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October 4, 2016

LAMPa Policy Council Retreat Focuses on Being “Church Together”

With the focus on “Being church together for the sake of the world, in Pennsylvania,” LAMPa Policy Council and guests, including directors of evangelical mission from five synods, held our annual retreat in State College to re-imagine how we are called to live into this ministry, engaging more disciples.

“I truly believe the Holy Spirit is at work through our hands and hearts as evidenced in the number of advocates at the table volunteering to not only to serve but to invite others on the journey,” said the Rev. Patricia Davenport, Director of Evangelical Mission for Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod.

Lutheran partners helped the Policy Council begin to discern our focus in the next legislative session by discussing what we are seeing and hearing in our congregations, communities and media. lampa-policy-counncil-retreat-commumity-issues

“I am deeply grateful for the investment of time and reflection our colleagues made in this partnership,” Tracey DePasquale, LAMPa executive director, said.

The discussion helped identify areas around which to convene teams, as LAMPa moves forward in restructuring for mission.  Hunger, Racial Justice, Mental Health/Addiction, Creation Justice, Education, Immigration, Poverty/Housing/Jobs were the areas lifted up for the creation of issue teams to be convened by policy council members.

“I believe we are setting a firm and faithful foundation for a new and even more effective era of advocacy with LAMPa,” said Policy Council Chair, the Rev. Scott Schul.

Interested in informing one or more of the issue teams? Contact us!

The Policy Council will adopt an formal issue agenda at its December meeting.

 

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