Category: Interfaith

March 16, 2020

U.S. District Court Issues Injunction On SNAP Time Limits Rule For ABAWDs

On Friday, March 13, a federal judge from the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) from taking effect. The Trump administration rule, scheduled to take effect April 1, would have forced nearly 700,000 Americans off food stamps...

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March 13, 2020

Congregational Resources & Bishop Eaton On COVID-19

With the outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and around the world, congregations and houses of worship need to be well-informed and well-prepared. The following information offers guidance as we minister to and engage with each other, and within our communities, as the body of Christ. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton...

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March 11, 2020

PA Election Reforms Allow Unrestricted Ballot Casting by Mail: Learn More

Comprehensive reforms designed to encourage greater participation in Pennsylvania elections are in place for the upcoming  re-scheduled Primary Election. Due to COVID-19 the Primary Election is now scheduled for June 2. Anyone not already registered to vote now has more time to do so. The deadline to register to vote for the 2020 Primary is...

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March 11, 2020

ELCA Publishes Civic Engagement Guide

The ELCA has published a Civic Engagement Guide. The resource guide is designed to encourage, empower and equip voter education and other responsible civic participation shaped by faith values. Civic engagement, according to a frequently referenced definition, means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the knowledge, skills,...

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February 24, 2020

ELCA Partners With Census for Neighbor and Ourselves

Our communities are significantly shaped by census data, and Census 2020 will update these numbers for the first time in 10 years. The ELCA is an official partner of the 2020 Census to encourage the most accurate count possible. “Funding for over 100 federal programs, many of which combat poverty and hunger and support people...

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February 7, 2020

Standing for Protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians

Lutheran advocates stood with lawmakers and supporters of protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians in the Capitol on Feb. 3 as members of the LGBTQ community and their families shared stories of continued discrimination in housing and employment in Pennsylvania. “I was saddened by all of the heart-rending stories,” said the Rev. Michael Allwein of St. James,...

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February 6, 2020

LAMPa Participates in Solitary Confinement Press Conference

LAMPa advocates joined coalition partners and legislators at a press conference on Monday, February 3 to call upon the support of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to support HB 497 and SB 832, both of which seek to limit the use of solitary confinement in prisons because of the trauma it causes and its counter-productivity in...

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February 5, 2020

PA Department of Education Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals and Nutrition Programs

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is seeking organizations across the state to help provide nutritious meals to children in low-income areas during the summer months through PDE’s Summer Food Service Program. Participating organizations must be year-round, not-for-profit entities, which include schools, local, municipal, or county governments, libraries, churches, fire and police stations, summer camps,...

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January 17, 2020

Non-Profit Security Grant Applications Available Through Feb. 14

Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of $5 million in funding for security enhancement projects for nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities throughout Pennsylvania. Applicants are eligible for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization....

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January 9, 2020

Bishop Eaton Issues Pastoral Message On Iran

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9). The current crisis between the United States and Iran is worrisome for many of us in our church, in our nation and in the world. Our country and Iran need urgently to find ways to resolve our differences through a de-escalation...

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