Category: Racism

January 25, 2019

Bishop Davenport Participates in “Conversation on Race and Faith”

ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Bishop Patricia A. Davenport was one of five conversationalists who participated in Interfaith Philadelphia’s “Conversation on Race and Faith” at WHYY January 17. The bishop joined the Rev. Steven Lawrence, president of NewCORE (A New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity), Rabbi David Strauss of Main Line Reform Temple, Sheikh Anwar Muhaimin...

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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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December 17, 2018

SEPA Bishop Davenport Honored

Bishop Patricia A. Davenport was honored recently with citations from Mayor Jim Kenney and the state House of Representatives at a reception at City Hall on Dec. 13.  Various city officials shared remarks during the ceremony. State Rep. Joanna McClinton, a Democrat who represents the 191st District covering parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County, read...

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October 4, 2018

Take Action Now on the Flores Settlement-Agreement

What is it? Reno v. Flores, also known as “The Flores Settlement” was a 1997 Supreme Court ruling that set standards for immigrant minors when going through the court system. Specifically, the case addressed the issue of unaccompanied minors when in the custody of federal authorities. It ruled that detained children must be released to...

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October 4, 2018

Farm Bill Update

Despite efforts by leadership in the House and Senate Agriculture committees, Congress failed to reauthorize the farm bill by the Sept. 30 deadline. With the prior law now expiring, dozens of programs will stop and many others placed on hold. Long-standing authorized programs such as crop insurance and SNAP will continue, as long as they...

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September 28, 2018

Lutherans Share Their Voices for God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday

ELCA congregations across Pennsylvania shared their voices for God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday by addressing letters to legislators, federal and state, advocating on behalf of those whose voices may not always be heard. As a result of their thoughtful advocacy service, several hundred letters were shared with state and federal lawmakers. In addition to participating...

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September 25, 2018

Human Services Secretary Participates in SNAP Challenge to Highlight Food Insecurity

Pennsylvania Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller announced that from September 24-28, she will take the SNAP Challenge to highlight Hunger Action Month, the importance of food access, and the prevalence of food insecurity across Pennsylvania. The week will also highlight the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps nearly two million Pennsylvanians...

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September 17, 2018

Learn about General Assistance Applications

Certain low-income Pennsylvanians can now apply for General Assistance again. On July 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in a unanimous decision, found that Act 80 of 2012 was enacted in a manner that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.  Act 80 did many things, including eliminating the General Assistance (GA) cash assistance program.  General Assistance...

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September 17, 2018

No Kid Hungry Breakfast Grant Applications Available

Applications for No Kid Hungry breakfast grants are available online.  You are encouraged to share this information with your local school district’s director of food service so your district has the opportunity to expand access to school breakfast.  Grants will support schools with the purchase of approved equipment, materials and initiatives facilitating breakfast after the...

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September 7, 2018

Welcoming School Resources Available

At the commencement of a new school year, wouldn’t it be great to focus on making  your district a welcoming school to all students?  Resources, including a tool kit, are available online to assist you. Working with your school board and community, join other districts in Pennsylvania to officially welcome and support all students. In...

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