Category: Social Justice

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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February 7, 2020

Standing for Protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians

Lutheran advocates stood with lawmakers and supporters of protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians in the Capitol on Feb. 3 as members of the LGBTQ community and their families shared stories of continued discrimination in housing and employment in Pennsylvania. “I was saddened by all of the heart-rending stories,” said the Rev. Michael Allwein of St. James,...

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February 6, 2020

LAMPa Participates in Solitary Confinement Press Conference

LAMPa advocates joined coalition partners and legislators at a press conference on Monday, February 3 to call upon the support of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to support HB 497 and SB 832, both of which seek to limit the use of solitary confinement in prisons because of the trauma it causes and its counter-productivity in...

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January 24, 2020

New Resource: “Unpacking White Privilege: The Important Work of Making the Church Less Harmful”

For years, the ELCA has been working to educate and inspire Lutherans to promote fairness and racial equity in our churches, communities and country. At the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, the “Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity in the ELCA” was adopted. This strategy includes a commitment to digging deeper into the history and theology that “ground, clarify,...

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January 17, 2020

Non-Profit Security Grant Applications Available Through Feb. 14

Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of $5 million in funding for security enhancement projects for nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities throughout Pennsylvania. Applicants are eligible for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization....

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January 6, 2020

LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2020 Priorities and Elects Officers

LAMPa’s Policy Council met on December 5, 2019 and adopted a broad agenda that encourages disciples to act where they are called, lifting their ministry context, lived experiences, vocations and gifts for public witness. Alleviating hunger, protecting all of creation, especially the most vulnerable, and addressing poverty and its root causes remain central to the...

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December 30, 2019

ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Anti-Semitic Incidents in New York

​December 30, 2019 Today is the last day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. As our Jewish siblings lighted the menorah, they sang this blessing: We kindle these lights because of the wondrous deliverance You performed for our ancestors. During these eight days of Hanukkah,...

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November 26, 2019

New Lutheran Advocacy Video Resource Available

A new Lutheran Advocacy video is available for everyone to access and share how we are church together for the sake of the world God loves.  In addition to explaining how our faith-rooted advocacy happens, the video also gives disciples tips in how to be advocates, with guidance for conducting visits with policymakers.  Underwritten and...

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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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