leur conduite. Le présent Code porte sur toute forme d'abus de pouvoir et d'exploitation dans les relations de travail entre employés de la FLM et avec les personnes qu'ils servent, dans les domaines de l'exploitation et de la violence sexuelles, du harcèlement, de la fraude et de la corruption, ainsi que des pratiques commerciales contraires à l'éthique. Il a été mis au point pour compléter et renforcer les «codes de conduite» existants. Tous les employés de la FLM doivent adhérer au Code de conduite de la FLM en tant que document de politique générale. Chaque employé est tenu de signer le présent Code à la, indiquant par là qu'il comprend et approuve son contenu, ainsi que les implications possibles dans le cadre de la politique de tolérance zéro de la FLM.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Complaints Mechanism Policy and Procedure

      Department for World Service, Lutheran World Federation (Lutheran World Federation, 2010-06)
      LWF/DWS is committed to working in an open and responsible way that builds the trust and respect of all our stakeholders. LWF/DWS is committed to high quality humanitarian and development programming and seek to work with affected communities and populations in the best way possible. To ensure that the LWF/DWS programs are continuously improved, we want to hear what our stakeholders have to say whether in the form of a comment, a compliment or a complaint. Responding to complaints from stakeholders is basic to LWF/DWS’ value on accountability. LWF/DWS will therefore establish local (for all Country Programs) and global Complaints Mechanisms to encourage feedback about its work from all its stakeholders. Where the feedback is a complaint about LWF/DWS conduct, LWF/DWS shall respond in a timely and appropriate manner through established mechanisms. This policy will be actively disseminated to all stakeholders, especially affected populations, using appropriate language and means.
    • Código de Conducta del Personal de la FLM

      Federación Luterana Mundial (The Lutheran World Federation, 2013-01)
      Se entiende que el Código de conducta de la Federación Luterana Mundial (FLM) ayude a todo su personal1 a tomar decisiones éticas en su vida privada y su vida profesional, dentro y fuera del horario de trabajo, y a comprender mejor las obligaciones que han de regir su conducta. El presente código versa sobre cualquier uso indebido del poder y la explotación en las relaciones laborales del personal de la FLM con aquellas personas a quienes prestan servicios, lo que comprende: abuso y explotación sexuales, acoso, fraude, corrupción y prácticas reñidas con la ética profesional. Esta versión completa y mejora los códigos de conducta vigentes hasta ahora. Por tratarse de un documento de política, todas/todos las/os trabajadoras/es de la FLM deben adherir al mismo mediante su firma en la página seis en la que también se indica que entendieron y están de acuerdo con su contenido y las posibles consecuencias a causa de la política de tolerancia cero de la FLM.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Dignity of Work

      Mtata, Kenneth (Lutheran University Press/The Lutheran World Federation, 2011)
      While work is central to human fl ourishing, the way in which it is understood and practiced has the potential both to affi rm and to assault human dignity. Drawing on the social sciences, this book contributes to the current discussion on the ethics of work from the perspective of the Lutheran theological heritage as it is expressed in the different contexts of the communion. Furthermore, it explores the various ways in which the Scriptures can be read in light of Luther’s understanding of vocation, and explores the implications of affirming the dignity of work in relation to questions of fair remuneration, gender and culture.
    • Explorations in Love and Wisdom

      Ludwig, Theodor M.; Mwakabana, Hance A. O. (The Lutheran World Federation, 2002)
    • Freedom and Responsibility

      Sinn, Simone; Sinaga, Martin L. (The Lutheran World Federation/Lutehran University Press, 2010-06)
      How can Christian and Muslim ethical and theological reflection contribute to the wider discourse on human beings and actions, freedom and responsibility? The contributions in this book honestly name complex and often conflictual realities and point to seeds of hope in our societies and religious communities, thus deepening the understanding of human agency and freedom from a faith perspective. Contributors include: Bernard Adeney-Risakotta (USA/ Indonesia), Reinhold Bernhardt (Switzerland), Suhadi Cholil (Indonesia/Netherlands), Hans-Peter Grosshans (Germany), Ignas Kleden (Indonesia), Oddbjørn Leirvik (Norway), Martin Sinaga (editor, Indonesia), Simone Sinn (editor, Germany), Mark Swanson (USA), Siti Syamsiyatun (Indonesia), Sahiron Syamsuddin (Indonesia) and Amina Wadud (USA).
    • From Conflict to Communion : Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017

      Lutheran-Roman Catholic Joint Commission for Unity (Bonifatius/Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2013)
      In 2017, Catholics and Lutherans will jointly look back on events of the Reformation 500 years ago. At the same time, they will also reflect on 50 years of official ecumenical dialogue on the worldwide level. During this time, the communion they share anew has continued to grow. This encourages Lutherans and Catholics to celebrate together the common witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the center of their common faith. Yet, amidst this celebration, they will also have reason to experience the suffering caused by the division of the Church, and to look self-critically at themselves, not only throughout history, but also through today’s realities. »From Confl ct to Communion« develops a basis for an ecumenical commemoration that stands in contrast to earlier centenaries. The Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity invites all Christians to study its report both open mindedly and critically, and to walk along the path towards the full, visible unity of the Church.
    • Gender Justice Policy

      Neuenfeldt, Elaine (The Lutheran World Federation, 2013)
      The biblical call to uphold justice is at the very heart of the communion’s selfunderstanding. God’s grace liberates us, brings us together in Christ and enables us to live and work together for justice, peace and reconciliation. The LWF is committed to being inclusive and enabling the full and equitable participation of women and men in church life and society, and in its decision-making processes, activities and programs. It looks back at a history of decisions and actions that express this commitment. This LWF Gender Justice Policy, approved by the LWF Council in 2013, is a tool to enhance the communion’s journey towards inclusiveness. Developed in a participatory process, it has grown out of experiences in member churches, is enriched by the biblical and theological bases of our Lutheran identity, and provides guidance and methodologies for contextualizing action plans and strategies in the regions and integrating gender as a crosscutting priority in all of the communion’s work.