Category: Immigration

June 19, 2020

As Trans Individuals are Targeted, Coalition Calls for Action on Hate Crime Bills

In the aftermath of the recent murder of members of the LGBTQ community, the recent historic Supreme Court ruling, and ongoing conversations about equality and justice in our society, the Pa Coalition Against Hate, of which LAMPa is a member, issued the following statement: “Now in Pride Month, a time when we reflect on the...

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June 18, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Supreme Court Decision on DACA Program

June 18, 2020 This church urges “flexible and humane ways for undocumented persons who have been in this country for a specified amount of time to be able to adjust their legal status.” — ELCA social message, “Immigration” (1998) Today I rejoice in the renewal of dreams and the transformation of heartbreak into hope that...

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June 12, 2020

Pennsylvania Partnership for Children Releases 11th Annual State of Child Welfare

The Pennsylvania Partnership for Children (PPC)  released their 11th annual State of Child Welfare report – a five-year analysis of how Pennsylvania fares with practices around child safety, placement and permanency – that outlines policy recommendations aimed at improving the child welfare system and includes county-level data and statewide and geographic trends. This report recommends...

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June 5, 2020

Bishop Eaton Shares Message: This is the Day

June 5, 2020 “Out of my distress I called on the Lord” (Psalm 118:5). We are a nation in distress. We are a church in distress. The coronavirus has killed 103,000 of us. The virus of racism has taken hundreds of thousands more throughout our history. Now these two deadly viruses converge. Under this distress...

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May 29, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Calls on Church To Observe National Day of Mourning

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has called on the church to join with faith communities across the United States in lament and remembrance, and on our elected leaders to observe Monday, June 1, as a day of mourning to honor the more than 100,000 people...

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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 5, 2020

LAMPa Connects Ministries With Emergency Foods

In addition to working with policymakers to speed vital relief services, LAMPa’s network of hunger advocates and Lutheran Disaster Response connected feeding ministries across the state with thousands of meals delivered by the PA National Guard. Although ongoing advocacy is required for long-term relief and recovery, the meals were received with gratitude by ministries seeking...

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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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