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May 21 Lutheran Day in the Capitol
May 21 @ 8:30 am - 8:39 am
Bring your faith to the table, and join Lutherans from around the state for worship, learning, advocacy and action. Lutheran Day at the Capitol will focus on our baptismal call to ministry in the public square and the unique voice of Lutheran Christians addressing hunger and poverty. We will explore how we can be church together in Pennsylvania, so that justice might, in the words of the prophet Amos, “roll down like waters.” The day will include worship, a keynote address, legislative briefing and visit training, workshops, a continental breakfast and lunch. Come to be inspired, prepared and equipped to act as church together, for the sake of the world. Click here to learn more and register by May 14.
Powering the Planet: The potential of constantly-renewing resources, and what we can do right now.
Dr. Richard Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and an Associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, where he holds the Faculty Scholar Medal. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has spent many, many field seasons in frozen places (Antarctica, Greenland, and Alaska), and has been invited to testify and present to government officials on both sides of the aisle, in multiple administrations, including a trip to Greenland as a speaker and expert with 10 percent of the U.S. Senate. Dr. Alley is a recognized communicator — you may know him from his three-part TV series Earth: The Operators’ Manual — and has won numerous teaching awards, including the highest university-wide teaching award at the Pennsylvania State University: the Eisenhower Award.
Water and Justice
Pennsylvania is the most flood-prone state in the country, with more miles of waterways of the other lower 48 states, and approximately a third of them deemed impaired. This workshop will explore what that means for current policy issues around clean water in Pennsylvania: from funding for environmental protection programs to oil and gas regulatory rollbacks to lead in school drinking water. Presenter: Stephanie Wein, Clean Water Advocate, PennEnvironment
100 by 50 — A covenant with the future
Get energized by possibility, and prepare to offer an important faith tool to our elected leaders: moral imagination. Our leaders face choices about our energy systems daily, but usually at such a high resolution that it’s easy to lose sight of the full picture. This workshop will connect participants with active, bicameral legislation that is bipartisan in both the PA House and the PA Senate. The bills “zoom out” to focus on investing in the future we want – on the world we want for the youth currently in our congregations. The legislation provides context for many smaller decisions our leaders will make about energy, infrastructure, and transition across the next 32 years — and it is mirrored by similar legislation at the federal level. Bring a photo of youth from your congregation: perhaps of a learning group (confirmation class? Senior high class?) or a service group (acolytes? young musicians?). Presenter: Cricket Eccleston Hunter, Director of Program, PA Interfaith Power & Light
Protecting and Preserving the Food Safety Net for All Pennsylvanians
This workshop will provide and overview of major state and federal anti-hunger programs, including those in which Lutheran hunger ministries participate. Participants will learn about current threats to those programs, including proposed strict work requirements for access to food. Come to share what you are witnessing in your ministry and community and to be prepared for the afternoon’s legislative visits. Presenter: Karen Woodings, Advocacy Manager, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
People Not Prisons: Reforming the Criminal Justice System in Pennsylvania
Learn about the Campaign for Smart Justice, with the goals of diminishing racial disparities in the criminal justice system and cutting the state’s prison and jail populations in half. Learn more about the plan to achieve these audacious goals and how you can help. Presenter: Andy Hoover, Director of Communications, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
Updates from the Field: The Current Healthcare Landscape
This workshop will provide a detailed look at the health advocacy landscape at the state and federal level, including the latest attempts in Harrisburg to institute strict work requirements as well as current threats to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act at the national level. Presenter: Antoinette Kraus, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Health Access Network.
Working Together to Build Quality Public Schools for All Children in PA
This workshop will update attendees on Pennsylvania’s inadequate and inequitable school funding system. Despite passage of a bipartisan and highly regarded formula in recent years, Pennsylvania still ranks or near the bottom in the nation for the inequality in its support for education. Years of neglect have created disparities along racial and economic lines that demand our attention. This presentation will examine the current state of affairs, including proposals that would further diminish educational opportunities for vulnerable children, and suggest ways Pennsylvanians can come together to support quality schools for ALL. Presenter: Susan Spicka, Director, Education Voters of Pennsylvania