By Lutheran World Federation
WINDHOEK, Namibia—Lutherans from around the world and ecumenical guests gathered on May 14 at the Sam Nujoma stadium, in Windhoek, Namibia, for the global commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Delegates and participants from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Twelfth Assembly attended the commemoration with thousands of Lutherans from Namibia and neighbouring countries.
“What we need now is not the justification of the wrongs of the past, but that God in his grace blot out all our iniquity and create in our world pure hearts of love, justice, and peace,” said Namibian bishop emeritus Zephania Kameeta in his sermon. He offered a message of hope and liberation, giving substance to the Assembly theme Liberated by God’s Grace.
The commemoration event is a highpoint of the Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation, which took place in the Namibian capital Windhoek from May 10-16. The Church is called to be “reformed and reformers, renewed and renewing, liberated and liberating.”