Category: Social Justice

November 13, 2019

Pennsylvania Introduces Legislation to End Unfair Surprise Medical Bills

Surprise medical bills are alarmingly common in Pennsylvania. A 2018 study found that 1 in 3 Pennsylvania adults has received a surprise medical bill over the past year, and most of them don’t know where to turn to get help. Not sure what a surprise medical bill is? See the graphic, prepared by the Pennsylvania...

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November 2, 2019

Golden Rule 2020: Add Your Name to Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics

November 3, 2019, marks one year before the national elections. Many churches are demonstrating their concern about the polarization in our country by being part of Golden Rule 2020. The ELCA signed a joint statement of support available at https://www.revivecivility.org/golden-rule-2020-call-dignit. In part the statement says, “We believe that we can find guidance through this national...

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October 21, 2019

PA Sends Team To Lutheran Disaster Response Gathering Focused on Climate Change

LAMPa accompanied seven Pennsylvania Lutheran Disaster Response coordinators and synod representatives to the 2019 LDR Consultation in New Orleans in October to address climate change and its implications for our ministries. This year’s gathering focused on building relationships with synodical, congregational and advocacy partners to address not only disaster relief but climate change mitigation and...

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October 17, 2019

New Research from Blessed Tomorrow & ecoAmerica: How Faith Communities Fuel Social Movements

EcoAmerica and Blessed Tomorrow have shared their latest research on How Faith Communities Fuel Social Movements: Lessons for Climate Advocacy from the Immigration Black Lives Matter, and President Trump Election Campaigns. While each effort is rooted in the authentic experiences of those impacted, the report examines the successful replicable strategies and tactics of each of...

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October 10, 2019

Annual Food Security Summit Focuses on College Hunger

Governor Wolf’s Annual Pennsylvania Food Security Summit was held recently in Harrisburg to update stakeholders, advocates, and federal partners about Pennsylvania’s progress with the Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA to address food insecurity and discuss work to combat hunger around Pennsylvania. Presentations regarding hunger in Pennsylvania were shared by the departments of Aging; Human Services;...

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October 4, 2019

ELCA Bishop & Conference of Bishops Urge Release of Funds for East Jerusalem Hospitals

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have issued a letter to President Trump urging the administration to restore funding to Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) and other hospitals in East Jerusalem. AVH is owned and operated by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and supported by the ELCA...

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October 2, 2019

Pennsylvania One of 10 States in the U.S. With Increased Number of Children Living in Concentrated Poverty

Twelve percent of children in Pennsylvania live in concentrated poverty according to “Children Living in High Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods,” a new KIDS COUNT® data snapshot released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Using the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, the snapshot examines where concentrated poverty has worsened across the country despite a...

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October 2, 2019

The Ethics of Dialogue and Debate from the Journal of Lutheran Ethics

Introducing a new ongoing resource for formal education classes or informal group discussion from the Journal of Lutheran Ethics Issue Index October/November 2019: The Ethics of Dialogue and Debate.  The following Introduction is from Editor Jennifer Hockenbery Dragseth. “In an age of conflict and division between political parties and within political parties, between churches and...

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October 2, 2019

Impending “Public Charge” Rule Could Drive Up the Uninsured Rate for Children

The “public charge” test refers to the evaluation by federal immigration officials to determine whether a person applying for a visa or green card is likely to rely on government benefits. The final rule, which was published by the Department of Homeland Security, changes the public charge definition by adding more programs into the determination,...

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September 27, 2019

Lutherans Raise Their Voices For God’s work. Our hands.

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, several hundred letters were shared with state and federal lawmakers. “It was the first time...

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