The LWF Twelfth Assembly adopts Israel-Palestine resolution

The Salvadoran cross, designed for the Lund joint commemoration event, used in procession for the 500th anniversary service at the LWF Twelfth Assembly. Photo by LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano


From 10-16 May 2017, delegates and participants from all over the globe gathered in Windhoek, Namibia for the LWF Twelfth Assembly. The Assembly, taking place during the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, gathered around the central theme "Liberated by God's Grace". It explored sub-themes of "Salvation - Not for sale", "Human beings - Not for sale", and "Creation - Not for sale", working to understand and articulate the theology of grace that liberates us from taking advantage of the gifts of God and calls us to be faithful Christians committed to reconciliation. The Assembly produced a number of Public Statements and Resolutions, including the adoption of a resolution on Israel-Palestine. The LWF Twelfth Assembly recognized that the ongoing conflict between Palestinians and Israelis remains unresolved and reaffirmed its commitment toward a peaceful resolution, namely two states for two peoples. The resolution also recognized the faithful work of the LWF Jerusalem Program, including Augusta Victoria Hospital, and the work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), a member church of the LWF.

Read the full resolution here.

Explore the additional outcomes of the LWF Twelfth Assembly here.