Youth lead a climate march through the venue during the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Thirteenth Assembly, held in Krakow, Poland on 13-19 September 2023 under the theme of ’One Body, One Spirit, One Hope’. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano


Coming together to set direction for the Communion

The Assembly brings together delegates from all member churches of the communion. The Thirteenth Assembly took place in Poland in 2023.

Once every six to seven years, delegates from 150 member churches of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) gather to convene an Assembly, and set the vision and priorities of the communion. This is our highest decision-making body.

As well as determining the direction of the LWF, we examine issues facing our churches, and worship together in a celebration of communion and cultural diversity. As the LWF’s supreme authority, the Assembly is responsible for safeguarding the Constitution, electing its next set of leaders, acting on reports, speaking out on issues concerning the life and witness of member churches, and setting the overall direction for the ensuing period.

Each LWF Assembly is unique. It is shaped by the historical juncture in which it takes place, its venue, and the people who help shape its character, define its purposes and determine its outcomes.

The Thirteenth Assembly of the LWF took place in Krakow, Poland, in September 2023. It was be hosted by the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland. The theme of the Assembly was “One Body, One Spirit, One Hope.”

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Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano

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