Category: Policy Council

March 15, 2021

LAMPa Welcomes New Policy Council Member

LAMPa’s policy council welcomes Bruce McCullough as a representative from Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod.   A lifelong Lutheran, Bruce is a member of University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation (“UniLu“), a town/gown congregation that he joined when he first arrived in Philadelphia to attend college and then law school.  Bruce is an attorney practicing in Delaware and...

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December 4, 2020

LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2021 Priorities

LAMPa’s policy council met virtually on Dec. 3, 2021, and approved the following policy priorities for 2021.  They are based on the experience of our ministries, guided by ELCA Social Statements and LAMPa’s mission: “In response to God’s love in Jesus Christ, we advocate for wise and just policies in Pennsylvania that promote the common...

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August 24, 2020

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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July 22, 2020

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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July 16, 2020

LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Carla Wilson to Policy Council

The Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson, Associate Pastor of Outreach and Faith Formation at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Lancaster,  will join the LAMPa Policy Council in September as a representative of the Lower Susquehanna Synod (LSS). She also co-chairs the Toward Racial Justice Task Force of the LSS and is a congregational coach...

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January 16, 2020

LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Glenn Beard to Policy Council

The Rev. Glenn Beard, Jr. recently joined the LAMPa Policy Council as one of two representatives of Lutheran Services in America – Pennsylvania on LAMPa’s policy council. Beard is an ELCA pastor under call as the Director of Church Relations and Pastoral Care at Luthercare. Pastor Beard has been in the ministry since 1990. From...

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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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October 11, 2019

LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Matthew Best to Policy Council

The Rev. Matthew Best recently joined the LAMPa Policy Council as a representative of the Lower Susquehanna Synod (LSS).  Since 2017, Best has served as the pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, New Kingstown. Pastor Best also serves on the LSS Council, currently serving on the Executive Committee of Synod Council. He is also Chair...

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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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July 16, 2019

LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Brenda Martin to Policy Council

After working for 36 years as a journalist at several Pennsylvania newspapers, the Rev. Brenda Martin left journalism in Advent 2018 to take a full-time call as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville, Mercer County. As a journalist, she could never advocate for public policy or use her voice to talk about current...

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