Category: Social Justice

May 29, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Calls on Church To Observe National Day of Mourning

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has called on the church to join with faith communities across the United States in lament and remembrance, and on our elected leaders to observe Monday, June 1, as a day of mourning to honor the more than 100,000 people...

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May 29, 2020

ELCA Reaffirms Commitment to Combat Racism and White Supremacy

May 29, 2020   What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).   The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) reaffirms its commitment to combating racism and white supremacy following the recent murders of Black Americans. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna...

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May 27, 2020

Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine — June 17

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. Resources are available on the ELCA website...

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May 26, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Response to the 2020 Census

As of May 24, 2020, Pennsylvania households have responded to the 2020 Census above the national average. The national response to the census, thus far, is 60.1%, with Pennsylvania’s response rate being 63.1.% according to the U.S. Census Bureau.   Pennsylvania ranks 16th in the response rate out of 50 states, Puerto Rico and the...

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May 20, 2020

SNAP Online Purchasing Approved For Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has received approval from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow the Commonweath to join the pilot program that lets recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, purchase groceries online through participating retailers. This will help keep individuals and families...

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May 13, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Issues Pastoral Message on COVID-19 Racism and White Supremacy

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. —  I Corinthians 12:12   May 13, 2020 Dear church, Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am encouraged by your...

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May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

We give thanks to God for the many ways disciples and ministries are working to see that no one goes hungry. Whether you are currently operating a feeding ministry, donating to community feeding efforts, or are in need of food assistance, please look to the state and federal programs that your advocacy has helped create...

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May 5, 2020

LAMPa Connects Ministries With Emergency Foods

In addition to working with policymakers to speed vital relief services, LAMPa’s network of hunger advocates and Lutheran Disaster Response connected feeding ministries across the state with thousands of meals delivered by the PA National Guard. Although ongoing advocacy is required for long-term relief and recovery, the meals were received with gratitude by ministries seeking...

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May 4, 2020

FEMA Announces $200 Million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program

FEMA announced that the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board will allocate $200 million to communities across the country to assist organizations providing critical resources to people with economic emergencies, including our nation’s hungry and homeless populations. These funds were appropriated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ease...

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May 1, 2020

LAMPa Shares Survey In Response to COVID-19

LAMPa recently shared a survey with faith leaders throughout Pennsylvania inviting them to share how they may be adjusting ministries beyond their walls in response to COVID-19. The results of the survey will assist LAMPa in learning more how we may work together additionally and be better advocates for you and for those whom you...

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