Category: Advocacy

August 15, 2019

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Summary of Actions

​Gathering under the theme “We are church,” voting members of the 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) made a number of key decisions to further the mission and ministry of this church. The assembly, the chief legislative authority of the church, met August 5-10 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee....

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August 13, 2019

Punitive Public Charge Rule Slated To Take Effect

The Trump Administration expanded public charge rule is a punitive measure that will stoke fear and increase suffering in immigrant communities. This new policy would impose an unprecedented income test on persons seeking legal entry to the United States and deny entrance if they are judged likely to be or ever in the future become...

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August 8, 2019

ELCA Churchwide Assembly Declares ELCA Sanctuary Church

​In a key action, the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted to approve a memorial that declares the ELCA a sanctuary church. The ELCA is the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church body. As a sanctuary church the ELCA is committed to serving and supporting migrant children and families in communities across...

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August 2, 2019

ELCA Presiding Bishop, Christian Leaders Issue statement Against Christian Nationalism

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has joined Christian leaders in a statement against Christian nationalism. “Whether we worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, or temple, America has no second-class faiths,” their statement reads. “All are equal under the U.S. Constitution.” You are invited to join...

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August 1, 2019

ELCA World Hunger Leaders Gather

The 2019 ELCA World Hunger Leaders’ Gathering was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 18-21. The ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering takes place every 18 months and gathers the national network of ELCA World Hunger leaders, congregations and ministry partners for a time of networking, idea sharing and planning for our shared work. Those assembled focused...

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July 29, 2019

General Assistance Ends August First

A decades-long General Assistance (GA) program expires August 1, 2019, affecting more than 11,000 Pennsylvanians who relied on the small, temporary program targeted to the most vulnerable as a bridge in times of crisis. LAMPa’s director urges ministries to learn who is affected, do what can be done to fill in the gaps, and be...

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July 24, 2019

More than 200,000 PA Residents Affected by Limits Proposed to SNAP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in mid-July plans to narrow food assistance eligibility for low-income families. The drafted rule would tighten Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit access to people applying through “broad-based categorical eligibility,” a method by which households earning slightly above the poverty line can apply if they have exorbitant costs (such...

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July 16, 2019

LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Brenda Martin to Policy Council

After working for 36 years as a journalist at several Pennsylvania newspapers, the Rev. Brenda Martin left journalism in Advent 2018 to take a full-time call as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville, Mercer County. As a journalist, she could never advocate for public policy or use her voice to talk about current...

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July 9, 2019

Caring for Creation – New Resources Available from ELCA Advocacy

ELCA Advocacy recently shared a host of new resources that are posted on our LAMPa website under Creation Care. The materials were introduced at the ELCA Advocacy Convening. The theme this year was “Prepared to Care: Our Advocacy in Light of Disasters Intensified by Climate Change”. The rubric of the convening was shaped deeply by...

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July 9, 2019

New Civic Engagement Primer and Study Guide Available

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches recently released a new Civic Engagement Primer and Study Guide providing an enlightening resource for faith communities to utilize in Sunday School and Faith Formation classes. The Pennsylvania Council of Churches has long believed in our call as Christians to be faithful citizens, participating in the public square in ways...

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