LWF Launches Photo Exhibit to Mark 75th Anniversary
Milestones of joint efforts towards justice, peace and reconciliation
(LWI) – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) opened a digital photo exhibit on June 9, launching a series of global events in 2022 to mark the 75th anniversary of the fellowship of 148 member churches around the world.
Launched on the opening day of this year’s Council meeting in Geneva, the image presentation shows milestone moments of the LWF since July 1, 1947, when it was founded in Lund, Sweden.
Speaking at the launch, LWF General Secretary Reverend Anne Burghardt emphasized the LWF’s commitment to holistic mission and human dignity, and to building on what has been established. “Today we are reaping the fruits of the labors of our predecessors and planting seeds for the future, so that future generations can reap the rewards,” she said.
The exhibition will be presented at the LWF offices in Geneva and will be available online after the close of the Council. Highlights include the first LWF Assembly in Lund in 1947, LWF World Service support for Palestinian refugees in Syria in 1951, the first “All Africa Lutheran Conference” in Marangu, Tanzania in 1955 and the creation of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. , France in the early 1960s. It also features one of 300 LWF Fellows in Ecuador in 1975 and the Radio Voice of the Gospel communication ministry in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1957.
The participation and leadership of women and youth at all levels of the church are featured, including an international women’s conference in 1995 and youth at LWF assemblies. Ecumenical milestones include the Lutheran-Catholic Joint Statement on the Doctrine of Justification in 1999 and the “From Conflict to Communion” commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2016.
The panels also offer insight into key Assembly decisions, such as the 1990 Eighth Assembly in Curitiba, Brazil, when delegates affirmed that the LWF saw itself as a “communion of churches,” with significant changes to its constitution.
What we see in this exhibit are glimpses of the history of the LWF that show an impressive witness to the communion and its member churches and a deep passion for the church and for the world.
“What we see in this exhibit are glimpses into the history of the LWF that show an impressive testimony to the communion and its member churches and their deep passion for the church and for the world,” the Reverend said. Arni Svanur Danielsson, LWF Communications Officer.
Photos from the exhibition will also be included in an anniversary book to be published in October this year.
By LWF/P. Mumia
The LWF Council is the highest authority of the LWF between Assemblies. It consists of the president, the chair of the finance committee and 48 members of LWF member churches in seven regions. The current governing body was elected at the twelfth assembly in May 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The 2022 meeting will take place from June 9 to 14 at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva.
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