Ukraine: LWF and UNHCR renovate apartments in Kharkiv

Saltovka in Northern Kharkiv made headlines in 2022, when rockets fired by the Russian Federation hit residential areas, killing civilians and destroying hundreds of homes. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) have launched a project to renovate some of these homes. After a successful pilot phase, ...


LWF Assembly`s Public Statement on the War Against Ukraine

As the Thirteenth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) meets in the city of Kraków, Poland, it is keenly aware that there is a war going on in the neighboring country, Ukraine. The LWF Assembly condemns the brutal attack of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which is contrary to international law. We are appalled by the ...


Thanksgiving Day 2023

Kyiv, St. Cathrine`s Kyiv, St. Martin Odesa Kharkiv Petrodolynske and Novohradkivka Zaporizhzhya Poltava Kremenchuk Berdiansk Vinnitsia Kryvyy Rih Zhytomyr Holy Trinity Reformed church (Ivano-Frankivsk) St. Andrew`s Reformed church (Pidhaychyky, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast)


Bishop Pavlo consecrated the regional humanitarian office of the LWF

On October 2, Bishop Pavlo Schwartz of GELCU consecrated the regional humanitarian office of the Lutheran World Federation in Kharkiv with a word and a prayer. Its employees are engaged in humanitarian projects in the city and region. In particular, with financial support from the United Nations and close cooperation with local self-government ...


Hasty and unadvisable decision. Open letter to the LCMS

We were surprised and outraged to learn that on July 30, 2023, at the convention of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, an agreement was signed on the altar and pulpit fellowship with the so-called "Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine". Our surprise was caused by the lack of clarity on the Church body the agreement had been signed with. ...


Bible Investigator

From June 26 to the 30, the congregation of Novohradkivka village hosted the first Ukrainian speaking camp in 22 seasons of its existence. We are very grateful to all volunteers and workers for their efforts and creativity to make our children happy. This year, the "Gloria" camp had an interesting theme. The idea of ​​a detective agency ...


The Synod and the conference for the presidents of Councils

According to the new edition of the Constitution of GELCU, congregations are represented at the Synod exclusively by the presidents of Councils. Therefore, it made sense to combine the regular Synod meeting and the conference for the presidents of congregations’ Councils. In total, the presidents of Councils (or legally approved proxy ...


Easter 2023

Kyiv, St. Catherine`s Kyiv, St. Matrin`s Kharkiv Odessa Shostka Berdyansk Krivoy Rog Poltava Vinnitsia Novogradkivka Petrodolynskoe Zhytomyr Bile Tserkva Kremenchug Zaporozhye Pidhaychiki, St. Andrew`s Reformed Church Zmiivka


Joint prayer for peace with German bishop during Odessa visit

Last week, the leading bishop of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD), Ralf Meister, together with the executive director of the German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (GNK/LWB), Norbert Denecke, visited the congregation of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (GELCU) in Odessa. Here they were ...


LWF expands operations in Kharkiv

Repair broken homes, supply relief goods, and care for traumatized people; these are the plans for the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) work in Kharkiv, Ukraine. On 11 March 2023, LWF Ukraine country representative Mark Mullan and LWF Ukraine response coordinator Josef Pfattner, together with Bishop Pavlo Shvarts of the German Evangelical Church ...


New preachers

In recent months, two people joined the ranks of GELCU ministers. On November 11, 2022, Maxim Perevoznyi was blessed for the ministry in the congregation “Salvation” in Shostka , and on February 19, 2023, Alexander Napreienko was blessed in the congregation of St. Martin in Kyiv. A preacher is a volunteer, who has been delegated the authority ...


It is difficult to process all that is happening

One year ago, the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine, causing death, destruction, and massive displacement. Congregations of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (GELCU) have been providing aid to people affected in their congregations and beyond. In June 2022, GELCU became a member of the LWF. In this Voices of the Communion, ...