Category: Social Justice

March 26, 2020

ELCA Releases First Draft of Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) has shared The First Draft of the Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy. The development of this message on government, civic engagement, the relationship of church and state and related matters, was called for by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This is not...

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March 24, 2020

Help To Support Migrants in Detention During COVID-19

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) recently launched “Hope Can’t Be Quarantined: How To Support Migrants In Detention During This Time of Crisis”.  For our friends in immigration detention, the isolation that they experience has only been intensified by the authorities’ decision to indefinitely postpone visits from family, faith leaders and volunteers in an effort...

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March 19, 2020

Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA Partners Seeks Volunteers in Response to COVID-19

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) – Eastern PA partners with agencies across the Commonwealth of PA to serve those most in need during disaster. LDR – Eastern PA anticipates a number of needs arising that local churches can play a role in meeting. One opportunity that has just become available is through their partner disaster organization,...

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March 16, 2020

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Announces COVID-19 Treatment in Relation to Public Charge

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  announced that the agency will NOT consider “testing, treatment, nor preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19” in a public charge determination “even if such treatment is provided or paid for by one or more public benefits.” This announcement falls short of...

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March 16, 2020

U.S. District Court Issues Injunction On SNAP Time Limits Rule For ABAWDs

On Friday, March 13, a federal judge from the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) from taking effect. The Trump administration rule, scheduled to take effect April 1, would have forced nearly 700,000 Americans off food stamps...

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March 13, 2020

Congregational Resources & Bishop Eaton On COVID-19

With the outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and around the world, congregations and houses of worship need to be well-informed and well-prepared. The following information offers guidance as we minister to and engage with each other, and within our communities, as the body of Christ. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton...

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March 11, 2020

ELCA Publishes Civic Engagement Guide

The ELCA has published a Civic Engagement Guide. The resource guide is designed to encourage, empower and equip voter education and other responsible civic participation shaped by faith values. Civic engagement, according to a frequently referenced definition, means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the knowledge, skills,...

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March 2, 2020

PA Improving, But Still Lagging In School Breakfast Participation

Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for growth in the number of students participating in the free and reduced-price school breakfasts, feeding more than 362,000 students in the 2018-19 school year, according to a recently released report by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). With only 52.6 percent of those participating in free and...

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February 28, 2020

Online Course Offered: “Doing” Politics Through the Lens of Faith

The Rev. Matthew Best of St. Stephen, New Kingstown, LAMPa Policy Council member and former congressional staffer, will lead a five-week online course, “Doing” politics through the lens of faith, on Thursdays starting March 26. The online course, being offered through the Collaborative Mission Center, a partnership of Lower Susquehanna Synod, Upper Susquehanna Synod and...

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February 24, 2020

ELCA Partners With Census for Neighbor and Ourselves

Our communities are significantly shaped by census data, and Census 2020 will update these numbers for the first time in 10 years. The ELCA is an official partner of the 2020 Census to encourage the most accurate count possible. “Funding for over 100 federal programs, many of which combat poverty and hunger and support people...

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