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Presiding Bishop Issues Pastoral Message on Abortion

Our unity as Christians is through Jesus Christ, the One who embodies God’s grace among us. Every day we dive into our baptism, through which God promises grace and mercy and draws us out to love and serve neighbors. Yet, there are times when, even in our unity, we do not agree. The people of...

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ELCA Statement on Mass Murders in Buffalo

“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?” —Jeremiah 8:22   Our hearts grieve for those who have been killed and our souls cry out against more lives lost to the hatred birthed by racism. As we mourn those lives...

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PA Raises Income Cap for Food Assistance Programs

More Pennsylvanians struggling to put nutritious food on the table will be eligible to receive food assistance thanks to a newly amended rule that raises the income cap for the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP). The state Department of Agriculture amended the code to raise the SFPP income threshold to 185 percent of the poverty...

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LAMPa Welcomes Pastor Rebecca Horn to Policy Council

LAMPa’s policy council welcomes the Rev. Rebecca Horn as an Allegheny Synod representative. Horn, who serves as a pastor in Centre Hall, is a 2011 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg and is in her third year on Allegheny Synod Council. Horn grew up in Warrington, Bucks County, the youngest of four, and...

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Praying and Acting in Love for Our Ukrainian Neighbors

A Prayer of Christian Faith for Ukraine    O Lord, God of life, as you care for all creation, give us your peace. May our security come not from weapons, but from respect. May our strength come not from violence, but from love. May our own wealth come not from money, but from sharing. May...

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Climate Panel Report “Dire Warning” with Narrow Window for Action

Climate change is causing widespread and dangerous threats to nature and billions of people around the planet, but especially those least able to cope, according to a report released this week by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warns that humankind has a narrowing window for action. “This report is a dire warning...

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Report Shows Analysis of Evictions in PA Since Start of Pandemic

Although renter protections and economic assistance programs implemented since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced the overall number of evictions filings over the past two years, communities across Pennsylvania are still struggling with evictions, according to a recently released study by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, of which LAMPa is a member. Read...

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New Report Shows Impact of School Nutrition Waivers, Calls for Extension

Student participation in school breakfast and lunch dropped dramatically across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, and child hunger would have spiked even more dramatically without waivers that allowed schools and community organizations to creatively adapt to keep feeding programs going, according to a new report by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). LAMPa advocates...

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LAMPa Welcomes Dillon Epler as NEPA Representative

LAMPa’s policy council welcomes Dillon Epler as its newest representative from Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod. Dillon is a seminarian at United Lutheran Seminary and is currently working to earn his Master of Divinity. He is a candidate for rostered ministry in the NEPA Synod of the ELCA, and serves as Vicar at St. John’s Lutheran Church...

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Governor’s Budget Proposal Includes Investments in Education, Jobs, Protections for Vulnerable

Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal contains historic increases for education, among investments in infrastructure, jobs, and services for vulnerable Pennsylanians. Continuing a focus on improving public education and erasing one of the largest funding equity gaps in the country, Wolf outlined an additional $1.9 billion to benefit students from pre-k through college as he...

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