Category: Violence

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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May 10, 2019

While Faith Leaders Call For End To Hate, Lawmakers Unveil Bills Meant to Address It

Leaders of diverse faith traditions were wrapping up a press conference in the state Capitol rotunda yesterday, calling for an end to hatred and violence, when lawmakers standing outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh announced a package of bills to address it. The Capitol event, organized by the Harrisburg area Muslim community, drew...

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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 9, 2019

LAMPa Supports “Buyer Beware” Anti-Human Trafficking Bills

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania was honored to join Rep. Seth Grove , R-York, and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, as they announced  their intent to introduce legislation to increase fines and prison sentences for criminals convicted of human trafficking. LAMPa Director Tracey DePasquale, Program Director Lynn Fry, and other members of the Pa. Interfaith Justice...

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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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November 1, 2018

Interfaith Justice Coalition Stands in Solidarity in Wake of Synagogue Shooting

The Pennsylvania Interfaith Justice Coalition is an informal association of faith-based advocacy organizations. It is our mission to remind state government and its lawmakers of the values and social principles of the faith traditions that we represent. We engage in this mission in the hope of making Pennsylvania a more peaceful and just place to...

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