The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition. Founded in 1947 in Lund, Sweden, the LWF now has 145 member churches in 98 countries all over the world representing 72 million Christians. As a program of the Department for World Service, LWF Jerusalem works to serve the humanitarian needs of the poor and marginalized, following the example of Jesus Christ. LWF Jerusalem focuses on: Emergency assistance through development, advocacy, peace and reconciliation initiatives, and disaster relief; Service to refugees, those living in poverty, and the marginalized; and Ecumenical partnerships (LWF is a member of Action by Churches Together). The Central Office of the LWF Jerusalem Program is located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
That the Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, especially refugees and others living in poverty, are empowered to: provide for the basic needs of their people; challenge policies that perpetuate injustice and suffering; build a just society united in diversity; and claim their rights to life and livelihood.
- Our Mission
Inspired by God’s love, the LWF Jerusalem Program seeks to uphold the rights of Palestinian refugees and others living in poverty by: meeting basic human needs; challenging injustice and the causes of human suffering; strengthening the presence and witness of the Christian communities in the Holy Land; promoting understanding, peace, and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis and among Jews, Christians and Muslims; and strengthening the ecumenical and international presence in the Holy Land.
- Our Core Values
In our work, we are guided by the LWF Department for World Service - Core Values. We strive to create a work environment, projects, and programs that demonstrate the following:
- Dignity and Justice
- Inclusiveness and Participation
- Accountability and Transparency
The LWF Jerusalem Program operates under the mandate of the Lutheran World Federation Department for World Service: “Mandated by the communion of LWF member churches to carry out ‘effective and empowering diakonia addressing human suffering, injustice and emergencies,’ World Service works with and for vulnerable and crisis-affected populations to achieve justice, peace and sustainable lives” (from the DWS Global Strategy 2013-2018).