Category: policy agenda

January 6, 2020

LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2020 Priorities and Elects Officers

LAMPa’s Policy Council met on December 5, 2019 and adopted a broad agenda that encourages disciples to act where they are called, lifting their ministry context, lived experiences, vocations and gifts for public witness. Alleviating hunger, protecting all of creation, especially the most vulnerable, and addressing poverty and its root causes remain central to the...

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November 26, 2019

New Lutheran Advocacy Video Resource Available

A new Lutheran Advocacy video is available for everyone to access and share how we are church together for the sake of the world God loves.  In addition to explaining how our faith-rooted advocacy happens, the video also gives disciples tips in how to be advocates, with guidance for conducting visits with policymakers.  Underwritten and...

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September 30, 2019

Policy Council Gathers for Annual Retreat

The LAMPa Policy Council recently gathered at Camp Hebron, Halifax, for their annual retreat.  The group engaged in discernment about strategic direction as policy council to support LAMPa’s mission and to foster being church in the public square.  Their work built upon responses to a statewide survey of ELCA rostered leaders and LAMPa’s advocacy network. ...

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January 3, 2019

LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2019 Priorities & Elects New Officers

The Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) Policy Council met on December 6, 2018, to set their agenda priorities for the upcoming term of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Following a thoughtful, engaging and lengthy conversation among those present the following priorities were identified: Hunger; Creation Care; Poverty; and the 2020 Census.   Hunger continues to...

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October 28, 2018

Safe Harbor, Protections for Hungry Neighbors and Environment, Highlight End of Legislative Session

The unanimous passage of Safe Harbor legislation protecting child sex trafficking victims in Pennsylvania was the last act of the General Assembly before recessing prior to Tuesday election. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law on Oct. 24. The law redirects victims away from prosecution for prostitution or other crimes related to their trafficking...

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October 4, 2018

PA Senate Passes Bill Requiring Surrender of Guns in Certain Cases of Domestic Violence

By a 43-5 bipartisan vote, the Pennsylvania Senate approved HB 2060, which mandates convicted domestic abusers give up their guns within 24 hours of a final protection from abuse order and limits who can hold onto them for safe keeping. LAMPa, along with other interfaith partners have supported this bill. The bill awaits the governor’s...

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December 11, 2017

Policy Council Elects Officers, Sets 2018 Agenda Priorities

Alleviating hunger, poverty and injustice while addressing their root causes remains central to the work of LAMPa in the year ahead.  On Dec. 7, LAMPa’s Policy Council adopted a broad agenda that encourages disciples to act where they are called, lifting their ministry context, lived experiences, vocations and gifts for public witness. “The Hebrew and...

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October 2, 2014

The Results Are In: 2014 Issues Survey

One hundred and twenty-four individuals completed the LAMPa stakeholder survey over the summer, creating a snapshot of interests, issues and hopes for our shared advocacy ministry. The data collected in the survey will be used by the LAMPa Policy Council to shape the advocacy agenda for the 2015-16 legislative session. Some specifics from the survey...

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