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April 20, 2017

Hunger Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Expand School Breakfast

LAMPa and ELCA World Hunger leaders in Pennsylvania signed a letter delivered to lawmakers today as part of a statewide coalition urging an additional $2 million to expand school breakfast participation through alternative delivery methods. “Right now, 1 in 5 kids in Pennsylvania struggles with hunger. School breakfast is critical to ensure that kids get...

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April 13, 2017

DEP Hosting Eco-Justice Listening Posts

Here’s an opportunity to speak up for those most affected by environmental degradation. The state Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a series of environmental justice listening sessions around the Commonwealth.   LAMPa is encouraging advocates to attend and share their stories or accompany and support neighbors suffering from our neglect or abuse of the environment....

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April 6, 2017

PA Lutherans Participate in State of Appalachia Conference

ELCA Lutherans from across the Appalachian region participated in an ecumenical State of Appalachia Conference on March 31 – April 1, 2017, in Pipestem State Park, West Virginia. The conference “was an important gathering for public advocacy and service ministries in Appalachia,” said the Rev. Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig, professor of Church in Society at the...

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April 4, 2017

PA House Passes Budget Bill

The Pa. House has passed a budget that keeps Gov. Tom Wolf’s planned expenditures to fight hunger, as well as a modest increase in basic education funding, but cuts spending on environmental protection, economic development and human services. The $31.5 billion plan, which is a decrease from current spending levels, passed on a party-line vote,...

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April 1, 2017

ELCA Bishops, Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Refugees, Migrants

At the end of March, over 100 Lutheran leaders, including Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, met with congressional offices in Washington, D.C. to urge their members of Congress to protect and welcome vulnerable refugees and migrant children fleeing the endemic violence and persecution in their communities. Add your voice to theirs by taking action here. “It...

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March 31, 2017

New Bill Creates Safe Harbor for Child Victims of Sex Trafficking

Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Bucks, has re-introduced legislation to divert child victims of sex trafficking away from the criminal justice system and into appropriate human services.  Senate Bill 554 was voted favorably out of the Judiciary Committee, (see the vote) , saw first and second considerations in the Senate and was referred to Senate Appropriations on March...

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March 1, 2017

LAMPa Seeks Program Director

LAMPa is seeking applications for a full-time program director in its Harrisburg-area office. The program director is responsible for the coordination and communication of the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) statewide action network, working with the seven synods and Lutheran ministries throughout Pennsylvania, as well as ELCA Churchwide partners, particularly World Hunger. The primary objective is to...

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February 7, 2017

Budget Proposal Includes $2M for School Breakfast Expansion

Gov. Tom Wolf moved to boost the state’s underutilized school breakfast program by investing $2 million as part of his 2017-18 budget proposal so that schools can reach more students and ensure they have access to the healthy meals they need to start their day right. “Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania applauds the governor’s attention...

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December 22, 2016

Join Pilot to Link Watershed Protection, Hunger Ministry

Is your congregation, camp, campus ministry interested in protecting Pennsylvania’s waterways or taking your hunger ministry to another level? Lutherans are being invited to opportunities for service — from growing native plants on private or church property to planting trees in parks or donated land, to processing fresh produce for charitable kitchens and pantries.  That service can...

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December 22, 2016

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda to Keynote Lutheran Day

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda will be our keynote speaker for Lutheran Day of Advocacy, May 22, at Trinity, Camp Hill. Dr. Moe-Lobeda, author of Public Church: For the Life of the World, and most recently, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation, is Professor of Theological and Social Ethics, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran Univeristy, and Core...

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