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April 19, 2018

Bipartisan Renewable Energy Legislation Introduced

Just in time for Earth Day, Democratic and Republican legislators from across the Commonwealth and from both chambers of the General Assembly came together to introduce legislation to make Pennsylvania a leader in the effort to address climate change. Matching bills introduced by state Rep. Chris Rabb (Philadelphia) and state Sen. Charles McIlhinney (Bucks County)...

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April 16, 2018

Presiding Bishop Issues Earth Day Statement on Climate Change

As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we share a deep love for all of God’s creation and a profound responsibility for it. Made in the image of God, we are called to continue what God is already doing for the earth (Psalm 104), enabling it to flourish. God assigns humans to...

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April 13, 2018

State Sets Goal for Paper-Verified Voting Systems

Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres today informed Pennsylvania’s counties to have voter-verifiable paper record voting systems selected no later than December 31, 2019, and preferably in place by the November 2019 general election. He also announced the commonwealth will receive nearly $14 million in federal funding to assist counties with replacement. “This is an...

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April 13, 2018

LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Karl Runser to Policy Council

LAMPa welcomes the Rev. Karl Runser to its policy council as the newest representative from the Upper Susquehanna Synod. Karl grew up in southeastern Ohio and studied music history at Ohio University. He received his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and was ordained in 2002. Karl currently serves as the...

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April 6, 2018

ELCA Recommits To Work For Racial Justice and Inclusion

CHICAGO (April 6, 2018) – Following the “Act Now: Unite to End Racism” rally in Washington, D.C., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a statement on racism, recommitting this church “to work for racial justice and inclusion, to work against white privilege, and to...

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March 9, 2018

School Breakfast Initiative Now Offering Grants to Schools

March 08, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – As part of his School Breakfast Initiative, Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that $900,000 in mini-grants are available to schools to start or expand alternative breakfast programs to help more students begin the day with a healthy breakfast. LAMPa advocates helped secure the funding the governor requested in the...

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March 7, 2018

ELCA Bishops Support Student March Against Gun Violence

ITASCA (March 6, 2017) – The ELCA Conference of Bishops has approved the following statement of support for the March for Our Lives on March 24. STATEMENT IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH Our children and youth are like a young Jeremiah prophesying to the people: For I know the plans I have for you,”...

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March 2, 2018

LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Inge Williams to Policy Council

Firetruck blessing Inge Williams is the pastor of Friedens Church in Shartlesville, a hamlet at the base of the Blue Mountain in Berks County. Inge hails from the Midwest. Born in Ohio, she spent formative years in northeastern Lower Michigan. In 2014, she received her M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Inge’s call to ordained...

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March 1, 2018

LAMPa Welcomes New Policy Council Member – the Rev. Lydia Posselt

Pastor Lydia Posselt, who serves Family of God in Buckingham, is thrilled and honored to be joining LAMPa’s policy council as a representative from the Southeastern Pennsylvania synod, where she has served for about a year. In her first year at Family of God, she noticed that for a small church, her members are always...

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February 20, 2018

PA Ranks 41st in School Breakfast Participation

Although more Pennsylvania students participated in school breakfast programs in 2016-2017, the state’s ranking in the percentage of eligible students participating dropped to 41st in the nation, according to the scorecard recently released by the Food Research and Action Council. This annual report analyzes participation in the school breakfast program among low-income children nationally and in...

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