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August 15, 2019

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Summary of Actions

​Gathering under the theme “We are church,” voting members of the 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) made a number of key decisions to further the mission and ministry of this church. The assembly, the chief legislative authority of the church, met August 5-10 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee....

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August 13, 2019

Punitive Public Charge Rule Slated To Take Effect

The Trump Administration expanded public charge rule is a punitive measure that will stoke fear and increase suffering in immigrant communities. This new policy would impose an unprecedented income test on persons seeking legal entry to the United States and deny entrance if they are judged likely to be or ever in the future become...

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August 8, 2019

ELCA Churchwide Assembly Declares ELCA Sanctuary Church

​In a key action, the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted to approve a memorial that declares the ELCA a sanctuary church. The ELCA is the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church body. As a sanctuary church the ELCA is committed to serving and supporting migrant children and families in communities across...

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August 8, 2019

Elizabeth Eaton Re-Elected Presiding Bishop of the ELCA

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton was re-elected presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Aug. 6 at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. On the first ballot, 897 votes were cast and 670 votes were needed for election. Eaton received 725 votes, which is 81.19% of the vote. Eaton is the first ELCA...

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August 2, 2019

ELCA Presiding Bishop, Christian Leaders Issue statement Against Christian Nationalism

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has joined Christian leaders in a statement against Christian nationalism. “Whether we worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, or temple, America has no second-class faiths,” their statement reads. “All are equal under the U.S. Constitution.” You are invited to join...

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August 1, 2019

ELCA World Hunger Leaders Gather

The 2019 ELCA World Hunger Leaders’ Gathering was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 18-21. The ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering takes place every 18 months and gathers the national network of ELCA World Hunger leaders, congregations and ministry partners for a time of networking, idea sharing and planning for our shared work. Those assembled focused...

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July 29, 2019

General Assistance Ends August First

A decades-long General Assistance (GA) program expires August 1, 2019, affecting more than 11,000 Pennsylvanians who relied on the small, temporary program targeted to the most vulnerable as a bridge in times of crisis. LAMPa’s director urges ministries to learn who is affected, do what can be done to fill in the gaps, and be...

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July 24, 2019

More than 200,000 PA Residents Affected by Limits Proposed to SNAP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in mid-July plans to narrow food assistance eligibility for low-income families. The drafted rule would tighten Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit access to people applying through “broad-based categorical eligibility,” a method by which households earning slightly above the poverty line can apply if they have exorbitant costs (such...

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July 16, 2019

LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Brenda Martin to Policy Council

After working for 36 years as a journalist at several Pennsylvania newspapers, the Rev. Brenda Martin left journalism in Advent 2018 to take a full-time call as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville, Mercer County. As a journalist, she could never advocate for public policy or use her voice to talk about current...

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July 15, 2019

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2019

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Summer Nutrition Status Report measures the reach of the Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2018, nationally and in each state. A companion piece, FRAC’s Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Breakfast Status Report, focuses on summer breakfast participation. Pennsylvania saw a slight increase in the number of Summer...

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