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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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May 17, 2017

LAMPa Welcomes New Policy Council Member Sarah Rossing

Pastor Sarah Rossing, who joins LAMPa’s policy council as a representative from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod, has roots in a number of different communities across the continent of North America, but most of them run through the Lutheran church. She was born and baptized in Texas, raised and confirmed in Georgia, before attending St. Olaf...

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May 15, 2017

Summer MDiv. Intern Focusing on Mental Health/Addiction Advocacy

G. Travis Woodfield joins LAMPa for the summer with the goal of organizing our advocacy work around mental health and addiction. Currently entering his third year of divinity school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., he is in process for the Word and Service roster in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. “I am...

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