Category: Racism

July 9, 2021

Rogation Stories: Stewardship & the Disenfranchised

In late April this year LAMPa joined with United Lutheran Seminary in the celebration of rogation. ULS’s spring convocation around the theme “The Theology of Gathering” helped Lutherans across Pennsylvania think about the ways in which we are connected, even as we distanced ourselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognizing this theme, and seeking to honor creation as...

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June 3, 2021

Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Emanuel 9

As part of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members adopted a resolution designating June 17 as a commemoration of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9—the nine people shot and killed on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. To mark this commemoration, these resources from the ELCA can...

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May 26, 2021

LAMPa Welcomes Donna Skinner Echols to Policy Council

LAMPa is very happy to welcome Donna Skinner Echols to Policy Council as a representative of Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod! Donna has 42 years of experience in the development, management, monitoring and administration of family services programs for at-risk children and families. She has worked in the urban settings of Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, and Chicago,...

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May 13, 2021

Level Up Announces Campaign for Education Funding

Level Up, a coalition of more than a dozen education advocacy organizations from across the commonwealth, launched a campaign on April 15th to increase state funding for the 100 most underfunded school districts in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania ranks 44th in the nation for state share of funding for K-12 education and has some of the nation’s widest...

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April 19, 2021

A Statement from Bishop Eaton on Racial Injustice

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).  The last 16 days have been a microcosm of the original sins of racism and white supremacy in the United States. This has included the trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd; the extrajudicial killings of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Park, Minn., and...

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April 14, 2021

Bishop Eaton Issues Statement for Earth Day

Earth Day statement from Bishop Eaton 4/13/2021 1:05:00 PM ​O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. —Psalm 104:24 Throughout Scripture, God promises to restore God’s people to health and wholeness, a promise that includes the renewal of all creation. This promise is depicted dramatically in the final pages of...

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March 31, 2021

New Data Reveals Extent of Students Experiencing Homelessness

More and more of Pennsylvania’s school-age children were experiencing homelessness even before the pandemic, according to a newly released report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The study accumulates the locally reported totals of homeless children under five and those enrolled in pre-K through twelfth grade across eight regions of the commonwealth. The total for...

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March 22, 2021

Bishop Eaton Issues Message Addressing Anti-Asian Racism

My enemies trample on me all day long, for many fight against me. O Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid; what can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:2-4). As a nation, we continue to witness and...

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February 22, 2021

Welcoming Schools Survey Due March 15

Did you know that, currently, ONLY 6 out of the 500 school districts in Pennsylvania have explicit policies or resolutions in place that welcome and support immigrant and refugee students? The Welcoming Schools Campaign, a program of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC), aims to educate and empower immigrant and refugee students and parents about how they can...

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January 22, 2021

ELCA 2021 federal policy priorities for advocacy action

Posted on January 22, 2021 by ELCA Advocacy “With the start of the 117th Congress and a new administration, and as the devastating COVID-19 pandemic influences our lives and shapes our concerns, we face pressing need for national policy action. Yet even with changes, as Christians in the world our engagement is consistently shaped by...

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