Category: Social Justice

March 3, 2019

Consequences of an Undercount in the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census will be critically important to the future of Pennsylvania, and even a minor undercount would have dire implications that would last for at least a decade. The Commonwealth receives $26 billion each year in funds that are determined by the Census, including funding for healthcare, infrastructure, housing, rural communities, and local municipalities....

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March 3, 2019

General Assistance: a Critical Program for Pennsylvania

LAMPa, along with organizations that serve communities across the Commonwealth,  recently signed onto a letter asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to protect General Assistance (GA). The letter, delivered to all legislators, urges them to vote against House Bill 33, which would eliminate GA in Pennsylvania, and to ensure continued funding for GA in the 2019-20 Budget. General...

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February 11, 2019

LAMPa Featured In Living Lutheran Article

LAMPa, along with coalition partners who advocated for “Safe Harbor” legislation for the past four years are featured in a February Living Lutheran article. The article, written by Courtney Olsen, explores what happens “When Disciples Use Their Voice: Advocacy Leads to New Legislation.” The article documents the long and arduous collaborative process the passage of...

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February 11, 2019

ELCA Launches Collaboration with Blessed Tomorrow & Releases Caring for Creation Video

In its commitment to pursuing wholeness for creation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is pleased to announce collaboration with ecoAmerica and its Blessed Tomorrow program, which helps faith-based organizations elevate their leadership on the moral, religious and justice issues surrounding climate change. Learn more. In conjunction with this announcement, the ELCA has released...

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February 8, 2019

ELCA World Hunger Lent & VBS Materials Available

This ​Lent, walk with ELCA World Hunger as our church prepares us for the ministry God calls us to this season – the ministry of hope, liberation and restoration for our world. The practices of Lent – repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrifical giving and works of love – will guide our weekly journey. To access...

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February 6, 2019

2019 ELCA Advocacy Policy Priorities

God is calling us into the world to serve together. Shaped by the ELCA’s social teaching documents and experiences of its congregations, ministries and partners, the ELCA advocates to end world hunger and stands up for policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and dignity, and preserve God’s creation. Introduced by the ELCA...

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January 25, 2019

Bishop Davenport Participates in “Conversation on Race and Faith”

ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Bishop Patricia A. Davenport was one of five conversationalists who participated in Interfaith Philadelphia’s “Conversation on Race and Faith” at WHYY January 17. The bishop joined the Rev. Steven Lawrence, president of NewCORE (A New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity), Rabbi David Strauss of Main Line Reform Temple, Sheikh Anwar Muhaimin...

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January 3, 2019

LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2019 Priorities & Elects New Officers

The Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) Policy Council met on December 6, 2018, to set their agenda priorities for the upcoming term of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Following a thoughtful, engaging and lengthy conversation among those present the following priorities were identified: Hunger; Creation Care; Poverty; and the 2020 Census.   Hunger continues to...

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December 20, 2018

LSS Bishop’s Christmas Message on Immigration

December 18, 2018 Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent   Dear partner in ministry: A Pastoral Christmas Message on Immigration They were a family of modest means, working folks, who wanted only to live peacefully in their homeland and give their baby son a good life. Unfortunately, instability and danger menaced their turbulent country,...

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December 12, 2018

PA Clean Slate Law Implementation Begins December 26

Clean Slate implementation begins as of December 26th, with thousands of Pennsylvanians newly eligible to seal their first-degree misdemeanors and their simple assault convictions. Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law permits many criminal cases in Pennsylvania to be sealed – taken out of public view, so they cannot be used by employers, landlords and others. Act 56...

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