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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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May 1, 2017

Vicar Ron Costen Connecting Advocacy to Congregation’s Ministry

Vicar Ronald W. Costen brings experience in law, teaching and social work to his dual-site internship with LAMPa and Messiah Lutheran Church in downtown Harrisburg. A student at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Costen is both a professor emeritus at Temple University and legal consultant, including service as a member of the Pa. Supreme Court...

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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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