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September 2020

ULS Schedules Annual Fall Convocation – Theme Is “Entertaining Angels”

September 10 - September 24

United Lutheran Seminary (ULS), along with members of the Outreach Team of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), offers an opportunity to engage in ways to build ministries of welcome during this year's Fall Convocation. Recurring themes throughout scripture to love the neighbor and extend hospitality to alien,sojourner, and stranger issues a call to each and all believers. In the Entertaining Angels training, LIRS strives to accompany people of faith as they hear this call and discern what shape that…

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God’s Work. Our hands. Our voices. Set for September 13

September 13

September 13 is the designated ELCA Churchwide Day of Service. Make it a day of God’s work. Our hands. Our voices! ELCA vital congregations work to strengthen their relationship with God, nurture relationships with each other and create a strong presence with their community. “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is one way for congregations to discover ways to build on each of these connections. In recognition of our Lutheran commitment to both charity and justice, consider adding advocacy action to…

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Pennsylvania Immigrant and Citizenship Coalition Schedules Community Navigator Training

September 16 - September 17

Are you interested in learning more about basic immigration law and how to advocate for community safety through knowing your rights and organizing for better policies? The Community Navigator Training, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Citizenship Coalition Community (PICC) is intended to prepare advocates, organizers, and allies to provide accurate information and immigration-related assistance to immigrant communities. This virtual training, in both Spanish and English, will be held on September 16 and 17 from 6 - 8 p.m. each…

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Webinar: Learn More About the Clean Slate Law

September 16

Join this webinar, sponsored by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, to learn more about Pennsylvania's Clean Slate law. This law was the first in the country to seal criminal records through an automated process. One year in, over 35 million cases have been sealed! The webinar, scheduled for noon EST on Wednesday, September 16, will cover what can be sealed by automation and petition based processes, the impact of sealed records particularly for housing and employment, and what's next for…

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Housing Alliance of PA Webinar: CDC Eviction Moratorium Guidance

September 17

Learn more about the recent CDC order temporarily halting residential evictions. Attorneys from legal assistance organizations across Pennsylvania will provide an overview of the order and outline steps renters must take to be protected. The webinar, hosted by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, is scheduled for Thursday, September 17 from 10 - 11 a.m. On September 1, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order titled, Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread…

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Blessed Tomorrow Ambassadors’ Training

September 18

Through an ongoing partnership between the ELCA and ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow, a Creation Care Ambassador Training program will be offered via “Zoom” online Friday, September 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET. Right now, many faith communities are growing more concerned about climate change. As we witness and experience impacts on our health, livelihoods, and communities, we are increasingly looking for guidance on solutions from leaders in our daily lives — health, faith, and community. Blessed Tomorrow’s work aims…

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“Season of Creation” Worship Service Offered by Lutherans Restoring Creation

September 20

Lutherans Restoring Creation will share a special worship service, "Season of Creation", on Sunday, September 20 based on the day's lectionary text. The service will be available for use on the 20th or any Sunday after that. Taking part will be ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton; composer and musician Marty Haugen, with his hymn “Sing Out Earth and Skies;" the Rev. Barbara Rossing, LSTC New Testament professor, preaching; also the Rev. Lenny Duncan, Rebekah Bruesehoff and more. Stay tuned for…

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Ignore, Resist or Engage – A Public Theology Webinar

September 22

You are invited to a virtual webinar, sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); the Lutheran World Federation (LWF); and the Indonesia Consortium for Religious Studies, as they explore Global responses to religious nationalism. The webinar is scheduled for September 22 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST. In recent years, political leaders increasingly use religious symbols and language to gain support from voters. Faith is no longer confined to the private sphere, but now has taken on a…

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Climate Migration: Understanding Challenges & Generating Solutions to Address the Crisis

September 23

Join Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service on Wednesday, September 23rd at 11am EST, as they  bring together a panel of experts to explore the unique intersection of climate change and forced migration, as part of Climate Week NYC. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an average of 22.5 million people were displaced by climate or weather-related events between 2000-2018. And the numbers keep rising: the International Organization for Migration estimates that by 2050 there will be…

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Good Trouble for a Healthy Planet: 2020 Faith-Based Organization Consultation on Climate Emergency

September 24

More than 45 interfaith organizations gathered a year ago for their first interfaith-based consultation to address the climate emergency. In 2020, a coalition of planning partners is pleased to invite you to the second interfaith consultation titled “Good Trouble for a Healthy Planet”. This virtual webinar is scheduled for Thursday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year's consultation will address the impact of human activity on the planet, the urgent need for action to obtain sustainable and…

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