The Lutheran World Federation - Women’s Daily Bread
Women’s Daily Bread - Special LWI Edition
GENEVA, 3 March 2010 (LWI) – Women’s Daily Bread is the title of a Lutheran World Federation (LWF) publication drawing attention to some of the critical issues that impede equitable gender progress in the Lutheran communion and beyond.
Published to coincide with events marking the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2010, the special edition of Lutheran World Information (LWI - No. 12/2009) offers further reflections on the July 2010 LWF Eleventh Assembly theme “Give Us Today Our Daily Bread.”
“The prayer for ‘our daily bread’ is a petition for inclusive bodily and spiritual sustenance for all—not for some, as sadly reflected in today’s reality. It also challenges the LWF’s understanding of leadership from the biblical concept of vocation and priesthood of all believers,” says LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko in the publication’s foreword.
Bread for “only some,” adds Noko, “undermines our witness to the gospel and our ability to participate in God’s mission.” The general secretary points out some milestones that have resulted from LWF’s commitment to the equal participation and leadership of both women and men. Still, he urges increased efforts in challenging “the practices, traditions and structures that impede women’s full participation at the table—in church and society.”
The stories in the special LWI edition seek to emphasize the LWF’s core identity as a “spiritual and sacramental,” “confessional,” “witnessing” and “serving” communion.
The publication includes liturgical material, offering creative ways to celebrate the mutual sharing and nurturing throughout the Lutheran communion.
Click here for the German version (PDF, 24p.)