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Lutheran World Federation

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) was founded in 1947. Since 1990 it defines itself as a communion of churches, united in pulpit and altar fellowship. The LWF confesses the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church, and is resolved to serve Christian unity throughout the world. LWF and its member churches have been, and remain, active partners in the ecumenical movement through dialogues, where they seek to make specific theological contributions. On behalf of its member churches, the LWF signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justifi­cation by Faith with the Catholic Church in 1999, in the city of Augsburg, one of the main historic sites of Lutheranism.

Until the first half of the 20th century, Lutheran churches were most heavily concentrated in Germany, the Nordic and Baltic countries and the USA. Since the foundation of the LWF, the gravitation centre of worldwide Lutheranism has shifted to the global South, with sizeable churches in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The diaconal agenda of the Lutheran churches has increasingly emphasized challenges related to justice and peace, the HIV/AIDS pandemic and dialogue with other faiths, including indigenous spiritualities. The LWF has also contributed by dialogue to improved understanding of the relations between the church and the Jewish people.

The LWF attaches great importance to the relationships between its member churches in the regions. In Africa a Lutheran Conference was formed in 1955, and three sub-regional groupings have been set up: the Lutheran Communion in Central and Eastern Africa (LUCCEA), the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA), and the Lutheran Communion in Western Africa (LUCWA). In 2005, a Lutheran Council in Africa was established. Asia is also divided into three subregions: the North East Asian Lutheran Communion (NEALUC), the West and South Asian Lutheran Communion (WeSALUC), and the South East Asian Lutheran Communion (SEALUC). In Europe a regional office for the expression of communion in the Region of Central Eastern Europe (ROCEE) was opened in Bratislava (Slovakia) in 2003. The other regions in Europe are Central Western Europe, and the Nordic Region, where the Lutheran family meets regularly. The Latin American and Caribbean Region includes 13 LWF member churches in Latin America and two in the Caribbean. A regional office exists also for the North America Region.

The governing bodies of the LWF and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches are in discussion about the need for a new type of assemblies in which the broad, multilateral nature of the ecumenical movement is expressed more substantially. They have recommended that the first such new assembly be considered to take place in 2013. If the development is satisfactory the  LWF and the WARC would no longer hold assemblies of their own after 2010.

The LWF has 140 member churches in 79 countries, representing some 68 million Christians in the world; 73 of its member churches are also members of the WCC (directly or indirectly). The office of the LWF is located in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.

Periodical: Lutheran World Information

Website: http://www.lutheranworld.org/
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(Within the WCC membership)
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Other Members:

Africa:

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Angola

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botswana

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon

Church of the Lutheran Brethren of Cameroon

Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic

Evangelical Church of Eritrea

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mozambique

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (DELK)

Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria

Lutheran Church of Nigeria

Lutheran Church of Rwanda

Lutheran Church of Senegal

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (Cape Church)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (N-T)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia


Asia:

Lutheran Church of Australia

Bangladesh Lutheran Church

Bangladesh Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church

Hong Kong and Macau Lutheran Church

Chinese Rhenish Hong Kong Lutheran Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong

Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong

Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (UELCI)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhya Pradesh (UELCI)

Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (UELCI)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Himalayan States (UELCI)

Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chotanagpur & Assam (UELCI)

India Evangelical Lutheran Church (UELCI)

Jeypore Evangelical Lutheran Church (UELCI)

Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church (UELCI)

South Andhra Lutheran Church (UELCI)

Arcot Lutheran Church (UELCI)

Christian Communion of Indonesia Church in Nias

Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church

Patpak Dairi Christian Protestant Church (Indonesia)

Protestant Christian Church in Mentawai (Indonesia)

United Protestant Church (Indonesia)

Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church

Japan Lutheran Church

Kinki Evangelical Lutheran Church (Japan)

Kazakhstan: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States

Lutheran Church in Korea

Kyrgyzstan: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States

Basel Christian Church of Malaysia

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia

Lutheran Church in Malaysia and Singapore

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Myanmar

Lutheran Church in the Philippines

Lutheran Church in Singapore

Lanka Lutheran Church (Sri Lanka)

Taiwan Lutheran Church

Lutheran Church of Taiwan (Rep. of China)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand

Uzbekistan: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States


Caribbean:

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Suriname


Europe:

Belarus: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States

Lutheran Church of Belgium: Arlon and Christian Mission

Evangelical Church in the Republic of Croatia

Malagasy Protestant Church in France

Lutheran Church in Ireland Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lithuania

Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway

Russia: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia

Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovenia

Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Switzerland and the Kingdom of Liechtenstein

Ukraine: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States

Lutheran Church in Great Britain

Lutheran Council of Great Britain


Latin America:

German-speaking Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bolivia

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia

German-speaking Evangelical Church in Bogotá

St Martin’s Congregation (Colombia)

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Costa Rica

Lutheran Costarican Church

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ecuador

Evangelical Lutheran Congregation La EpifanÃa (Guatemala)

Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras

Mexican Lutheran Church

German-speaking Evangelical Church in Mexico

Nicaraguan Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peru

Peruvian Lutheran Evangelical Church

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Venezuela


Middle East:

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and Holy Land


North America:

Lithuanian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Diaspora

Associate Members:
(Within the WCC membership)
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