Category: ELCA

June 25, 2018

Bishop Eaton Issues Statement on Executive Order

Statement from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on executive order 6/22/2018 About two weeks ago, I joined more than 20 other faith leaders in raising concerns about the administration’s announced plans that it would begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. In line with that statement, I acknowledge...

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June 21, 2018

Pennsylvania Synods Pass Resolutions at Assemblies

Four ELCA Synods in Pennsylvania voted to pass resolutions regarding social justice issues at their recent assembly gatherings. The Lower Susquehanna Synod, meeting at Messiah College,  May 31 – June 1, 2018,  adopted a resolution regarding homelessness.  The Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod, meeting at Thiel College, June 15-16, 2018, adopted a resolution on migrant minors and...

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June 19, 2018

Emergency Food Providers: End Food Waste With MEANS Database

The MEANS Database, founded by ELCA member and American University student Maria Rose Belding, a speaker at the 2018 National Youth Gathering, is a non-profit communications platform for emergency food providers and their donors. Emergency food providers can mean soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries. MEANS, which stands for Meeting Excess And Needs for...

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February 6, 2018

PA Hunger Leaders Advocate in D.C.

Eleven World Hunger Leaders from across Pennsylvania, joined Tracey and Lynn, to participate in the ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering, January 21-24. More than 150 leaders from across the country gathered at Reformation Lutheran Church, Washington, D.C., focusing on the theme “Until All Are Fed”. All in attendance were equipped to advocate to their state’s...

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August 2, 2017

LAMPa Seeks Program Director

LAMPa is seeking applications for a full-time program director in its Harrisburg-area office. The program director is responsible for the coordination and communication of the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) statewide action network, working with the seven synods and Lutheran ministries throughout Pennsylvania, as well as ELCA Churchwide partners, particularly World Hunger. The primary objective is to...

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August 1, 2017

“For Such a Time as This.” Pray. Fast. Act. on Aug. 21

FOR SUCH A TIME (AUGUST): This month’s day of fasting and action is Monday, Aug. 21. In August, we focus on programs that provide relief from the effects of environmental degradation on the livelihoods of the poorest among us. As Lutherans, we are called to “seek sufficient, sustainable livelihood for all” and to ensure that all of God’s children are cared for, no matter where...

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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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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 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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April 1, 2017

ELCA Bishops, Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Refugees, Migrants

At the end of March, over 100 Lutheran leaders, including Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, met with congressional offices in Washington, D.C. to urge their members of Congress to protect and welcome vulnerable refugees and migrant children fleeing the endemic violence and persecution in their communities. Add your voice to theirs by taking action here. “It...

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