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Lutheran World Federation

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is an ecumenical body with 145 member churches in 79 countries that cooperate on a variety of dialogue and development efforts. "The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification," affirmed by Lutherans and Roman Catholics, remains a notable example of LWF ecumenical work. The Global Lutheran World Federation Campaign against HIV/AIDS began in May 2002, issuing "Breaking the Silence," which promoted supportive and accepting church communities. "Compassion, Conversion, Care: An Action Plan" committed members of the communion to welcoming PLWHA, promoting dialogue and education on HIV/AIDS, and addressing issues like gender inequality. Four regional conferences addressed the impact of HIV/AIDS and culturally and theologically mindful responses. In Nepal, LWF has assisted in maintaining the refugee camp infrastructure and resources for Bhutanese refugees, as well as advocating for the Dalit population through its Dalit Empowerment Program.

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