(LWI) – Collaboration among The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) member churches makes them powerful advocates of peace, justice and reconciliation in a world facing frightening levels of violence, mistrust, radicalization and breakdown of relationships”, General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge told the organization’s governing body as it began its 2016 meeting in Wittenberg, the city of Lutheran Reformation.
“‘To be Lutheran is to be diaconal,” Junge underlined in his report today to the LWF Council, meeting until 21 June. He highlighted LWF’s activities over the past year that affirm the need for greater advocacy and closer collaboration among the communion’s 145 member churches in order to serve people in need and further the goal of church unity.
“Cooperation on the basis of a sense of solidarity can no longer be taken for granted,” he said referring to growing discord in communities, nations and regional structures including the European Union and the United Nations (UN). He cautioned churches against easily getting caught in replicating, amplifying and serving such negative manifestations.