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September 20, 2017

Adding “Our Voices” to Churchwide Day of Service

Pennsylvania Lutherans added their voices to “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, writing hundreds of letters to both state and federal lawmakers on the churchwide dedicated day of service on Sunday, Sept. 10. Participants spoke up against rollbacks of protections for waterways and on behalf of expanding protections for victims of child sex trafficking in Pennsylvania, among other...

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September 6, 2017

Save The Date: May 21 for 2018 Lutheran Day of Advocacy

Mark your calendars now to join Lutheran advocates in Harrisburg on May 21. 2018, for a day of learning, inspiration and action on issues that matter.  Look for more details and registration in January.  

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August 2, 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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August 1, 2017

“For Such a Time as This.” Pray. Fast. Act. on Aug. 21

FOR SUCH A TIME (AUGUST): This month’s day of fasting and action is Monday, Aug. 21. In August, we focus on programs that provide relief from the effects of environmental degradation on the livelihoods of the poorest among us. As Lutherans, we are called to “seek sufficient, sustainable livelihood for all” and to ensure that all of God’s children are cared for, no matter where...

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July 31, 2017

Senate Revenue Package Includes Bad Deal for Environment, Health Care

In the waning days of July, with the House already in recess until September, the state Senate passed a revenue package that for the first time includes a severance tax on Marcellus gas drilling, but trades for weakened regulations on the oil and gas industry and companion attacks on Medicaid. HB 542  will borrow $1.2...

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July 1, 2017

General Assembly Passes Spending Plan

The 2017-2018 spending plan adopted by Pennsylvania lawmakers by the June 30 deadline includes some good news for Pennsylvania children, including increases in basic education, special education and early childhood funding, plus $2 million to incentivize improvements in school breakfast delivery, for which LAMPa advocated. The final bill avoided or reduced some of the deeper...

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June 21, 2017

First Lady Highlights School Breakfast Initiative at Food Security Convening

“Ask any teacher and they will tell you that food is the basic school supply,” said First Lady Frances Wolf as she addressed the first Local Food Alliances Convening held at the State Farm Show Complex, bringing together anti-hunger advocates, including ELCA hunger leaders, from around the state. Although one in five children in Pennsylvania...

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June 13, 2017

Proposed Federal Budget Would Shift $700M in Hunger Cost to PA

A newly released report by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities described the impact President Trump’s proposed budget would have on hunger and state budgets. Below is an excerpt from the report, with state-level details by the Pa. Budget and Policy Center.  Click here for an analysis for its impact in Pennsylvania.  The Supplemental...

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June 6, 2017

Highlights From Lutheran Day of Advocacy 2017

“What times we live in and how hungry our world is for hope and moral wisdom,” Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda began in her keynote address to those gathered for Lutheran Day of Advocacy 2017. “You gather here today because the God who called you into being, the God who loves you beyond measure, whose love for...

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May 19, 2017

“For Such a Time as This.” Pray. Fast. Act. Lutheran-Episcopal call for Public Witness

On May 18, 2017, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issued a joint invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA and The Most Reverend Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, extended this call out...

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