The governing body of the Lutheran World Federation has decided to delay voting on the election of a new General Secretary for the LWF, which was scheduled for 22 October 2009. The LWF Council meeting is taking place near Geneva, Switzerland.
The main governing body of the Lutheran World Federation began a meeting in Geneva on 22 October at which a successor to the current LWF general secretary is scheduled to be elected in a closed-door meeting.
The actions of a group of German church members in 1934 to resist the Nazi regime still serve as a powerful model for churches today according to the head of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, But there is a dark side to the story, too.
The combined membership in churches of the Lutheran World Federation rose by 141,792 in 2008 to reach a global total just under 68.5 million - but churches in Europe and North America again experienced decline.
People in the poorest countries are being forced into poverty by having to repay hundreds of millions of dollars of illegitimate loans from wealthy Western countries to greedy dictators, an international conference has heard.
The Lutheran World Federation has welcomed the decision by the Church of England to consecrate women as bishops, for its potential to enrich church life and in particular “for its immediate consequences in ecumenical relations”.