Category: Criminal Justice Reform

May 29, 2020

ELCA Reaffirms Commitment to Combat Racism and White Supremacy

May 29, 2020   What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).   The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) reaffirms its commitment to combating racism and white supremacy following the recent murders of Black Americans. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna...

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May 26, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Response to the 2020 Census

As of May 24, 2020, Pennsylvania households have responded to the 2020 Census above the national average. The national response to the census, thus far, is 60.1%, with Pennsylvania’s response rate being 63.1.% according to the U.S. Census Bureau.   Pennsylvania ranks 16th in the response rate out of 50 states, Puerto Rico and the...

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May 13, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Issues Pastoral Message on COVID-19 Racism and White Supremacy

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. —  I Corinthians 12:12   May 13, 2020 Dear church, Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am encouraged by your...

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May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

We give thanks to God for the many ways disciples and ministries are working to see that no one goes hungry. Whether you are currently operating a feeding ministry, donating to community feeding efforts, or are in need of food assistance, please look to the state and federal programs that your advocacy has helped create...

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May 1, 2020

LAMPa Shares Survey In Response to COVID-19

LAMPa recently shared a survey with faith leaders throughout Pennsylvania inviting them to share how they may be adjusting ministries beyond their walls in response to COVID-19. The results of the survey will assist LAMPa in learning more how we may work together additionally and be better advocates for you and for those whom you...

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May 1, 2020

Updated Information On PA Primary & Mail-In Ballots

“Christians are called to be stewards of our common life through serving as faithful and active citizens. We live out our mutual responsibility for one another by guaranteeing our neighbor’s right to vote and participate freely and fully in society.” — The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA For many of us, voting,...

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March 26, 2020

ELCA Releases First Draft of Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) has shared The First Draft of the Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy. The development of this message on government, civic engagement, the relationship of church and state and related matters, was called for by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This is not...

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February 6, 2020

LAMPa Participates in Solitary Confinement Press Conference

LAMPa advocates joined coalition partners and legislators at a press conference on Monday, February 3 to call upon the support of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to support HB 497 and SB 832, both of which seek to limit the use of solitary confinement in prisons because of the trauma it causes and its counter-productivity in...

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January 6, 2020

LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2020 Priorities and Elects Officers

LAMPa’s Policy Council met on December 5, 2019 and adopted a broad agenda that encourages disciples to act where they are called, lifting their ministry context, lived experiences, vocations and gifts for public witness. Alleviating hunger, protecting all of creation, especially the most vulnerable, and addressing poverty and its root causes remain central to the...

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October 17, 2019

New Research from Blessed Tomorrow & ecoAmerica: How Faith Communities Fuel Social Movements

EcoAmerica and Blessed Tomorrow have shared their latest research on How Faith Communities Fuel Social Movements: Lessons for Climate Advocacy from the Immigration Black Lives Matter, and President Trump Election Campaigns. While each effort is rooted in the authentic experiences of those impacted, the report examines the successful replicable strategies and tactics of each of...

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