Category: ELCA

Presiding Bishop Issues Pastoral Message on SCOTUS Ruling Regarding Roe v. Wade

Dear church,   Whatever personal perspective one might take on the June 24 abortion ruling from the Supreme Court, it is the legal framework in which we now minister, and I wish to speak a pastoral word at this time.   The Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, removing federal constitutional protection...

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Introducing the Young Adult Community Resource Grant

From ELCA Young Adults: Young adults long for in-person connection, now more than ever after years of isolation. In response, ELCA Young Adult Ministry has launched a grant that will help jump-start programs that connect young adults from a defined region for in-person gatherings centered around community, justice, and love. What can this look like?...

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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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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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General Assembly Considering Election Law Changes

States around the country are still dealing with issues that converged in the 2020 election — from overwhelmed county elections offices and voting infrastructure to a crippled U.S. Postal Service and widespread disinformation. Pennsylvania is no exception. The General Assembly is considering proposals to revamp Pennsylvania’s election system, including a potential consitutional amendment that would...

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Climate Impact Report Highlights Pennsylvania’s Challenges

By mid-century, the commonwealth will experience a 5.9 degree rise in temperature, according to the latest Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment. This increase will impact areas already prone to extreme weather events and climate disasters, as well as increasingly vulnerable communities, ecosystems, and farmland. “On our current path, the Pennsylvania our children and grandchildren inherit will...

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Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Emanuel 9

As part of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members adopted a resolution designating June 17 as a commemoration of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9—the nine people shot and killed on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. To mark this commemoration, these resources from the ELCA can...

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LAMPa Welcomes Donna Skinner Echols to Policy Council

LAMPa is very happy to welcome Donna Skinner Echols to Policy Council as a representative of Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod! Donna has 42 years of experience in the development, management, monitoring and administration of family services programs for at-risk children and families. She has worked in the urban settings of Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, and Chicago,...

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Pennsylvania Seminary and Synods Mark Rogation

“Lord, let me heart be good soil.” – ELW, Hymn 512  Across Pennsylvania synods and seminary campuses have been marking the season of rogation. “Rogation days” are a historic way of connecting Christian faith to soil. As the ELCA resource “What are Rogation Days?” explains, they were celebrated during the fifty days of Easter on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension Day. This ancient observance...

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LAMPa Staff Participate in Creation Care Events

On Thursday, April 22nd, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (PA IPL) hosted an Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Earth Day in Lewisburg. Larry Herrold, Jr., LAMPa’s Hunger Advocacy Fellow, attended the event with several other leaders in the central Susquehanna Valley faith community, offering prayers to mark the occasion. The event was held in conjunction with Lewisburg Neighborhoods and the CommUnityZone.   The intimate...

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