Category: Social Justice

June 8, 2021

Climate Impact Report Highlights Pennsylvania’s Challenges

By mid-century, the commonwealth will experience a 5.9 degree rise in temperature, according to the latest Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment. This increase will impact areas already prone to extreme weather events and climate disasters, as well as increasingly vulnerable communities, ecosystems, and farmland. “On our current path, the Pennsylvania our children and grandchildren inherit will...

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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 11, 2021

Pennsylvania Seminary and Synods Mark Rogation

“Lord, let me heart be good soil.” – ELW, Hymn 512  Across Pennsylvania synods and seminary campuses have been marking the season of rogation. “Rogation days” are a historic way of connecting Christian faith to soil. As the ELCA resource “What are Rogation Days?” explains, they were celebrated during the fifty days of Easter on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension Day. This ancient observance...

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April 28, 2021

LAMPa Staff Participate in Creation Care Events

On Thursday, April 22nd, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (PA IPL) hosted an Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Earth Day in Lewisburg. Larry Herrold, Jr., LAMPa’s Hunger Advocacy Fellow, attended the event with several other leaders in the central Susquehanna Valley faith community, offering prayers to mark the occasion. The event was held in conjunction with Lewisburg Neighborhoods and the CommUnityZone.   The intimate...

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April 27, 2021

LWF and ELCA Affirm Outcome of Leaders Summit on Climate

Urgent climate action, increased ambition needed (LWI) – In a joint statement, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have affirmed the outcomes of the Leaders Summit on Climate as “a step in the right direction.” The summit was convened online on the initiative of United States President Joe...

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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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April 1, 2021

Settlement Means Another $712M for PA’s Poorest SNAP Recipients

Settlement in a case between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and food stamp recipients in Pennsylvania regarding COVID relief will mean $712 million in back payments of additional nutrition benefits for more than 650,000 of the lowest-income Pennsylvania households.  Community Legal Services won an injunction in September on the behalf of Latoya Gilliam and Kayle...

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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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