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Good Friday is a Good Time for Lament

O Lord, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence, let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. -Psalm 88: 1-2 There are times in life when all one can do is to cry out. Those times when the broken reality of our world comes crashing in. […]

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LWR Names New President and CEO

Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard Named President and CEO

We are pleased to announce that Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard, of McLean, Va., will be the next president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, effective July 1. Currently a senior advisor at Palantir Technologies and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Speckhard has served in various high-level diplomatic roles in both Republican and […]

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We should seek our daily food, clothing & all we need ...as long as we do so without detracting from our love & duty toward our neighbor.

What Did Luther Say About Loving Our Neighbor?

“It is not forbidden but rather commanded that by the sweat of our brow we should seek our daily food, clothing, and all we need and avoid destruction whenever we can, as long as we do so without detracting from our love and duty toward our neighbor.” -Martin Luther In Martin Luther’s time, society’s affliction, […]

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It’s Hard to Answer the Question “How was Your Trip?”

I returned from the Philippines almost two weeks ago. Just about every day I’ve heard some variation on the same question from friends, colleagues, family members, and people at church: how was your trip? I’m not quite sure how to answer. Sometimes I think people expect me to say “it was great!” (Perhaps that’s my […]

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Why We Continue the Complicated, Messy, Slow Work in Gender

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak about LWR in front of an audience of other non-governmental organization (NGO) workers at the United Nations. It was part of an event at the fifty-eighth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. I was invited to talk about LWR’s Learning for Gender […]

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Empowering Communities in India to Overcome Poverty — One Woman at a Time

Originally posted at the Huffington Post… This International Women’s Day, I want to recognize the women of rural India who are fighting to pull their communities out of poverty — one woman at a time. Women have the power to pull communities out of poverty. During the past year, I have met countless women who […]

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