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June 2021

Welcoming the Stranger Series: Immigration Detention

June 9
Online Webinar

As the United States’ reliance on immigration detention has ballooned over the years, so has the inhumane treatment and documented instances of abuse at taxpayer expense.  Hear firsthand accounts of how people are treated inside these immigration prisons and after their release.  A new video series and published report reveal once again the harsh realities inside these detention centers.  Be inspired by local Presbyterians and interfaith coalitions who advocate to end immigration detention even as they seek to minister with…

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Creating a Statewide Eviction Prevention Strategy: A Virtual Forum

June 10
Online Webinar

By adopting five strategies to prevent eviction, we can ensure community stability and we can make it possible for all families to fulfill their life aspirations through the foundation that stable housing provides. The five strategies are: ongoing rental assistance; landlord-tenant mediation programs; expansion of legal services and representation; connection to supports and services for tenants that are at most risk; and outreach and partnership with landlords. Join us on June 10th for a thought provoking discussion as we take…

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LIRS Virtual Advocacy Day

June 22
Online Webinar

Join LIRS’s Virtual Advocacy Day on June 22, 2021, in honor of World Refugee Day, to tell your legislators that we want to see meaningful legislation passed that strengthens our country’s commitment to welcome and protection for those fleeing violence and persecution. This year’s event will be virtual and include trainings with LIRS policy staff and participants from each state. Legislative meetings with elected officials or their staff will be scheduled by LIRS staff and conducted by video or call-in format.…

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Community-Led Research: A Strategy to Bring Equity to Climate Resilience Initiatives

June 23
Online Webinar

"Communities across the United States are more and more frequently impacted by climate change and increasingly face problems like property damage and health and safety issues as a result of flooding and extreme heat. Community-based organizations are working to address these impacts on residents and advocate for solutions to make their communities safer, healthier, and more resilient. But to equitably and successfully carry out climate resilience solutions, it’s imperative to directly engage with community members to deeply understand how the…

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PHAN Community Conversation Events

June 24 - July 15
Online Webinar

PHAN, of which LAMPa is a member, is hosting in June and July as part of our Rural Healthcare Access Project, an initiative funded by the PA Developmental Disabilities Council. By attending these sessions, those in your network can connect to knowledge, resources, and support. You will also be helping us gather stories and supporters as we push for change on these issues. These conversations will center around four issue areas that emerged from our listening sessions: Understanding/Navigating the Healthcare System 6/24 and 6/24; Register Here…

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August 2021

Advocacy Summer School Begins — Learn How To Bring Your Faith To The Table

August 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Through advocacy, the ELCA community can create lasting, systemic change. If you want to get involved in faith-based advocacy, but aren’t sure where to begin, sign up for Advocacy Summer School. The five-part online series is being offered by ELCA advocacy, in collaboration with ELCA Peace Not Walls. The first session will take place on August 11. It will paint a picture of what advocacy is and how advocacy is shaped with a faith foundation, especially as members and affiliates of the ELCA.…

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2021 PA Community Alliance Summit: “Recover, Rebuild, and Reform,” Features Lutheran Social Ministry Organizations

August 16 - August 17
Online Webinar

The PA Community Alliance Summit, a project of the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, will discuss and explore the theme: Recover, Rebuild, and Reform. What does it look like in your community to “recover?” How can we “rebuild” communities to move forward? What “reform” is needed to improve community systems? The Summit is two days of networking, discovering alliances and collaboration building within diverse organizations in Pennsylvania led by and/or supporting underserved/unserved populations who experience marginalization and oppression. At least two…

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Pa. Immigration and Citizenship Coalition Annual Youth Convening

August 21 @ 9:00 am - August 22 @ 5:00 pm

The Pa. Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, of which LAMPa is a member, believes in the important role and impact of young leaders in the movement toward a just world. This is why the PICC has continued to engage immigrant youth from across the state in advocacy, provided support and direct leadership development.  In order to ensure that youth voices are at the core of the immigrant rights movement and decision-making, PICC has developed a youth membership initiative and continued to…

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September 2021

Creation Care Ambassadors Training

September 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Creation Care Ambassador Training with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Blessed Tomorrow As Lutherans, we are called to care for our neighbors and all of Creation and to be God’s hands in the world. Research shows that Americans are growing more concerned about climate change. As they witness and experience impacts from a changing climate to their health, livelihoods, and communities, they are increasingly looking for guidance on solutions, from people in their daily lives – including faith…

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“God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday – 2021

September 12
State Wide Pennsylvania

“'God’s work. Our hands.' Sunday is Sunday, September 12, 2021. This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living,…

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