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March 19, 2019

2020 Census: April 1, 2019 Day of Action

Join us on Monday, April 1, 2019, to take action on the 2020 Census by contacting your state lawmakers to share with them how important an accurate 2020 Census is to all Pennsylvanians. Click here to access a one-page brief.  Without action, Pennsylvania could lose millions in federal funds. An undercount of just one percent...

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March 8, 2019

PA Dept. of Education Announces School Breakfast Program Mini Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently announced the availability of $600,000 in mini-grants for schools to implement or expand alternative breakfast programs and to make breakfast available to all students. “Students who eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast are in a better position to learn and succeed when they enter the classroom,” said Secretary of...

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March 3, 2019

Consequences of an Undercount in the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census will be critically important to the future of Pennsylvania, and even a minor undercount would have dire implications that would last for at least a decade. The Commonwealth receives $26 billion each year in funds that are determined by the Census, including funding for healthcare, infrastructure, housing, rural communities, and local municipalities....

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March 3, 2019

General Assistance: a Critical Program for Pennsylvania

LAMPa, along with organizations that serve communities across the Commonwealth,  recently signed onto a letter asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to protect General Assistance (GA). The letter, delivered to all legislators, urges them to vote against House Bill 33, which would eliminate GA in Pennsylvania, and to ensure continued funding for GA in the 2019-20 Budget. General...

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March 1, 2019

LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig to Policy Council

The Rev. Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig was recently appointed to the LAMPa Policy Council by interim United Lutheran Seminary President Dr. Richard Green. Gil will represent the seminary community. Gilson Waldkoenig is the Paulssen-Hale-Maurer Professor of Church in Society at United Lutheran Seminary. Since 1995 he has taught courses on the church’s engagement in society, including...

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February 25, 2019

Community Solar Legislation Introduced

Rep. Aaron D. Kaufer, (R) serving District 120 a part of Luzerne County, recently introduced HB 531 –  Community Solar Legislation. Kaufer is the prime sponsor of this bi-partisan legislation that is co-sponsored by Rep. Donna Bullock, Rep. Peter Schweyer and Rep. David R. Millard. This Community Solar Legislation will enable community solar projects in...

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February 24, 2019

Kathryne Lohre to Keynote Lutheran Day 2019

Kathryn Mary Lohre, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations & Theological Discernment will keynote Lutheran Day of Advocacy 2019 — Set a Welcome Table — to be held May 20 in Harrisburg. The theme is based on Psalm 133:1, from the days’ lectionary:...

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February 21, 2019

Gov. Wolf Announces Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission

Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania has selected organizations to be on the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission. The Commission will support the commonwealth’s efforts to achieve a complete and accurate census count. “Having an accurate count of Pennsylvania’s population is essential for fair representation at the federal level,” said Governor Wolf. “This Commission...

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February 11, 2019

LAMPa Featured In Living Lutheran Article

LAMPa, along with coalition partners who advocated for “Safe Harbor” legislation for the past four years are featured in a February Living Lutheran article. The article, written by Courtney Olsen, explores what happens “When Disciples Use Their Voice: Advocacy Leads to New Legislation.” The article documents the long and arduous collaborative process the passage of...

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February 11, 2019

ELCA Launches Collaboration with Blessed Tomorrow & Releases Caring for Creation Video

In its commitment to pursuing wholeness for creation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is pleased to announce collaboration with ecoAmerica and its Blessed Tomorrow program, which helps faith-based organizations elevate their leadership on the moral, religious and justice issues surrounding climate change. Learn more. In conjunction with this announcement, the ELCA has released...

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