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LAMPa Welcomes Seminarian Margaret Folkemer-Leonard

We welcome Margaret Folkemer-Leonard, who will be serving with LAMPa and St. Matthew Lutheran Church in York as part of her education at United Lutheran Seminary (ULS). “I am excited to grow in my call to word and service ministry, learning how to better bridge the gap between church and world through community engagement and...

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Save the Date for Lutheran Day 2021 – October 28

As we continue to move through the pandemic, we look forward and invite you to mark your calendar for next year’s Lutheran Day at the Capitol as we plan to gather in Harrisburg on Thursday, October 28, 2021. We have moved this annual event from the spring into the fall in prayerful anticipation that we...

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LAMPa Welcomes New Policy Council Member from SWPA

The Rev. Jim Engel, pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Uniontown, joins the LAMPa Policy Council representing the ELCA Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod (SWPA). “I am excited to have the opportunity to return to working with a state government to advocate for those who have been marginalized by power, economics, politics, and systems as a...

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ELCA Church Council Adopts New Social Message

The ELCA Church Council has unanimously adopted a new social message: “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy.” This project was called for at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, with an intention that it be ready to read before the national election this fall. The social message defines government as...

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Home Utility Assistance is Available in Pennsylvania: Apply by August 31

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller reminds Pennsylvanians of the availability of assistance in paying certain utility bills through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis program ahead of the program’s end on August 31. “We know that the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent economic insecurity have led...

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ELCA Commemorates 500th Anniversary of Luther’s The Freedom of a Christian

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s treatise The Freedom of a Christian. To observe this milestone, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), invites the church to read, study and reflect on this Lutheran witness of the Christian faith. In his work, Luther spoke...

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Exercise Your Civic Duty and Prepare to Vote

“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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Season of Creation Devotions Offered by Four Heads of Communion

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4. The season, which begins with the...

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Dr. Crystal L. Hall Joins LAMPa Policy Council

LAMPa welcomes Dr. Crystal L. Hall  on board as a representative of the United Lutheran Seminary. Dr. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. Her most recent book is Insights from Reading the Bible with the Poor, published by Fortress Press. Dr. Hall’s research and teaching address God’s call to justice and right relationship...

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PA Council of Churches seeks Executive Director

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches continues its search for an executive director, with a deadline of August 31 for applications. They hope to find “a faithful and resourceful Christian disciple to lead the PCC in addressing the many issues and challenges facing the Christian community today and in the future.” The new director must have...

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