PUC Ending Moratorium on Utility Shut-offs

October 8th, 2020|

As the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) ends the moratorium on utility shut-offs, they have  adopted a series of enhanced consumer protections intended to safeguard families and small businesses who are struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic – and also established a framework for future discussions about utility

Women of the ELCA Release Updated Resource: “Called to be Political (But I Don’t Want to be Political!)”

October 7th, 2020|

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)  have released a new updated version of  "Called to Be Political (but I don't want to be political!)". This resource, easily adapted for virtual use, is designed to be used with Faith Formation, Sunday School, young adult or small group

Gov. Wolf Issues Emergency Order Extending Deadline in COVID Relief-Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program

October 5th, 2020|

Governor Wolf issued an emergency order extending the  deadline for the COVID Relief-Mortgage and Rental Assistance Grant Program. The deadline originally scheduled for Sept. 30 was extended by the governor, effective Oct. 5, for 30 days until Nov. 4, 2020, in order for the program to be able to

ELCA World Hunger Accepts Applications for Daily Bread Grants

September 29th, 2020|

ELCA World Hunger's Daily Bread Matching Grants support congregations and their partners as they work toward a just world where all are fed. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations with feeding ministries are eligible to participate. Submit your application today! As part of the ELCA’s continuing response to the

A Pastoral Word on the Grand Jury Decision in Louisville

September 24th, 2020|

September 24, 2020 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. ― Ephesians 2:14 In response to the grand jury decision in Louisville, Ky., we offer a word of prayer and healing following the decision not to charge police officers for

ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Disregard for Human Life and Dignity at Private Detention Facility

September 19th, 2020|

“As Christ on the cross did not lose his dignity, but in fact revealed himself fully in vulnerability, every human who is being mistreated retains the image of God that confers dignity. A society should not deny a person's dignity for any reason.” —ELCA social message “Human Rights,” p. 4 On

PA House and Senate Introduce Bills Expanding PHFA’s Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program

September 16th, 2020|

The Pennsylvania Senate and House have introduced legislation aimed at assisting Commonwealth residents to more easily access Federal CARES dollars directed toward rental and mortgage assistance. Landlords and potential rental and mortgage assistance recipients have had difficulty navigating the multi-step application process. The House and Senate versions of this legislation

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