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Bishop Pavlo Shvarts of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine on “accepting one’s human limitations” (LWI) - With no end in sight to the Russian assault on Ukraine, the leader of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine, Bishop Pavlo Shvarts, has been speaking out about the fears and feelings of helplessness that pastors ...

17.06.2022

The LWF delegation visited Kyiv and Chernihiv regions

On June 10-15, representatives of the humanitarian mission of the World Lutheran Federation: Josef Pfattner, Ukraine Response Coordinator from the WLF headquarters, and other delegates, Pierre Beaurenaut, Security Advisor, Timo Frilander, Psychological and Protection Specialist, and Sylvia Raulo, Regional Team Coordinator, visited the Kyiv and ...

LWF Council Statement on the war in Ukraine and other conflicts

The Council expresses its outrage at the war in Ukraine that has continued for nearly four months since the Russian military invasion of the country. The cost of this war in terms of lives and livelihoods destroyed, displacement of people, violation of human rights and dignity, and the contravention of international humanitarian and human rights ...

16.06.2022

GELCU is accepted into the Lutheran World Federation

On June 14, 2022, the Council of the Lutheran World Federation accepted GELCU as an individual member into the ranks of the association. GELCU became the 149th church - a member of the Federation, and Ukraine - the 99th represented country. Previously, our church was represented in the LWF through the Union of Evangelical Lutheran Churches that ...

14.06.2022

Feast of the Holy Trinity in Kyiv

On June 12, 2022, the Lutheran Church of St. Catherine in Kyiv held the Sunday worship service on the Day of the Holy Trinity! This service was even more special thanks to the sermon of Pastor Ralf Haska, who came from Germany to visit the congregation. There were also guests from the World Lutheran Federation and the Council of Germans in ...

13.06.2022

The first 2022 camp in Novogradkivka

The spring of this year didn’t just bring the war, but also many of its after-effects. Sunday school staff, teenagers, and many children with their parents were forced to leave their homes and congregations. As a result, in 4 congregations it became impossible to organize the children's day camps planned for the summer, the language camp with the ...

11.06.2022

German Federal Commissioner for culture visited Lutheran Church

Оn the 7th of June Germany’s Federal Commissioner of State for Culture and the Media Claudia Roth visited the St. Paul`s Lutheran church in Odessa and the Church center of GELCU as a part of her visit to Odesa. She came together with a delegation from Germany, the Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Alexander Tkachenko, the head ...

08.06.2022

LWF Peace messengers training in Geneve

"Hello everyone!  My name is Anna-Maria Gross.  And I am a peace messenger!"  That's right, now I am not only a believer, teacher or leader of youth meetings, but also a peace messenger!  From the 1st to the 5th of June, my sister Marta, a Sunday school teacher, and I were able to attend an incredible training on topic “Peace ...

06.06.2022

The bishop of GELCU visited Hungary

The Mission Day of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary took place on May 28 in Budapest. The Church comprises three dioceses, and all three of them prepared their own program on the same day in different venues. Bishop of GELCU Pavlo Shvarts took part in the Mission Day organized by the Northern Diocese of the ELCH in the main square of ...

01.06.2022

Help for victims of Russian agression in Chernihov oblast

On May 28, members of the St. Catherine's Evangelical Lutheran Community in Kyiv, with the financial support of Pastor Wolfgang Heldt-Meyerding (Germany) and with the help of the Wiedergeburt German Society of Kyiv and the Free Heart Charitable Foundation, carried out a humanitarian action in villages Grabivka, Lukashivka and Sloboda in Chernihov ...

31.05.2022

Challenging school year

May 26 marks the end of the school year at the Children's Day-care Center "Bethany" of the Evangelical Lutheran congregation in Novogradkivka village. For our congregation, this ministry has been a priority for a while. Our small congregation invests in being useful to children and their families. The center has been in work for 12 years, and ...

28.05.2022

The bishop of GELCU paid a visited headquarters of LWF

On 16-18 of May, the bishop of GELCU Pavlo Shvarts was in Geneva on a working visit to the headquarters of the Lutheran World Federation. During the visit, he met with LWF General Secretary Rev. Anna Burghardt and other employees of the organization responsible for various areas of its work. Pavlo Shvarts spoke in detail about the situation ...

22.05.2022