Category: Violence

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 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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October 25, 2019

Religious Security Summit Provides Resources for Congregations

One year after a man shot and killed 11 members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, religious leaders gathered in the state capitol in Harrisburg to become more educated about methods to increase security and potentially thwart future incidents. Representatives from the Pennsylvania State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland...

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October 17, 2019

New Research from Blessed Tomorrow & ecoAmerica: How Faith Communities Fuel Social Movements

EcoAmerica and Blessed Tomorrow have shared their latest research on How Faith Communities Fuel Social Movements: Lessons for Climate Advocacy from the Immigration Black Lives Matter, and President Trump Election Campaigns. While each effort is rooted in the authentic experiences of those impacted, the report examines the successful replicable strategies and tactics of each of...

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September 16, 2019

ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Shares Pastoral Message on Racism and White Supremacy

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). “Racism — a mix of power, privilege, and prejudice — is sin, a violation of God’s intention for humanity” (Freed in Christ: Race,...

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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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June 12, 2019

New Resource Available – “The Forgotten Luther II: Reclaiming the Church’s Public Witness”

In this critical time in history, “The Forgotten Luther II: Reclaiming the Church’s Public Witness”, this volume argues that what is urgently needed is a cogent, clear, biblically based and theologically grounded rationale for the manner in which the church speaks and acts in the political arena. Lured at times into other-worldly quietism because of...

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May 30, 2019

ELCA Student Minister Deported

Betty Rendón, a synodically authorized minister in the Greater Milwaukee Synod, and members of her family were detained by immigration officials May 8. On May 28,Rendón and her husband, Carlos Hincapie, were deported to Colombia, from which they fled civil war in 2004. Her daughter (a DACA recipient) and granddaughter (born in the U.S.) were...

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May 30, 2019

Documentary “Emanuel” Screenings In Theaters Nationwide June 17 and 19

The documentary “Emanuel” will be screened in theaters nationwide June 17 and 19. It follows the journey of the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, S.C., after the racially motivated shooting of nine members during a Bible study on June 17, 2015. The documentary features interviews with survivors and family members, telling...

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